Bulldogs subdue Patriots

LEROY - North Vermilion head coach Stephen Lotief knew his team could not give the Cecilia Bulldogs extra opportunities Friday night.

“We had to play perfect,” said Lotief, “and we probably played as far from perfect as we probably could.”

The Bulldogs scored two touchdowns off turnovers and another after a blocked punt in a 28-0 win over the Patriots (4-4, 2-1).

“Our defense played well,” said Lotief. “I am proud of our effort on that side. “We gave them three touchdowns and you can’t win doing that.”

Both the Patriots and Bulldogs flexed their defensive muscles early. North Vermilion took the game’s first drive and marched nine plays down to the Cecilia 43-yard line. On the drive’s 10th play Cecilia picked off a deflected pass from Jared Broussard.

“We just couldn’t getting anything going on offense,” said Lotief.

The Patriots did not allow the Bulldogs anything on the ensuing possession. Things would remain that way until 2:48 remaining in the first half. That score came on a four-yard run by Marcus Wiltz. The Bulldogs had a short field after Adrien Noel blocked a punt.

The Patriots came up with a blocked kick of their own -- Kelvin Matthews turned away the extra point after Wiltz’s touchdown. The Bulldogs took a 6-0 lead into the locker room.

The Patriots started the second half with some flair when Torian Lollis recovered an on-side kick. North Vermilion was unable to make anything happen, though.

Chris Shear would make something happen for Cecilia with 8:30 remaining in the third quarter. Shear recovered a fumble on the Patriots’ one-yard line. That set up a Wiltz’s second touchdown one play later. Wiltz ran in the two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead with 8:11 left in the third. Wiltz finished with 83 yards on 13 carries. North Vermilion’s Jabian Kern rushed for a game-high 95 yards on 20 attempts.

Quarterback Kale Savoie put Cecilia up 21-0 when he scored on a one-yard run with :57 seconds until the fourth. Shear added the final score when he scooped up a fumble and returned it 32 yards to put the Bulldogs up 28-0.

The win gives Cecilia its second straight District 6-3A title. The Patriots will look to solidify their playoff chances next week as they travel to Kaplan to face the Pirates in the regular-season finale.

“We will get to see how we rebound,” said Lotief. “Hopefully we will come back.”

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