Eunice’s passing game shines in win over St. Martinville _lowres

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP Eunice quarterback Alex Richard (3) gets off a pass against the St. Martinville defense during their high school football game Wednesday Sept. 16, 2015 at St. Martinville High School in St. Martinville, La..

Eunice jumped out to a 20-point lead on St. Martinville in a 40-18 victory on Thursday night, but Eunice coach Paul Trosclair said the Tigers proved to be a pesky opponent.

“I knew it would be a tough game,” Trosclair said. Those guys play hard, and they have good speed, but our passing game was huge tonight.”

St. Martinville cut the lead to 20-12 after two touchdowns in the second quarter, but Eunice quickly answered with a 31-yard touchdown to Wesley Hebert from Alex Richard. Richard threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns as the Bobcats picked up a 40-18.

“I was happy to get a big road win tonight,” Trosclair said. “We were on a short week with a different routine. (Richard) has been on the money with good touch. We had trouble running the ball with cutting and slipping.”

Despite the troubles running the ball, the Bobcats used a balanced attack, adding 137 yards, including 86 from Nick Powell. Powell also added two touchdowns. Trosclair said Powell has proven to be very effective.

“Nick has been seeing the field real well,” Trosclair said. “He had 150 last week against Jennings and another good effort tonight. He had some big runs, and he is coming to his own at the right time right now.

Richard was efficient going 14-of-17, including three passes of 40 or more yards. Trosclair said the big play was something St. Martinville was giving up.

“Their secondary was fast but playing way up on us,” Trosclair said. “We went right after them with play action, and it worked well.”

St. Martinville coach Vince DeRouen said the Tigers came out flat. He said when playing a team like Eunice things don’t usually go well by spotting them 20 points. Derouen said Eunice’s passing attack came as a surprise.

“I wasn’t expecting them to pass as much as they did,” DeRouen said. “Once I saw them throw it, I knew they would continue to do it. The kids tried to fight back, but (Eunice) kept making plays. We still have some things to clean up mentally and alignment issues, but once we fix that, we can be OK.”

Trosclair said Thursday’s game was a microcosm of their season thus far. The Bobcats take a 3-0 record into a showdown next week against Crowley.

“We have been a team that starts fast, and then we have a little lull,” Trosclair said. “Just like tonight, but I am pleased with what we did. We have some things to clean up, but we’re headed in the right direction.”