ST. FRANCISVILLE — Top-ranked University High clinched at least a share of the District 7-3A title with a convincing 48-20 triumph Friday over West Feliciana, spoiling the Saints’ homecoming.
The game pitted two future LSU signees, U-High’s senior running back Nick Brossette against West Feliciana senior receiver/defensive back Jazz Ferguson. Brossette rushed 19 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns and also tossed a 54-yard scoring pass yards on the Cubs’
first play from scrimmage. He has 1,229 yards and 18 rushing TDs for the season and 132 for his four-year career. Meanwhile, Ferguson scored on a 9-yard run.
Cubs quarterback Manny Miles tossed four touchdown passes, two to Tre Jackson and a pair to Josh Wharton.
“I thought our offensive played sharp and did a good job of moving it up the field,” said U-High coach Chad Mahaffey. “Defensively, they have good players that make then tough to defend. We had too many penalties and we didn’t tackle well and we have to get better in those areas.”
U-High improved to 9-0 overall and 5-0 against district foes.
TEURLINGS CATHOLIC 42, WESTGATE 6: In Breaux Bridge, with homecoming perhaps being somewhat of a distraction, the Teurlings Catholic offense took a while to get going.
Despite the fact that the Rebels routed Westgate, the offense was lethargic at times and lacked the efficiency Teurlings coach Sonny Charpentier said he would have liked to see.
“I don’t think we were sharp offensively,” Charpentier said, “but the defense played well and the special teams played well. You’d like to play all three phases well, but we made enough plays to come away with an easy win.”
Teurlings quarterback Cole Kelley wasn’t his normal Cole Kelley self Friday. The Rebels junior quarterback did throw for two touchdowns and rush for another, but his 35 percent completion rate was a little off from what Charpentier said the Rebels have come to expect.
“I don’t think (Kelley) played well tonight,” Charpentier said. “He made a few throws that were off but that happens.
“He has played well all year long and that happens to everybody.”
PLAQUEMINE 28, ST. MICHAEL 17: Plaquemine’s opening salvo proved sufficient in securing at least a share of its preseason objective.
The Green Devils returned home for only the fourth time this season next week to take care of one final order of business.
Quarterback D’Morea Wicks accounted for two Plaquemine’s three first-quarter touchdowns and No. 7 Plaquemine made it stand up against a determined St. Michael at Louisiana Leadership’s Doug Williams Stadium in Baton Rouge.
Plaquemine (8-1, 3-0) can wrap up its second outright District 6-4A title next Friday against Tara.
“One of our goals before the season was to repeat as district champions,” Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano said. “We stressed there were two undefeated teams even though we have to play Tara next week, but we knew this was going to be the deciding game. We just have to take care of business next week.”
Plaquemine scored on its opening possession of the second half, driving 82 yards in 8 plays with Steve Conerly scoring from a yard out and Ethan King added his fourth successful extra point.
Wicks combined for 266 yards of offense, rushing 18 times for 146 yards and a touchdown to go along with 120 yards passing – completing 5 of 7 passes but was intercepted twice by Chris Reid.
Plaquemine rolled up 406 total yards, rushing the ball 38 times for 286 yards. Running back Preston Russ had 11 attempts for 82 yards and a TD.
“I still have a lot of confidence in my ball club,” St. Michael coach Paul Varnado said. “I know they’re still good and we’ll have an opportunity down the line. We didn’t get it tonight but this is going to be a growing experience for us.”
St. Michael (8-1, 2-1) enjoyed its longest drive of the game – 8 plays, 70 yards, 4 minutes – to pull to within the final score with 3:54 left in the third quarter on quarterback Jeffrey Vaccaro’s 10-yard slant pass to Logan Rome.
The Warriors, which finished with 226 yards, had two more possessions in which to get within a touchdown. Place-kicker Ashton Fletcher, whose 34-yarder made it 21-10 at half, hit the right upright from 31 yards out with 10:31 remaining and was short from 47 yards with 1:54 to go.
Vaccaro endured a relentless Plaquemine rush that sacked him eight times for a loss of 53 yards. He wound up 95 yards rushing and a TD on 25 carries with 99 yards passing – 52 of which went to Logan Rome on three catches.
Plaquemine overwhelmed St. Michael early with its athleticism, scoring three touchdowns in eight plays, amassing 189 yards for an average of 42 yards per play.
One play after Quintrell Anderson’s block of Fletcher’s 56-yard field goal attempt, Wicks rolled to his left and connected with Wayne Toussant on a 56-yard deep post pattern on the Green Devils’ first offensive play.
The Green Devils went on to make it 21-0 with 50 seconds to go in the opening quarter with Wicks darting 51 yards down the sideline and Russ scoring from 16 yards out.
“Credit to coach Varnado and St. Michael’s,” Distefano said. “They could have shut it down early but they played the whole, entire game and had a great game plan. Hat’s off to them. They’ve done a great job year. We’re happy to get out here with a win.”