Notre Dame defense claims Grid Stars' top billing
CROWLEY – There were a number of individual offensive performances that stood out during week nine of the prep football season.
However, the most impressive outing was turned in on the defensive side of the ball.
Notre Dame’s defense logged three interceptions, recovered a fumble and limited North Vermilion to just 65 total yards in the first half Friday as they cruised to a 48-20 victory over the Patriots.
That effort was more than enough to claim top honors on this week’s edition of Acadia Parish Grid Stars.
John Rothermel led the defensive charge with a fumble recovery and an interception that he returned 84 yards for a touchdown. He also had three tackles, including a sack.
Luke Bourgeois and D.J. Petitjean each had an interceptions as well in the first half.
Notre Dame’s offense was also impressive in the victory, racking up 339 yards and eight touchdowns, most of which came in the first half (259 yards and seven touchdowns).
Logan Venable paced the Pios on the ground with 84 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries while Stu Cook had four carries for 38 yards and a touchdown.
Pio quarterback Waylon Young completed nine passes for 97 yards, including touchdown strikes to Drew Trahan (seven yards) and Josef Schmid (15 yards).
Crowley’s Davante Bourque and Tuskani Figaro also made a push for top honors in a 35-34 overtime loss to Eunice.
Despite the loss, Bouque hand another MVP like performance. He rushed 22 times for 211 yards and two touchdowns while also hauling in two passes for 14 yards. Figaro followed with 20 carries for 84 yards and one touchdown while completing nine passes for 132 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown pass to Andre Mills.
Also earning recognition this week were Rayne’s Brody Bourque and Clerance Leger; Iota’s Kyle Leger and Bryant Fantroy and Church Point’s Von Duplechain.
Bourque (20-140, 2 TD) and Leger (11-106, 2 TD) combined for 146 yards and four touchdowns in Rayne’s 33-26 loss to Erath while Leger (17-120, 2 TD) and Fantroy (9-66) led the Bulldogs to a 27-7 victory over Pine Prairie. Duplechain had 15 carries for 81 yards in the Bears’ 35-7 loss to Iowa.