LAPLACE — For Southern Lab, playing up in class against a River Parish opponent for the second straight week brought similar results Friday night.
Technically playing a home game hosted by St. Charles Catholic, Lab fell behind by two scores early and went on to drop a 31-12 decision to the Comets.
Quarterback Austin Weber keyed the attack for St. Charles (1-0), making all of the big plays when the Comets needed them. Weber finished 11-of-15 with no interceptions and a touchdown. He also led the Comets with 74 rushing yards and another score.
“We played a quality opponent tonight,” St. Charles coach Frank Monica said. “They are very big and fast, so we had to try and keep the ball in front of us as best we could. I was really concerned coming into the game, because I didn’t think we were well prepared.”
Southern Lab (0-1) was topped by Darbbeon Profit, who ran for 80 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Bladrick Veals was 17-of-33 with an interception and a touchdown.
But it was Lab’s inability to contain Weber in the first half that put it in a 21-6 hole at halftime, and the Kittens never recovered.
After the game, Southern Lab coach Nick Mitchell stayed with his team in the locker room and was unavailable for comment.
St. Charles took control on the opening kickoff. Erron Lewis fielded the kick at his team’s 14 and ran it back 78 yards to the Lab 8. Lewis lost 6 yards on first down, but Weber found Dane Authemont for a 12-yard score on third down.
After a Southern Lab punt, St. Charles took over at its 31. The Kittens appeared to have a stop, but on fourth-and-3 at the St. Charles 38, the Comets called a timeout from punt formation. St. Charles then brought out its offense and drew Lab offside to pick up the first down.
From there, the Comets continued their methodical drive, using 10 more plays. Justin Loupe finished it with a 7-yard run around right end. Andrew Rodrigue’s extra point put SCC on top 14-0 with 1:22 left in the first.
Lab fought back on its next possession. The Kittens went 68 yards in 12 plays to pull within 14-6. Profit carried six times for 50 yards, the last a 5-yard rush up the middle for the score.
The Kittens had a chance to get closer after recovering a fumble at the St. Charles 37. Lab picked up two first downs and got as close as the SCC 13 before being turned back on downs.
St. Charles then drove 81 yards to take a 21-6 lead, which stood until halftime.
The final drive was sparked by Weber, whose 12-yard scramble and 18-yard completion to Authemont helped the Comets recover from a 15-yard penalty.
Loupe scored his second touchdown of the half on a 3-yard run. Lab moved the ball to midfield before the first half clock ran out.
“I was pleased with the start,” Monica said. “When we came out in the first half, I thought we looked pretty good (offensively). I thought we got out of kilter with our offense in the second half.
“We turned the ball over, and from there we didn’t look like the same offensive unit.”