LAFAYETTE — The Barbe Buccaneers could do nothing with Dionté Duperon and Lafayette High’s running game in the first half Friday night.
The second half was a different story.
The Buccaneers slowed down the Mighty Lions’ veer attack after halftime, and quarterback Gavin Nettles got the offense on track as Barbe recorded 20 unanswered points in taking a 27-20 win over the Lions in their District 3-5A contest.
LHS (4-2, 1-2) led 20-7 at halftime and Duperon already had 184 rush yards to go with two touchdowns, and the Lions held a huge 18:57-5:03 advantage in time of possession.
An early fumble and a key fourth-down personal foul penalty turned the momentum, though, and Barbe scored on three of its last four possessions. Nettles finished the last one with a 19-yard strike on the back line of the end zone to Garrett Williams with 4:01 left to provide the Buccaneers with their first lead and the eventual margin.
ST. THOMAS MORE 63, WESTGATE 13: The No. 4-ranked Cougars found the end zone seven times in its first 14 plays, cruising to a victory over Westgate.
The Cougars (6-0, 1-0) will go for their seventh-straight win next week as they host district rival Teurlings Catholic.
St. Thomas More took control of the game early on, as Cougars cornerback James Braun intercepted Westgate quarterback Gerald Broussard on the first play of the game.
Less than a minute later, St. Thomas More junior quarterback William Bellamy delivered a 22-yard touchdown strike to running back Trevor Begue, giving the Cougars their first lead. The pass was the first of three touchdown tosses for Bellamy.
The Cougars made it 14-7 on a 15-yard end around from senior wide receiver Tiger Bech.
Bellamy recorded two more touchdown passes in the first quarter on a screen pass to Griffin Hebert and on a diving grab from Bech, giving the Cougars a 28-7 advantage.
DUTCHTOWN 31, WOODLAWN-BR 14: Dutchtown Coach Benny Saia has described his team’s play this season as “hot and cold.”
True to form, the Griffins went from stone cold to sizzling hot in just a matter of a few minutes in dismantling Woodlawn in a District 5-5A opener.
The district foes played to a scoreless draw through the first two periods, but Dutchtown came out of the locker room and pounded the Panthers with 21 unanswered points in the third quarter.
Senior Alonzo Craighton certainly went from cold to hot as he took his first and only run of the game 85 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage in the second half.
ACADIANA 28, COMEAUX 0: Through three drives against Comeaux, Acadiana looked much like the team that slogged its way to a 2-3 start.
The Wreckin’ Rams went three-and-out to start things out. Then the Rams were stopped for a 5-yard loss on fourth-and-one after they fumbled an option pitch. After starting quarterback Peyton Touchet threw an interception to end the third drive, coach Ted Davidson made a change.
Maybe the spark they’ve needed all along was a wiry sophomore named Myles Hutchinson. The Rams (3-3, 2-1) scored all four of their touchdowns with Hutchinson directing the offense.
, more than enough with a defense pitching a shutout in Acadiana’s district win over Comeaux.