Central Catholic/Loreauville Preview

Central Catholic and Loreauville each recorded gaudy 11-2 marks last season, and each program returns several key starters in 2011. Central Catholic, which is a favorite to win the Class A state title, is led by one of Louisiana's top uncommitted prospects: three-star athlete Lloyd Grogan. Loreauville -- ranked No. 4 in Class 2A -- is playing at home and the Tigers have a high-octane offense.

Neither Central Catholic nor Loreauville had any problem putting points on the scoreboard in last week's jamboree tune-ups. Central Catholic ripped Class 3A Berwick, 44-0, while Loreauville laid the wood to Jeanerette by a 41-8 margin.

Junior quarterback Joshua Singleton calls the signals for Central Catholic's offense. Last year, the dual-threat QB accounted for 33 touchdowns. His favorite target through the air is WR Dontrell Brown (6-1, 180, Jr.). Seniors Lloyd Grogan and Jovon Johnson share carries at RB for the Eagles. In 2010, Grogan gained 700 yards rushing and 432 yards on punt returns. He's named Mississippi State as a leader.

"Central Catholic has good skill guys," said Loreauville offensive coordinator Rhett Peltier. "I'm very familiar with them, because we scrimmaged them last year and played them in pass skeletons this summer. We need to play mistake-free football tonight. Last week, we won big but Jeanerette started its fall camp late and only had a week of practice before the jamboree; that favored us. Also, they turned the ball over a few times and gave us a short field.

"The key for us is to not have any turnovers. We were careless with the ball at times during the jamboree. We need to execute and wrap up on defense. Central Catholic had two punt returns for TDs last week. Their team goes through Lloyd Grogan. He does everything: kick return, strong safety, running back. He doesn't come off the field."

Last year, Peltier produced two 1,000-yard rushers (Nick Julien and B.J. Greene), although one (Greene) graduated. He's also breaking in a new QB.

"We moved Raymond Bonnette to quarterback," said Peltier. "He has a good arm. We don't put too much pressure on him, since he's only a sophomore. However, at the same time we're giving him a little more freedom because his arm is so strong and accurate. He can make the intermediate and deep throws and has put in a lot of work.

"Raymond's brother - Rhashid Bonnette - is at slot receiver along with Jermaine Antoine (who goes by the nickname 'J.J.'). Nick Julien is our running back and we have a newcomer at receiver in junior J.P. Reed, whose dad is our basketball coach."

Last Friday, Antoine ran for 66 yards and a touchdown on three carries for Loreauville. Bonnette rushed for 56 yards and Julien gained 45 yards with two touchdowns.

Loreauville reached the 2A quarterfinals last fall before getting eliminated by eventual state champ Evangel Christian. Central Catholic was ousted by an undefeated Oberlin club in the Class A quarterfinals.

Nick Julien, Loreauville senior RB

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