With the pain of last Friday night’s 28-6 loss to Jennings fresh in their minds, sixth-ranked Eunice High entertains Lafayette High at 7 p.m. Friday in the Bobcats’ home opener.
Eunice had a 18-game regular season winning streak as the last time the Bobcats lost a regular season game was in 2007 - a 14-13 defeat at Jennings.
“Last week we had a lot of people missing,” Trosclair said of the turmoil of players missing due to injuries, suspensions and illness.
“We never had any momentum at any time during the week and practices did not go well.
“We could have played a lot better with a full line-up.
“Usually the games are close against Jennings and this one wasn’t even close so it is hard to say if we would have won with everybody playing.”
Lafayette opened the season with a 28-0 win over the Class 3-A Cohen Hornets before falling 35-9 to Terrebone last week.
“They play hard and they are very physical,” Trosclair said of the Lions. “It is not easy running the ball against them if you don’t have some kind of balance.”
LHS led 9-7 at halftime last week against Terrebonne, limiting the Tigers to only 43 yards of total offense.
But Terrebonne dominated the second half and pulled off the road win.
LHS quarterback Jordan Romero was 11-of-19 with 112 yards passing last week for the Lions.
“I think they have a balanced attack,” Trosclair said of the Lions’ offense. “They do a lot of shotgun stuff and throw it, but they run it equally well.”
Lafayette allowed 209 yards through the air and four touchdowns in the loss.
Trosclair said last week’s loss to Jennings was total team let-down on both sides of the ball.
“We can’t point the finger at any one group,” he said. “Everyone took part in that debacle. That was a very unpleasant loss.”
Eunice managed only 89 yards of total offense, while allowing 334 total yards including 291 yards rushing.
The Bobcat coach said their schedule is very tough this year, but he is hopeful by district the team will be better.
“I think we will play better this week,” Trosclair said. “It would be hard to play worse than that.”