John Ehret’s Caron Baham made his eighth start behind center Friday at Hoss Memtsas Stadium, and he aided his team’s overwhelming 61-0 win over Helen Cox.
The junior ran for 186 yards on seven carries and four touchdowns.
“Caron hasn’t been getting the attention that he needs,” Ehret coach Corey Lambert said. “I love Caron like a son. ... This is big for him.”
Lambert said Baham makes a good combination with the defense.
“He’s in playoff mode,” Lambert said. “If he can do that for us with the defense we have, we can go very far.”
That defense held the Cougars to 106 yards.
“It’s a rivalry game, first of all, and our kids know the kids on that side,” Lambert said. “It’s a little personal.”
Although Lambert’s team was playing another team from the West Bank, he wants to keep the focus on going deep in the playoffs.
“We’re trying to go to the state championship at the Superdome every time we step on the field,” he said. “Whoever’s in our way, no matter if it’s a rival team, no matter if it’s a West Bank team or up-north team, whatever, you’ve got to play the same speed. You’ve got to play fast and finish strong.”
When the Patriots (7-1, 3-0 District 8-5A) got the ball for their first drive, Baham rushed for 96 yards for the first touchdown with 5:55 left in the first to take an 8-0 lead.
Ehret got two more touchdowns and its second came after it recovered a fumble on a kickoff at Cox’s 21, from where Travis Jordan then found Taris Shanell for a 22-0 lead.
The Cougars (1-7, 0-3) suffered a big blow when senior quarterback Dion Ray left the game with a shoulder injury and was relieved by Jason Charles, who is listed as a receiver on Helen Cox’s roster. Ray was taken to Ochsner’s West Bank campus, Helen Cox coach Willie Brooks said. Brooks said he was going to check on his status after the game.
“Our injuries for the last month and a half have just been astronomical,” Brooks said. “I don’t know any team in the country that can have out 10, 11 guys.
“Now we have our trigger man that we lose on a drive that we’re going in and probably scoring on. This team has been through so much adversity over the last two months.”
While Ehret amassed a 46-0 halftime lead, the Patriots had 212 rushing yards and 70 passing yards while holding Cox to minus-2 rushing yards and 93 passing.