Focus 2013: QB Joe Lissard
Joe Lissard
Joe Lissard
South Recruiting
Posted Sep 21, 2011
Mike Coppage

Catholic-New Iberia (La.) goes for its third consecutive win this week against a Church Point defense that has allowed only six points all year. Catholic QB Joe Lissard has been impressive thus far on the season, and the junior will turn more heads if he can lead his team to victory against the unbeaten Bears.

Last week, Joe Lissard threw for 193 yards and three touchdowns in his team's 32-0 win over North Vermilion and spoke with the junior to get his take on the season and find out which colleges he wants to hear from in the upcoming months.

"I'm interested in all of the in-state schools," said Lissard (6-1 3/4, 205). "Louisiana Tech, LSU - all of those. I like the (UL Ragin') Cajuns, as well as Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Arkansas. I'm impressed with the new coach (Mark Hudspeth) at UL."

Lissard, who has thrown for seven touchdowns in three games, is aiming to hand undefeated Church Point its first loss of the year when the Panthers (2A) and Bears (3A) - each ranked in the Top 10 of their respective classifications by Scout - square off later this week.

"I haven't seen film of Church Point yet, but I know they have a good defensive tackle (Dexter Charles)," said Lissard on Monday. "It will be a huge challenge for us.

"We need to be well-disciplined and play assignment football. We returned a lot of starters - 16 or 17 - from last year's team and we really enjoy playing under Coach (Keith) Menard. I have confidence in all my receivers. Rhett Gonsoulin is the one who has caught most of the touchdowns."

Former NFL player and current Catholic assistant coach Michael Desormeaux has been a big help for Lissard.

"I was the ball boy when Coach Desormeaux was the quarterback at Catholic," said Lissard. "It's exciting and really cool to have him here on the staff. He brings so much knowledge and energy to the game."

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