Opportunistic Bulldogs hold off SCC

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 7, 2000

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / October 7, 2000

LAPLACE – Lutcher turned two St. Charles Catholic turnovers intotouchdowns in the first half and held off a late Comets rally to take a 21-7 victory Friday night at Thomas Dupuy Stadium.

Lutcher improved to 1-0 in District 9-3A and 3-3 overall. St. Charles Catholicfell to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in district play.

Lutcher finished with 205 yards in offense, doing most of the damage of the ground. The Bulldogs ran for 171 yards on 39 attempts, ledby William Adamswith 82 yards on 19 carries. Tyrone Martin added another 77 yards on 16attempts. Risley St. Germain completed 4-of-13 passes for 34 yards and atouchdown and also scored on a 2-yard run.

St. Charles Catholic had 197 yards in offense. Jason Waguespack got 174 ofthe yards and a touchdown on 18 completions in 37 attempts. Toby Jacobshad five of the catches for 60 yards. Phillip Hoffman also had five catchesfor 36 yards and a score. Randy Madere added four catches for 44 yards.Doug Friloux led the rushing attack with 30 yards on nine carries.

It was the Lutcher defense that set up the first two scores of the game. St.Charles Catholic had a second-and-3 at the Lutcher 44 with four minutes left in the first quarter when the snap went over Waguespack’s head. JaredAlexis recovered for the Bulldogs at the Comets’ 40-yard line.

Martin went off right tackle for six yards on fourth down from the 30. Onfourth down from the 33, St. Germain rolled right and floated a pass to theright corner to Johnson. Johnson took it in at the 1 and got in the pylon forthe score. T.J. Bourgeois added the extra point to make it 7-0 with 42seconds left in the opening quarter.

The Comets started their next possession at their 36 with Waguespack finding Jacobs on the right side for a 11-yard gain on the first play of the second quarter. Three plays later, Waguespack went up the middle for threeyards on third down. A 7-yard pass from Waguespack to Hoffman brought upa fourth-and-1 at the 31.

Waguespack went back to pass and tossed one to the right side. Left endChris Lee batted the ball in the air, brought it in at the Lutcher 46 and returned it up the middle of the field for 54 yards for the score. Bourgeoisagain added the extra point, giving the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead with 8:19 left in the half.

St. Charles Catholic also used a turnover to pull to within seven late in thegame. On third down from the Lutcher 33, St. Germain stumbled whiledropping back to pass and flipped a short toss that was intercepted by Kriss Scioneaux at the 27. Scioneaux returned it to the 23.On third down from the 23, Waguespack kept the drive alive with a 15-yard pass over the middle to Madere. Two plays later from the 8, Waguespackagain went over the middle, this time to Hoffman who made a sliding catch in the end zone. Hoffman added the extra point, cutting the deficit to 14-7 with4:42 left in the game.

The Comets tried an onsides kick but the ball skipped backwards and was downed at the St. CHarles Catholic 30. On fourth-and-1 from the 22, Adamsswept around the right side for a 14-yard gain to the 8. Martin carried twiceto the 2 where St. Germain snuck it up the middle. Bourgeois’ extra pointwas good, making it 21-7 with 1:01 left.

Hoffman returned the ensuing kickoff 40 yards to the Lutcher 40. TheComets drove to the Bulldogs’ 23 but Courtney Long sacked Waguespack on third down and the snap was high on fourth down as the clock expired.

Both teams drove in the second half. Lutcher moved from the Comets 48 tothe 23 on its first possession of the half behind the running of Adams and Martin who gained all the yardage. Bourgeois came in to attempt a 40-yardfield goal but had it blocked by Alton Alexander.

The Comets took over and drove from their 20 to the Lutcher 22. ToddBabin and Friloux each had 13-yard runs on the drive. On fourth down fromthe 22, Waguespack tossed over the middle but had it knocked away by Jeremy Foreman.

Lutcher again moved the ball on the ground. Martin went for 8 and 12 yardsand Adams carried for 6 as the third quarter ended.

When play resumed, Adams went up the middle for 13 yards and Martin followed with two carries of 7 yards each. St. Germain threw incomplete onfourth down at the 23 to end the drive.

St. Charles Catholic came right back as Jacobs made a catch on the rightsidelines for a 24-yard gain to the Comets 47. The drive carried to theLutcher 38 before Waguespack’s pass on fourth down was batted down by Alexis.

St. Charles Catholic travels to St. James next week. Lutcher plays host toE.D. White in district play.

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