Notre Dame opens with impressive win at Breaux Bridge
At times Notre Dame looked like a team with 10 games under its belt, but there were also moments that served as a reminder that it was the season opener for the Pios. Either way, it was a tough night all around for Breaux Bridge as Notre Dame won for the sixth straight season
Senior Garrett Bergeron made his first start at quarterback a memorable night in leading the Pios offense to a 414-yard performance and a 38-7 thrashing of the Tigers. Bergeron completed 15-of-21 passes for 180 yards including a 6-yard TD and ran one in from a yard out for another score.
“Garrett got in a little last year and didn’t have much spring because he is on the baseball team,” explained Pios coach Lewis Cook. “This summer and early part of the season I’m watching him in practice and he is making some pretty good throws. You don’t know what the reaction is when the lights come on, but I thought he handled himself really well.”
Bergeron got the Pios rolling on first quarter completions of 23 yards to tight end Thomas Bellard and 25 yards to wide receiver Gentry Borill. Noah Bourgeois swept the right side and turned it up for a 38-yard TD run. John William Lamm added the extra point for a 7-nothing Pios lead.
On the next possession, Kyle Lyons sacked Tigers QB Cole Mouton for a nine- yard loss on third down. Cameron Nelson returned the fourth down punt 14 yards to the BB 41-yard line.
Runningback Collin Kirsch saw his number called on six straight snaps. Three runs gained a first down at the BB30 where Bergeron play faked and rolled right then turned back to find Kirsch out of the backfield for a 24 yard catch and run and first and goal at the six. Kirsch took it in on the ground for a 14-nothing lead after Lamm kicked the PAT.
Notre Dame stuffed the Breaux Bridge ground game all night, getting the ball back after combined tackles from Tucker Kojis, Joe Pommier, Kyle Lyons, Cam Nelson and Jacob Dore. Waylon Bourgeois popped through for a 25-yard run on first down from midfield. A holding penalty stalled the drive and the Pios added points on a field goal by John William Lamm that split the uprights from 37-yards out.
With a minute to go in the half, Breaux Bridge punted and the Pios turned it over with a mishandled kick at the Pios 35. Tiger QB Cole Mouton quickly found speedy receiver Dartravion Girord for a 25-yard gain. On second a goal from the six, Thomas Stevens and Alex Brouillette stopped Mouton for a four-yard loss.
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