BREAUX BRIDGE - Top-ranked St. Thomas More is unbeaten no longer.
The Breaux Bridge Tigers saw to that.
In a battle of top 10-ranked teams in District 5-4A, Breaux Bridge got 120 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Adrian Menard and held off a second-half STM rally to win 28-14 Friday night.
Breaux Bridge, No. 6 in Class 4A, improved to 7-1 overall and 2-1 in 5-4A, the same record as STM.
After a scoreless first quarter, Breaux Bridge bolted to a 14-0 halftime lead on a 5-yard touchdown run by Menard and a 5-yard TD pass from Randall Menard to LSU commitment Travin Dural.
Breaux Bridge went up 21-0 in the third quarter on a 1-yard burst by Menard. St. Thomas More finally got on the board, pulling within 21-7 in the third on a 51-yard TD pass from Brandon Bergeron to Matthew Flores.
Breaux Bridge’s Dural answered with an 87-yard kickoff return for at touchdown on the ensuing possession to put the Tigers up 28-7. Bergeron then threw a 39-yard TD pass to Flores, but STM couldn’t score again.
ASSUMPTION 27, VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 20: In Houma, Assumption came in ranked No. 3 in Class 4A and undefeated while Vandebilt Catholic had a losing record.
Despite that, the Terriers gave the highly regarded Mustangs all they wanted.
With the game tied 20-20 in the fourth quarter, Assumption got a 14-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Gautreaux to Jeremiah Jarvis with 8:57 remaining for what proved to be the winning points.
The Mustangs went to 8-0 and 3-0 in district, while VCHS fell to 3-5 and 0-2.
The Terriers opened the scoring in the first quarter as Devin Knight scored on an 80-yard punt return with 7:21 remaining. Assumption evened the score 7-7 headed into halftime on a 7-yard run by Chris Skidmore.
The Mustangs went in front 13-7 to start the second half as Skidmore returned the opening kickoff 89 yards. Seth Ward responded with a 5-yard TD run for VCHS, but the teams remained tied 13-13 after the extra point was blocked.
Chris Johnson’s 65-yard TD run with 5:28 left in the third put Assumption back up 20-13, but VCHS tied it again with 2:26 to go on a 55-yard pass from Sam Lirette to Morgan DeGruise, setting up Assumption’s winning score in the fourth.
EUNICE 34, PORT BARRE 12: Trenon Trosclair threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as visiting Eunice rolled to a 20-0 halftime lead as it easily handled Port Barre in a District 5-3A game.
The Bobcats, ranked No. 9 in Class 3A, improved to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in district. The Red Devils fell to 3-5 and 1-2.
Trosclair opened the scoring with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Derek Denton. He later scored on a 1-yard keeper.
Matthew Ward and Darius Richard later scored on runs of 4 and 5 yards, respectively, for Eunice. Port Barre scored on a 1-yard run by Jeremy Rose and a 44-yard pass from Desmond Lewis to C.J. Vedell.
AMITE 42, BOGALUSA 0: Jermaine Jolla scored on runs of 3 and 72 yards and James Oden caught and ran for scores as Amite blasted visiting Bogalusa in a District 8-3A game.
The Warriors, ranked No. 3 in Class 3A, improved to 7-1 and 3-0 in district to keep pace with unbeaten Loranger.
The No. 4-ranked Wolves went to 8-0 and 3-0 with a 39-13 rout at Independence.
Josh Burton opened the scoring for Amite with a 45-yard interception return. Reggie Porter later scored on a 17-yard keeper before throwing a 2-yard TD pass to Oden.
Oden completed the scoring with a 40-yard TD run as he rushed for 87 yards in all.
Amite piled up 398 yards total offense while holding Bogalusa to 72.
WESTGATE 63, THIBODAUX 28: Westgate running back Jamal Sam ran right over Thibodaux, piling up 230 yards and five touchdowns on just 11 carries as visiting WHS remained unbeaten in District 7-5A with a resounding victory over Thibodaux (1-7, 1-3).
Sam scored on runs of 12, 18, 55, 27 and 55 yards. Brandon Malveaux had 14 carries for 176 yards for Westgate (5-3, 5-0), including TD runs of 60 and 2 yards.
In all, Westgate ran for a whopping 518 yards while completing just 2 of 4 passes for 3 yards. Thibodaux quarterback Blade Martinez was 11 of 18 for 177 yards and three TDs, all to Aaron Thomas covering 46, 26 and 9 yards.
VILLE PLATTE 43, BUNKIE 6: Bunkie scored on the game’s opening kickoff with an 86-yard return by Herman Dupas.
It was all downhill for the Panthers from there.
Cody Jones ran for three touchdowns and threw for another as Ville Platte pounded visiting Bunkie in a District 5-2A game.
Jones threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Justin Charles then scored on runs of 8, 4 and 1 yards.
He finished completing 10 of 21 passes for 191 yards and rushed 17 times for 100 yards.
ST. EDMUND 53, NORTH CENTRAL 16: In Lebeau, David Lafleur threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as visiting St. Edmund overpowered North Central in a Dsitrict 6-1A game.
The Blue Jays improved to 6-2 and 4-1 in district. The Hurricanes fell to 1-7 and 0-5.
Lafleur completed 7 of 11 passes for 191 yards. He threw a 37-yard TD pass to Trey Quirk and scoring tosses of 40 and 34 yards to Adam Clause.
Lafleur also opened the scoring on a 6-yard keeper and later scored on a 23-yard run.
North Central’s Markell Chamber threw for 142 yards, including TD passes of 51 yards to Alonzo Harris and 14 yards to Kyren Brown.
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 27, NORTHLAKE CHRISTIAN 7: In Hammond, Javeon Francis rushed for 88 yards and a pair of scores as St. Thomas Aquinas pounded out a convincing District 8-2A victory over visiting Northlake Christian.
The Falcons evened their record at 4-4 and went to 3-0 in 8-2A to keep pace with Pope John Paul II, which routed St. Helena Central 60-6.
The Wolverines dropped to 3-5 and 1-2.
Francis scored on runs of 28 and 33 yards. Teammate Breland Dillon also rushed for 88 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown.
HANSON MEMORIAL 48, ASCENSION EPISCOPAL 33: In Lafayette, it was the Chase and Drake Businelle show for visiting Hanson Memorial in its win over Ascension Episcopal in District 8-1A play.
Chase Businelle opened the scoring by hauling in scoring passes of 9 and 45 yards from Drake Rodriguez. He finished with four catches for 83 yards.
NEW IBERIA 41, PINEVILLE 17: In Pineville, quarterback Javonte Johnson put New Iberia on his back and helped lead the Jackets to victory.
Johnson went 8-for-14 for 218 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 38 yards on the ground.
The first points of the game came off the legs of both kickers. Pineville scored the first touchdown of the night on a 68-yard Emanuel Mitchell run.
Following the score for the Rebels, New Iberia went on to score 24 unanswered points.
Velot Khammany, who rushed for 116 yards, scored twice in the second quarter and Lamarchus Allen was on the receiving end of a 59-yard touchdown pass from Johnson.
Mitchell, who was the workhorse on the night for Pineville, added another touchdown run with 3:23 in the third quarter. Mitchell carried the ball 40 times for 278 yards.