Vermilion Catholic Will Follow Frith To Finals
Louisiana is used to seeing Vermilion Catholic in the state semifinals, and Hunter Frith is the latest Scremin' Eagle to lead them onto familiar turf.
Ever since Ascension Episcopal beat VC with a two point conversion earlier this season, the Screamin' Eagles have been on a rampage. Leading the stampede is senior leader/quarterback/linebacker/basically everything you could ever imagine in a high school athlete...Hunter Frith. He's part of a multi-headed monster fueling Division IV's nightmares.
Are you ready for these stats? Cover your eyes if you like defense.
Frith has 3,436 passing yards and 42 touchdowns, with only nine interceptions. Keep in mind, he also spends a ton of energy on defense tracking down the ball and making the ball carrier pay.
College scouts should be all over this VC team, and if there were any scouts worried about grades, Frith is an accomplished academic. No worries there. Speaking of no worries, Frith's arsenal of weaponry is absolutely stacked.
Emile Trahan is a Swiss Army Knife, but Tyler Derouen is really a wonder to see. On top of being the leading playmaker on defense and special teams, he racked up 23 total TD's and over 1,200 receiving yards. Simply put, he's a football player. Name the task, Derouen can do it. Pay too much attention to Frith, and Trahan and Derouen can make you pay for six with one flick of Hunter's wrist.
Southern Lab is scary though. If VC has dreams of dancing in the Superdome, they need to get past one of the most talented squads in all of Division IV.
Central Catholic-Morgan City got mauled by Southern Lab last week, so toss the #6 seed out the window. This feels like s state championship game, but we all get treated to some titans teeing off in the semis. If Vermilion Catholic wants to win, their defense will have to step up. When VC's defense is cracking heads, William Noegel is typically leading the charge.
Ready for this? Noegel is a vacuum cleaner at the linebacker position, and he has over 130 tackles on the season. Even if you assign two bodies to him, it might not be enough.
Frith, Derouen and Noegel are the leaders of a grizzled, salty unit. Their head coach Russell Kuhns is an anvil to sharpen any blade, but his player have to be able to stand the heat of the forge. With one more win, the Screamin' Eagles would be packing for New Orleans with a chance to take on AES.
It's a special year around Acadiana, and District 7-1A carried the banner for excellence in this division. It's only right we see a rematch of the two top dogs in the finals...