Well, looks like Erron Lewis is back.
The St. Charles senior running back, hampered by nagging injuries in recent weeks, looked just fine Friday night.
Lewis rushed for 117 yards and scored four touchdowns as St. Charles rolled to a 49-14 victory to ruin McMain’s homecoming at Pan Am Stadium. ‘
“I’m healthy, I’m feeling good,” said Lewis, who was slowed by knee and shoulder injuries. “I feel 100 percent now.”
And he looked like it.
The four touchdowns were just shy of the five he scored as a sophomore against Jeanerette.
“Erron has been a little inconsistent this year and hasn’t been full speed,” St. Charles coach Frank Monica said. “Tonight he showed he could be that quality back that we need down the stretch.”
St. Charles, ranked No. 4 in 3A and No. 3 in The New Orleans Advocate’s Small School Super 10, improved to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in District 11-3A. Its only losses were by seven to East Ascension and six to John Curtis.
This one was never close.
The Comets scored on seven of their first eight possessions.
The only one they didn’t score on during that stretch was at the end of the first half when they took a knee.
But by that time, St. Charles had built a more-than-comfortable 35-6 lead.
Lewis scored three of his touchdowns in the first half.
After holding McMain to a three-and-out on its opening possession, St. Charles needed just four plays to take the lead for good. The Comets drove 46 yards, capped by Lewis’ 15-yard run.
Lewis, who has scholarship offers from Southern Mississippi and Northwestern State, also added touchdown runs of 1 and 2 yards in the half. He scored on a 4-yarder in the second half.
Quarterback Austin Weber and running back Justin Loupe also scored touchdowns in the first half.
Lewis had plenty of help from Weber and Loupe.
Weber finished with 123 yards on 14 carries and Loupe had 10 carries for 75 yards.
The Comets racked up 346 rushing yards on 48 carries.
“It was important for us to go back to our roots, the two-back power game,” Monica said. “We wanted to re-establish our identity and take some pressure of our quarterback.
“He had been having a lot of carries. We didn’t throw it very much, but when we did it was effective.”
The defense held the Mustangs to just 10 rushing yards.
McMain’s only score of the first half came when the Mustangs fell behind 14-0.
Darnell Williams connected with James Howard, who outran the defense for a 77-yard score.
But other than that, it was all Comets.
They didn’t punt until the final four minutes of the game.
McMain’s Marvin Bell returned it for a 61-yard touchdown with 3:32 left.
But it was too little, too late.
Williams completed 10 of 17 passes for 179 yards. The bulk of that went to Howard, who had six catches for 132 yards for the Mustangs (5-3, 1-2), ranked No. 9 in the Small School Super 10.
“We physically just got beat by a better football team,” McMain coach Kevin Rousell said. “We are very young and we have a lot of kids who are playing first time playing football. We are going to get there though. This has to be one of the toughest districts in the state.”
Trenton Matus had a sack and a forced fumble and Trace Cortez had an interception.
McMain steps out of district to play Belle Chasse next week before closing out the regular season against John Curtis.
St. Charles plays Lusher next week.