Replay: University Lab’s young Cubs impress in 20-6 win at Ehret

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HARVEY – There may be a new head coach and 19 new starters, but the winning continues for the University Lab Cubs.

The two-time defending Division II champions used a strong defensive effort and the legs of sophomore Derrick Graham to defeat John Ehret 20-6 Friday night at Hoss Memtsas Stadium.

The game was broadcast live on Crescent City Sports.

U-High extended its winning streak to 27 games, now the longest streak in Louisiana high school football after Edna Karr’s loss to John Curtis Christian on Thursday night. The Cubs have not lost since the 2016 state semifinals.

Graham stepped into the big shoes of current University of Virginia running back Mike Hollins, rushing 31 times for 226 yards and two touchdowns.

New Cubs head coach Andy Martin credited both Graham and his offensive line.

“He runs the ball hard,” Martin said. “Our offensive line opened up some good holes. A little bit of the passing game opened up some things.”

U-High’s Andre Vanmerrienboer recovered a fumble at the 18-yard line to stop Ehret’s opening drive, and the Cubs’ offense proceeded to keep the ball for the next 5:48, going 82 yards in 18 plays and converting three times on third down and another on fourth down.

Keilin Ross’ 3-yard run on a jet sweep capped the drive.

The Cubs made it 13-0 on their second series, which was much quicker – 65 yards in four plays. Graham covered the final 47 yards for his first touchdown.

U-High had a chance to add on before halftime, but a last-minute drive stalled at the Ehret 5.

Ehret got inside the Cubs’ 10 on its opening drive of the third quarter, but failed to cash in.

U-High capitalized on a short field to add to its lead late in the third. Graham went over from the 6 to cap a five-play, 33-yard drive and make it 20-0 with 14.1 seconds left in the quarter.

Ehret got on the scoreboard with 3:34 left on a 39-yard pass from Theodore Calloway to Ja’Ron Glenn, but failed to convert on the PAT.

University quarterback Tanner Larson, also making his first start, completed 17 of 31 passes for 169 yards. The Cubs ran 74 plays to the Patriots’ 44.

“We want to go up-tempo,” Martin said. “The more plays, the better.”

U-High outgained Ehret 380-215.

“I thought we played hard,” Martin said. “We’ve got some improvements, but we battled all day long.”

The Cubs head to Neville next Friday, while Ehret meets Helen Cox next Saturday at Memtsas.

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Lenny Vangilder

Lenny Vangilder


Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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