ST. FRANCISVILLE — Top-ranked University High clinched at least a share of the District 7-3A title with a convincing 48-20 triumph Friday over West Feliciana, spoiling the Saints’ homecoming.
The game pitted two future LSU signees, U-High’s senior running back Nick Brossette against West Feliciana senior receiver/defensive back Jazz Ferguson. Brossette rushed 20 times for 183 yards and two touchdowns and also tossed a 54-yard scoring pass on the Cubs’ first play from scrimmage. He has 1,236 yards and 18 rushing TDs for the season and 132 for his four-year career. Meanwhile, Ferguson scored on a 9-yard run and had 131 yards on six receptions.
Cubs senior quarterback Manny Miles tossed four touchdown passes, two to Tre Jackson and a pair to Josh Wharton, completing 18 of 19 passes for 218 yards. Jackson had 180 yards on nine receptions.
“I thought our offense played sharp and did a good job of moving it up the field,” said U-High coach Chad Mahaffey. “Defensively, they have good players that make them tough to defend. We had too many penalties and we didn’t tackle well and we have to get better in those areas.”
U-High improved to 9-0 overall and 5-0 against district foes, ensuring at least a split going into next week’s season finale at home against Baker. West Feliciana, meanwhile, had its four-game winning streak snapped as the Saints dropped to 7-2 overall and 3-2 in district with only a Thursday contest at home against 7th-ranked Parkview Baptist remaining.
“They’re a real good football team and you gotta make sure you do what you’re supposed to do against a quality opponent like that,” said West Feliciana coach Robb Odom. “We’ll look at the film and see what we did wrong and fix it.”
U-High jumped out to a 7-0 lead with some razzle-dazzle 20 seconds into the game. Miles tossed a backfield pass to Brossette, who hit Trey Jackson streaking across the middle for a 54-yard score. The Cubs added a 36-yard TD run by Brossette on their second possession, capping a four-play 56-yard drive.
The Saints answered with a 9-yard sweep by Ferguson. The kick failed, narrowing the score to remain 14-6 with 4:10 in the first quarter.
The Cubs responded with a 7-yard pass from Miles to Jackson at the end of a five-play, 57-yard drive. The point after was blocked, but U-High increased its advantage to 20-6.
West Feliciana moved the ball from its 36 in eight plays with quarterback Ryan Reed scoring from 5 yards out. Again the PAT failed and 10:48 into the second quarter, the Saints trailed 20-12.
A 21-yard TD pass from Miles to Jake Wharton followed by a 4-yard TD run by Brossette on the next series padded the Cubs’ advantage 34-12 before the half.
After receiving the second-half kick, the Saints drove 69 yards on five plays, with Reed scoring on a 36-yard TD around the right side.
The successful two-point run closed the score to within 34-20.
However, Miles guided his team on a six-play, 52-yard drive, hitting Will Keller with a 15-yard scoring toss to push the Cubs ahead 41-20 after the PAT. The visitors added an insurance score early in the fourth quarter on a 27-yard pass from Miles to Wharton and both teams substituted freely for the remainder of the game.
“We won a share of the title, but to win it outright, we’ve got to win next week,” said Mahaffey. “We have a tough district with a lot of good teams.”