Vermilion Catholic cruises to victory over Highland Baptist _lowres

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- Vermilion Catholic wide receiver Emile Trahan scores a touchdown Highland Baptist on Thursday night in New Iberia.

NEW IBERIA — Vermilion Catholic quarterback Hunter Frith thanked his skilled receivers for the win after a stellar performance against Highland Baptist of New Iberia Thursday night.

In the 44-7 win, Frith was 15-of-22 for 276 yards and four passing touchdowns, with one rushing touchdown to boot.

His skilled receivers were finding openings all over the field as the left-handed Frith bought himself time rolling out of the pocket often.

“They made me look good,” Frith said.

Frith added he was very pleased with the play of his receivers, but wished he could’ve had a few of his balls back.

“I missed a few big throws that I should’ve had, a couple of touchdowns missed, but overall our receivers did great in space,” he said.

The Eagles started the game fast and didn’t let up until the second half when some of the second string-players got on the field.

The team’s first three scoring drives all lasted only three plays.

The first was a three-play, 70-yard drive, the second a three-play 40-yard drive and the third a three-play, 31-yard drive.

The majority of the Eagles’ points came in the air; they had 382 passing yards while only rushing for 83 yards on 16 carries.

The Bears, on the other hand, had the complete opposite game plan. Highland Baptist finished the game with no passing yards on seven attempts.

The team gained 265 rushing yards on 46 carries — the majority of those yards coming from fullback Brontre Griffin, who finished with more than 100 yards rushing and the team’s only two scores.

Highland Baptist scored on their opening drive of the game, marching down the field 53 yards capped by Griffin’s 42-yard touchdown run.

But after that opening drive, the Bears struggled to get anything going.

Eagles coach Russell Kuhns said his team started slowly on defense and had to adjust to the speed of the game.

“It’s just not the same as when you’re doing the practice squad. We had to catch up to it and after we did it was good from there,” he said.

Kuhns said even after the win, he is always looking for ways to improve.

The Eagles face Hanson Memorial next week.