WALKER — The Walker football team had not faced a deficit — or the hint of a threat — during its four straight blowouts to start the non-district season.
Then came Friday night’s visit by fellow unbeaten Assumption and four lead changes through two quarters.
The Wildcats responded as well as anyone in the home crowd could have hoped, using a big third quarter to create some distance and dominating the Mustangs during the second half of a 38-14 victory.
The latest win completes Walker’s sweep of non-district action and sends the Wildcats (5-0) into District 4-5A play looking very little like the team that finished 0-10 last season.
“It’s something we talked about all year was, what’s going to happen when they got into a dogfight?” first-year Walker coach Brandon Lawley said.
Walker whipped its first four opponents by a 232-23 margin, creating the unlikely Week 5 matchup of unbeatens against a Class 4A Assumption team that went 3-7 last year.
Though the Wildcats again won by a comfortable margin, they trailed twice before taking a shaky 18-14 lead into halftime.
An aerial attack led by senior quarterback Terry Bozeman and sophomore wide receiver Darius Hampton heated up in the second half, and the Walker defense put the clamps on Assumption’s veer-option offense.
Bozeman, the state’s passing leader, finished 10-of-25 for 225 yards with five touchdowns.
CATHOLIC-POINTE COUPEE 38, COVENANT CHRISTIAN 20: It was a disappointing evening for Covenant Christian as the Lions fell to Catholic-Pointe Coupee in Friday’s nondistirct game at John L. Guidry Stadium at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.
“All the credit needs to go to (Catholic-Pointe),” Covenant Christian coach Randy Boquet said. “They executed their offense to near perfection. Bottom line, they took it to us, they made play after play against us, and at critical times, we still made mistakes.”
After recovering a Hornets’ fumble on the game’s opening drive, Covenant Christian (1-4) struck first with Cameron Solet breaking free for a 42-yard touchdown run to put the Lions up 6-0.
A Covenant Christian fumble also led to Catholic-Pointe Coupee’s first points. Taking over on their own 23, a 20-yard run by Boyd Smith saw the Lions penalized 15-yards on a person foul. Two plays later, Smith scored on a 28-yard run, and the game was tied 6-6 after one quarter.
The Hornets took a 13-6 lead with Smith scoring on a 1-yard run after a 33-yard completion to Nathan Carriere, but Covenant Christian quickly responded.
A seven-play, 70-yard drive for the Lions finished with Marquel Daigle scoring on a 40-yard run. A successful two-point conversion put Covenant Christian up 14-13 with 3:42 remaining in the half.
PLAQUEMINE 44, SOUTH LAFOURHCE 14: Wayne Toussant lead South Plaquemine to a solid victory over South Lafourche scoring on two separate special-teams plays — a 72-yard punt return and an 85-yard kickoff return — as well as one receiving touchdown for 64 yards and one rushing touchdown for 4 yards for the Green Devils.
Both teams were fairly evenly matched statistically. Plaquemine rushed for 267 yards and two touchdowns while passing for 98 yards and two more scores; South Lafourche rushed for 252 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 62 yards. Toussant proved to be the difference, contributing four scores for Plaquemine High.
ST. AMANT 48, SOUTH TERREBONNE 21: Buoyed by 28 first-quarter points and nearly 300 yards passing, St. Amant cruised to victory against South Terrebonne.
St. Amant began with a 7-0 first-quarter lead, then quickly followed by three consecutive passing touchdowns of 15, 33 and 15 yards. After the first-quarter scoring burst, St. Amat was able to hold South Terrebonne to only 14 points.
South Terrebonne’s other score coming on a 25-yard interception return.
St. Amant rushed for 181 yards and passed for 293 and four touchdowns; while South Terrebonne was held to 103 yards rushing and 144 yards passing.
St. Amant was able to win despite turning the ball over four times, including three fumbles and one interception that led to a South Terrebonne score.