NEW ORLEANS — From the get-go, Archbishop Hannan never had a chance.
After the Hawks failed to recover an onside kick to start the game, top-seeded De La Salle scored on the first play from scrimmage on a 51-yard run by Kendall Collins and never looked back in a 52-14 thumping of eighth-seeded Hannan in the quarterfinals of the Division II select playoffs Friday night at Pan American Stadium.
Collins carried the ball five times in the first half and scored four touchdowns — from 51, 7, 55 and 28 yards out. The star running back came up limping after the last score with 9:31 left in the second quarter and sat out the rest of the contest.
Collins deflected all the praise to his teammates.
“I give all the credit to my offensive line and my teammates,” he said. “I just saw the holes and exploded through them.”
Even with Collins out, De La Salle (10-0) stayed in command. Cavs quarterback and Nicholls State commitment Julien Gums had two touchdowns of his own in the first half, including a dynamic 76-yard run with less than 30 seconds left in the second quarter to put De La Salle up 42-7 at intermission.
Collins finished with 142 yards on the ground while Gums had 125 yards rushing for the game as the Cavaliers rushed for a whopping 389 yards on only 27 carries.
Hannan’s only score in the first half came on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Christopher Rabensteiner to Jacob Gaude late in the second quarter.
The Hawks also got a late fourth-quarter touchdown run from Brendan David, who finished with 41 yards on nine carries, while Rabensteiner had 35 yards rushing on 11 carries.
Through the air, Hannan did considerably better, getting 198 yards passing from Rabensteiner and receiver Seth Caillouet grabbing eight receptions for 118 yards.
The second half was a mere formality as officials played most of the final two quarters with a running clock. Montrell Johnson scored on a three-yard run for the Cavs and Fynn LaBreche kicked a 39-yard field goal to complete the De La Salle scoring.
The top-seeded Cavaliers move on to host St. Thomas More next Friday in the semifinals at Yulman Stadium on Tulane’s campus. St. Thomas More beat Parkview Baptist 31-29 in another Division II quarterfinal on Friday.
“We still have some things to clean up, but we will take care of that this week (at practice),” De La Salle coach Ryan Manale said. “We had six penalties and we can’t do that (next week).”
Hannan’s season ends with a 9-3 record.