All four Teche Area teams that celebrated homecoming football games this week did so with wins, three of them against district opponents.
New Iberia Senior High quarterback Jason Jones threw four touchdown passes to help the Yellow Jackets improve to 3-0 in District 7-5A action with a 54-12 win over H.L. Bourgeois, and Loreauville quarterback Raymond Bonnette threw for 306 yards and five TDs to help the Tigers win their District 6-2A opener Friday against West St. Mary, 47-14. Also celebrating homecoming wins were Delcambre, a 49-30 winner over 6-2A rival Jeanerette, and Franklin, a 26-14 winner over intra-parish rival Morgan City.
In other games Friday involving Teche Area teams, St. Martinville suffered a 21-14 loss to Breaux Bridge, Westgate fell to unbeaten South Lafourche 24-7 and Highland Baptist fell to Covenant Christian 51-6.
In Thursday games in the Teche Area, Hanson fell at home to VermilionCatholic, 42-0, and Erath picked up a District 9-3A win at Abbeville, 44-14.
Catholic High had an open date this week.
New Iberia 54, H.L. Bourgeois 12
NEW IBERIA — Jason Jones completed 14 of 19 passes for 215 yards and four touchowns as New Iberia Senior HIgh scored 27 first quarter points in beating H. L. Bourgeois Friday in District 7-5A action.
Jones had touchdown passes of 17 yards to Antonio Jack, 24 yards to Josh Richie, and 11 and 25 yards to Andrew RIcks as the Jackets improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in district, a half-game up on South Lafourche (5-0, 2-0).
The two district leaders meet at Lloyd G. Porter Stadium next week.
It was the first four-touchdown game in the senior quarterback’s high school career.
NISH coach Rick Hutson was generally pleased with how his team played although he wasn’t expecting his team to be too sharp after the events of last week with the funeral of former standout Derek Olivier and with the school celebrating homecoming.
“We weren’t super sharp tonight but I wasn’t expecting us to be sharp tonight with all the things that we went through this week,” said Hutson. “I knew the focus wasn’t what it was and thank goodness we were just a little more talented that the team we played tonight.”
Tyler Archon rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown and the NISH defense got two scores with a 75-yard interception return for a TD from Kavionte Haywood and a 33-yard pick-six from Jacob Polk.
Loreauville 47, West St. Mary 14
LOREAUVILLE — Raymond Bonnette was nearly perfect on the night, completing 12 of 13 pass attempts for 306 yards with five touchdowns and one interception and Loreauville improved to 6-0 overall and 1-0 in District 6-2A.
Tight end Charles Francois had four catches for 141 yards, including TDs covering 40 and 74 yards; Rhashid Bonnette had three catches for 115 yards, including a pair of 55-yard scoring plays; and Jermaine Antoine rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown on nine carries as the Tigers rolled up 478 total yards.
Loreauville led 14-0 after one quarter and 34-7 at halftime. The teams were penalized a combined 24 times for 160 yards in the game, which also featured near-brawl in the end zone late in the first quarter.
That fight came after a WSM ballcarrier was thrown down late after being stopped for a loss inside his own 5, which sparked some pushing. A few players charged to the end zone from the sidelines but coaches for both teams kept that to a minimum and the penalties offset.
With starting quarterback Trevell Dixon out with an injury, West St. Mary got a boost from 2011 All-District running back Glen Marsh, who returned from his own injury to lead a ground game that netted 170 yards. Marsh had 79 yards and a TD on 14 carries, while backup QB Ta'Mon Lockett had 87 yards and a touchdown on 16 runs.
Lockett also completed 11 of 19 passes for 123 yards with one interception. Adonis Sterling led the Wolfpack (0-6-0-1) with five catches for 49 yards and Darien Dwyer and Shelby Phillips had three receptions apiece.
Breaux Bridge 21, St. Martinville 14
ST. MARTINVILLE — Breaux Bridge High’s Demarkus Daughdrill saved his best for last and made St. Martinville’s Tigers pay for their second glaring special teams mistake of the night Friday at Tiger Stadium.
Trailing 14-13 in the waning minutes of the game, Breaux Bridge forced a quick three-and-out by St. Martinville, which couldn’t pick up a clutch clock-consuming first down on third-and-3 from its own 28. A 28-yard punt angled toward the home team sideline, where Daughdrill fielded it on the run, turned his back on a spin move and raced across the field and toward the end zone.
His 56-yard touchdown run and a 2-point conversion pass from Lane Landry to Lamont Abraham with 3:06 to play sealed a 21-14 victory over St. Martinville in a District 5-4A opener between two bitter rivals in St. Martin Parish.
It also wiped out a sterling effort in the third quarter by St. Martinville’s offense, which drove 74 yards in 15 plays, all on the ground, to forge a hard-earned 14-13 lead over the visiting Tigers. St. Martinville’s Lorenzo Chaisson scored his second touchdown of the game on 1-yard plunge to give his team the lead at the third quarter’s 1:25 mark.
St. Martinville’s defense bent but didn’t break on the ensuing series and the hosts dodged a bullet when Kargan Breaux’s 38-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right with 5:39 to play in the final quarter. Breaux Bridge had marched 46 yards 13 plays before the drive stalled and Anderson came on to kick the field goal.
St. Martinville outgained the visitors on the ground, 187-174, behind the running of Malik Anthony, Jamiah Nelson and Chaisson. Nelson led the way with 74 yards on 16 carries.
Breaux Bridge drew first blood in the intense rivalry on Daughdrill’s first touchdown, a 14-yard run to cap his team’s first possession of the game.
St. Martinville answered on the ensuing series with a 77-yard march in 11 plays. Chaisson scored from 28 yards out and, after the PAT kick was blocked, the teams were tied 6-6.
Breaux Bridge regained the lead early in the second quarter as Daughdrill plunged 3 yards for a touchdwn at the 11:33 mark.
St. Martinville had a golden opportunity to take the lead when DeQuncy Narcisse intercepted a Lane Landry pass at the Breaux Bridge 28 and returned it to the BB 5. But St. Martinville quarterback Brylin Porter fumbled the ball away two plays later and the visitors took over at their own 7.
It stayed 13-6 until St. Martinville’s time-consuming drive in the third quarter. Then Draughdrill turned in his heroics on the dazzling punt return.
Porter was intercepted twice on deep passes down the middle in the final three minutes.
Delcambre 49, Jeanerette 30
DELCAMBRE — The Delcambre Panthers built a 35-14 halftime lead and held on in the second half in a game featuring more than 1,000 total yards of offense.
Robert Primeaux passed for 278 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 43 yards and another TD for Delcambre and Ashton Eastin rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns to help the Panthers put up 529 total yards, including 251 on 37 rushes.
For Jeanerette, Antonio Gage threw for 153 yards and two TDs and rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown, and Abdul Tate ran for 149 yards and a TD and the Tigers reached 511 total yards as a team. JSH scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to pull closer.
Delcambre improved to 2-4 overall and 1-0 in district. Jeanerette fell to 0-6 and 0-1.
Franklin 26, Morgan City 14
FRANKLIN — Franklin held Morgan City to 152 total yards in handing the Tigers their first loss of the season.
Jarion Brown threw for 170 yards and a touchdown and Brandon McFarlane rushed for a touchdown and returned an interception for a TD to help the Hornets improve to 3-3 overall.
Eric Walker rushed for both Morgan City touchdowns. The Tigers fell to 4-1.
South Lafourche 24, Westgate 7
GALLIANO — South Lafourche limited Westgate to 58 total yards in staying unbeaten on the season, setting up a showdown with New Iberia next week for the lead in District 7-5A.
Braxton Acosta recovered a pooch kick to open the game for South Lafourche at the WHS 31, then blocked a Westgate punt and recovered a WHS fumble, and the Tarpons converted those plays into a 10-0 lead after one quarter.
South Lafourche had to drive only 34 yards for its third score after a Westgate punt, making it a 17-0 game. WHS had minus-32 yards offense in the first half.
Jake Williams rushed for 100 yards and a TD on the night.
Westgate got on the scoreboard after Aaron Bird hooked up with Bryrick Broussard on a 53-yard pass to the South Lafourche 5. Three plays later, Trevonte Williams ran in from six yards away to make it 24-7.
South Lafourche is at NISH (5-1, 3-0) on Friday. Westgate plays at Central Lafourche.
Covenant Christian 51, Highland Baptist 6
THIBODAUX — Three Covenant Christian ballcarriers rushed for at least 100 yards apiece to help the Lions beat Highland Baptist in a rematch of the 2011 Louisiana Christian School Athletic Association championship game.
Both squads have joined the Louisiana High School Athletic Association and are in a transition year, meaning their games count toward the records of other teams but the two schools are not eligible for district honors or playoff berths this year.
Mark George rushed for 157 yards and two TDs on 11 carries, Jordon McKay had 120 yards and two touchdowns on six runs and Lenard Calloway had 104 yards and a TD on three rushes to pace CCA to 513 rushing yards, and the Lions scored on plays covering 73, 75, 60, 58, 44 and 20 yards against HBCS.
Zach Gibbons led Highland with 64 yards on 14 carries, and Gary Roberts threw a 26-yard scoring pass to Dylan Blair with under a minute to go to help the Bears avert the shutout.