BRUSLY — University High played as if the game were on the line from the start of Friday night‘s contest at Brusly. As a result, the Cubs didn’t need a comeback this week.
With Jalon Baker and Nick Brossette providing most of the offensive spark, U-High opened District 7-3A play with a convincing 34-7 win over Brusly.
U-High (4-0, 1-0) got a back-breaking touchdown on the final play of the first half and led 27-0 at halftime. After that, the Cubs let their defense take center stage as it kept Brusly (1-3, 0-1) off the scoreboard until midway through the fourth.
Baker topped the Cubs passing attack by completing 6 of 8 throws for 171 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Manny Miles, working his way back from an injury, saw limited action and was 2-of-6 for 34 yards and a score.
LSU commitment Nick Brossette carried 12 times for 108 yards and two touchdowns. He also turned a short screen pass into a 45-yard touchdown.
“We got off to a fast start, and that’s something we hadn’t done,” U-High coach Chad Mahaffey said. “We’ve still got some issues we’d like to clean up from the first half, but by and large I thought we played well. I thought defensively the guys were locked in and did a really nice job.”
For Brusly, there were two key first-half plays that helped put it in a hole.
On its first possession, with the game scoreless, Brusly’s Evan Daigle hurried an incomplete throw on a fake punt when it appeared he had time for a receiver to come open. The Panthers defense was in on the second play when U-High’s Miles found Will Keller for a 24-yard touchdown strike on the final play of the second quarter.
“You can call it playing over your head,” Brusly coach Erik Willis said. “But if you can just make plays early on against a team like U-High, you feel like you’ve got a chance to play with them.”
The Brusly offense struggled for most of the game. Zavian Bell was the top rusher, picking up 47 yards on 10 carries, including the Panthers’ only score. Daigle was sacked five times, twice by U-High’s duo of Brennan Boudreaux and Laryon James.
Brusly opened the game with a defensive stop and then picked up two first downs as it moved inside the UHS 40. The Panthers tried a fake punt on fourth-and-11, but Daigle’s quick pass was off the mark.
U-High turned around and went 61 yards in four plays to take a 7-0 lead. Baker’s 22-yard completion to Jake Wharton brought a first down at the BHS 40. One play later, Baker hit Brossette on a screen pass left, and he followed his blocking to perfection down the left side for a 45-yard touchdown.
University scored on all three of its second-quarter possessions to take control.
An interference flag on Brusly when it was punting near its end zone put U-High in business at the BHS 26. Two plays later, Brossette scored untouched from 15 yards.
On its next series, U-High went 69 yards in five plays. The highlight was Baker’s 57-yard scoring toss to Tre Jackson.
With time running out in the half, U-High moved from its 37 to a first at the BHS 24. With seven seconds left, Miles found Keller near the right pylon. By the time Keller crossed the goal line, time had run out in the half.