LAFAYETTE — Accuracy in the St. Thomas More passing game was in plentiful supply Thursday night during the 63rd annual Kiwanis Jamboree at Teurlings Catholic.
STM quarterback William Bellamy completed nine of his 11 passes and a pair of first half touchdowns as STM defeated Notre Dame-Crowley 14-0.
The Cougars finished with 148 passing yards — all in the initial period — while displaying an offense that operated quickly with short throws.
STM’s victory followed Opelousas Catholic’s opening-game, 12-6 victory over Vermilion Catholic-Abbeville.
Westminster Christian Academy and Lafayette Christian Academy met in the final contest.
The private-parochial school jamboree at TCHS continues Friday night with another three-game agenda.
Ascension Episcopal and Hanson Memorial-Franklin meet in the 6 p.m. opener, with host Teurlings and Catholic High-New Iberia meeting in the following contest.
Sacred Heart-Ville Platte will engage in Friday night’s finale.
St. Thomas More 14, Notre Dame 0: STM used the quick-paced offense that gained 145 throwing yards as the Cougars took a 14-0 first half lead.
Bellamy placed the Cougars on the scoreboard on STM’s first offensive play.
Bellamy looked off the second and threw the ball that receiver Tiger Bech caught just beyond midfield, and he did the rest, outrunning the Pioneers’ secondary the rest of the way.
STM continued attacking with its passing game on the next series, and the strategy created the second touchdown of the half.
The Bellamy-directed drive covered 90 yards and was aided by a pass interference call against the NDHS secondary.
Bellamy was 7-of-8 on the drive, throwing mainly to Bech and Trevor Begue.
Bech cradled his fourth reception of the drive — a 7-yard pass from Bellamy — with nine seconds remaining in the first half.
The second Bailey Raborn point-after kick provided the Cougars with their advantage.
Notre Dame senior quarterback Brad Stoma threw for 86 yards, completing 9-of-14 passes.
The Pioneers finished with 58 rushing yards, but only seven of that came in the second half.
NDHS launched its most effective offensive penetration during its initial possession.
The Pios moved from their 20 to the Cougars’ 42 yard line. That drive stopped there, as Stoma failed to convert on a third and nine situation.
After the punt, Bellamy had the Cougars in the end zone.
Opelousas Catholic 12, Vermilion Catholic 6: Vermilion Catholic used three quarterbacks as the Eagles staged a late comeback against Opelousas Catholic.
The Vikings led 12-0 after Caleb Vidrine scored to end a 31-yard drive with four minutes and 16 seconds remaining.
One snap, however, changed everything.
Just two plays after Vidrine’s score, VC sophomore quarterback Gage Trahan, who entered the game late in the second quarter, completed a 76-yard pass to wide receiver Patrick Strohe.
Strohe pulled in the throw near the midfield sideline and outraced the OC secondary until he was tackled at the Vikings’ six-yard line.
Chris Campbell scored with 3:06 remaining.
OC produced the game’s initial touchdown during a first half filled with penalties totaling a combined 40 yards.
The Vikings scored with their defense, as free safety Justin Tate intercepted a Hunter Frith pass and returned it 74 yards with 8:57 left in the period.
Frith started at quarterback for the Eagles, but he left the game with a leg injury and did not return on the series following the interception.
Both teams had difficulty advancing offensively during the first half.
OC obtained 20 yards, while the Eagles had 33 total yards.
Lafayette Christian 13, Westminster Christian 0: LCA’s backfield tandem of Dillon Hargrave and Jeremy Joseph to combined for 130 rushing yards in its win.
The Knights scored once in each half to take the win, as Westminster was limited to 39 yards.
LCA took the opening kickoff and moved 86 yards in 14 plays.
The Knights, who overcame three holding calls on the drive, rushed for 94 yards, while quarterback Regan Miller completed 2 of 5 passes for 11 yards.
Hargrave rushed for 51 yards on the possession and scored the Knights’ touchdown on a 1-yard run with 8:05 remaining.
Joseph, the LCA fullback, gained 29 on his one attempt.
The game’s momentum turned permanently in the second half when WCA linebacker Hunter Devillier intercepted a Miller pass and returned it to the Knights’ 46.
Devillier, however, was stripped of the ball, and Miller recovered to give the Knights a first down.
On the first play following his recovery, Miller broke loose on a 16-yard run to the Crusaders’ 38.
Miller let Joseph and Hargrave do most of the work after that, as the pair alternated on gains that put the ball at the WCA 10.
LCA scored on an end around by tight end Desmond Prejean with 2:10 left.