Thanks to a 24-0 second half, Chalmette High School ended the regular season on a four-game winning streak as the Owls defeated Higgins 52-21 Thursday night at Hoss Memtsas Stadium.
The win for Chalmette (5-5, 4-1 District 8-5A) represents an improvement over last year’s 3-7 overall record and 2-3 district mark.
Higgins (2-8, 1-4) ended the year losing its last four.
Masen Mitchell led Chalmette with 12 carries for 115 yards. That was part of the Owls’ ground attack that had 340 rushes on 37 carries. Jayvon Lewis had 10 rushes for 96 yards and three of his team’s touchdowns.
For Higgins, quarterback Daniel White completed 10 of 16 passes for 260 passing yards. His favorite target was Romalo Ford, who had six catches for 172 yards. His other target was Ray’Delle Jones, who had three catches for 72 yards.
Both teams combined for 15 penalties for 146 yards.
Higgins wasted no time scoring as White completed an 88-yard pass on his team’s first play to Ford for a 7-0 lead with 11:43 left in the first.
On the Hurricanes’ next possession, Chalmette had three penalties for 45 yards, two of which were personal fouls. Higgins started the drive on its 36 and scored when Ford made a 2-yard run for a two touchdown lead with 9:08 left.
Chalmette’s Masen Mitchell scored on a 21-yard touchdown run with 5:31 left to cut the Higgins lead to one touchdown.
The Owls tied the game when Erin Rodriguez recovered a fumble at the 5 and ran for the score with 4:27 left.
White then completed a 48-yard pass to Ray’Delle Jones that brought the ball to the 2, but the Hurricanes could not advance and failed on their field goal attempt.
The Owls took their first lead when Jayvon Lewis made a 6-yard run with 1:57 left in the first half.
Higgins tied the game at 21-21 to end the half.
White completed a 37-yard pass to Ford to get the ball to the 8, then Jorell Hawkins made the touchdown run.
Chalmette regained the lead when Curole completed a 25-yard pass to Montrell Howard for a 28-21 lead with 24 seconds left in the half.
In the first half, Mitchell had 83 yards on 10 carries and White had 232 passing yards and one touchdown.
The Owls started the second half with a touchdown as a 4-yard run by Lewis increased their lead to 35-21 with 10:30 left in the third.
Two touchdowns later, including one when Chalmette’s Austin Bergeron fell on the ball in the end zone with 8:08 left in the third, gave the Owls a 49-21 lead.