LAFAYETTE — St. Thomas More needed less than a minute.

In Friday night’s District 4-4A opener at Cougar Stadium, STM’s defense set up the Cougars first, and what proved to be several, touchdown drives. STM senior linebacker Ethan Broussard stripped the ball from Beau Chene quarterback Deontre Eagin on the second play from scrimmage. A few moments later, STM’s senior running back Evan Trahan powered his way into the end zone from 5 yards out.

That sparked a scoring barrage for the Cougars.

STM put up 56 points by halftime on way to a 70-0 homecoming victory as the Cougars scored a season-high.

“We went out and executed,” STM coach Jim Hightower said. “We got off to a really fast start tonight. We just played sound. I’m proud of the effort. Hopefully, we can continue it.”

STM (5-1, 1-0) was led by a strong defense.

In the first half, the Gators managed only 24 yards on 28 plays, went 1-of-7 on third-down conversions and committed four turnovers, including a lost fumble that was recovered by senior defensive end Aaron Monrose in the end zone.

Beau Chene (4-2, 0-1) was held to 39 yards and two first downs.

STM’s stout defense gave the offense a short field all night, and the Cougars took advantage. STM senior quarterback William Bellamy was highly efficient, completing 6-of-8 passes for 90 yards and three touchdowns. Trahan led the rushing attack with 84 yards on seven carries as the Cougars rushed for 204 yards.

STM took its foot off the gas in the second half (the clock was allowed to run) while the Cougars backups added two more touchdowns.

“It was awesome watching the younger guys,” Bellamy said. “We went up big, but they didn’t let up. Seeing the depth that we have as an offense and defense is really exciting.”

Bellamy and his teammates will now get prepared to take on Carencro in a district matchup next Friday at the Cro Dome.

“It gets us started in district,” Hightower said. “This was our district opener. We got some tough ones coming up. We got Carencro next week, which is a very good football team. Teurlings is right behind them.”