Country Day continued its recent dominance of rival St. Martin’s with a convincing 45-13 win over the Saints Friday night at St. Martin’s Tony Porter Athletic Field.
The Cajuns have now won five of the past six meetings of the District 9-1A foes.
Country Day, ranked sixth in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 1A poll, improvied to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in District 9-1A. St. Martin’s fell to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in district play.
Country Day set the tone early, scoring on four of its first five possessions to jump out to a 28-0 lead.
“We knew St. Martin’s were coming out fighting,” Country Day coach Richard Wood said. “They have a new coach, new philosophy, and a good quarterback, so we knew they would be ready.”
Wood was pleased with a balanced offensive attack that totaled 505 yards. Quarterback Morgan Farrell passed for 302 yards, including touchdown passes of 96, 83, and 39 yards to wide receiver Trey Harrell. Jase Griffin led the Cajuns on the ground with 147 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns.
Farrell’s 39-yard touchdown pass to Harrell began the scoring and, after Robert Livaudais’ PAT kick, the Cajuns had a 7-0 lead with 9:09 left in the first quarter. On its next possession, Griffin ran 39 yards to paydirt to extend the lead to 14-0 with 3:44 left in the opening period.
St. Martin’s mounted an effective drive behind 36 yards of passing from Desmond McGovern, but Country Day’s Buddy Boudreaux intercepted McGovern at the Cajun 3-yard to end the drive. Three plays later, Farrell found Harrell across the middle of the field on a 28-yard pass, and Harrell raced the remaining 55 yards untouched to the end zone with 7:40 left in the second period.
On its next possession, St. Martin’s fumbled the ball away at the Country Day 44 with Felix Miralda recovering for the Cajuns. Country Day then went on a nine-play, 56-yard drive, relying most on its running game. Griffin capped the drive with a 2-yard TD run.
St. Martin’s scored just before halftime on a 3-yard run by McGovern. The big play of the drive was a 42-yard pass from McGovern to Will Brennan.
The Cajuns got to within 28-13 by scoring on its first possession of the third quarter, a 12-yard pass from McGovern to Max Pancamo.
Country Day put the game away with a 2-yard TD by Griffin at the 6:35 mark of the third quarter and the 96-yard pass and run from Farrell to Harrell.
Price Petagna kicked a 26-yard field goal for the Cajuns in the fourth quarter to finish the scoring.
McGovern had 198 yards passing and 54 yards for St. Martin’s. Jared Pigeon led the Saints with five catches.