Thibodaux CB ready to turn things around

Thibodaux was regarded by most prep football analysts to be a Top 10 team in Class 5A this year, but the Tigers are 1-4 at the midway point of the regular season. However, senior CB Cartel Murray is determined to right the ship as district competition gets underway in earnest.

This season began with promise for Thibodaux, with the Tigers earning a hard-fought overtime victory over McDonogh #35 in the opener. Since that 50-44 shootout, the Tigers haven't enjoyed another win, although senior cornerback Cartel Murray expects that to change, beginning this week vs. 2-3 Central Lafourche.

"We can win all of the rest of our games," said Murray, a 5-foot-9, 175-pounder. "Our coaches have said for us to just take it one day at a time."

In 2009, Thibodaux reached the 5A quarterfinals before encountering eventual state champion West Monroe. Unfortunately, QB/WR Trovon Reed, considered by many experts as the top prospect in the state, is long gone - having graduated and signed with Auburn.

It appeared that the Tigers had found their offensive weapon of choice for this year's team in RB Josh Johnson, who rushed for well over 200 yards vs. McDonogh #35, but Johnson has battled injuries since Week One.

Also, four-star offensive lineman Greg Robinson missed last week's 28-27 loss to South Terrebonne due to injury. In addition, Thibodaux was missing three other starters for various reasons.

"That was a tough loss," said Murray of last week's game, which dropped the Tigers to 0-2 in district play. "We could have won. I've been having some good games, but it doesn't matter if we don't win as a team.

"I haven't given up a touchdown in coverage this year. Two weeks ago, I blocked a field goal (vs. Terrebonne) and returned it 69 yards for a touchdown. I rushed from the edge and deflected the kick. Then, our 6-foot-4 defensive lineman, Andrew Carter, batted it and the ball fell into my hands.

"I had six tackles against South Terrebonne, including a big hit on the sideline. Their running back took the ball on a toss and I met him at the corner. I put all I had into it. I also had a 30-yard return. It came on a sky kick. I had some good blocking and I put some good moves on them."

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