De La Salle shuts down South Lafourche, 33-0, despite injuries

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NEW ORLEANS – Last season, De La Salle beat South Lafourche 39-7 at Galliano. This year’s matchup between the two schools was the same story.

The Cavaliers dominated the Tarpons, 33-0, at Pan American Stadium to open the season Thursday night. However, De La Salle suffered a number of injuries to players on both sides of the ball.

Dominating on the ground, De La Salle finished with 331 rushing yards. Senior running back Kendall Collins ran free in the early stages of the contest, running just six times for 96 yards and two touchdowns, covering seven and 44 yards, both in the first quarter.

After Collins suffered an injury in the first half, sophomore running back Byron Phillips took full advantage of his opportunity, scoring two touchdowns and totaling a team-high 108 yards on 13 carries, scoring on a six-yard run in the second quarter and a seven-yard run in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Fisher Rojas rushed seven times for 64 yards and a touchdown and completed 7-of-13 passes for 54 yards.

South Lafourche finished the game with just 72 total yards. Sophomore running back Aaron Vestal contributed 51 yards on 12 carries. Tarpons senior quarterback Brock Bailleaux struggled, completing just 2-of-6 passes for four yards with one interception.

De La Salle led 26-0 at halftime but injuries put a damper on an otherwise satisfying debut.

“The thing is, we’re banged up. We lost our starting senior mike linebacker on the first play. Kendall Collins is limping and wounded right now, so I’m not sure what his verdict is. We just lost our starting senior fullback. So, things aren’t good,” explained De La Salle head coach Ryan Manale.

Senior linebacker Jordan Clark suffered a right knee injury. Senior fullback Kendall Baker injured his left foot. Sophomore wideout Nixon Bernard appeared to injure his right ankle, and senior running back Collins was hobbled but was able to fair-catch several punts.

De La Salle will step up in class against St. Augustine next Thursday night at Tad Gormley Stadium.

Despite the easy win, Manale knows his team will have to sharpen its play to face the challenge against a talented Purple Knights squad.

“We gotta be better up front,” Manale said. “We had two snaps that went over the head. We had four penalties on the offensive line. That’s six mistakes up front– in a half. When we’re playing good De La Salle football that’s two games worth. So we gotta clean that up, and we lost field position by going offsides on the kickoff. Just a lot of details we gotta improve.”

For week two, South Lafourche will travel to Thibodaux next Friday.

1st Quarter
DLS—Kendall Collins, 7 yard run (Blake Giacone kick) 7-0 @ 8:24-1st (2 plays, 13 yards—set up by fumble recovery by Shamar Keelen)
DLS—Kendall Collins, 44 yard run (kick failed) 13-0 @ 5:57-1st (1 play, 44 yards)

2nd Quarter
DLS—Byron Phillips, 6 yard run (kick failed) 19-0 @ 9:13 -nd (6 plays, 91 yards)
DLS—Fisher Rojas, 27 yard run (Blake Giacone kick) 26-0 @6:31-2nd (4 plays, 71 yards)

4th Quarter
DLS—Byron Phillips, 7 yard run (Blake Giacone kick) 33-0 @ 8:27-4th (8 plays, 59 yards)

Final Statistics

DLS 331 yards
SL 68 yards

DLS 54 yards
SL 4 yards

Total Yards
DLS 385
SL 72

First Downs:
DLS 22
SL 4

SL 2

SL 0

DLS 3 for 28 yards
SL 2 for 30 yards

DLS individual rushing
Bryon Phillips 13 carries for 108 yards and 2 TD’s
Kendall Collins 6 carries for 96 yards and 2 TD’s
Fisher Rojas 11 carries for 64 yards and 1 TD
Montrell Johnson 7 carries for 31 yards
Cole Milford 4 carries for 18 yards
De’Ante LaBranch 2 carries for 14 yards

DLS passing
Fisher Rojas 7-of-13 for 54 yards

DLS receiving
Ivan Paz 2 catches for 14 yards
Jacques Juneau 2 catches for 29 yards
Montrell Johnson 1 catch for 1 yard
Nicholas Tate 1 catch for 11 yards
Nixon Bernard 1 catch for -1 yard

SL individual rushing
Aaron Vestal 12 carries for 51 yards
Cameron Georges 5 carries for 11 yards
Brock Bailleaux 11 carries for 9 yards
James Cheramie 1 carry for 4 yards
Braxton Pitre 5 carries for -7 yards

SL individual passing
Brock Bailleaux 2-of-6 for 4 yards, 1 INT

SL individual receiving
Cameron Georges 1 catch for 2 yards
Noah Plaisance 1 catch for 2 yards


New Orleans Area

De La Salle 33, South Lafourche 0

Warren Easton 27, Jesuit 14

Thomas Jefferson 22, Haynes 15

Riverdale 42, Grace King 12

John Curtis Christian 42, Landry-Walker 18

Pine 40, Central Catholic 34

Around Louisiana

Abbeville 39, West St. Mary 30

Broadmoor 14, Tara 12

Byrd 35, Calvary Baptist 8

Capitol 42, Glen Oaks 14

Catholic (BR) 34, Parkview Baptist 21

Iota 28, Basile 10

Jena 48, Winnfield 22

Lake Charles College Prep 47, Pickering 0

Northwest 32, Opelousas Catholic 22

Oberlin 22, Mamou 0

Plain Dealing 36, Tensas 6

Port Barre at Catholic (PC)

Rosepine 35, Merryville 13

St. Frederick 30, D’Arbonne Charter 7

St. Martinville 38, New Iberia 21

St. Mary’s 30, Lakeview 12

Woodlawn (SH) 39, Carroll 6

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