DONALDSONVILLE - Episcopal coach Travis Bourgeois returned to the scene of his high school career, Floyd Boutte Stadium, on Friday night, and he brought plenty of firepower with him.
With quarterback Vincent Dellocono at the controls, the potent Episcopal offense scored on four of its five first half possessions, ran up a 27-0 halftime lead, and went on to a 37-0 victory over Ascension Catholic.
“They’ve got a good team,” ACHS coach Rick Bolotte said. “They’re big and they’re fast. A lot of speed, a lot of firepower.
“I don’t think we were intimidated. We were fired up for the game. We just made too many mistakes and gave up too many big plays. We’ve got to get stronger in the trenches, but when we come back and play 1A teams, teams that are in our class, we’re going to be OK.”
Seven Episcopal running backs and receivers made their way into the statistics in the first half, led by Mike Henry (four rushes for 44 yards and two touchdowns, one catch for 63 yards and a touchdown), Brian Bridgewater (three catches for 65 yards and a TD) and Clement Mubungirwa (four carries for 44 yards).
Dellocono finished with 11 of 14 for 241 yards. Mubungirwa led the Knights, ranked 10th in Class 2A, with 9 rushes for 60 yards.
Jaquel Wade was the leading rusher for the Bulldogs with 7 rushes for 53 yards. ACHS quarterback Collin Rowland gained 85 yards on 14-of-20 passing with two interceptions.
Bourgeois said that diversity is a big part of the game plan for Episcopal (2-0).
“In order to be successful this year, we’ve made it one of our goals to be as multiple as we can,” Bourgeois said. “We need to get as many people involved in the offense as we can. It’s a long season, and you never know who’s going to be in and out with injuries, so you have to get a lot of guys involved.”
Bridgewater, who has established himself as an all-state basketball player, is a new face on the Knights’ football team that Bourgeois and Dellocono are glad to see involved.
“It’s nice to see him out here,” Dellocono said. “We already had a good chemistry (from basketball).
“But we have a lot of guys who are stepping up right now. To see that we can run and throw shows we have a really balanced offense. One of our goals is to come at teams from different angles.”
The Episcopal defense had a good first half, making one goal line stand and stopping the Ascension Catholic (0-2) a on downs inside the twenty at the end of the first half.
The goal line stand came when the Bulldogs recovered a Mubungirwa fumble at the Episcopal one-yard line. Three running plays lost four yards and a fake field goal backfired on fourth down, giving the ball back to the Knights on their 18. From there they drove 82 yards for their fourth TD of the game.
“I told our guys, I don’t care what level you’re on, from pee-wee to the pros, if you can keep the other team out from the 1-yard line your defense is doing a hell of a job,” Bourgeois said.
Episcopal’s first two scores came on long strikes that were perfectly-timed and thrown balls by Dellocono.
The first went to Henry for a 64-yard score to the right flag, and the second was a long throw to the left sideline that Bridgewater caught over Robert Landry and ran in for a 63-yard touchdown.
Henry added two 14-yard touchdown runs to complete his first half action.
The Episcopal defense completed the shutout in the second half and the offense added 10 more points on a 51-yard pass from Dellocono to Jarrell Rogers and a 28-yard Austin Couvillion field goal.
Couvillion also converted four of five extra point kicks with the fifth clanging off the left upright.