Morgan City High School dropped its season opener to Erath 55-7 Friday in Morgan City. Above is the Tigers' quarterback, Adrian Garrison, in action. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
Hugh Hamer of Central Catholic, No. 1 at right, goes airborne to celebrate after returning the first kickoff of the season for a touchdown. Loreauville emerged with a 41-28 win over Central Catholic.
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UPDATED: Tri-City Areas teams fall in season openers Friday
By GEOFF STOUTE
Tri-City area football teams finished 0-3 on Friday night in week 1 action.
Central Catholic fell 41-28 at Loreauville, while Patterson dropped a 41-3 decision to Lafayette at Patterson. Morgan City fell in its home opener to Erath 55-6.
Below are recaps of the games.
Central Catholic vs. Loreauville
The Central Catholic Eagles just could not control Loreauville’s offensive and defensive lines in its loss to the Class 2A school, Central Catholic Coach Tommy Minton said.
“We had a hard time running the ball,” he said. “We had a hard time stopping the run, and that led to them being able to control pretty much the tempo of the game.”
However, the Eagles had some positives on special teams as Hugh Hamer returned a kickoff for a touchdown, and the Eagles blocked three punts. They had another kickoff return to put them in the red zone.
“We did some good things on special teams that gave us a chance,” Minton said.
No individual stats were available.
Central Catholic will return to action Friday when it travels to face Beekman Charter in Bastrop.
Patterson falls to Lafayette
Lafayette High returned three interceptions for touchdowns in the second half as the visiting Lions broke open a close game at halftime for a 41-3 victory.
Lafayette High linebacker Oliver Craddock returned two of the interceptions for touchdowns, while teammate Seth Jones returned a third interception 50-plus yards for a score.
In all, the Lumberjacks threw five interceptions against the Class 5A squad.
“We did a lot of things well, and we have some specific things that we’re really working on this week on improving,” Patterson coach Zach Lochard said. “Obviously turning the ball over is one of those big things, so a big emphasis this week is protecting the football while we’re on offense and generating turnovers on defense, which we hope to improve on this week against South Terrebonne.”
Quarterback Xan Saunier added two touchdowns on runs of 21 and 55 yards, while Carson Livesay had a 17-yard run.
“Lafayette was a very tough opponent,” Lochard said. “Obviously Coach Figaro’s doing a great job with that team in all aspects of running that program, but I was very proud of our guys. I was proud of our coaches.”
Patterson’s points came via a 29-yard field goal by Jose Rivera as time expired in the first half to cut Patterson’s deficit to 8-3 at halftime.
Tylon Walton led Patterson’s offensive attack as he had 11 carries for 59 yards. Through the air, he completed 7 of 19 passes for 76 yards but had four interceptions.
Kyler Paul led Patterson’s receivers with three receptions for 42 yards.
Patterson will return to action Thursday when it travels to Bourg to meet South Terrebonne.
Morgan City vs. Erath
Erath scored touchdowns on its first four offensive drives as it cruised to a 55-6 victory against Morgan City Friday night.
The Bobcats led 14-0 after a quarter, 27-0 at halftime and 41-6 after three quarters.
Quarterback Gabe Primeaux completed 7 of 15 passes for 151 yards with four touchdowns and one interception, while he added eight carries for 59 yards.
Trent Bristo led Erath’s ground game with 19 carries for 170 yards and a score. David Richard was the team’s leading receiver with two catches for 62 yards.
Morgan City’s touchdown came on a 60-yard completion from Ethan Blanco to Logan Linston in the third quarter.
“Erath’s a good football team,” Morgan City coach Chris Stroud said. “They’re well coached. They don’t have a lot of great speed, but those guys hit the weight room. They’ve got great numbers.
"They only brought 40 on their travel squad tonight, but that was 40 ballplayers. We’ve got a little bit better at spots. … I saw some guys be more physical, but we’re still not very good tackling. We still the first shot or hit we take we got to fight through some pain, but it’s football. It’s physical.”
Blanco, Adrian Garrison and Linston were Morgan City’s top offensive contributors. Blanco completed 5 of 11 passes for 64 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Garrison rushed seven times for 38 yards and completed 2 of 7 passes for 13 yards with an interception. Linston had two catches for 65 yards and a score.
Morgan City will return to action Friday when it hosts Hanson Memorial.