The Hurricanes are coming off of a loss to 5A John Ehret, 18-13. The week before, they beat parish rival Belle Chase, a 4A team, for the first time, 28-26.
"We hadn't beat Belle Chase or Helen Cox before this year," said Seth Ancar, the all-everything linebacker for the Hurricanes. "Belle Chase is our parish rival so it was a big win. We've got Helen Cox this week."
It seems like the step up in early season competition helps South Plaquemines. Most of the early season games are close, but the Hurricanes run right through their district and playoff games. Last season, they won eight straight games by scoring at least 48 points and shuting out their opponents. The streak started with East Jefferson and run all the way through the second round of the playoffs. They won their last three games, including the State Championship game, by a combined 174 to 37.
The 2007 State Championship team had similar results. The Hurricanes never scored less than 47 and only allowed more than 14 twice after a week 3 loss to Helen Cox (39-33.)
Not only does South Plaquemines have Helen Cox left on this year's schedule, they have Higgins coming up two weeks later. Ancar takes it all in stride. "I love playing tough opponents," he said, "tough games that go down to the fourth quarter. It brings out the playmakers on our team."
Belle Chase drove the ball inside the 20 late in the game on week one. Ancar and the defense held them on a 4th and 4. The two teams from the same parish had a lot at stake in the game. "I don't like to talk trash with them," he mentioned. I handle it on the field."
Ancar said he has offers from Louisiana Tech, McNeese, Tulane, Northern Illinois, and Northwestern State. He said he will be in Ruston for the Louisiana Tech vs. Nicholls State game.
While Ancar has maintained that he doesn't plan to commit early in the season, he has talked to former teammate Lyle Fitte about the Bulldogs. "He said all I have to do if I come there is work hard," explained Ancar. "I have the determination. I just have to put the work in."
We will speak with Seth about his trip to Louisiana Tech. Check back for the details.