Although Belle Chasse jumped out to an early lead, it was the arm of Warren Easton quarterback Deshawn Capers-Smith that carried Warren Easton to a 38-17 win Friday in both teams’ District 9-4A opener at Belle Chasse Stadium.
Capers-Smith had a part in all six Warren Easton touchdowns and passed for a game-high 386 yards.
“My receivers were getting open and making plays to get open for me to get them the ball,” the senior said. “I made sure to keep myself focused on the game and making sure that I was getting the ball off as fast as I can.”
Defense was key for the Eagles (5-1, 1-0) as they held Belle Chasse to 230 yards of total offense.
While Belle Chasse ended the first half trailing 24-17, Warren Easton coach Tony Hull saw his team’s errors.
“We were making mental mistakes,” he said. “We just had to correct the mental mistakes. The defense came out and made the corrections, and we performed well in the second half.”
For Belle Chasse (4-1, 0-1), starting quarterback Andrew Hicks rushed for 136 yards on 28 carries. He completed one pass for 26 yards and caught two.
Despite trailing most of the game, Cardinals coach Stephen Myers said perseverance was important.
“You don’t give up. You work 48 minutes,” he said. “That’s just the character of the kids, something we’re trying to get instilled with them. It’s just good character, good character.
“That’s a real good football team, big, fast, can run, well-coached. They’re physical. We’re trying to get where we can be physical every play of every game.”
The Cardinals quickly scored on their first possession as Hicks’ 8-yard touchdown run gave the Cardinals a 7-0 lead with 7:11 left in the first. On that drive, Hicks had 56 yards on six plays.
Warren Easton answered with its first touchdown when Capers-Smith completed a 47-yard pass to Darren Holmes to cut the lead to 7-6 about a minute later.
Following three more touchdowns and a 24-7 lead, Hicks gave his team the momentum before halftime with a 47-yard touchdown run with 2:27 left in the half to cut the lead to 24-14.
The momentum continued for the Cardinals when Randy Grafe recovered a fumble to set up a 21-yard field goal by Austin Russell that trimmed the deficit to seven.
Warren Easton got the ball back and drove to the Belle Chasse 8, however they were unable to score before halftime.
Capers-Smith completed 13 passes for 261 yards and four touchdowns at the half. Hicks had 19 rushes for 136 yards and two touchdowns.
In the fourth quarter, the Cardinals went with Andrew Page as the quarterback, and he came in to promptly complete two passes for 26 yards.