Iota air strike sinks South Beauregard

BY HOWELL DENNIS

LSN STAFF WRITER

LONGVILLE – Going into the season the offensive strength of the Iota Bulldogs was supposed to be a grind it out, pound the ball running game.

After their 28-0 victory over the South Beauregard Golden Knights Thursday evening, opposing secondaries may want to take notice of the arm of Iota quarterback Chad Abshire.

Abshire passed for 171 yards, going 7 for 13 with two first half touchdowns to Iota’s deep threat Trenton Pickett, who finished with 65 yards receiving. Jordan Sylvestine also had 85 yards on two catches.

And yes, by the way, they still managed to grind out 207 yards on the ground paced by Brett Broussard’s 112 yards on 24 carries. Broussard also scored two touchdowns, one of which was set up by a beautiful pass from Abshire to Bulldog tight end Eric Speer which brought the Dogs to the one-yard line. Abshire also rushed for 40 yards on six carries.

As for the Knight offense, the only player to exhibit any real offensive production was running back Dakota Cryer who rushed for 50 yards on 11 carries.

“We did what we had to do,” said Iota coach Marcus LeJeune. “We saw some opportunities to take some shots downfield and took advantage of them.”

As for Iota’s defense which hasn’t allowed any points yet this season, LeJeune was obviously please, yet again, with their performance.

“We really did a great job,” said LeJeune, whose defensive unit held the Knights to just 102 yards of total offense and limited them to just four first downs. “They really have a great running game. Our coaches did a great job preparing our kids this week.”

Each time the South Beauregard offense threatened, Iota either tightened up or came up with a timely turnover. They also are beginning to develop a reputation for delivering some really punishing hits.

With South Beauregard driving in the second quarter, Knight quarterback Richard Ivey dropped back for a pass attempt and was the recipient of a brutal hit by Iota defensive end Brenten Lanthier who drove him into the turf. Ivey took a while to get up but was able to return to the game. His effectiveness, however, may have been affected.

On another South Beauregard drive in the third quarter, Blaise LeJeune scooped up a fumble by Knight tailback Dakota Cryer to end what was essentially the final real Knight threat of the game.

“We played a tough game last Saturday and I think our boys legs were pretty tired,” said South Beauregard coach Sean Demeritt. “I’m definitely not using that as an excuse. Marcus did a great job coaching and I give Iota all the credit in the world. They outplayed and outcoached us.”

When asked whether he was surprised by the aerial display by Abshire, Demeritt had nothing but compliments for the three-year starter.

“That kid is one hell of a player,” said Demeritt. “There’s a reason he has been their starter for three years. One of those passes was defended as well as possible and he just threw a perfect pass.”

Overall Iota outgained South Beauregard with 378 total yards compared to 102 by the Knights.

The Bulldogs next play at home against St. Edmund’s next Friday, September 19.

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