St. Charles Catholic coach Frank Monica said the East Jefferson Warriors went into his stadium Friday night with a certain swagger that came from winning 16 games in a row, including last year’s Class 4A state title. His team didn’t have that, Monica said.
Well, they might now.
The Comets executed a near-perfect game plan on both offense and defense to shock the Warriors with a 49-14 victory at Thomas Dupuy Memorial Stadium in LaPlace. And it was a resounding victory.
Utilizing a punishing running game that wore the Warriors down, St. Charles ran for 230 yards. Senior running back Erron Lewis accounted for 151 of those yards on 15 carries. He also scored four of the Comets’ seven touchdowns.
Justin Loupe added 58 yards and two touchdowns. And Erron’s brother, Eric Lewis, put the finishing touch on the win with a 65-yard interception return with 6:54 remaining in the game.
Not to be outdone, the Comets defense virtually shut down the much-vaunted East Jefferson triple-option offense. The Warriors had two first downs in the first half, both of them coming on big plays that gained more than each. East Jefferson got only two more, both in the final two minutes of the game.
Quarterback Tracey Bright finished with 48 yards on 13 carries, including a touchdown run of 1 yard. He was 2 of 7 passing for 75 yards with one interception. He connected with Quincy Cummings on a 79-yard touchdown pass with 1:05 remaining in the first quarter. But that only cut the Comets’ lead to 21-7. The Warriors’ second touchdown was set up by a 75-yard run by Kalib Brown. Three plays later, Bright ran in from the 1 to cut St. Charles’ lead to 35-14 with 16 seconds remaining in the first half.
St. Charles scored on its first six possessions. Erron Lewis scored on the first three.
“No we didn’t see this at all,” Monica said. “We just hoped to move the ball on the ground because their secondary is better than any we’ve seen. We weren’t going to test them very much. We felt like we had to use the ground attack as much as possible because we had about five inches of rain earlier today, and that really concerned me. I was just proud of our kids because they took control of the line of scrimmage. We still have some issues that we have to correct, and that’s going to come. But if we can get it corrected, we’re not a bad football team. It makes a nice statement for our guys.”
For East Jefferson, it is the opposite. The loss ends the team’s 16-game winning streak, which was extended from last year’s undefeated Class 4A state championship season.
“In a way I did (expect the loss) because we didn’t have a good week of practice,” first-year East Jefferson coach Marc Martin said of the loss. “When you play like this, it means you got out-coached starting with me, starting with the staff. We got out-coached, we got out-played across the board. That’s it. I told them this was a tough place to play and this was a tough football team. We’ve got to bounce back. This is going to hurt. They’ve never been in this position for 15 games. It’s going to be pulling teeth to get them in there. The guys that want to man up and want to be men will get in there.”