There’s only one possible explanation for the connection St. Thomas More quarterback William Bellamy and wide receiver Tiger Bech displayed in the Cougars’ 56-21 win against visiting Carencro.

Sure, the two spent a ton of time with each other this summer working on their timing at various camps across Louisiana, but there’s something deeper there.

“We’re cousins,” said Bellamy, who completed 14 of 16 passes for 254 yards and three scores. “We share blood, baby.”

The pair connected seven times in the contest for 193 yards and a pair of scores, and most of that damage was done in the first half when things were close.

And they got started early.

St. Thomas More, the fourth-ranked team in Class 4A, (3-0) held the Bears (2-1) to a three and out on their first possession. Then Bellamy found Bech on a slant for a 56-yard touchdown on the Cougars’ second play from scrimmage. Bech slipped a tackle and outraced the Bears defense to the end zone.

The Bears and Cougars engaged in a wild back-and-forth first half that featured a load of explosive plays and momentum shifts. It looked like it would be close for a second, but St. Thomas More closed the game on a 35-0 run.

CHURCH POINT 40, CECILIA 36: A halftime roll of the dice proved to be an effective gamble for Church Point.

The Bears successfully executed an onside kick to start the second half, which helped swing the momentum.

Ninth-ranked Church Point trailed 14-0 with seven minutes left in the first quarter and 28-21 at intermission.

That deficit caused the Church Point coaching staff to call an onside kick, Bears coach Johb Craig Arceneaux said.

“At halftime we met as a staff and we decided to do it,” Arceneaux said. “We were behind and we felt we needed something to alter the momentum.”

ST. AMANT 55, H.L. BOURGEOIS 12: Looking at the scoreboard at the end of Friday night’s game at The Pit, it would be nearly impossible to think St. Amant ever trailed in its matchup with H.L. Bourgeois.

It took the Gators about one-third of the game to gain solid traction against the Braves — but once they did, it was all St. Amant. The Gators took control and ultimately cruised to a 55-12 win.

For a brief moment, the Braves looked as if they would try to outsmart St. Amant, storming to an early lead in the second quarter thanks to a 50-yard fake punt from Jude Lecompte, followed by a 70-yard bomb from quarterback Todd Adkins to wide receiver Ritney Coleman.

ST. MICHAEL 19, LIVE OAK 10: St. Michael the Archangel quarterback Jeffrey Vaccaro was the catalyst on two momentum-changing plays — one in each half — that went a long way in helping to keep his team undefeated.

Vaccaro’s 69-yard sprint set up a short touchdown that provided a lift before halftime and his 29-yard completion on third-and-long led a long third-quarter field goal, a pair of pressure-packed plays that pushed St. Michael’s to a 19-10 road victory Friday over Live Oak.

St. Michael (3-0), trailing 7-6 at halftime, reeled off a stretch of 16 unanswered points for a 16-7 lead with 11:57 remaining on Logan Knox’s 1-yard run.

RAYNE 32, ABBEVILLE 9: In Rayne, Jaylon Reed threw three touchdowns passes as Rayne, the ninth-ranked team in Class 4A, improved to 3-0. Reed threw 53-yard and 14 yard scoring passes to Trevon Fontentot and a 9-yard TD pass to Troy Breaux. Deontry Wilridge also scored on a pair of short TD runs as the Wolves jumped to a 19-3 lead in the first half.