Belle Chasse took the field Thursday night in hopes of securing a homecoming victory, while moving above .500 in the process.
Cardinals coach Stephen Myers wanted to see his team “continue to get better” after a rough start in District 9-4A.
Belle Chasse downed Riverdale 41-0 at Belle Chasse Stadium to gain it second district win.
“We needed this win to help us get over the hump,” Myers said. “We had a tough schedule to start the season, but we are continuing to improve.
“We wanted to do some damage on the ground and get some offense going. I think that we were able to get the ball into the hands of our best players, and it paid off for us.”
The Cardinals (5-4, 2-3) chewed up a lot of clock in the first half, holding the ball for 19 of the first 24 minutes. They started the second half in a similar fashion, going up 41-0 thanks to a 27-point scoring explosion in the third quarter.
Fredrick Smith broke free for a 34-yard touchdown run to cap a lopsided third quarter and extend the Cardinals lead to 41-0.
A 30-yard fumble return by Tulane commitment Kazmi Antoine started the third-quarter outburst. Belle Chasse add rushing scores by Green and Navarre for 6 and 4 yards for two more third-quarter scores.
Riverdale (1-8) dropped to 0-6 in District 9-4A, but coach Nick Brumfield got to see some important things from his team.
“We started the second half off in the worst possible way with a turnover,” he said. “It took away our momentum and gave it to them.”
The Rebels played three quarterbacks, including De La Salle transfer Frankie Tabary, who replaced incumbent Chris Butler. Neither of the quarterbacks could to get the offense moving. The Rebels compiled just 134 total yards, only 57 yards passing.
“We are really young and will only get younger next year,” Brumfield said. “I needed to see what we had out there, but losing is part of the growing process.”
The Cardinals opened the game grinding out tough yards and moving the chains. They only had three first-half possessions but cashed in on two of those. Green rumbled up the middle for a 10-yard touchdown to extend the lead 14-0 at halftime.
Riverdale failed to get any offense started in the first half, getting only two first downs in three possessions. Quarterback Christian Smith found Perry Brown for a 22-yard gain deep in Cardinals territory, but penalties and errant throws erased the Rebels most productive drive of the game.
Green gained 83 yards in the first half, including a 50-yard gallop down to the Rebels 4- yard line. The run set up the game’s first score by Smith from 4 yards out. Green finished with 121 yards and two scores on just 15 carries.