Top-ranked Ouachita Christian had lost its three previous games to rival Sterlington by a total of 12 points.
The Class 1A Eagles left nothing to chance Friday, running away with a 55-0 win over Sterlington. Junior quarterback Braden Bristo accounted for five touchdowns for Ouachita Christian (3-0) in the win over the Class 2A Panthers.
Bristo opened the scoring with a 40-yard TD pass to senior receiver Mark Laird, a returning all-state player. Bristo finished with two TD passes, ran for two scores and returned an interception for a touchdown as Ouachita Christian posted the most lopsided win in the 30-year history of the series.
Laird finished with four catches for 100 yards and two TDs. It was the fifth straight game in which Laird has had more than 100 yards receiving, tying a school record.
BBHS sets tone
Breaux Bridge, ranked second in Class 4A, took much of the mystery out of last week’s showdown with 5A Comeaux early.
The Tigers led 13-0 minutes into the nondistrict game at Lafayette-based Comeaux. Adrian Menard scored on a 54-yard run on Breaux Bridge’s first scrimmage play.
Three plays after that, Comeaux fumbled and the Tigers recovered at the Spartans’ 12.
A 1-yard run by Darrian Thomas made it 13-0, setting the stage for a 41-0 win.
The score remained 13-0 at halftime. Comeaux (2-1) yielded 21 third-quarter points. Menard, who ran for 159 yards on just 11 carries, scored on a 49-yard run.
Lane Landry then tossed a 13-yard TD pass to LSU commitment Travin Dural that followed a Comeaux turnover. Thomas also added another 1-yard TD run for BBHS in the third period.
Miscues plague Rebels
West Monroe is accustomed to playing for state titles and winning by large margins. Last weekend’s 14-13 loss to Mississippi-based Madison Central brought something new for the Class 5A Rebels - a loss in a home opener.
WMHS (1-2) was plagued by mistakes. The Rebels, who dropped to No. 8 in the latest statewide polls, lost three fumbles and also failed to convert on two key fourth-down conversions.
A bad snap on extra point try after Bubba Reeves’ 5-yard scoring run in the second half led to a pass that fell incomplete, instead of a PAT kick, leaving Madison Central with the one-point lead that wound up being the winning margin.
Old rivalry, big win
Two Shreveport schools, Byrd and Fair Park, met for the 72nd time Friday. Unfortunately for Fair Park, Byrd scored almost that many points.
The Yellow Jackets (3-0), ranked sixth in Class 5A, ran away with a 63-8 win in the game at Lee Hedges Stadium.
Four running backs - Xavier Long, Tony Griffin, Jatorring Manning and C.J. Alexander - scored touchdowns as Byrd rolled up 214 rushing yards and 308 total yards.
Fair Park (2-1) cut the Byrd lead to 14-8 in the early going on a TD pass from Joe Robinson to Savion Brown, but the Yellow Jackets then scored 49 straight points.
Pulling rank again
Some football teams bill themselves as being ready to play in any type or weather or on any type of surface.
Being a team primed to compete against ranked teams from other classifications isn’t a bad billing for second-ranked Winnfield, of Class 2A.
A week after limiting then-Class 3A No. 6 Marksville to less than 200 yards of offense, the Tigers dispatched St. Mary’s-Natchitoches 35-0 at Northwestern State’s Turpin Stadium.
St. Mary’s, then third among Class 1A teams, managed only 150 yards of offense. Winnfield (7-0) has allowed just seven points in three games this season.
The Tigers made a key stop on fourth down in the third quarter and scored 35 points despite playing without injured running back Trey Gilbert.