E.D. White defeats South Lafourche in rare early morning matchup

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On a beautiful, sunny and crisp Saturday morning, high school football was played in Lafourche Parish.

E.D. White Catholic hosted their neighbors from the southern part of the parish, the South Lafourche Tarpons.

This game was not only important for the teams but the community as well as the rebuild after Hurricane Ida continues in the Bayou region. The community, families and players enjoyed a welcomed break from the storm recovery for a few hours.

The host Cardinals with a week and one game behind them defeated the debuting Tarpons, 36-0.

Jake Sternfels hit Grant Blouin with a 22-yard pass which set up Matthew Melancon’s 5-yard touchdown run on the opening drive of the day. Ty Powell added the extra point to make it 7-0 on the only score of the first quarter.

The Cardinals added three more scores before the half. An 18-yard touchdown run by William Gravois was followed by a roughing the kicker flag on the extra point try. E.D. White elected to go the two point conversion, converted on a run by Jace Gros.

Brody Pitre fumbled the ball on the ensuing kickoff, and the Cardinals recovered. Melancon ran it in from nine yards out for his second touchdown of the day and a 22-0 lead over the Tarpons.

Sternfels connected with Paxton Lafont for a 42-yard touchdown in the final minute of the first half.

Collin Gravois scored the final touchdown in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.

“It was good to play the game today although it was a little different to play on Saturday Morning,” explained E.D. White head coach Kyle Lasseigne. “We played to our strengths and got two shutout victories in a row and have gotten better offensively. We have had some damages to our facilities as our Baseball Field had some damage and our scoreboard is not operational.”

South Lafourche head coach B.J. Young was just happy to have his Tarpons back on the field after a trying few weeks.

“We are just excited to have played today considering what we have endured in the South Lafourche Community,” said Young. “I’m proud of the kids as win or lose during the season we are playing. Our slogan for the season is ‘All Gas No Breaks’ and we hope to continue that and over come our adversity due to Ida.”

The E.D. White community did brighten the day of their neighbors to the south when the Cardinals cheerleaders presented gift bags for the Tarpon cheerleaders. The South Lafourche Tarpon Football players received a gift bag with donated goods from the community and a pulled pork lunch cooked up by the E.D. White Cardinal Athletic Association starting at 5 a.m. Saturday morning.

E.D White (2-0) will next play Ellender (1-0), who defeated McMain, 40-14, on Friday night. South Lafourche (0-1) travels next week to Central-Baton Rouge (3-1).

The Wildcat community has already started a relief drive nd will also be providing some gifts to South Lafourche as well.

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Randy Pistorius


Randy Pistorius is a lifelong resident of South Louisiana and is currently working in the communications field in the Baton Rouge Metropolitian Area. Randy’s start in journalism came while still in high school at De La Salle in New Orleans and that carried with him to Southeastern Louisiana University where he wrote for the Lions Roar and also worked in…

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