Nick Brossette tied a 10-year University High School record with five rushing touchdowns to lead the third-seeded Cubs past No. 14 Loreauville 52-21 at in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs at Jeff Boss Field on Friday night.
Brossette had 211 yards on just eight carries (26.38 yards per carry) in the first half for University (11-1), tying the TD school record set by Glenn “Big Baby” Davis against Jackson in 2002.
“He had a tremendous game,” UHS coach Chad Mahaffey said. “One of the things that’s most impressive is his long runs. He’s always been a consistent chain mover, but as he’s gotten older he’s made big plays more and more.”
Despite being ill all week leading up to the game, Jermaine Antoine and Raymond Bonnette put in strong performances for Loreauville (9-3). Antoine had 94 yards rushing and 34 receiving and had one touchdown through the air and one on the ground. Bonnette threw for 186 yards, and was also the Tigers’ second leading rusher with 56 yards.
“We came up short against a very good U-High team,” LHS coach Trent Delahoussaye said. “They’re a very strong team, and their reputation held up.”
The Cubs drove 60 yards in five plays on their opening drive, and finished with a 1-yard run off the left end by Brossette.
Brossette’s next touch was a 23-yard touchdown run around the right side of the line, where he broke a number of tackles and bulled his way into the end zone. For an encore, the sophomore took his next carry 81 yards right up the middle, outrunning the Tigers defense on a sprint almost the entire length of the field.
The nightmare start for Loreauville continued on its next drive, when a lost fumble was returned 30 yards for a touchdown by Steven Sensley.
Brossette opened the second half with two touchdowns on his first two carries, a 32- yarder, followed by a 31-yarder. The second carry tied Davis’ record, and represented his penultimate carry of the night as he was rested following a 25-yard gain on his next rush.
University went run heavy at that point and ran the play clock down on every snap. The scoring didn’t stop though, as Nik Kragthorpe rushed for an 8-yard score to give the Cubs a 49-0 lead late in the first half.
The Tigers got seven back in the dying seconds of the half when Charles Francois took a Bonnette slant 42 yards for a touchdown.
Five minutes into the second half, Loreauville added seven more to its total when Bonnette floated a 28-yard pass down the right sideline that Antoine hauled in for a score.
University broke the 50-point barrier late in the third quarter when Christian Garon comfortably converted a 39-yard field goal attempt.
With eight minutes left, Antoine powered his way down the right sideline for a 27-yard touchdown, his second score of the night.
It was too little, too late though, as the Cubs eventually knelt out the win two drives later.