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Road to the Dome: Catholic High and Notre Dame meet in title rematch

Posted at 11:11 PM, Dec 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-05 09:15:56-05

#6 Catholic New Iberia vs. #1 Notre Dame
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CROWLEY& NEW IBERIA (KATC) – Sequels are never as good as the original. Unless you’re Toy Story, and the verdict is still obviously out on Toy Story 4.

But I digress.

Notre Dame and Catholic High of New Iberia football will meet for the fourth time in two years Thursday, and once again a title it on the line.

A year ago in the Superdome, Catholic High avenged a 37-0 loss from week four to win the state title 33-16.

In 2018, the regular season match-up between these two teams went about the same, Notre Dame beat the Panthers 49-0 in a weather-shortened blowout in New Iberia. There are a lot of similar story-lines from last year’s match-up to this year’s.

“It’s ironic the way it falls the same way as last year. with us being beat early in the year. we’re feeling confident,” said junior safety Christopher Landry.

Much like Notre Dame did last year before the title game, the Pioneers are distancing themselves from the September victory.

Louis Cook doesn’t see many comparisons between last year and this. He called last year’s 37-0 regular season win deceiving, believing that the two were on the same playing field. Something that held true in New Orleans when the Panthers won the second match-up.

This year Cook points to inexperience from both teams, early in the season, to why you can’t take much from that meeting.

“You hope you’re better every week. I don’t know if we’d be here if we hadn’t. if you play in weeks 12 and 13 like you did in week three, you’re not going to last long, said Cook. “Their quarterback (Trey Amos) was a first-time starter. He only had three starts. I think that’s the biggest difference. He’s grown and matured.”

“They really haven’t played a close football game all year,” said Catholic High head coach Brent Indest. “It’s to be able to match their intensity early. They really got after us early and I always say you have to beat their onslaught early, and if you do, you have a chance.”