St. Charles Catholic rushed for 344 yards and cruised to a 45-7 win over District 11-3A opponent Lusher on Friday night at Thomas J. Dupuy Stadium in LaPlace.
St. Charles, ranked fourth in Class 3A and fourth in the New Orleans Advocate’s Small Schools Super 10, won its third consecutive district game (3-1) while Lusher (4-5, 0-3) lost its third straight.
The Comets were committed to the run, throwing the ball only nine times on 53 offensive snaps. Running back Justin Loupe rushed for 158 yards on 16 carries and a touchdowns and quarterback Austin Weber added 119 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Erron Lewis also scored two touchdowns on the ground.
“We wanted to make our offensive line a little bit more physical than they’ve been,” St. Charles coach Frank Monica said.
“Lusher came in with a good plan. They were very physical up front. It wasn’t easy. We had to earn our stripes. I was happy with the way we responded in the second half because in the first half they out-hit us.”
St. Charles scored on its first possession, driving 75 yards in 8 plays with Weber reaching the end zone on a 7-yard run.
Lusher was forced to punt on its next possession but the punter fumbled the snap and then passed incomplete to give the Comets possession at the Lusher 27. Four plays later, Lewis scored from the 4 to give SCC a 14-0 lead.
With St. Charles driving again on its next possession, Lusher’s Ryan Theyard returned a Comet fumble 27 yards to the SCC 41. The Lions reached the 10, but couldn’t convert on fourth down and the Comets promptly traveled 90 yards on 10 plays with Weber scoring from the 4.
Lusher coach Louis Landrum called that the turning point. “You can’t make mistakes on a program like St. Charles Catholic. Frank Monica runs a top notch program,” Landrum said. “We just made too many and you just can’t do that against a team like that.”
Early in the third quarter, Lusher scored its only points on a defensive touchdown. On St. Charles’ first possession of the second half, Lion safety Darryl Lewis returned a fumble 59 yards and Lusher closed the gap to 21-7.
St. Charles then regained control. The Comets scored on their next two possessions, the first a 70-yard drive capped by Lewis’ 1-yard run and the second a five-play, 80-yard drive finished off by Loupe’s 4-yard run. Loupe carried all five times in the drive.
Andrew Rodrigue, in addition to his six extra points, kicked a 26-yard field goal in the third quarter. Eric Lewis completed the scoring on the night with a 49-yard interception return by Eric Lewis.
Lusher leading rusher was Joshua Barney with 88 yards.