BATON ROUGE, La — “There’s no bad teams, just bad leaders. We got great leaders and we got a great team.”

Dunham’s head coach Neal Weiner is right about having a good team. His squad sits at 13 wins and are one victory away from a Select Division III State Championship.

As far as his leaders, it’s a group of seniors who were close to this moment when they were freshmen. They ultimately came up short in the semifinals.

This year, they are preparing for something special.

“When they were freshmen, we went to the semifinals against Lafayette-Christian, I think most of our kids were just surprised and excited to be there. These kids they are not satisfied with that and they’re not content with that. They’re pleased. They’re proud of themselves and what we’ve done so far, but they’re still hungry.” Weiner said.

The perfect thing to fill that hunger comes in a matchup against St Charles Catholic, who defeated Parkview in the playoffs. The Eagles are the only team o beat Dunham this season.

Coach Weiner knows the key to defeating the #2 ranked Comets comes on the ground.

“We’ve got to be able to run the football, we can’t go in and change our personality. We’ve got a receiver whose got almost a thousand yards, is averaging 30 yards a catch and we’ve got an explosive passing game. But it’s all based off of us being able to be physical up front and run the football right down the throat of the defense.”

He’s also aware of the dynamic play-making ability of the St. Charles squad.

“Defensively, we’re going to have to create takeaways. Their offense is built to drive and eat up fast.” Weiner said. “I don’t think there’s any coach in the state of Louisiana that gets excited about playing St. Charles in the playoffs.”

A victory on Friday would give the Tigers their first state title since 2004. For quarterback Jackson House, it’d be the second state he’s won a championship in.