Photograph: Port Barre running back Keenan Hardy gained significant yardage Friday night in the win over Mamou. (Photograph by Freddie Herpin)
Port Barre High displayed the type of offense against Mamou on Friday that head coach Brent Angelle had imagined at the start of the season.
The Red Devils passed for 105 yards and took control of the game early, as Port Barre captured a second 2023 victory.
“I thought we threw the ball really well. Offensively this was by far the best game we have had all season. I thought we moved the ball. Defensively we also played well by putting pressure on the quarterback all night,” said Angelle following the 40-8 win.
Quarterback Tylus Metrejean completed six-of-12 throws for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Both scoring throws were to brother Cade Metrejean. Tylus Metrejean also scored on a one-yard run.
Angelle said the pair has a special relationship offensively.
“Tylus and Cade always seem to know where the other is going to be on any of our pass routes. I know this game meant a lot of Cade. He took it upon himself to get better this past week and it showed,” said Angelle.
Port Barre scored another passing touchdown in the second period when Adam Barron completed a 25-yard pass to Julian Arnaud.
Angelle said the coaching staff made some personnel decisions that also seemed effective against Mamou (0-3).
“We made a couple of switches on the offensive and defensive lines. One of them was putting Colton Simmons on the defensive side. He finished the game with four quarterback sacks. We also got a recovery in the end zone for a safety due to the pressure,” said Angelle.
Braden Pickney led the Port Barre rushers (six carries, 53 yards), while Logan Vallien gained 64. Keenan Hardy had 33.
Mamou had trouble moving the ball most of the night. The Green Demons threw the ball better, with quarterback Dezmond Skinner passing 24 times and completing 13 for 153 yards.
Skinner threw a third quarter touchdown pass to Peyton Alfred for the Demons’ only touchdown of the game.
The Devils led 6-0 by the end of the first quarter after Cade Metrejean caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Tylus Metrejean.
Port Barre led 16-2 by halftime.
Mamou scored on a safety when Tylus Metrejean was tackled in the end zone.
NEXT WEEK: Port Barre goes to Northwest to open District 5-3A.