Junior running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire scored three touchdowns for the second straight week to help lead Catholic High School to a 47-6 victory over Broadmoor on Friday night at Olympia Stadium.
Edwards-Helaire rushed seven times for 128 yards and caught four passes for 88 yards to tally 216 total yards, all in the first half. He scored on first-quarter runs of 3 and 8 yards sandwiched between a 54-yard scoring catch from senior quarterback Ian Brian as the Bears led 19-0 after one quarter.
Catholic (5-2, 2-0 District 5-5A) won its fifth straight game and held its third foe to seven or fewer points. Edwards-Helaire had 305 total yards in the previous week’s 34-6 victory over East Ascension. For the season, Edwards-Helaire has scored 12 TDs with 874 rushing yards and 377 receiving yards.
“Edwards-Helaire is a gifted player and a remarkable athlete,” Catholic coach Dale Weiner said. “He pushes himself and sets a fine example for the guys.”
Broadmoor (0-7, 0-2) was forced to punt six times in the first half and had 69 yards of total offense. Dajon West, who had a second-quarter interception, scored on an 8-yard run with 4:57 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Bucs put together a nine-play, 80-yard drive.
Catholic scored on five of seven possessions in the first half. Broadmoor opened the game with an onsides kick and Catholic’s Grant Conway recovered. The Bears drove 62 yards in five plays. Edwards-Helaire started the drive with runs of 29, 21 and 7 yards and ended it with a 3-yard TD.
The Bears scored in two plays on their next series. Edwards-Helaire caught the 54-yard pass from Brian to put CHS up 12-0 with 7:40 remaining in the first quarter.
Catholic’s third scoring drive covered 50 yards in three plays. Edwards-Helaire had a 22-yard run and scored on the 8-yard run around left end.
In the second quarter, Catholic scored on Brian TD passes of 27 yards to Lance Chaisson and 20 yards to Blair Bogan. Brian completed 10 of 12 passes for 173 yards and three TDs. He has 12 TD passes on the season.
Weiner was able to sit his offensive starters in the second half.
“I was really proud of the execution on both sides of the ball,” Weiner said. “Our guys were focused and ready to play. I’m glad we got a lot of kids in the game.”
Catholic’s James Berrigan scored on a 24-yard run in the third quarter and Andrew Bienvenu caught a 14-yard scoring pass from Zack Crawford in the fourth quarter.
Henry Williams and Deonte Matthews had eight carries each for Broadmoor for 62 and 49 yards, respectively.
“We’ve got to get better,” Broadmoor coach Elliott Wilkins said.
“We’ve had some injuries. I’m challenging my guys to keep working.”