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Ticket to Turpin |Coaching Legends Clash when Notre Dame Plays St. Charles

Division III Semifinals
Posted at 5:51 PM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 23:49:32-05

Frank Monica and Lewis Cook, are two of Louisiana's most legendary coaches in high school football and they will leave everything on the line Friday night in hopes of getting to the state championship.

On paper, it's number two seed St. Charles Catholic and number 3 seed Notre Dame, but it's not the ranking it's the history that matters here.

Between the two, they have won over 600 wins and 7 state championships.

Pios Head Coach Lewis Cooks says he's faced the Comets twice, both times were deep in the postseason. The most recent was in 2016 when St. Charles knocked the undefeated Pios in the semifinals with a 21-10 win.

Third time around, the Pios don't expect anything less than a dog fight.

"Their schedule is a lot like ours," said Pioneers head coach Leiws Cook. "They play up in classification quite a bit. We’ve been evenly matched every time we’ve seen them. So, we don’t expect anything different this time."

“Some teams you are able to get away with a lot and this isn’t one of those teams," said senior defensive end Gabe Leonards. "You really have to stay home and play quality ball. It’s just following our rules. It’s whoever makes the least amount of errors and does their jobs. It’s not a blow out in any shape or form."