SPRINGFIELD — Josh Taylor and Milan Love each had a pair of touchdowns as Springfield improved to 2-1 in District 7-2A with a dominating 41-6 win over Archbishop Hannan on Friday night.
Taylor scored on 16 and 36-yard runs while Love had 25 and 6-yard TD runs for Springfield (5-1). Hannan (1-6, 1-3) scored its touchdown on a 14-yard pass from Jonathan Ryan to Daniel Hollander
ST. HELENA CENTRAL 27, POPE JOHN PAUL II 6: Latron Williams caught a 51 yard scoring pass from Ricky Travis and Brandon Brooksfield had a 21-yard rushing touchdown as St. Helena Central won its first game of the season. St. Helena is now 1-6 and 1-2 in District 7-2A while Pope John Paul dropped to 1-6 and 0-4.
CATHOLIC-BR 20, DUTCHTOWN 17: Over the course of a tense, dramatic District 5-5A game, Catholic-Baton Rouge seemingly did just enough to keep Dutchtown at arm’s length.
Then junior linebacker Brandon Fairbanks took it to another extreme.
With Dutchtown place-kicker Justin Reid lined up for a game-tying 50-yard field goal, Fairbanks got just enough of his right hand to deflect the attempt on the game’s final play, allowing No. 5 Catholic to survive with a 20-17 victory Friday at Griffin Field.
“I got a little crease and shot through,” said Fairbanks, a junior linebacker. “I fell at first, but got off my knee and gave a little extra push. I didn’t get much of it but just enough to get it.”
Catholic’s sideline erupted at the sight of Reid’s kick falling well short of its intended target, enabling the Bears (6-1, 2-0) to repel a determined effort from Dutchtown (3-4, 1-1), which accounted for the final score with 9:51 to play.
Catholic’s defense repeatedly delivered in the clutch, twice turning Dutchtown away on fourth-and-inches to stifle two drives, while defensive back John Connolly intercepted Brandt Fritsche on fourth-and-11 with 2:20 to play.
Dutchtown, which has lost to No. 1 Archbishop Rummel, No. 2 Destrehan and No. 5 Catholic, got the ball back with 38 seconds to play and no timeouts. But the Griffins failed to score, thanks to Fairbanks’ block.
RAYNE 20, EUNICE 13: Rayne defensive back Hunter Keely scooped up a second-quarter Eunice fumble and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown to lift Rayne to a District 4-4A win at Bobcat Stadium.
The touchdown was the first of Keely’s career. It also provided the Wolves — currently ranked No. 8 in Class 4A — with their final score 6:28 before halftime.
Keely’s score came 3:28 after the Wolves ended a 10-play, 63-yard scoring drive to take a 14-7 lead on a Jaylon Reed run.
Rayne coach Curt Ware said Keely’s play was crucial — especially in a defensive game in which neither team scored in the second half.
“Any time you score on defense, it’s going to be big,” Ware said. “That gave us a two-touchdown lead at that point.”
TEURLINGS CATHOLIC 56, ST. THOMAS MORE 46: Three and a half hours after starting the craziest game of their lives, the Teurlings Catholic football players sprinted over to their screaming friends and family in the visiting bleachers, climbed the lower level of the fences and carried over the party that they started on the field in the second half.
A shocked St. Thomas More team watched with sunken eyes as a coach repeated, “Remember how this feels.”
Teurlings Catholic may never again experience the type of adversity that it did Friday night against St. Thomas More, but when it hit Friday night — and it hit hard — the Rebels hit right back with even more force.
The Rebels (5-1, 3-0), down 43-17 midway through the third quarter, put together a rally for the ages, scoring 36 unanswered points in a blink of an eye to stun the previously unbeaten Cougars (6-1, 2-1).
WOODLAWN-BR 34, EAST ASCENSION 27: Eltorrian Gildersleeve intercepted a Kyran Irvin pass and returned it 73 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 4.5 seconds left, lifting Woodlawn to a victory over East Ascension in District 5-5A action at EAHS’ Spartan Stadium.
“I saw the receiver break off his route and I saw him (Irvin) overthrow it a little,” Gildersleeve said. “I had to get and bring it back for my team.”
Gildersleeve zig-zagged down the EAHS sideline and was hit by several Spartans, but made a spin move around the 10-yard line and ran into the end zone.
The fact that it was the lone turnover for East Ascension (4-3, 1-1) on a night when the teams combined for 990 yards of offense provided the irony.
BREAUX BRIDGE 14, ST. MARTINVILLE 0: Drake Guidry threw a pair of touchdown passes as ninth-ranked Breaux Bridge (5-2) improved to 3-1 in District 5-4A.
Guidry threw an 8-yard scoring pass to Javin Derouselle in the first quarter and a 21-yarder to Javeyan Williams in the second quarter to give Breaux Bridge all the points they needed.
The Breaux Bridge defense was the star of the night as the Tigers held their cross-parish rivals to 20 yards of offense and picked off a St. Martinville pass.
LIVONIA 53, PORT BARRE 0: In Port Barre, Malcolm Dedrick ran for 142 yards on 10 carries and C.J. Powell threw for three scores and ran for another as Livonia, the fifth-ranked team in Class 3A, remained undefeated.
Powell threw a 24-yard scoring strike to Kendrick Paul, a 57-yarder to Donovan Robertson and a 9-yard TD pass to Stephen Guidry. He also scored on a 56-yard run.
Dedrick scored on runs of 24 and 56 yards and Derrick Wells scored on 14 and 4-yard runs as Livonia (6-0, 2-0) ran for 516 yards while holding Port Barre (2-5, 0-2) to 75 yards.