North Vermilion tops Crowley
By Chris Quebedeaux
LEROY – North Vermilion’s spread option offense was too much for the Crowley Gents Friday.
The host Patriots rolled up 188 yards on the ground and scored three touchdowns to claim a 20-6 victory over the visiting Gents in the third and final game of the Acadia/Vermilion Jamboree.
The victory gave Vermilion Parish a two-game sweep on the night with Abbeville cruising to a 28-14 victory over Iota in the opener.
“North Vermilion is a very good football team,” said CHS coach Tommy Tate following the contest. “They are very physical at the running back positions; their quarterback is a three-year starter and coach (Stephen) Lotief and them have done a good job of getting them ready to play.”
North Vermilion took advantage of a short field on their first offensive series, taking over on the CHS side of the field following a 17-yard punt by the Gents.
The Patriots mounted a five-play, 48-yard drive that ended with a 27-yard touchdown run by Jeremy Rider with eight minutes remaining in the first half.
North Vermilion had an opportunity to increase its lead later in the half after Crowley forced a punt . But the kick hit a CHS player and the Patriots recovered on the Gents 25.
The Patriots marched down to the 4-yard line but the Gents’ defense held, forcing a 25-yard field goal attempt. A high snap resulted in a busted play that turned the ball over on downs.
Crowley’s defense stepped up again after the intermission, forcing the Patriots to punt following three plays to start the second half.
Troy Wilridge eluded would-be tacklers for what appeared to be a 40-plus yard return. But a clip by the Gents brought the ball back to the CHS 36.
The Gents totaled just two yards on three plays before being forced to punt.
“We had an opportunity to get them backed up to start the second half and get some field position but it just didn’t work out,” said Tate. “We made just about every mistake you can make and were still in the game.”
North Vermilion added to its lead on the ensuing possession. Facing a fourth down situation just outside the red zone, Jared Broussard hit Rider streaking across the middle for a 22-yard touchdown strike to increase the lead to 13-0.
Crowley’s lone highlight occurred one play later following an 28-yard kickoff return by Donavon Morris. On the first play from scrimmage, Tonori Boutte broke loose for a 70-yard run to cut the advantage to 13-6 with 6:56 remaining.
Boutte finished the game with two carries for 73 yards.
“We have some guys that have that big-play capability and Tonori is one of them,” said Tate of Boutte who played strictly on the defensive side of the ball last season. “He’s learning how to play running back. He’s getting comfortable with the ball handling drills and he’s gotten much better.”
Boutte’s run provided a bit of a spark for the Gents but the Patriots seized the momentum back just four plays later when Broussard scored from 44-yards out for the final score of the contest.
Crowley posted 146 yards of total offense on the night, 70 coming on Boutte’s run and a 27-yard scamper by D’Myrus Daniels just before the half.
“They (North Vermilion) have a good defensive unit,” said Tate. “Offensively, we made some mistakes. We had opportunities to make some plays and we didn’t.”
Daniels rolled up 33 yards on seven carries and completed four passes for 28 yards. Morris was on the receiving end of two passes for 17 yards, including a leaping grab for 12 yards on a fourth-down conversion.
Broussard paced North Vermilion’s ground attack with five carries for 57 yards and a touchdown while completing one pass for 22 yards and a score.
Ryder picked up 47 yards on five carries. Ty Desormeaux also had 46 yards on nine carries.