CROWLEY - A 2-3 pre-district record is something Notre Dame isn’t accustomed to enduring in football.
But the Pioneers got District 4-3A play off to a familiar winning note, holding off rival Jennings 34-30 Friday night in a battle of top-10 programs.
The Pioneers, ranked No. 9 in Class 3A despite their slow start, evened their record at 3-3. The No. 6-ranked Bulldogs fell to 4-2.
The game, which featured a combined 689 yards total offense, was essentially decided in the final three minutes of the third quarter.
With 2:37 remaining, Notre Dame went up 27-23 on a 25-yard run by Blake Miller. Jennings answered on the ensuing kickoff, as Jarquis Brown put his team up 30-27 with a 94-yard kickoff return at the 2:24 mark.
Notre Dame then took over at its 21. Two plays netted 2 yards before Waylon Young connected with Miller on a 77-yard touchdown pass with 1:14 remaining.
Young completed 7 of 14 passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns, also connecting with Josef Schmid and Brandon Sonnier on a pair of 10-yard TD passes.
Miller rushed five times for 82 yards.
Tre Richardson led Jennings with 121 yards on 16 carries, including a 19-yard TD run. Jaylon Boutte connected with Khris Watkins on TD passes of 49 and 22 yards.
BREAUX BRIDGE 42, ST. MARTINVILLE 7: Breaux Bridge handled its District 5-4A opener the same way it handled its non-district schedule: quite easily.
Adrian Menard and Josh Faulk each scored on a pair of touchdown runs and a pair of LSU commitments - Kavahra Holmes and Travin Dural - hooked up on the game’s first score as Breaux Bridge pounded visiting St. Martinville.
Breaux Bridge, ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, improved to 6-0 overall. St. Martinville slipped to 4-2.
Breaux Bridge jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead as Holmes hit Dural on a 44-yard scoring pass and Adrian Menard added a 3-yard TD run.
Aaron Lastrapes added a 40-yard fumble recovery in the third quarter, followed by an 8-yard TD run by Faulk.
Menard later scored on a 20-yard run and Faulk scored from 21 yards out.
St. Martinville’s only score came after Menard’s second touchdown on a 99-yard kickoff return by Diantre Gardner.
KENTWOOD 31, VARNADO 22: In Varnado, Harman Miller just about did it all for Kentwood, throwing for 132 yards and rushing for 152 while factoring into all four of his team’s touchdowns to lead the Kangaroos over the Wildcats in a District 7-1A opener.
Kentwood improved to 4-2 overall. Varnado is 2-4.
Kentwood trailed 22-21 going into the fourth quarter before taking a 23-22 lead on a safety by Torandon Watson on VHS quarterback Laterrius Crumddy.
Miller followed with a 4-yard TD run.
Earlier, Miller scored on a 1-yard keeper and opened the scoring with a 63-yard touchdown pass to Tracey Davis.
Miller also threw a 36-yard TD pass to Jaquadis Robert.
Crumddy threw TD passes of 21 yards to Denzel Harry and 7 yards to Tyler Nicholls. Laterrius Jefferson also returned an interception 31 yards for VHS.
WESTMINSTER 50, NORTH CENTRAL 6: In Lebeau, Thomas Kemp ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as No. 9 Westminster blasted North Central in a District 6-1A game.
The Crusaders improved to 5-1 and 3-0 in district. The Hurricanes fell to 1-5 and 0-3.
Kemp had nine carries for 101 yards, including scoring runs of 5 and 8 yards. He also threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Williams.
Luke Judice also threw a 34-yard TD pass to Chaziere Malbrue.
North Central’s only touchdown came on a 43-yard fumble return by Kyren Brown.
RUMMEL 42, THIBODAUX 0: J.J. Brown rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns on just eight carries and Peter Santos ran 73 yards to score on an interception return as visiting Rummel blasted Thibodaux in a Class 5A non-district game.
The No. 10-ranked Raiders of District 9-5A improved to 5-0. Thibodaux, which plays in 7-5A, fell to 1-5.
Brown scored on runs 2, 30 and 43 yards. Damian Williams also threw a 54-yard TD pass to Cyril Grayson and Jordan Frost scored on a 14-yard run.
Thibodaux did amass 250 yards rushing, but the Tigers were victimized by a total of three interceptions.
VILLE PLATTE 33, MAMOU 6: Cody Jones ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns on just six carries as Ville Platte rolled past visiting Mamou in a District 5-2A game.
Jones scored on runs of 34, 26 and 56 yards. Teammate Darius Poullard also scored on runs of 62 and 17 yards, finishing with 93 yards on just four carries.
Dillon Hollard had nine carries for 34 yards for Mamou.
RIVERSIDE 56, COHEN 20: Cohen’s Lamont Massy returned three kickoffs for touchdowns, but unfortunately for his team, Riverside kept kicking off for a reason.
Jonquial Sanders had 16 carries for 201 yards and two scores and Tate Scioneaux threw a pair of TD passes as Riverside rolled to a non-district victory.
Scioneaux threw TD passes of 29 yards to Nate Williams and 19 yards to Brandon Millet, while Sanders scored on a pair of 42-yard runs. The Rebels’ Kalen Jenkins also scored on a 40-yard fumble return.
Massey scored on kickoff returns of 91, 82 and 88 yards. He finished with 301 kickoff return yards in all, more than doubling Cohen’s total offensive yardage (147).
Riverside’s Williams had 10 carries for 55 yards and three catches for 57.
EUNICE 62, NORTHWEST 19: John Johnson rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries as Eunice swamped Northwest in a District 5-3A opener despite 261 yards passing from the visiting Raiders’ Geremy Ladeay.
The Bobcats improved to 5-1 overall, while Northwest fell to 2-4.
Johnson scored on runs of three and 6 yards and also caught a 12-yard TD pass from Trenon Trosclair. Warren Guidry added 109 yards on just seven carries, including a 29-yard TD run.
Ladeay completed 22 of 40 passes but was picked off three times.
He threw TDs of 4 and 21 yards to Justin Ardoin.
OAKDALE 34, PINE PRAIRIE 6: The tandem of the aptly named Rush Williams and Damien Ward combined for 215 yards and three touchdowns as Oakdale sawed off Pine Prairie in a District 5-2A game.
Ward scored on runs of 3 and 2 yards for the Warriors and had 15 carries for 100 yards. Williams had nine carries for 115 yards, including a 39-yard TD scamper.
Williams also completed 4 of 12 passes for 87 yards, including a 16-yard TD toss to Aaron Welch.
Welch later kicked a 29-yard field goal, while teammate Jake Gilley had the play of the night on a 63-yard TD run.
SOUTH TERREBONNE 60, VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 6: In Bourg, Jacquis Flores ran eight times for 115 yards and a touchdown and Trevon Smith had seven carries for 101 yards and three scores as South Terrebonne crushed Vandebilt Catholic in a District 8-4A mismatch.
South Terrebonne outgained VCHS 413-73 and had a 21-6 edge in first downs.
CHURCH POINT 21, PORT BARRE 12: The Bears continued their winning ways by toppling the Red Devils in the District 5-3A opener for both teams.
Church Point is now 5-1 overall, while Port Barre fell to 2-4.
ASSUMPTION 47, ELLENDER 0: In Houma, Hunter Gautreaux threw for 206 yards and three touchdowns on just 5 of 7 passing as Assumption rolled up 506 yards total offense in a rout of Ellender on Thursday night.
Assumption, ranked No. 5 in Class 4A, improved to 6-0.
Gautreaux completed TD passes of 77 and 30 yards to Dejuawn Oliver and 50 yards to Chris Johnson.
Johnson also had 17 carries for 150 yards, including scoring runs of 1 and 7 yards. All told, Assumption rolled up 300 yards rushing on 41 carries.
Meanwhile, the AHS defense was limiting Ellender to 32 total yards and two first downs.