SHREVEPORT — The first game of the fourth annual Lander’s Dodge Battle On The Border, was, precisely that, for three quarters: a battle.
Then, Trevor Begue, and the St. Thomas More Cougars (2-0) finished how they started, going on to claim a 42-21 win.
The Cougars got off to a ferocious start against the Gladewater, Texas, Bears (2-1).
Quarterback William Bellamy found running back Deuce Wallace for a 55-yard completion on the opening play.
Two plays later, he connected with Trevor Begue to cap the three-play touchdown drive.
The Cougars defense matched their offense’s opening intensity by forcing a fumble on Gladewater’s third play from scrimmage.
Six plays was all the Cougars offense would need to score again.
William Bellamy tossed his second touchdown pass to receiver Tiger Bech.
“William and I worked a lot in the offseason going to camps and trying to develop that quarterback-receiver chemistry,” Bech said. “I think that really showed tonight.”
After only six minutes into the game, the Cougars held a 14-0 lead and appeared ready to put the game away early. The steady power-running game of Gladewater would have something to say about that, though.
Excluding the second quarter, St. Thomas More absolutely manhandled the game.
The second quarter belonged entirely to the Bears, though.
Gladewater only threw the ball one time during the second, but the run game was more than enough to compile three touchdowns.
Suddenly, a game that appeared to be completely in control for the Cougars, was flipped upside down, as they entered halftime trailing 21-14.
“We struggled to tackle in that second quarter. They had some big power backs in their backfield and bringing them down was tough,” St. Thomas More defensive coordinator Terry Tidwell said. “Our emphasis coming out for the second half was simply to make those tackles. We did a great job of it those last two quarters.”
Great may be an understatement. The Cougars defense stiffened and shut down the potent Bears rushing attack.
St. Thomas More didn’t allow a point in the second half.
While the defense stymied the Bears offense, the Cougars offense and Begue, went back to work.
Begue would knot the game up at 21, on a powerful 27-yard touchdown run midway through the third period. Four minutes later, he struck again to give the Cougars a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Trevor wasn’t done there, he rattled off a dynamic 45-yard touchdown run to cap a huge night for the junior.
“I really can’t take all of the credit. My line was great. They opened up holes and did their job. I am just glad I was able to do my part, as well.” Begue said.
Trevor may not have wanted to glorify himself, but coach Jim Hightower recognized the special night by Begue.
“He’s a special one. He had 272 total yards for us last week and was probably near that again tonight,” Hightower said.
“He’s an elite playmaker and our line did a great job giving him an opportunity to display that.”