It's as close to old school, throwback football as one can get these days when Centerville takes the relatively short trip up U.S. Highway 90 and down Louisiana Highway 14 to face Delcambre in a non-district game.
Both Delcambre and Centerville are adherents of the Wing-T offense, the throwback, run-heavy offense that dominated the state in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s before the advent of modern spread offenses.
“We run the ball. That's what we both do,” DHS coach Marc Broussard said. “That's both of our fortes, and whoever executes better and holds onto the football and moves the chains is going to have success.”
After posting a 49-25 win over South Cameron to open the season in week one, Delcambre fell 32-0 to Oberlin last week while Centerville opened the season with a 54-19 rout of Northwood-Lena in week one and followed that with a 31-0 shutout of Ridgewood last week.
“The guys were blocking in the right spots last week, we just weren't sustaining blocks,” Broussard said about the loss to Oberlin. “It was a lack of execution on the offensive line. There weren't many missed assignments, we just didn't sustain blocks.”
Last year when the two teams met, Centerville took advantage of Delcambre turnovers in posting a 54-19 win.
“If we can cut down on the turnovers from last year I think that we might have more a chance,” Broussard said. “I’m not taking anything away from Centerville. They are well-coached and we have to protect the football and keep the chains moving on offense.”
The Bulldogs come into the game in the same position this year as they were last year, undefeated through the first two games with two non-district games left before entering a rough district with three schools that are expected to compete for the Division IV state championship in Lafayette Christian, Vermilion Catholic and Central Catholic.
“Well, with both teams running the ball, it ought to go fast,” Centerville coach Mark Millet joked.
The CHS coach said that preparing for a football team that runs the same offense has its advantages and its disadvantages.
“It's easier to run a scout team against yourself,” he said. “It's not always about the scheme though, it's about the players as well. I guess in the end it's all relative.”
Millet said that his team is about where he thought it would be at this point of the season.
“I thought that we did some good things in the first week and last week against Ridgewood we got to play a lot of kids,” he said. “I don't know how much it benefited us in the long run for this week but I like where we're at. There's a lot of things worse than being 2-0.”
Some players to look for this week when the two teams battle are Noah Broussard, Parker Nunez and Noah Gary for Delcambre while Centerville counters with Morty Frederick, Jaylon Cook, Barret Landry and Braden Gaspard.