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MCHS Coach Chris Stroud talks with quarterback Khai Hartley during the Tigers' week one contest with Berwick. Morgan City fell to Erath Friday 35-7. The Tigers will return to action
Friday when they travel to face Hanson Memorial at 7 p.m. in nondistrict action. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)

Erath High School Bobcats defeat Morgan City High School Tigers 35-7

Erath High School eased past Morgan City High School 35-7 in nondistrict action at Erath Friday.
The Bobcats (2-1) jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead, and Morgan City scored its touchdown on its final possession of the game.
Erath scored touchdowns on its first three offensive possessions via touchdown passes from Luke LeBlanc to three different receivers for a 21-0 first-quarter lead. LeBlanc connected with Curtis Cormier Jr. on a 17-yard pass, he hit Colton Punch for a 34-yard touchdown strike and completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Ian Harrington. Punch, who serves as the Bobcats’ placekicker, connected on all three point-after attempts. He made all five of his attempts for the game.
Erath’s final touchdown of the game came on a 1-yard run by Jax Thibodeaux in the second quarter. Punch’s point-after attempt gave the Bobcats a 35-0 lead.
The Tigers (0-3) had trouble moving the ball during the first half as fumbles, tackles for loss and bad snaps hurt the Tigers’ chances.
The second half moved swiftly with a running clock as the teams combined for just four possessions.
Morgan City’s defense came up with a turnover on Erath’s first possession of the second half as the Tigers recovered a fumble at their own 15 two plays into the fourth quarter.
The Tigers capitalized on the turnover as Morgan City moved 85 yards in seven plays, capped by Dylan Tingle’s 25-yard run.
The drive’s biggest play came three plays into the possession when Tingle rumbled 59 yards to move the ball from the Morgan City 20 to the Erath 21.
Helder Hernandez’s extra point was good for the 35-7 final.
Tingle led Morgan City’s offense with five carries for 87 yards and a touchdown.
LeBlanc and Thibodeaux led Erath’s offense. LeBlanc completed 9 of 12 passes for 144 yards and three touchdowns, while Thibodeaux had 15 carries for 103 yards and a score.
Punch led Erath’s receivers with three catches for 89 yards and a score.
Morgan City will continue nondistrict action Friday when it travels to western St. Mary Parish to face Hanson Memorial in Franklin.
Additional reporting by The Daily Iberian.


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