The clash of district 7-1A titans did not disappoint at Vermilion Catholic on Friday night.
The Screamin’ Eagles escaped with a 29-22 victory over Central Catholic of Morgan City.
In a game that was widely regarded as the district championship game, Vermilion Catholic showed why they are the reigning district champions.
Central Catholic’s hopes came down to the final drive, where they were unable to convert a fourth down with 57 seconds left.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my team,” Vermilion Catholic coach Russell Kuhns said. “We have a bunch of guys that are getting better and better each week.”
The defense of Vermilion Catholic scored the first points of the game on a 36-yard interception return by Andre Girouard. A missed extra point try gave VC a 6-0 lead.
Vermilion Catholic’s defense flexed its muscle with 4:32 left in the first half when William Noegel tackled Stefano Guarisco for a safety to extend VC’s lead to 8-0.
Central Catholic responded with 28 seconds left in the half on a 35-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Blake Byrne to Jalen Johnson. Byrne’s pass to Matthew Barbier converted the 2-point conversion try to tie the game at 8 at halftime.
Vermilon Catholic’s Hunter Frith intercepted a pass and returned it to the Central Catholic 20-yard line, and two plays later, Frith connected with Tyler Derouen for a 1-yard score.
With 6:57 left in the third quarter, Byrne found Guarisco on a 24-yard screen pass for a touchdown to narrow the deficit to 15-14.
An Emile Trahan interception set up a 12-yard touchdown run by Derouen to extend Vermilion Catholic’s lead to 22-14.
With 10:10 left in the game, Vermilion Catholic delivered what was considered the back breaking play of the game when Frith found Trahan on a wheel route for 89 yards and a touchdown to give them a 29-14 lead.
A three-and-out by Central Catholic turned the ball back over to the Screamin’ Eagles. A few plays later, Frith’s pass was tipped and intercepted by John Parker and returned to the VC 20.
A few plays later, Guarisco connected with Samarick Paul on a halfback pass to cut the margin in half to 29-22.
“Our defense played great tonight,” Kuhns said. “They really grew up. Im proud of the defense and how they played. It feels good to get a win against this team heading into the rest of the season.”
Vermilion Catholic is in action next Friday when they travel to face the Gueydan Bears.