Cardinals top Terriers, 27-15
Sun. September 02, 2012 at 12:30 a.m. | By Chris Singleton/Staff Writer
E.D. White Catholic’s quarterback Benton Arceneaux (9) escapes the rush of Vandebilt Catholic linebacker Dylan Ward during Saturday’s game in Houma. (Photo by Charles Phillips III/Correspondent)
E.D. White Catholic’s senior duo of quarterback Benton Arceneaux and receiver Colby Masse hooked up only three times during Saturday’s nondistrict game against longtime archrival Vandebilt Catholic.
But those three pass plays helped determine the outcome of Saturday’s nondistrict showdown at Buddy Marcello Stadium in Houma.
Arceneaux and Masse connected on three passes for 186 yards, which included an 85-yard touchdown in the second quarter and a key 37-yard catch late in fourth quarter that sealed the Cardinals’ 27-15 win over the Terriers.
After getting only three days of practice in this week because of Hurricane Isaac, E.D. White coach Kyle Lasseigne said it was good to open up the regular season with a win over its biggest rivals. The game was originally scheduled for Friday, but pushed back to Saturday afternoon because of Isaac.
“I’m just proud of our kids for battling through this week and all the things we had to go through,” Lasseigne said. “When they were with me at practice, they were focused. I asked them to come out here and be focused. The weather was miserable. It was hot and it was real tough to focus, but we did it.”
E.D. White, which is known for its physical running game, finished with 341 total yards, with 212 of it coming through the air.
Arceneaux, who completed 5-of-10 passes for 212 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, said the Cardinals big plays in the passing game came from building confidence through offseason workouts.
“It was just a culmination of all the offseason work with the seven-on-seven drills and everything,” Arceneaux said. “As a team, our chemistry is the best it’s ever been. We only had three days of practice, but we were so anxious to play. We were just ready for them. We came out here and did what we had to do. It feels good to get this win.”
The Cardinals’ (1-0 overall) chemistry was on display during a clutch fourth quarter when they needed big plays to put away Vandebilt (0-1).
After taking a 17-9 lead at halftime, E.D. White (three total turnovers on all interceptions) got a 30-yard field goal from Rene’ Thibodaux to extend its lead to 20-9 with 4:14 in the fourth quarter.
But Vandebilt got a boost when defensive back Matt Bergeron intercepted an Arceneaux pass at midfield.
Following a 32-yard run from senior quarterback Elijah McGuire, Vandebilt punched it in on a 4-yard touchdown run from Aaron Smith. McGuire was stuffed short of the end zone on the two-point attempt, but Vandebilt cut the lead to 20-15 with 5:08 remaining in the fourth quarter.
On their ensuing drive, the Cardinals tried to take time off the clock with its running game, but they faced a big third down-and-7 from their 47.
The Terriers were expecting run, but Arceneaux stepped back off a play action fake and found a wide-open Masse, who reeled in a diving 37-yard catch to extend the drive. E.D. White sealed the win when Bobby Businelle (16 carries, 65 yards) sprinted 11-yards for a touchdown with 47 seconds left.
Masse said he was happy to make the fourth-quarter catch that helped seal the win.
“Benton kind of overthrew me a little bit, but I knew it was all or nothing right there,” said Masse, who had three catches for 186 yards. “If I didn’t get it, Vandebilt was going to comeback. If I got it, the game was over. I made a diving catch to put the game away.”
Lasseigne said the Cardinals were confident they could make plays through the passing game.
“We’ve got some kids that can throw and catch it,” he said. “We got some kids with some guts. Benton had some guts to throw it out there to Colby, and Colby lays out and still catches it. That takes guts to make that play, and those kids got it. I was happy with our offensive performance overall.”
E.D. White’s defense also held Vandebilt to 231 total yards (148 rushing, 83 passing) and forced three turnovers.
Vandebilt coach Brad Villavaso said the Cardinals just wanted the victory more.
“I think they were more physical than us out there,” Villavaso said. “When they needed to get a yard, they got a yard. We gave up three big passes. You can’t give up big plays on defense, and I thought we did that, and we turned the ball over three times. I saw some bright spots and all, but think the bottom line was that they willed themselves to win, and we didn’t.”
McGuire finished with 99 rushing yards on 15 carries. He also completed 8-of-13 passes for 61 yards, which included an 11-yard pass to tight end Chase Hawthorne, who left the game on the play after suffering a shoulder injury. He didn’t return.
Lasseigne said the Cardinals focused all week on containing McGuire.
“It’s no secret. Our game plan was don’t let No. 15 (McGuire) beat you,” Lasseigne said. “We didn’t let him beat us. He had a little success in the second half. He’s a great athlete, and he’s going to have some success, but we never really gave up any big plays to him. From the moment we sat down and said what are we going to do on defense, we wanted somebody else beat us, and it was successful (Saturday).”
In the first quarter, E.D. White snapped the ball into the back of the end zone, which resulted in a safety and gave Vandebilt an early 2-0 lead with 8:53 left in the first quarter.
After E.D. White recovered a Vandebilt fumble at midfield, it scored its first touchdown of the season when Dillon Pierce scrambled into the end zone on an option pitch with 5:55 left in the first. Thibodaux’s extra point gave E.D. White a 7-2 lead.
With 44 seconds left in the first quarter, Vandebilt cornerback Jesse Martin intercepted a deep pass from Arceneaux, which led to a 7-yard touchdown run from Thomas St. Martin to make it 9-7 Vandebilt with 10:12 left in the second quarter.
But E.D. White’s pass and catch duo of Arceneaux and Masse used to big hookups to put the Cardinals up at half.
The first was a 60-yard pass from Arceneaux to Masse that set up a 40-yard field goal from Thibodaux to make it 10-7 E.D. White with 8:31 left before halftime.
The senior duo later hooked up on a 85-yard touchdown pass to put E.D. White ahead 17-9 at halftime.
At Napoleonville, Assumption scored twice in the first half and twice in the second half to give first-year head coach Anthony Paine a 28-6 nondistrict win over Donaldsonville in his debut on Saturday.
The game was postponed from its Friday originally scheduled date due to Hurricane Isaac.
The Mustangs (1-0) got touchdown receptions from Dejuawn Oliver and Malik Mills in the first half and two scoring runs from Slye Ourso and Cameron Blake to account for their points.
Assumption racked up 369 total yards, while holding Donaldsonville to 213 total yard and one score.
For the entire game story check Monday’s Daily Comet/Courier or Bayoupreps.com.
LADY BRAVES TAKE RUNNER-UP
At Napoleonville, the H.L. Bourgeois volleyball team placed second at the Assumption Lady Mustangs Bayou Classic on Saturday.
The Lady Braves fell to E.D. White Catholic in the finals after beating Morgan City, University High and Assumption earlier in the day.
Shannon Jones (kills), Rebekah Porche (assists), Brenna Copes (digs) and Raeven Scott (blocks) were leaders for the Lady Braves.
LADY GATORS GO 1-3
At Napoleonville, the South Terrebonne volleyball team went 1-3 at the Assumption Lady Mustangs Bayou Classic on Saturday.
The Lady Gators beat Brusly and lost to Assumption, E.D. White and Morgan City.
Sarah Leboeuf, Julia LeBlanc, Blare Pellegrin, Megan Trosclair, Courtney Clement, Amber Authement, Katelyn Blanchard and Taylor Dupre were leaders for the Lady Gators.