PORT ALLEN — University High had little trouble spreading the wealth around Friday night at Otwell Stadium, but it all started with defense. The top-ranked Cubs intercepted four first-half passes when they took a five-touchdown lead, and went on to crush Port Allen 54-12 in District 7-3A action.
For U-High (7-0, 4-0), points seemingly came from everywhere as the Cubs’ offense, defense and special team units all found the end zone. The onslaught brought a decisive end to a three-game winning streak for Port Allen (5-2, 3-1).
Dylan Moses typified the effort by the Cubs scoring twice, once on a 12-yard run and another on a 52-yard interception return. Moses return came shortly before Malik Antoine returned a pick of his own 61 yards for a score.
The Cubs special teams pitched in with a blocked punt in the first quarter, and added Jalon Baker’s 59-yard touchdown punt return in the third.
“I told our guys (Port Allen) is a good team,” U-High coach Chad Mahaffey said. “They’re playing well, and they’re going to continue playing well. The score is not a negative reflection on them. We just played really well.”
Defensively, the Cubs had 11 plays for negative yards including three tackles for loss by Moses. Ken Broussard led the Pelicans with 60 yards rushing.
Quarterbacks Deven Hammond and Alex Hebert combined to complete 9 of 21 passes for 140 yards, but most of that came after the Pelicans trailed by more than three scores.
“They’re the No. 1 team in the state for a reason,” Port Allen coach Guy Blanchard said. “We just weren’t ready as far as intensity and focus. They’re a heck of a football team, and you can’t make mistakes against those kind of guys.”
Nick Brossette topped the Cubs rushing attack with 75 yards and a score on eight first-half carries. Manny Miles connected on 6 of 14 throws for 89 yards and two touchdowns.
Still, it was defense that impressed Mahaffey until he began substituting in the second half.
“In the first half, we kind of got disorganized at the end when we gave up the score, but other than that I can’t ask for anything more defensively,” Mahaffey said. “We were physical, we were doing a good job against the run and when they were throwing it up.
“I thought defensively it was pretty darn complete.”
Port Allen forced a U-High punt on the Cubs’ first possession of the game, but the Pelicans were unable to move the ball.
Will Keller then blocked Alex Hebert’s punt, and the Cubs took over at the PA33.
Miles found Tre Jackson for a 25-yard scoring pass on third down, and things only got worse for Port Allen.
Jackson picked off Hammond on the next series, and U-High needed just two plays to punch it in from 40 yards. Brossette’s 22-yard run made it 14-0.
After an exchange of punts, Titus Nelson intercepted Hammond near midfield. Miles capped the 7-play, 39-yard drive with a 14-yard toss to Jake Wharton.
Defense shined in the second quarter as Moses and Antoine each returned interceptions for touchdowns. Moses’ 52-yard return put the Cubs on top 34-0 midway through the second quarter. Four minutes later, Antoine brought one back 61 yards for a 41-0 lead.
Hammond connected with Telson Allen for a 35-yard score with less than a minute to play. U-High led 41-6 at halftime.