NEW ORLEANS — Catholic High’s problems in the Division III state championship game Thursday came down to one thing — lack of consistency.
On the first snap of the game, CHS quarterback Trey Amos ran around the left side and 82 yards later was in the end zone for a 6-0 lead.
But after that quick strike to open the game, it was hit-and-miss for the offense the rest of the way. Notre Dame didn’t have such issues on the offensive side and claimed the DIII title with a 42-21 win, avenging a 2017 loss to the Panthers in the championship game.
It was a weird first half for CHS Thursday.
Amos’ run and Nick Boutte’s point after gave CHS a 7-0 lead.
Notre Dame took the ensuing kickoff and went 62 yards in five plays to tie the game on Ben Broussard’s 22-yard run.
After that, Catholic High’s offensive issues and mistakes came to the forefront.
On the Panthers’ second drive, a punt was mishandled by Peter LeBlanc and the Pios took over at the CHS 42-yard line. Notre Dame put it in the end zone five plays later for a 14-7 lead.
Catholic High’s third possession in the first quarter ended with a missed field goal as the quarter expired.
The Panthers had three more possessions in the second quarter that ended with a punt, interception and missed fourth down conversion, the last of which killed a drive that could have cut the lead to 14-7.
Meanwhile Notre Dame added another touchdown in the second quarter to increased the lead to 21-7 at halftime.
Catholic High’s defense allowed three scores in the first half but also stopped the Pios on three other possessions in the first half to give the Panthers a chance to get back into the game.
The second half turned out to be the type of game that most fans thought it would be, two offenses going toe-to-toe as the defenses struggled to keep pace.
Notre Dame scored on both possessions of the third quarter, Catholic High scored on its only third quarter drive and finished the second time it had the ball with a touchdown to open the fourth quarter.
Amos did the honors in the third quarter and Trey Henry finished the fourth quarter drive.
For the game, Amos finished with 139 yards and two touchdowns rushing, 139 yards passing and was chosen as Catholic High’s player of the game.
Bourgeois rushed for 162 yards and three TDs and was named Notre Dame’s player of the game.
Catholic High had one final chance to get back into the game in the fourth quarter after Notre Dame’s touchdown made the score 42-21 but couldn’t get past midfield on the drive and punted away as the Pios ran out the clock on the win.
Catholic High finished the season with a 12-2 record and Notre Dame finished a perfect 14-0. It’s the third time in the playoffs that Notre Dame has beaten CHS.
The Pios have won six state championships.