Wolves to Face Christian Brothers for the First Time in School History

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SPS receiver Grant Grosch fights for possession of a pass with Jesuit DB Cameron Helm during game on Sept. 8, 2017, in Hunter Stadium. (Photo by Michael Vallient)

(COVINGTON, La.) The Wolves are set to take on the Christian Brothers (Tennessee) Purple Wave this Friday for the first time in the history of the two fellow Lasallian institutions.

Regardless of the Lasallian brotherhood displayed this Friday at Hunter Stadium, this is an extremely important game for both the Wolves and the Purple Wave, who are travelling from Memphis for the match. 

The Wolves are coming off a defiant 31-6 victory last Friday (Sept. 8) over the Jesuit Blue Jays. The Wolves were looking to scrap their nasty loss to the Edna Karr Cougars in week one, and the big win against the Blue Jays was surely a statement victory from the Wolves.

In last week’s Jesuit victory, quarterback Johntae McDowell bounced back from a shaky performance against Karr with four touchdowns passes against the Blue Jays. Two of those passes were to senior WR Grant Grosch, who now has three TD receptions on the year. As for the Wolves defense, dominance seemed to have been restored. Junior Conrad Robinson started off the game in the Wolves favor with an interception on the Blue Jays opening drive. The Blue Jays were only able to put up six points against the Wolves defense, who certainly put the pressure on Jesuit QB Alex Watermeier. Senior DE Noah Seiden had an amazing night with four sacks on Watermeier.

“As for the defense, all we needed was some time to gel as a unit,” Seiden said. “We were overconfident against (Karr). We weren’t prepared enough, and we got our butts kicked. But we had a good week in practice, and things were really clicking against Jesuit.”

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Fans greet members of the CBHS football team as they enter the field on Friday, Sept. 1,  for a game against White Station High School. (Photo: Dale L. Anderson/Special to the Commercial Appeal)

The Purple Wave are coming into this game with an impressive 4-0 record. This team will present a multitude of obstacles that the Wolves will have to overcome in order to come out victorious.

The main obstacle to overcome will be the unfamiliarity that the SPS coaching staff has with the Purple Wave. Through video analysis and stat sheets, it’s easy to tell that the Purple Wave are a tough opponent. Yet, unlike yearly district foes, the SPS players and coaches are not very familiar with the style of play and level of talent they will be facing Friday.

Another big (literally) challenge the Wolves will be facing is the Purple Wave’s offensive line. The average height and weight of an SPS defensive lineman is 6’1 243 lbs., while the average height and weight of a Purple Wave offensive lineman is 6’4 270 lbs. It’s going to be quite difficult for the SPS defensive line, even with their strength and rushing capabilities, to pressure Purple Wave QB Connor Defreece.

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