A pair of successful district schedule starts have created optimism and potential championship visions for both Eunice High and St. Edmund as they approach the final third of the regular high school football season.
Both Eunice teams have begun their separate district schedules 2-0, with a pair of important league contests set for Week 8.
On Friday night Eunice High beat Washington-Marion 48-14 in Lake Charles, while St. Edmund returned from Ville Platte with a 21-14 victory over Sacred Heart.
Eunice improved to 5-2 overall. St. Edmund is 6-1 amid a five-game winning streak.
Both Eunice teams are scheduled to play important district home games this week.
Eunice hosts DeRidder, while St. Edmund plays in New Roads against Catholic-Pointe Coupee.
Eunice High 48, Washington-Marion 14
The Bobcats followed up a major district win over Rayne last week, with a victory over Washington-Marion.
Eunice has outscored the two district opponents 96-28.
“I think everything is clicking for us right now. We had some injuries early, but we are more healthy than we have been all year and we are practicing better,” Eunice High head coach Andre Vige said during a Saturday interview.
The Bobcats compiled 421 total offensive yards against the Chargers. Eunice gained 260 of that rushing, with running backs Trent Gallow (71 yards), Isaiah Thomas (67) and Trent Collins (59) carrying most of the load.
EHS quarterback Montana Brown threw for 146 yards, completing eight-of-11 passes. Brown and wide receiver Jared Thomas connected on a 51-yard, first quarter touchdown throw for the first TD of the game.
Thomas caught three passes for 94 yards.
Bobcats’ running back Bryan Allen scored twice in the second half on runs of five and two yards. Other Eunice TD’s occurred on a Trent Gallow run of 14 yards, another of similar distance by Trent Gallow and one touchdown by Thaddeus Godfrey.
St. Edmund 21, Sacred Heart 14
The Blue Jays led 13-0 in this game before Sacred Heart staged a late-game comeback.
A two-touchdown, St. Edmund’s advantage was reduced to seven points with 2:50 remaining after Kohen Joubert caught a 50-yard pass from Wade Pitre.
Each of the three St. Edmund touchdowns came on long distance plays.
Brighton Leday intercepted a pass and returned it 70 yards for a second period score, while with 3:19 remaining before halftime, Gage Smith caught a 38-yard scoring pass from Jays’ quarterback Kane West.
St. Edmund running back KeVon Johnson scored the final TD for the Jays, with a 70-yard, fourth quarter run.
Johnson (1,559 yards, 21 TD’s), ran for 216 against Sacred Heart.
The Jays compiled 251 total offensive yards, with all but 39 of that obtained by rushing.
Sacred Heart gained all but 27 total yards by passing. Pitre completed 14-of-25 attempts. LeBlanc had four receptions for 88 yards.
The Trojans (2-5, 0-2) play at Westminster Christian this week.