Sixth-ranked Bulldogs smash Gents
BY CHRIS QUEBEDEAUX
CROWLEY – Coming off a disappointing 12-0 loss to Breaux Bridge and having Class AAA’s second-ranked Parkview Baptist Eagles waiting in the wings next week, Cecilia’s Bulldogs were in need of moral boost.
Unfortunately for Crowley High, the sixth-ranked Bulldogs got exactly that Friday, crushing the homestanding Gents, 40-13.
The loss sent the Gents to 2-1 on the season while Cecilia improved to 2-1.
“This was a big win,” said Cecilia coach Terry Martin after the contest. “Every win is big, but after last week, there was a lot of bitterness. Tonight, we played like I thought we were capable of playing.”
The Bulldogs played to their full potential on both sides of the ball, reeling off 350 total yards of offense while holding Crowley to just 75 yards.
“It wasn’t very good tonight,” said CHS coach Tommy Tate following the loss. “It wasn’t what we came out to do. It was a game that we didn’t anticipate and we didn’t think this was coming. It was just one game that we came out and didn’t perform very well.”
Crowley didn’t see Cecilia’s defense coming at all, especially in the first half. The Bulldogs held the Gents to minus seven yards of total offense at the half and limited them to just two first downs, both occurring on roughing the punter penalties.
“We didn’t do a good job of keeping the ball early on,” said Tate. “The first half was real tough. We never could sustain anything, never could get any drives going.”
Offense wasn’t a problem for Cecilia.
The Bulldogs opened the game with an eight-play, 74-yard drive that was capped by a 7-yard touchdown pass from Kale Savoie to Devin Broussard.
They then blocked a punt on Crowley’s next possession and wasted little time in taking advantage as well.
On the first play following the block, Marcus Wiltz broke loose for a 36-yard touchdown run.
After forcing yet another Crowley punt, Cecilia marched 45 yards in seven plays before Savoie hit Brad Norris in the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown pass.
Broussard set up Cecilia’s final score of the half with a 50-yard punt return that gave the Bulldogs the ball at the Gents’ 26-yard line. Two plays later, he capped the drive with an 11-yard reception for a touchdown.
“Defensively, we didn’t stop them, we really didn’t,” said Tate. “We didn’t force many punts. We have to have some three-and-outs. They’ve got some speed on offense at the skill positions and we didn’t do a good job of tackling. Defensively, we’ve got to get a lot better.”
Crowley’s lone bright spot occurred at the beginning of the third quarter when Troy Wilridge returned the opening kickoff 88-yards for a touchdown.
“It was a low kick and Troy timed it out well in getting into his wedge,” said Tate. “The front wedge did a good job with the back wedge and we got a little crease. You know, Troy’s got a little bit of talent. He made a guy miss, got a good cutback and got it in the end zone.”
The spark for the Gents was short-lived however.
Cecilia answered right back three plays later when Wiltz broke loose for another touchdown, this time from 46 yards out.
Crowley added its final score early in the third quarter on a 4-yard run by quarterback Dexter Scott. And, again, Cecilia had an answer.
Backup tailback Justin Zenon carried four times for 50 yards when the Bulldogs got their hands back on the ball, with his final touch resulting in an 18-yard touchdown.
Zenon finished the game with seven carries for 67 yards while Wiltz had 10 totes for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Savoie was perfect on the night, completing all 10 of his pass attempts for 112 yards and three touchdowns. Broussard had three receptions for 27 yards and two touchdowns while Norris hauled in four passes for 44 yards and one score.
Crowley’s Justin Citizen rushed 20 times but mustered just 25 yards on Cecilia’s stingy defense.
The yardage was also minimal through the air as Scott completed just six of his 19 pass attempts for 41 yards. Donovan Morris was the Gents’ leading receiver with two receptions for 24 yards. Mike Milson had three catches for nine yards and Shawn Bearb hauled in one pass for eight yards.
“This is something that we have to look at, be really critical about and try to get better,” said Tate of the loss. “Nobody’s going to feel sorry for us. We have a very tough opponent next week in Patterson. We have to look at this game (on film) tomorrow, put it behind us and move on.”