Gents defense tops Grid Stars
BY CHRIS QUEBEDEAUX
CROWLEY – If there’s been one constant for the Crowley Gents this season, it’s been their defense.
After stellar performances against Rayne and Higgins, in which Crowley’s defensive unit gave up a combined eight points, the Gents followed up with a 40-0 shutout victory over 11th-ranked Church Point Friday.
“Hats off to the coaches,” said Crowley High coach Tommy Tate. “Coach (Cedric) Figaro, coach (Jack) Halford, coach (Bryan) Gary...I mean they are doing a great job of getting these guys playing at a really high level right now.”
Church Point, which entered the game averaging nearly 28 points and 325 yards of total offense, was limited to just 121 yards.
Crowley’s defense also produced two touchdowns, forcing fumbles that were recovered by the Gents in the end zone - one by Jordan Ancelet and the other by Calvin Lewis. Ancelet sacked CP quarterback Blake Boudreaux four times and forced a fumble and Lewis recorded one sack and 15 tackles - six solo and nine assists.
Ian LeMaire had six solo tackles - four for a loss - and four assists and Mike Milson had five tackles and a sack.
The Gents also picked off two Boudreaux passes. Troy Wilridge picked off a pass and returned it 35 yards and Brandon Harmon had an interception that he returned 68 yards to set up another Crowley touchdown.
CHS quarterback Dexter Scott also earned honors, completing six passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. He connected with Milson twice for 76 yards, one being a 59-yard scoring strike.
Also shining last week was Notre Dame’s defense, which sparked the Pios’ 49-7 rout of the Rayne Wolves.
Notre Dame limited the Wolves to just 128 yards of total offense, most of which occurring with the Pios’ second- and third-teamers on the field.
The Pios picked off four passes on the night, one of which was returned for a 20-yard touchdown by Adam Meche. Meche also recovered a fumble that eventually led to a Notre Dame touchdown.
Nick Ware, Jordan Comeaux and Kevin Johnston each had an interception and Seth Fruge blocked a punt that also led to a Pio touchdown. Fruge, who also had a sack, and Tyler Melancon each logged six tackles in the victory while D.J. Welter had seven.
Offensively, the Pios netted 171 yards on the ground while tossing just one pass for 10 yards.
Iota’s lone bright spot in their 27-23 loss to Jennings was Chad Abshire.
The senior quarterback accounted for most of the Bulldogs’ offense, throwing for 130 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 107 yards and two scores.
Abshire hit Jordan Sylestine three times for 52 yards, including an 18-yard scoring strike. He also found Trenton Pickett four times for 42 yards and Eric Speer once for nine yards.