Our fighting Cardinal football team advanced to the semifinals after defeating Archbishop Hannan last Friday. Landon Brignac, kicked from more than 20 yards out to secure the 16-13 victory.
Defensive Coordinator, Chris Bergeron, said “The effort the guys put in throughout the week puts them in the position to win a game on any given Friday night. So winning against Hannan was really good payoff for their weekly sacrifices.”
The quarterfinal victory marked 11 years to the day of Cardinal Football advancing to the semifinals. Offensive Coordinator, Grant Chiasson was a member of the 2009 team. He notes several similarities between that team and the Cardinals facing the semifinal challenge this Friday.
“I see trust among team members that reminds me of us. Defense trusts offense and offense trusts defense to make the block, the run, the catch,” said Chiasson.
Coach Bergeron, who also remembers the ’09 team notes leadership, and selflessness as qualities contributing to the success of both teams. Speaking about the 2020 team he said, “They aren’t really concerned who gets the headlines and publicity, they want to win football games at the end of the day and they know they need each other for that.”
The Cardinals take on the #1 seed, DeLaSalle Cavaliers, this Friday in Metarie.
Bergeron said the old adage of “seize the moment” has never been more relevant than to the 2020 football season. His “living in the momentMoving so far in the playoffs has not left a huge impression on Coach Bergeron who has taken a “present moment” approach to the season.
He said, “Players will ask me on Friday if I’m ready for the game, and because of the day-today preparation, I’m able to say ‘Yea guys, we made it through another week, so let’s go play a game.'”
For Chiasson, the unprecedented season was a catalyst of gratitude among the team, players and coaching staff alike. “When we pray before games we say, ‘Thank you Lord so much for allowing us to play this game, when we didn’t even know if we would have a season and we’re happy to be here.'”
What began as mere symbol of bringing energy to every play, Coach Shaun Seiler’s motto “Bring the Juice” has taken on a literal meaning among the team.
“That Friday at Assumption early in the season when Coach awarded Ethan Lee an OJ after a good play, started a tradition we couldn’t shake and has become so meaningful to the team,” said Chiasson.
The Cardinals are certainly expected to “Bring the Juice” this Friday.
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