Heading into season-ending battles against Warren Easton and McDonogh 35, the Karr Cougars were hit with potentially bad news Friday night, as starting quarterback Aldon Clark left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury.
However, sophomore Skyler Perry came in and finished the job Clark started, as the two combined for four touchdowns in a 35-14 victory over Belle Chasse on Friday at Behrman Stadium.
“We don’t know the extent of (Clark’s) injury,” Karr coach Bryce Brown said. “He’s going to Tulane Medical Center (Saturday) morning, and we’ll know the extent then.”
The win pushed Karr (4-3) to 4-0 in District 9-4A and was its fifth consecutive victory. The Cougars have scored at least 41 points in the previous four. Belle Chasse (5-4, 1-3) lost for the fourth time in five games.
“They are just more athletic than us,” Cardinals coach Stephen Meyer said. “We couldn’t let them make big plays if we were going to have a chance to win.”
Junior wide receiver Rayce McMath made enough to ensure victory for Karr, catching touchdown passes of 4, 47 and 72 yards.
“We work on catching passes and turning up field and going all the way,” said McMath, a 6-foot-3 junior. “The slant passes were working because the other receiver cleared things out.”
Karr’s defense kept Belle Chasse’s running game in check, and the offense answered each time the Cardinals scored in the second half.
“We played assignment football, and the guys did a good job,” Brown said. “They don’t pass much, but when they do, they make big plays. So we did a good job of containing that.”
Behind Clark, Karr had the matter settled by halftime with a 21-0 lead. Clark threw a 4-yard touchdown pace to receiver Rayce McMath 2 minutes, 12 seconds into the game, capping a 68-yard drive.
The next score came much quicker. Five plays after the Cougars’ defense stopped Belle Chasse at the Karr 16, Clark found McMath on a post pattern for a 72-yard touchdown at 8:18 of the second quarter.
Karr pushed the margin to three touchdowns four minutes later when it took possession at its 49 after a punt. Running back Santee Marshall scored on a 6-yard run on the sixth play.
Clark was 10-of-16 for 171 yards in the first half.
Belle Chasse gained 90 yards rushing, but never could mount a consistent drive, and seven penalties totaling 50 yards in the half made it even more difficult. And, the Cardinals were no threat passing, completing three of seven passes for just 19 yards.