Photograph: An Opelousas Catholic receiver handles a pass. (Photograph by Mike Curley)
It’s becoming evident that the boundaries for the Opelousas Catholic offense are continuing to expand.
The Vikings have scored a dozen touchdowns and 96 points during the last two weeks, as OCS is attacking secondaries with a passing game the program hasn’t displayed in several seasons.
That was apparent Thursday night at Donald Gardner Stadium, as OCS remained undefeated in District 6-1A with a 55-30 victory over Catholic High-Pointe Coupee.
The Vikings threw for 265 yards, as quarterback Mark Collins tossed six touchdowns to four different receivers.
OCS also rushed for 152 yards. Collins gained 115 and scored a touchdown.
“I think our offense is getting better. (Collins) was a quarterback who ran 99 percent of the time last year and now he’s improving with his reads and decisions. In the last two games he’s thrown for 12 touchdowns,” OCS head coach Cullen Matherne said during a Friday interview.
Matherne said the Vikings’ receivers are also becoming more accustomed to a new offense.
Against CHPC, OCS receivers Roderick Tezeno (6 receptions, 85 yards), Rowen Bergeron (4 receptions 56 yards),Royce Butler (2 receptions 71 yards), Beckett Boyd (two receptions 31 yards) and Braylin Harris (two receptions) were again effective.
Bergeron caught a 37-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and then grabbed another for 13 yards during the final period.
Tezeno also had a pair of TD catches. In the second period Tezeno caught a five-yard pass and in the second half cradled another of 26 yards.
Butler went long distance after catching a 53-yard throw from Collins, while Boyd caught a 9-yard scoring pass.
How They Scored
The Vikings were a touchdown behind (14-7) until the second period when OCS outscored the Hornets 21-8.
OCS upheld the advantage beginning in the late second-period and then scored another three TD’s during the fourth quarter.
Matherne credited Catholic High with an effective game plan that was effective early.
“I thought (CHPC) did a good job with the plan they had. They were doing a good job with it and once we made the adjustments and got a handle on it, we were able to start moving the ball,” said Matherne.
Catholic High rushed for 203 yards and threw for another 126. The Hornets completed five-of-16 attempts, but the Vikings also had three interceptions.
The Hornets entered the OCS game with an offense that had provided over 100 points during the previous three games.
Parker Jewell (1-yard run) and Hayden Elliott (4-yard run) provided CHPC with the Hornets’ first quarter touchdowns.
Elliott later added a second quarter score, catching a 42-yard throw from Hudson Moore and running for another TD from six yards out.
NEXT GAME: OCS hosts North Central next Friday.