E.D. White too much for CCHS
By PRESTON GILL
THIBODAUX — E.D. White Catholic christened its new football field by running over Central Catholic Friday night on the way to a 30-12 victory.
“We still have some adjustments we need to make to get used to the (new artificial) turf,” Cardinals coach Kyle Lasseigne said after the game. “We were slipping a little bit.”
The Cardinals running game certainly did not slip at Harvey Peltier Stadium on Yokey Bernard Field.
E.D. White (2-1) rushed for 284 yards, 191 of which it grounded out in the first half when it took a comfortable 27-6 lead into intermission.
After falling behind 13-0 in the first quarter, the Eagles’ defense scored, utilizing two big plays in a three-play drive on their second possession to close the gap to 13-6.
Sophomore running back Stefano Guarisco had an electrifying 59-yard run from the Central Catholic 24 to open the drive. That was the longest play from scrimmage for either team Friday night. After a 1-yard run by Guarisco, senior quarterback Nicholas Case (15-of-27, 205 yards, two touchdowns) hooked up with another senior, Tyler Hoffpauir (eight receptions for 105 yards and one touchdown) on a 16-yard pass connection for a score.
Mathew Barbier’s point-after try was blocked.
Despite the final score and lopsided Cardinal advantage in statistics, the Eagles (0-3) managed to keep the contest close until the final two minutes of the first half when E.D. White scored two touchdowns in 71 seconds after making a goal line defensive stand.
Central Catholic had a 13-play drive that took nearly five minutes and spanned the first two quarters. The Eagles got within three yards of the end zone with an opportunity to tie the game early in the second period.
Case connected with Charlie Barron for 31 yards, and six plays later, a 22-yard pass to Guarisco gave the Eagles first-and-goal at the E.D. White 7.
A second down shovel pass to Guarisco got the ball to the 3.
After Case was sacked, he threw an incomplete pass when the Eagles decided to go for the touchdown on fourth down from the 5.
Building on the momentum of the goal line stand, the Cardinals drove 95 yards — all on the ground — with a 14-play drive that ate more than seven minutes off the clock.
Josh Chiasson scored on a 9-yard run with 1:33 left in the half for a 20-6 E.D. White advantage.
A 9-yard kickoff return started the Eagles’ next possession at their 14-yard line. The Cardinals used their timeouts and forced the Eagles to punt.
A 9-yard punt and a personal foul penalty on Central Catholic gave E.D. White the ball at the 6.
Dannon Steib ran the ball for a 6-yard Cardinal score with 22 seconds left in the half for a 27-6 lead.
After the game, Eagles coach David Fuhrer said those two series were the turning point in the game.
“It was 13-6 and we had the ball at the 3, and they stopped us,” he said. “They drove it down the field and scored and then we had a bad punt. We just couldn’t put drives together, and that was the difference.”
Fuhrer said both the outcome and the way the team played were disappointments to coaches and players alike.
“We got away from our game plan. ... We are not where we want to be but we will get it put together for district play,” he said. “Our guys will bounce back.
Central Catholic’s second score came on a 10-play drive that was primarily completed through the air.
Blanchard caught a pass for 22 yards and then Hoffpauir caught a pair of passes for 16 and 25 yards. Blanchard caught a 6-yard pass for the final score with 3:51 left in the game.
Case was stopped as he attempted to run in the two-point conversion.
The Cardinals first score in the contest was the result of some trickery that caught the Eagles off guard.
After pitching the ball to running back Justin Theriot, Benjamin Sposito broke to the sidelines unguarded to catch a pass from Theriot for a 35-yard score with 9:27 left in the first quarter.
With 7:57 left in the third quarter, Rene Thibodaux kicked a 42-yard field goal that struck the goalpost cross bar, bounced up and through the uprights for a 30-6 score.
Central Catholic will return to action Thursday when it begins District 7-1A play in New Iberia against newcomer Highland Baptist.
First downs 19 11
Rushing 285 57
Passing 50 205
PA-C-HI 2-7-0 15-27-0
Total offense 335 262
Pts-avg 0-0 4-18
Fumbles-lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties 8-55 8-61
Scoring by quarter
CCHS 6 0 6 0 12
EDW 13 14 3 0 30
Central Catholic individual stats
Stefano Guarisco 11-60; Tyler Hoffpauir 1-7; Nicholas Case 7-(-8); Eriq Blanchard 1-(-2);
Nicholas Case 15-27-0 205 yards, 2 TDs
Tyler Hoffpauir 8-105, 1 TD; Stefano Guarisco 4-50; Eriq Blanchard 2-19, 1 TD;
Charlie Barron 1-31
ED White: Justin Theriot 35-yard pass to Benjamin Sposito (Rene Thibodaux kick) 9:27
ED White: Theriot 2-yard run, (PAT blocked) 7:13
Central Catholic: Nicholas Case 16-yard pass to Tyler Hoffpauir, (PAT blocked) 5:50
ED White: Josh Chiasson 9-yard run (Thibodaux kick) 0:33
ED White: Dannon Steib 6-yard run (Thibodaux kick) 0:22
ED White: Thibodaux 42-yard field goal 7:57
Central Catholic: Case 6-yard pass to Eriq Blanchard (run failed) 3:52