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OCS Establishes Hold on First Place

BOBBY ARDOIN
Editor/Consulting Writer

Opelousas Catholic is emerging as the frontrunner to win the District 6-1A football championship.

The Vikings, whio have captured the previous two league titles, bolted to 3-0 in district games, following a 50-0 Homecoming victory over North Central at Donald Gardner Stadium Friday night.

OCS, now 5-3, is riding a four-game winning streak as a Week 9 district game approaches at Sacred Heart.

A clearer picture in District 6-1A became evident following three other games that involved league teams Friday night.

Three programs — Catholic High-Pointe Coupee, St. Edmund and Westminster Christian Academy, are chasing the Vikings.

Each of those schools are 2-1 in District 6-1A. Sacred Heart and North Central are 0-3 in district contests following their Friday night defeats.

Catholic High-Pointe Coupee defeated St. Edmund 36-20, while Westminster beat Sacred Heart 23-14. St. Edmund’s loss ended a winning streak of six consecutive games.

Opelousas Catholic and St. Edmund are scheduled to end the regular season with a game at Blue Jay Field in Eunice.

Opelousas receiver Beckett Boyd avoids a defensive back and catches a pass

OCS 50, North Central 0.

The Vikings’ offense continued to cast a prominent impact during the victory over the Hurricanes (1-7).

OCS, which has scored 146 points in the three district victories, bolted to a 16-0 lead at the end of the first period and by halftime the contest was thoroughly under control.

It was a memorable first and final Homecoming performance by the Collins’ brothers – Mark and Myles – who collaborated on two touchdowns.

Vikings’ senior quarterback Mark Collins threw a pair of TD’s in each half to freshman and younger brother Myles Collins.

Mark Collins connected with his receivers for four other touchdown tosses.

OCS receivers Dontre Henry, Rowen Bergeron, Beckett Boyd and Lucas Kennerson also caught touchdown throws from Collins.

The Vikings’ defense also played a part in the win.

OCS recorded a safety with less than a minute remaining in the first quarter, while Vikings’ defensive back Roy Henry intercepted two passes.

North Central experienced advantageous field position several times during the first half which ended with a 36-0 Vikings’ lead.

However the Hurricanes’ offensive progress was often halted by penalties that included holding, illegal substitutions, false starts and delays of game. Fundamentally North Central was hurt by several errant center snaps, fumbles and the two picks by Henry.

The ‘Canes moved hurriedly early in the second quarter when McKennis Savoie and Chris Sylvester each used runs that reached the Vikings’ 27.

Henry intercepted a pass at the OCS 6-yard line that ended the threat.