Notre Dame defense tops Grid Stars
CROWLEY – With its quick-strike capability, Notre Dame’s offense has dominated its opposition the last six weeks.
Friday’s 35-0 Homecoming victory over Erath was yet another testament to that.
But as has been the case for so many years, it has been Notre Dame’s defense that has been the key to getting the offense on the field.
Friday, that unit was at it again, limiting the Bobcats to just 81 total yards and five first downs, a performance which earned the Pios defense top billing in this week’s edition of Grid Stars.
Notre Dame’s Jacob Molbert led the charge with 10 tackles (5 solo, 5 assists). He also had two sacks and blocked a punt, which he recovered.
D.J. Welter had nine tackles while O’Dazia Thomas had six and Paul LaCroix and C.J. Hundley had four.
Offensively, the Pios posted 262 yards on the ground and 108 through the air.
Logan Venable led the ground attack with 77 yards on 10 carries and Morgan Allen led all receivers with one catch for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Crowley High’s defense also earned recognition. The Gents held Iowa’s potent rushing attack to just 33 yards while forcing two fumbles and intercepting two passes in a 38-14 victory over the Yellow Jackets.
Troy Wilridge highlighted the Gents defense with an interception, his third in the last two games. He returned the interception 37 yards for a touchdown. Darius Mills also had an interception while Calvin Lewis and Tuskani Figaro each had fumble recoveries.
Donavon Morris also earned honors after returning a kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown.
Iota makes the list following a thrilling 14-13 come-from-behind victory over Kinder.
Iota’s Ben Thevis hit pay dirt from one yard out with 2:35 remaining to get the Bulldogs within one at 13-12. Thevis then connected with Ethan Navarre on the 2-point conversion for the eventual game winner.
Thevis also hit Navarre on a 6-yard scoring strike earlier in the contest.
Bryant Fantroy led the Bulldogs on the ground with 22 carries for 85 yards and Brenten Lanthier had 15 carries for 64 yards. Thevis rushed 5 times for 20 yards.
Church Point’s Bruce Citizen and Von Duplechain also had standout games as well as Rayne’s Brody Bourque.
Citizen rushed for 50 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries in a 35-6 victory over Northwest while Duplechain had 11 totes for 84 yards.
Bourque rushed 14 times for 112 yards, scoring on a 69-yard run in a 49-14 loss to Kaplan.