North DeSoto out runs Patriots

LEROY -- Curtis Carter threw two touchdowns of more than 50 yards to help North DeSoto spoil North Vermilion’s Homecoming 28-12 Friday night.

The Patriots looked to have things going their way early as Kelvin Matthews returned the game’s opening kick into North DeSoto territory at the 47-yard line. The Pats could not take advantage and were forced to punt.

An errant snap on the punt attempt allowed North DeSoto to set up shop on its own 33-yard line. Five plays later, the Griffins were in the end zone and held a 7-0 lead. The Patriots would not remain scoreless for long.

Matthews took the ensuing kickoff 66 yards down to the North DeSoto 19-yard line. A penalty on the Griffins tacked on 10 more yards. With first-and-goal from the nine, Jeffery Johnson needed only two shots to put the ball in for a score. The Pats tried for two but were unable to convert and trailed 7-6 with 6:13 remaining in the first quarter.

The game remained scoreless for the rest of the half. The Patriots’ defense held tough during the second quarter.

North Vermilion’s defense made its stand late in the second quarter. North DeSoto drove down the to Patriots’ one-yard line, but the Griffins came away empty handed as time expired on the first half.

North DeSoto’s passing game came to life shape during the third quarter. On third-and-11 with 5:39 left in the third quarter, Carter stepped back and found Jacobi Winal for a 53-yard touchdown strike.

After an eight-play drive that saw the Patriots turn the ball over on downs, North DeSoto took over at its own 40. The Griffins would not hold the ball long.

On third and six, Carter found Winal, this time for a 56-yard touchdown that put North DeSoto up 21-6 with 1:32 to go in the third quarter. The Griffins extended the score to 28-6 on a 36-yard touchdown by Jarvis Murray with 8:19 to play.

On the next kickoff, Jeremy Ryder, who rushed for 31 yards, brought Patriots fans to their feet with an 80-yard return for a touchdown. The two-point try was no good and the Pats trailed 28-12 with just more than 8:07 to play.

After the score, North Vermilion went for an on-side kick, one it recovered when Jabian Kern picked the ball up on a bounce. The Pats could not make anything happen, though, as North DeSoto held on for the win.

The Patriots will try to rebound next week as they play host to Catholic High of New Iberia. The game will be the District 6-3A opener for the Patriots.

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