Chalmette hosts Helen Cox for homecoming FridayOct 21st, 2013 | By admin | Category: Sports
By: Jim Bickford
Chalmette hosts Helen Cox for the Owls homecoming this Friday (7 p.m.) at Bobby Nuss Stadium as Coach Jason Tucker’s team seeks its first District 8-5A victory.
Even with its 1-5 season record, the Owls have played strong games the last three weeks against undefeated clubs and the league favorite. Chalmette defeated Lakeshore and then followed up with gutty action against a pair of squads with college signees and powerful running games. The Owls have produced a couple of strong offensive battles and believe they can produce the same this week as alumni are invited back to view their school that has the finest facilities including its state-of-the-art athletic complex of any high school in the state, as well as those stretching across the Gulf South.
The Owl offense has improved greatly from the start of the season and now Tucker looks to inspire his defense from allowing the Cougar offense from producing long plays. Cox’s athletic junior quarterback Dion Ray led the Westbank team to a comeback 27-26 win over Higgins last week as he scored three running touchdowns including the game-winner in the last quarter to improve to 2-4 on the season and the district opener.
After Higgins led 14-0 mid-way in the first period and then held a 26-14 halftime lead, Cox’s defense shutout Higgins in the second half.
Junior runningback Connor Lambert, who is a double-duty player as a starter at defensive back as well, has become the team’s workhorse on offense – having rushed three straight games for at least 100 yards or more.
He leads the team in rushing with 413 yards on 59 runs and five TD runs and the team leader with 30 points. He has added three catches for 22 yards as well as the team’s kickoff return leader with nearly 19 yards a return. Then on defense he has made 30 tackles including 16 solos including four for losses with a fumble recovery.
Senior quarterback Timmy Alphonso continues to improve each week, having thrown for a season best of 139 yards last week. He teamed up with Kerry Johnson to set a school record for the longest pass play in school history, throwing for 84 yards on a play that resembled an NFL pitch and catch touchdown against John Ehret.
Alphonso rolled out right and under pressure, pulled up, set his feet and squared his shoulders finding a streaking Johnson down the right sideline who raced pass the Ehret defensive back, quickly extended his arms, grabbed the ball in full stride and then outraced the trailing Patriot defender for the last 30 plus yards for the school record-setting play.
On the season, Alphonso has thrown for 431 yards with four TD passes and six interceptions on 32 completions.
His main targets have been Montrell Howard with 11 grabs for 93 yards and a TD, Andrew Berthelot for seven catches for 101 yards and Malik Blaise with six receptions for 99 yards and 2 TD catches and Johnson with two catches for 96 yards.
Another offensive weapon is senior kicker Maynor Ayala who entered the Chalmette record book with a 42-yard field goal against Belle Chasse. He handles the punting chores as well, while junior Juan Esparza has developed into a key player with his sky-style kickoffs that allow the Owls to recover kickoffs or boxing in opponents chances of exploding for long returns.
Junior nose tackle Jalin Scott continues as the defensive team leader with 37 stops despite being double and tripled team blocks by opponents on almost every play for the entire season. He sits atop with 22 solos as well as eight tackles for losses and a pair of sacks and fumble recoveries.
Junior linebackers Brandon Tuesno and Austin Bergeron are joined by sophomore LB Masen Mitchell with totals of 34, 33 and 32 tackles, respectively. The trio have combined for 13 TFL and Mitchell with a pair fumble recoveries.
Supporting the defense are sophomore Tyler Lund, junior Erin Rodriguez and seniors David Richard, Connor Danna and Blake Walker with recorded tackles of 28, 23, 19, 18 and 12, respectively.
Also contributing to the defensive cause have been sophomores and first-year players Kendrick Tinson, Brandon Major and Tylon Richard with 27 tackles combined including three TFL with Tinson defending two passes and blocking a PAT pass. They have been joined by a trio of sophomore teammates – Reynard Carter, Sebastian Gipson and Walter Sterling with four stops each.