The Notre Dame Pios sent an emphatic message to the rest of District 6-3A with another blowout win, this time against the Erath Bobcats.
Two quick scores within a minute, propelled the Pios to a 41-0 thrashing of an Erath team that had won three straight games.
“It says a lot about our team,” Notre Dame coach Lewis Cook said. “We’ve been playing pretty consistent on defense, putting pressure on people. I was proud of the way we played tonight.”
The opening kickoff was a foreshadowing of things to come. Hayden Bourgeois returned the kick 88 yards for a score to put Notre Dame up 7-0 17 seconds into the game.
On Erath’s first play of the game, quarterback Ben LeBlanc fumbled the snap and the Pioneers recovered at the Erath 14-yard line.
Two plays later, Damon Comeaux ran for an 8-yard score to give Notre Dame a 14-point advantage with 11:00 left in the first quarter.
The teams swapped three-and-outs throughout the remainder of the first and majority of the second quarter, until Comeaux scored againfrom 12 yards out to give Notre Dame a three score lead going into the break.
“After giving up two quick scores, I was really proud of how we played going into the half,” Erath coach David Comeaux said. “I really thought if we didn’t let them score right before half, it could have been a different game at 14-0.”
The second half was similar to the first for Erath. A punt on the first drive by the Bobcats set up Notre Dame with good field position.
A few plays later, Comeaux scored his third touchdown of the game on a 37-yard run with 8:52 left in the third.
The Pioneers tacked on two more scores in the game. A 70-yard sprint by Joe Faulk with 5:15 left in the third, and a 35-yard interception return by Bourgeois to seal the deal.
The Notre Dame defense terrorized LeBlanc all night, earning six sacks. The defense also held stud running back Elijah Mitchell to 37 yards rushing, after he had rushed for over 100 yards in four straight games.
“We’ve always relied on our defense to carry us,” Cook said.
“Our front has been there all year long. It’s nice when you can get pressure just with your front four. Those guys are relentless.”
With three games left to go in the season, Cook said he wanted to get his team to focus on one goal, as they prepare for the postseason.
“We are trying to get the kids to concentrate on Notre Dame and what we have to do,” he said.
“They have done a good job the last few weeks focusing on what we have to do to get better. The playoffs are going to start in three weeks, and if you’re not ready then, you are not going to last very long.”
Notre Dame is in action next week against Abbeville, and Erath travels to face Kaplan.