Fontainebleau looked solid on the ground and through the air as it posted a 48-13 victory over host Northshore in District 6-5A play Friday in Slidell.
After leading 20-10 at halftime, Fontainebleau (4-2, 2-1) tacked on rushing touchdowns by Hunter Bastion and Kendrick Marquez and got two scoring passes from Mason Blocker to pull away from Northshore (2-4, 0-3). The Bulldogs outscored Northshore 21-0 in the fourth.
Bastion provided many highlights for Fontainebleau. He caught eight balls for 112 yards and a score, and he rushed twice for 59 yards and another touchdown. He returned a kickoff for 42 yards in the first half.
“We started slow, but we picked it up in the second half,” Bastion said. “Great coaching, great play calling tonight. And, we executed.”
Fontainebleau coach Mike Materne was happy with the outcome but saw room for improvement.
“The offense was able to open it up in the second half,” Fontainebleau coach Mike Materne said. “But we have some things to clean up. There were too many penalties (10 for 72 yards).”
The Panthers scored first after Daniel Bratcher recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff. Northshore’s offense couldn’t get much going, moving 12 yards in seven plays before giving way to the special teams. Kicker Austin Dixon booted a 33-yard field goal straight through the uprights to give the Panthers a 3-0 lead with 9:56 left in the opening quarter.
Fontainebleau answered with an 11-play, 80-yard drive. The possession was capped with a 5-yard touchdown pass in the right corner of the end zone from Blocker to Bastion. The PAT by Tyler Olivier made the score 7-3.
Northshore was forced to punt after going nowhere on the ensuing possession, and Fontainebleau took advantage. Taking over at their own 42, the Bulldogs hit the scoreboard again two plays later on a 47-yard touchdown run by Marquez. The kick failed.
Marquez rushed 10 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns against Northshore.
The Panthers’ Corey Duplessis had an interception on the next Fontainebleau drive, but Northshore was forced to punt. A 42-yard kickoff return by Bastion set the Bulldogs up at the the Panthers’ 18, and Blocker scored on a 19-yard keeper to the left pylon. The Olivier PAT was good, and Fontainebleau led 20-3 midway through the second quarter.
Northshore got something of an aerial game going in the second quarter, when Matt Benedict hit K.J. Hopkins on a 32-yard post pass on fourth-and-inches. The duo connected again with 4:56 left in the half on a 34-yard scoring play. Dixon’s PAT cut made it 20-10.
Blocker completed 15-of-24 passes for three touchdowns. Benedict completed 15 of 35 passes for 247 yards. The Panthers totaled 288 yards to Fontainebleau’s 499.
Northshore coach Mike Bourg was not at all pleased with the outcome.
“I’ve talked nice to them, I’ve challenged them, I’ve even called them names,” he said. “Nothing has worked. This is a very frustrating time right now.”