CROWLEY — The Crowley football team started district this season off with a bang Friday night when its defense lifted it to a 41-0 victory against DeRidder at Gardner Memorial Stadium.

The Gents (6-0, 1-0 District 3-4A) defense contributed two touchdowns and earned its first shutout under coach Joshua Fontenot, as it limited the Dragons (4-2, 0-1) to just 59 yards and did not allow a single completion. Crowley also recorded 12 tackles for loss.

The two defensive touchdowns gave Crowley five defensive TDs in its last three games, something Fontenot said has been major reason greatly to the Gents’ success this season.

“Our defense was great, phenomenal,” Fontenot said. “When your defense outscores the opposing team 14-0, it’s pretty good. It’s hard to lose that game.”

The stellar defense helped make up for what Fontenot considered a slopping offensive game.

Twice in the first half, the Gents drove to within a yard of the end zone and came up short. On the first time, they turned the ball over on downs in the first quarter and the second time came after a fumble by senior running back Ty’Von Griffin.

Griffin lost another fumble in the second half near midfield but made up for the dropped balls with two touchdowns and 64 yards on 23 carries.

Fontenot said the Gents will have to take better care of the ball and correct their inability to score close to the goal line if they want to stay on a roll.

“We were able to move the ball, but we couldn’t get in (the end zone),” Fontenot said. “We have to fix that. Then Griffin had two fumbles tonight. Just not clean.”

While all of Crowley’s touchdowns were scored by the defense or its running game, most of the Gents’ offense came as a result of the passing game. Gents senior quarterback Pate Broussard completed 15 of his 20 passes for 318 yards and no interceptions.

Broussard set the tempo for the remainder of the game on the first drive as he completed five consecutive passes for 82 yards to set up Griffin’s first score.

The performance by Broussard helped open up the run game as well, which picked up 147 yards on 44 carries and four touchdowns. In all, the Gents outgained the Dragons 465-59.

Crowley’s next test will come Friday when it travels to Lake Charles for a matchup against LaGrange (3-2, 1-0) in a contest that could ultimately decide who wins the district.

“Whatever it is, it’s working,” Fontenot said. “It’s exactly how we drew it up. Maybe we could run the ball a little better, but it’s working. We’re 6-0, and now we can get ready to play LaGrange. We’ve been looking forward to playing them for a long time.”