BRUSLY - On a night when famous alums Randall “Blue” Gay and Norman LeJeune were honored at halftime, it was fitting that the Brusly defense rose to the occasion to shut out E.D. White Catholic in the second half.
Gay and LeJeune are both members of the Brusly Athletic Hall of Fame. They both starred at LSU and played defense in the NFL.
The torch has now passed to Brusly sophomore defender Kwanston Adkins, who intercepted a pass and had two crucial pass deflections as Brusly rallied for a 20-14 victory Friday night in the District 7-3A opener.
“Kwanston is our best cover corner, and he keeps getting better and better,” Brusly coach Erik Willis said. “A lot of different people stepped up tonight. Our defense played great. A lot of young kids are making plays and I feel real good about that.”
Brusly (4-2, 1-0 in District 7-3A) trailed 14-7. After Brusly’s Sherrod Patterson scored on a 36-yard run with 5:24 remaining to put the Panthers up 20-14, E.D. White (3-3, 0-1) had one more series to attempt to win the game after Brusly place-kicker Blake Manola missed the third PAT.
The Cardinals picked up two first downs and advanced to the Brusly 37-yard line with two minutes remaining.
On third down, E.D. White was called for a holding penalty, and Willis opted to push the visitors back 10 yards.
Brusly’s defense hit E.D. White quarterback Benton Arceneaux hard for a 2-yard loss when third down was replayed. With three timeouts remaining, E.D. White opted to punt on fourth-and-16. Brusly quarterback Jay Christophe rushed for two first downs and knelt down on the final play to run out the clock.
“This was a very important win,” Willis said. “We let two games slip by earlier this year. We want to get a higher playoff seed and we’ll need to continue to be successful to achieve that.”
Brusly’s winning drive was set up when Adkins had a key third down tackle early in the fourth quarter. E.D. White’s Parker Naquin was stopped for no gain on a reception due to the driving tackle by Adkins.
Brusly drove 81 yards in nine plays in a four-minute drive. Christophe had an 11-yard gain and Brendon Alexander a key 10-yard gain. In a third-and-6 situation, Patterson ran an off tackle left play and scampered 36 yards for the 20-14 lead.
Brusly forced two turnovers in the first half. Terrance West recovered a fumble and Adkins had an interception. West’s recovery came at the E.D. White 16-yard line with 10:24 remaining in the second quarter. Two plays later, Christophe passed 16 yards to DiMario Jackson on a screen right play that tied the game at 14-14.
E.D. White drove 68 yards on 12 plays in its first series. Big plays were Arceneaux passes of 18 yards to Colby Masse and 9 yards to Colby Quatrevingt. Luke LeJeune scored on a 3-yard run as E.D. White led 7-0 with 4:09 left in the first quarter.
Brusly drove 79 yards on 12 plays in its second series. Jackson scored on a 1-yard to tie the game at 7-7 with 10:46 remaining in the second quarter.
E.D. White faked a punt in a fourth-and-18 situation. Masse caught a 63-yard pass and run from Arceneaux with 8:46 remaining in the second quarter as the visitors led 14-7.
Christophe rushed for 61 yards on 16 carries and passed for 130 yards. Jackson gained 35 yards on 10 carries and had four catches for 65 yards. Quatrevingt rushed 19 times for 68 yards to pace E.D. White.