Playoff Preview: St. Paul’s vs. Catholic High

(COVINGTON, La.) — The Catholic High Bears are set to host the St. Paul’s Wolves in the second round of the Louisiana Division 1 playoffs in Baton Rouge today. The winner will play either John Curtis or Jesuit in the semifinals.   

St. Paul’s is coming off a close 9-7 victory against Holy Cross in the first round of the playoffs, making them 6-5 in the year. The Wolves tallied three safeties, two of which were from sacks by junior Jacob Frolich, and the other on a blocked punt by senior Wayne Galloway.  Despite the offense putting up no points, they had more yards than expected. The defense continued to prove their dominance while only allowing one touchdown to an offense known for scoring. 

The Wolves defense will need to keep the same energy to hold the high powered Catholic High offense. Senior Wayne Galloway, currently committed to Richmond University, looks to lead this defense in another great defensive performance. The Wolves have faced both of the possible winners playing John Curtis in a scrimmage and defeating Jesuit earlier in the year. The Wolves will need to score and the defense will have to dominate to sneak out a win in this game.  

The Catholic High Bears are having one of their best seasons in school history with a 10-0 record. The Bears even received a first round bye because of their success this year. They are currently ranked number two in Louisiana and 100 in the nation. The Bears average around 50 points a game in District 5A-5, which includes teams such as Dutchtown and East Ascension. Their offense has been electric all year long, and shows no signs of slowing down. The Bears defense has held most of their opponents under 20 points. Running back, George L. Hart, has had a great junior year, receiving visits from Ole Miss, Tulane, and Rice University. The Bears also have the number one ranked fullback in the country in Brian Hibbard, who is committed to Rice University. Hibbard has an interesting role on the field.  He plays center and pulls to block most of the plays. Another reason this offense has been so successful is because of four star athlete Braelen Morgan. Braelen plays multiple positions on the field including running back, wide receiver, and punt returner. The Catholic High Bear’s offense has to find a way through the tough Wolves defense in order to move on to the semi-finals.  

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