Warren Easton entered Friday night’s matchup with Belle Chasse aiming for its first district win.
The Eagles got that and more, prevailing 49-14 to improve to 3-1 overall.
Eagles coach Tony Hull took his team on the road for a fourth straight week, and he wanted to see how it would respond against the Cardinals’ option offense.
“Playing a team like Belle Chasse is always tough because you never see this offense,” he said. “We only had four days to practice and prepare for their scheme. It was tough, but I think we did a great job bottling up their playmakers.”
Easton receiver Clyde Chriss shined bright in the fourth quarter despite his team appearing to have the game well in hand. Chriss scored on a fade pass from 11 yards to account for the final score; he finished with six catches for 139 yards and three touchdowns.
“I knew my team would need me to help close out Belle Chasse, so I waited for my time,” he said. “Early on, I was just a decoy to help our running game out. Once it got going, I just did my thing. I wanted them to know I was there, so I did what I always do and just make plays.”
The Eagles would not let up in the second half: They scored 28 points in the final two quarters. Quarterback Tyriek Stalks dived in for a 1-yard score to make it 42-14 in the fourth quarter, then connected with Chriss for a 7-yard score with 9:06 left. Stalks finished 13-of-20 for 314 yards, four touchdowns and an interception.
Belle Chasse managed to get on the board in the second half on a 4-yard touchdown run by Trey Green. The score would be the last for the Cardinals and cut the Eagles’ led in half. They trailed 28-14 with 10:39 left in the fourth.
The Eagles offense simply couldn’t be stopped. Running back Joseph Boyd rushed for 158 yards on 22 carries as the offense combined for 476 yards.
Warren Easton took a 21-7 halftime lead after scoring 21 unanswered points. Boyd rushed for 37 yards and a touchdown; that rush came on the heels of a 1-yard touchdown by Larry Barabino with 5:23 left in the first quarter.
Chriss had only one catch in the first half. Fortunately for the Eagles, it was an 80-yard touchdown grab.
Belle Chasse got on the board after Trey Green raced up the sideline 65 yards for a touchdown. The Cardinals moved the ball effortlessly against the Eagles in the first quarter, giving the home crowd fans something to cheer for.
Green finished with 130 yards on 19 carries. Cardinals quarterback Andrew Paige completed 3 of 12 passes for 31 yards.