Caron Baham and Byron James need their own reality show. Maybe a variety show.
The John Ehret tandem already has its own offense.
Baham, playing quarterback, and James, at running back, handled the majority of Ehret’s offensive load Friday night against Bonnabel, leading the Patriots to a 55-12 win in District 8-5A play at Joseph S. Yenni Stadium.
Baham rushed 17 times for 88 yards and four touchdowns. He also completed 5 of 7 passes for 48 yards.
James had 254 yards on 25 carries. He scored twice, including a 67-yard run in the fourth quarter.
“I’m not really an individual player,” James said. “If it wasn’t for my offensive line and coaches, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing.”
In the first half, Baham or James carried the ball or threw a pass on all but one play, helping Ehret (6-1, 2-0) build a 26-6 lead at halftime.
“When we were 1-9, nobody took it light on us; they always put their foot on the pedal,” Baham said of Ehret’s not-too-distant struggles in previous seasons. “Now we’re up, and it’s our turn to put the pedal to the metal.”
Ehret’s defense did its best, too, holding Bonnabel’s Semaj Franklin to 37 passing yards and the Bruins rushing attack to 49 yards.
Perhaps the only issue coach Corey Lambert had with his Patriots on Friday was penalties: The team was called 15 times for 135 yards.
“I’m not happy about the penalties, but our kids, last week, had a bum (effort),” Lambert said of Ehret’s 13-10 win against Chalmette. “Not taking anything from Chalmette, but our kids are used to starting fast and finishing strong. That’s what they’re been doing all season long. This team has an engine. They just keep running.”
The Patriots have won their past five games heading into next Friday’s district matchup with Helen Cox.
Ehret is moving closer to repeating last season’s undefeated mark in district play. The 2013 Patriots reached the Class 5A nonselect regional round. Baham and James have an opportunity to take them even farther.
Bonnabel (1-6, 0-2) had no offensive answer — or defense for that matter. The Bruins mustered one score in the first half after Franklin completed his longest pass of the game to Denzal Winzy, a 37-yard gain. Two plays later, Franklin, scrambling to his left, found Shamus Varnado from 3 yards. Bonnabel trailed 12-6.
Ehret responded on its next possession, an 11-play drive capped by a 4-yard score by Baham with 8:09 left in the second quarter.
“The game got away from us in the second half,” said Bonnabel coach Reggie Rogers, who next Friday faces Higgins. “Our attitude has to be focused on a complete football game. I don’t think we were ready to play, mentally, when we stepped out on the field.”
Trailing 55-6 late in the fourth quarter, Bonnabel scored its second TD, a 6-yard run by Maurice Britton.
Britton finished with 20 yards on eight carries. Jarred Ambrose had 10 carries for 24 yards.