Grid Stars: Defense earns top honors
CROWLEY – The Notre Dame Pioneers and the Crowley Gents produced some pretty gaudy offensive numbers in Week 6, combining for 83 total points in victories over Erath and Iowa respectively.
But it was the two teams’ defensive performances that earned top honors on this week’s edition of Grid Stars.
Notre Dame started things off with a 35-7 victory over Erath Thursday in a contest that saw the Pioneer’s defense play for just under two quarters.
The Pios limited the Bobcats to just nine first downs and gave up just 135 total yards (47 rushing, 88 passing) while forcing one fumble. The majority of Erath’s first downs and positive yards were earned with Notre Dame’s second teamers on the field.
Matt Venable led the Pios’ defensive charge with nine tackles, including two for a loss of six yards, while Connor Goss racked up eight tackles. Kipp Credur and C.J. Hundley each logged six tackles while Jerry Menard and Luke Bourgeois each had five.
The Pios have given up just 40 points in six games and are limiting opponents to just over 132 yards of total offense per outing.
Crowley High had a bit tougher time in its 48-19 victory over Erath.
However, after allowing Iowa to get within one (20-19) with just over five minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Gents forced two fumbles and stuffed the Yellow Jackets’ offense, holding them to minus nine yards over the final 17 minutes.
In all, the Gents gave up 132 total yards (16 rushing, 116 passing) on the night.
Troy Johnson led the Gents with two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the second half. Nick Hoffpauir also had a sack and a fumble recovery while Damon Malbrough had an interception.
The Gents and the Pios were equally impressive on offense.
Crowley racked up 468 total yards and was led once again by star running back Davante Bourque. The junior rushed for 216 yards and five touchdowns on 28 carries. He was followed by quarterback Tuskani Figaro with 16 carries for 110 yards.
Figaro also completed 10 of 16 pass attempts for 82 yards and one touchdown. His top target was Tonori Boutte with six catches for 42 yards and one touchdown. Kaleb Cormier had three receptions for 32 yards. Nick Cavell had one catch for eight yards.
The Pios rolled up 279 total yards with seven running backs gaining 10 or more yards. Logan Venable led the way with nine carries for 76 yards and two touchdowns while Stu Cook had seven carries for 54 yards and two touchdowns. Luke Broussard followed with two carries for 32 yards and a touchdown.
Waylon Young completed three of his seven pass attempts for 49 yards. He hit Zac D’Aquin once for 31 yards, Drew Trahan once for 14 and Cook once for four.
Church Point was also impressive in its 47-22 victory over Northwest. The Bears held the Raiders to just 157 total yards while piling up 467 themselves.
Zack Quibodeaux (13-118, 1 TD) and Von Duplechain (8-105, 2 TD) carried the load on the ground for the Bears, combining for 223 yards and three touchdowns.
Ty Leger accounted for 111 yards and one touchdown through the air. He connected with Desmond Bellard on a 54-yard scoring strike and hit Quinton Elliott twice for 56 yards.
Rayne’s Brody Bourque also earned recognition this week. The senior tailback had 27 touches for 105 yards and one touchdown in the Wolves’ 14-7 loss to Kaplan.