Catholic uses strong defense, passing game to blank Rummel

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BATON ROUGE – Borrowing from its nickname motto, it was “Cur Dog” Football at its best Friday as the relentless defense of second seed Catholic High blanked 15th seed Rummel 24-0 at Memorial Stadium Friday night.

The Raiders played well on defense for much of the night but simply wore down as the Rummel offense could not get much of anything going against the Catholic defense.

It was all about Daniel Beale and LSU commit Shelton Sampson, who combined on three touchdown passes for the Bears.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Bears took a 7-0 lead, going 68 yards in just four plays when Beale connected with Sampson on a 33-yard touchdown pass over LSU commit Ashton Stamps and that was the score at the break.

The Bears finally got some separation when Beale hit Sampson on a 31-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0 heading to the fourth quarter, completing a 10 play, 85-yard drive.

Landon Carter kicked a 31-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to make it 17-0.

Catholic completed the scoring on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Beale to Sampson with 2:12 to play in the game.

“Offensively, I thought we started a little slow penalty wise wasn’t clicking in the first half,” Catholic coach David Simoneaux said. “We only had three drives in the second and we got points out of all of them,so real proud of that.”

Catholic played without Junior star running back Barry Remo II, but sophomore Ryland Parker and Jeremy Fisher Jr. filled in well.

“Those two guys are high character kids, they work hard and our running backs coach did a great job of preparing them and the stage wasn’t too big for them,” Simoneaux said.

“I thought we really played defensively,” said Rummel Coach Nick Monica said. “Offensively we just didn’t show up, we needed to control the ball and we couldn’t even get a first down. It just wasn’t a good performance on the offensive side for us.”

The Bears (10-1) move on to play another team with championship pedigree in No. 7 Edna Karr in what should be a tremendous game between what most observers consider to be the two best teams in the class.

Karr rallied from a deficit in the second half to defeat No. 10 Scotlandville 34-26 at Behrman Stadium.

The Cougars have not lost a game on the field but had to forfeit three regular season victories.

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