LAFAYETTE — Comeaux’s Hunter Register made it three kick return touchdowns in two weeks, establishing himself as the Acadiana area’s most dangerous special teams weapon.
His interception return for another score Friday? That one took a little luck.
“That was just right place, right time,” Register said after his 43-yard pick-and-score in the third quarter, which effectively sealed the deal as the host Spartans rolled to a 36-9 win over Alexandria Senior High.
Register had recorded a 42-yard punt return and a 70-yard kickoff return for scores one week earlier, helping Comeaux (2-0) rally for a win over Cecilia. Friday night, he didn’t wait that long, picking up Matthew Beck’s punt on one hop at his own 41 and looping his way 59 yards thanks to one big block and one big stiff-arm.
“It makes it easy to coach when you’ve got a guy with that kind of ability,” Comeaux coach Kevin Magee said. “We wanted to get him more involved in the offense, but (ASH) was doing some things to double up on him.”
The Trojans (0-2) did allow Register to touch the ball once on a scrimmage play, and that came in the first three minutes of the third quarter when Beck had a pass bounce off the hands and then off the foot of receiver Jorion Henderson. The deflection went straight up, and Register picked it out of mid-air and streaked 43 yards to the corner of the end zone to give the Spartans a 22-3 lead at the time.
Beck, ASH’s 6-foot-6 junior quarterback, was harassed by the Spartan pass rush most of the evening, finishing 19-of-43 passing for 218 yards and two interceptions. The Trojans didn’t manage an offensive touchdown, with ASH’s only points coming on Austin Bell’s second-quarter field goal and a 22-yard return of a shanked punt by X’stavious Dorty in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
That brought the Trojans back within 22-9 at the time, but Comeaux came right back with a five-play, 63-yard drive. Scotty Thibodeaux ran for 12, 26 and 14 yards on the final three plays of the drive that provided the three-score lead, and after holding ASH on downs, Latravius Thomas capped it with a 3-yard touchdown run with 5:11 left.
Comeaux’s defense held the Spartans to a minus-3 yards rushing, a direct contrast from one week earlier when Cecilia gashed the Spartans for 234 rush yards.
“Our defense had a great week of practice,” Magee said. “We went back to basics after the last game and we did a good job there. We just sputtered too much on offense ... we had a few big plays, but we weren’t consistent. There’s a lot that we have to improve there.”
The Spartan defense didn’t allow ASH to gain a first down until three minutes were gone in the second quarter during the drive to Bell’s 23-yard field goal. By that time, Comeaux led 14-0 courtesy of Register’s punt return and a 20-yard counter run by Devin Touchet on the first play of the second quarter.
Touchet finished with 57 yards, Thibodeaux with 65 yards and quarterback Tanarious Achan had 54 yards in a three-pronged Comeaux rushing attack that has now accounted for 455 yards in two games.