Marc Martin’s coaching debut got off to a blazing start as East Jefferson rolled past Higgins 34-14 at Yenni Stadium on Friday night.
“It feels good to get that first one out of the way,” Martin said. “At the beginning of the year you have all of that paperwork and just trying to line things up and you are really just running around not thinking about it Then all of a sudden you get to kick off, and it’s here. I thought we came out and played really hard up-tempo and aggressive and got after them.”
Morris Sarah led the Warriors with three touchdowns.
East Jefferson extended its winning streak to 16 games dating to last season when former coach Nick Saltaformaggio, now at Hahnville, led the school to a 15-0 season and the Class 4A state title.
East Jefferson raced out to a 34-7 halftime lead.
“All of a sudden we came out a little flat and with some mental mistakes in the second half,” Martin said. “If we can take that first half into next week, we will be fine. Higgins is a much-improved team. They were physical, and they competed. They didn’t lay down and die. They competed until the end.”
East Jefferson plays at St. Charles on Friday.
Higgins first-year coach Craig Laborde will go for his first win Friday on the road against St. Amant.
Brother Martin 49, Patterson 28: Senior running back Jared West and sophomore Bruce Jordan-Swilling combined for more than 400 yards rushing and five touchdowns in the Crusaders’ road victory.
West scored three touchdowns, and Jordan-Swilling rushed for two more.
Quarterback Jake Broggi also threw a touchdown for the Crusaders, who won 21-12 in last year’s opener against Patterson.
The Crusaders will play John Ehret on Thursday at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Belle Chasse 42, South Plaquemines 12: Belle Chasse quarterback Andrew Hicks rushed 18 times for 241 yards and three touchdowns and also threw a touchdown.
Fredrick Smith and Trey Green also scored touchdowns for the Cardinals, who racked up 428 yards rushing.
Hicks completed his only pass attempt of the game for an 18-yard touchdown to Brett Dingler.
Landry-Walker 54, South Lafourche 14 : Tevin Bush rushed for four touchdowns to lead the Charging Buccaneers at Behrman Stadium.
Landry-Walker edged South Lafourche 7-0 in last season’s opener, but had little trouble in the school’s second season since the merger of O.Perry Walker and Landry high schools.
Landry-Walker, ranked No. 3 in The New Orleans Advocate’s Large School Super 10, will play Miller-McCoy on Friday at Tad Gormley Satdium.
South Lafourche will host South Plaquemine.
Haynes ACADEMY 22, Crescent City 0: The rushing of Malik Bailey and Ronald Clay combined with a stout defense helped propel Haynes to a shutout win Friday at Muss Bertolino.
Bailey led the Yellow Jackets with 14 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown. Clay added with 18 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown.
The defense limited Crescent City to 16 first-half plays and 19 in the second. Linebacker Bobby Federico had a 15-yard interception that led to the Jackets second touchdown.
The Pioneers did not run a play from scrimmage until the 7:17 mark of the first period.
After holding Crescent City on downs, the Jackets took over on the Pioneers 34. Five plays later, quarterback Charlie Magaw hit a wide-open Jay Mouton for a 12-yard touchdown pass.
After Federico’s interception, the Jackets had a six-play 22-yard touchdown drive. Ronald Clay capped the drive with a 1-yard run.
Bailey’s 1-yard touchdown run with one second left in the first half closed out the scoring for the Jackets.
Lusher 35, St. Martin’s 6: The Lions used a balanced attack (200 rushing, 214 passing) to cruise to a season-opening victory.
Eli Poche completed 8 of 14 passes for 206 yards. And Joshua Barney rushed 11 times for 95 yards. Ari Broussard and Louis Landrum III had rushing touchdowns and Diego Griffin had a touchdown reception.
Desmond McGovern threw for 84 yards and rushed for 45 yards to lead the Saints.
Will Dean recorded nine tackles, including a sack for St. Martin’s.
Riverside 36, Evangel 30: Riverside freshman Jordan Loving completed 21 of 41 passes for 165 yards and three touchdowns to help the visiting Rebels erase a 13-point second half deficit.
Herb McGee, a standout guard on the Rebels’ basketball team, threw a 50-yard touchdown and caught two touchdowns. Von Julien, who also stars on the basketball team, also caught two touchdowns and returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
Lakeshore 31, Miller-McCoy 20: Lakeshore fullback David Ducre, an LSU commitment, rushed 29 times for 286 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Titans.