PLAQUEMINE — St. John raced out to an early 13-0 lead, an advantage that wound up being a small obstacle for Stefano Guarisco and Central Catholic-Morgan City.
Guarisco scored five touchdowns, including two 75-yard scoring runs to lead Central Catholic past St. John 54-27.
The nondistrict season-opener played Thursday night at Plaquemine High’s Canova Stadium saw CCMC roll up 458 rushing yards for coach Tommy Minton, who spent one season as coach at Plaquemine High in the 1990s. CCMC scored 24 second-quarter points to break the game open.
Guarisco ran for 170 yards on his five TD runs and also scored on three two-point conversions to tally 36 points. Jalen Johnson caught a 73-yard scoring pass from Blake Byrns.
Gavin Landry scored two first-quarter TDs on runs of 22 and 7 yards to pace Plaquemine-based St. John, which compiled 271 rushing yards.
Demarcus Mitchell, who scored on a 17-yard run, closed out the scoring for Central Catholic (1-0) in the fourth quarter.
Justin Rivet and Gavin Primeaux had the other TD runs for St. John (0-1).
ASCENSION CATHOLIC 53, CATHOLIC-POINT COUPEE 18: In Donaldsonville, Ascension Catholic dug itself out of a hole in the first half and never looked back.
Two touchdowns apiece by Daniel Mattingly and Kaleb Winchester pulled Ascension Catholic from an 18-0 deficit that set the stage for a rout over Catholic-Pointe Coupee at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium.
A Winchester 52-yard scamper erased the Hornet lead with 3:35 left in the first half. The senior wide receiver’s 42-yard run put the Bulldogs ahead 27-18 at halftime.
Mattingly’s 14-yard pass to Collin Landry in the last minute of the first quarter opened scoring for the Bulldogs.
The senior quarterback struck again on a 19-yard keeper.
Winchester carried five times for 120 yards and Married finished 5-of-13 for 132 yards.
The Bulldogs blocked a punt in the end zone to stretch the lead early in the third quarter.
A Mattingly 16-yard keep into the end zone and Landon Landry’s 2-yard sneak put ACHS ahead 47-18 at the end of the third.
Hornets senior running back Troy Pechon — in his first year of varsity football — scored on a 82-yard kickoff return that put CHSPC ahead 6-0 less than 20 seconds into the game.
CHSPC padded its lead less than five minutes later on a Brett Hawkins 11-yard run.
A Reid Smith 16-yard interception return 25 seconds later put the Hornets ahead 18-0.
CHSPC came up short on an extra-point kick and two conversion runs.
The Hornets tacked their last TD on a Nathan Carriere 6-yard run in the last minute.
Boyd Smith finished 2-of-9 for 28 yards and two interceptions. He also led the ground game with 22 carries for 57 yards.
ACHS visits Dunham and CHSPC travels to Ascension Episcopal next Friday.