NEW ROADS — The Thin Lizzy hit “The Boys Are Back in Town” boomed through the speakers as the players began pre-game warm-ups. Catholic-Pointe Coupee football coach Rob Funderburk wasn’t quite sure that was a good thing.
The Hornets hadn’t won a home game since September 2013. A 43-point first-half explosion proved Funderburk had little to worry about.
Ultimately, Catholic-PC ran away with a 64-24 victory over North Central High in a District 5-1A game played Thursday night at NRG Field/Community Park.
“I’ve been doing this a long time and I’ll take a win any way I can get it,” Funderburk said. “It wasn’t always pretty, and there are definitely things we need to clean up if we want to make a push for the playoffs.”
“It’s good to get a win here at home because it has been a while. We were able to score some points, but I thought we came out a flat. In the second half, I thought we played better.”
The Hornets (4-4, 2-1) are best known as a passing team. On this night they rolled up 385 rushing yards with Landon LeMay leading the way with 171 yards on 13 carries and three first-half TDs. Jacob Juge added 116 yards on five carries and scored four TDs. LeMay and Juge each accounted for three scores in the first half.
Quarterback Jonas Guichet made his mark too, completing 14 of 24 for 191 yards, including a 45-yard TD pass to Juge that opened the scoring. Gabe Vandegrift had nine catches for 120 yards.
Drachir Duplechain was a one-man show for North Central (1-8, 0-4). Duplechain played quarterback, running back and defensive back for a Hurricanes team that dressed out just 19 players.
Duplechain scored all four TDs, including a 75-yard interception return, a 60-yard run and a 57-yard pass reception. But the Hurricanes could keep pace.
“We finish better than we start,” NCHS coach Jacobi Thierry said. “I thought we did some good things once we realized we could play with them. By that time, they had put up a lot of points.”
The first half ended with some impressive offensive totals. LeMay had 145 yards on 12 carries. Guichet completed 9 of 18 passes for 166 yards.
Juge contributed 85 rushing yards on four carries and caught two passes for 57 yards. Though he didn’t score a TD, Vandegrift had six catches for 99 yards.
Two interceptions were the only negative for CHSPC. Duplechain made both picks count for the Hurricanes. He returned one 75 yards for a TD and the other 62 yards, which set up a 1-yard TD run by who else? Duplechain, of course.
North Central scored first in the second half with another big play. Dontarius Joseph and Duplechain connected on a 57-yard scoring. Joseph completed five passes for 77 yards for the Hurricanes.
Juge countered his second 22-yard TD run of the night. By the end of the third quarter the Hornets led by 30.
“Our coaches told us we had to come out strong,” LeMay said. “We saw the holes and ran through them.”