Crimson Tide to host St. Louis Catholic
The Minden Crimson Tide opens up the LHSAA Class 4A playoffs tonight when they host the St. Louis Catholic Saints.
Both teams enter the game with 6-4 record, and Minden head coach Randy Peters sees a tough match-up for his team.
"From what we've seen on film, they're a pretty good, scrappy bunch," Minden head coach Randy Peters said. "They like to run at you with a couple of good running backs that complement each other. Their scheme is not real complex, they just run right at you, mix in a couple of short passes and try to control the ball."
Cameron Victorian (#28) and Caleb Billedeaux (#7) are the main rushing threats for the Saints. Victorian ran 147 times for 654 yards and Billedeaux gained 471 yards on 110 carries with eight touchdowns.
Peters said his team has prepared well this week in practice.
"The guys have been working hard and have had a good attitude all week," he said. "They're really looking forward to Friday night. To me this is the best time of the season, it's the playoffs. When you have a chance to play for the trophy, you have to be excited. You just try to get on a roll and see how far you can go with it."
Minden has amped up their offensive output over the last five weeks of the season, averaging of 33 points per game and Peters said he knows where the improvement has come from.
"I think that's because we're making fewer mistakes," he said. "I'm really pleased with that, we're putting some points on the board now. We could have used some of those points earlier in the season. I think we're extending drives into touchdowns because of fewer mistakes. And cutting out the mistakes has made us much sharper offensively. Plus we've had some big plays, which I like, but our success has mostly come because of cutting down on our mistakes."
The Tide was extremely happy with getting a first round home game, and if they win tonight, odds are that they will head to Neville next week. So Peters is hoping for a large, loud local crowd at the Pit tonight.
"I hope the community comes out and supports us," he said. "And I believe they will. It's going to be an exciting night. From what I've heard, St. Louis travels really well, so we ought to have a lot of people at the Pit Friday night."