Warren Easton completes convincing sweep of Catholic League teams, blanks Brother Martin
For years, the storied Catholic League has fielded many legendary players and teams. Clearly, it is one of the best leagues in Louisiana on an annual basis.
Catholic League teams better be happy that Warren Easton is not part of their league in 2017.
The Eagles completed a convincing sweep of Catholic League teams, blanking Brother Martin 29-0 Saturday night at Tad Gormley Stadium in a game seen live at CrescentCitySports.com and heard live on WGSO, 990 AM.
The win came a week after the Eagles whipped Jesuit 40-14.
Once again, junior quarterback Lance Legendre was the catalyst.
A week after accounting for five touchdowns against Jesuit, Legendre accounted for 418 yards and three touchdowns against the Crusaders. He completed 14-of-20 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns with one interception and rushed seven times for 53 yards.
Two of his scoring tosses went to Damien Tate, who caught three passes for 147 yards, including touchdown receptions of 55 and 74 yards.
The Easton defense was perhaps even more impressive, forcing two turnovers and sacking Brother Martin quarterback J.P. Pierce nine times.
The Eagles drove 68 yards in four plays with Legendre connecting with Yo’Heinz Tyler on a 45-yard touchdown pass and it was 6-0 with 4:19 to play in the first quarter. It stayed that way through halftime before Easton took control in the second half.
Warren Easton needed just three plays on the opening drive of the second half to extend the lead as Legendre connected with Tate on a 55-yard touchdown pass before Kieamm Green ran in the two-point conversion to make it 14-0 just one minute into the third quarter.
The Eagles added to the lead later in the quarter when Legendre hit Tate on a 74-yard touchdown pass and Tate hit nose tackle Jeffrey Holmes for a two-point conversion to make it 22-0 with 3:54 to play in the third quarter.
Easton (2-0) finished off the scoring when reserve quarterback Joe Edwards hit Sheldon “Sticks” Jones on a 15-yard touchdown pass and Jahmal Sam added the extra point with 3:11 to play in the game.
The Crusaders never entered the red zone, with their deepest penetration reaching the Easton 23-yard line. Pierce completed 10-of-21 passes for 127 yards. Ryan Rouge had 11 carries for 44 yards for Brother Martin (0-2).
“They are obviously a very good football team,” Brother Martin head coach Mark Bonis said. “They are good in all three phases of the game. We were not able to run the ball the way we wanted to and they really got after our quarterback with their pass rush. When you face teams like this and Petal, MS, it can only make you better. We have to work hard to improve weekly as we have another tough game next week.”
Easton head coach Jerry Phillips was very pleased with his team.
“I thought we left some points on the field in the first half and we had too many penalties,” Phillips said. “We made plays in the second half and our defense really controlled things up front. We stopped the run and did not allow them to have time to throw the football. We got great pressure and penetration. We have to continue to work hard to improve weekly.”
Both teams are back in action next Friday night as Warren Easton travels to Behrman Stadium next Friday night to take on defending Class 5A state champion Landry-Walker while Brother Martin travels to Boutte to face Hahnville.
WE 6 0 16 7 — 29
BM 0 0 0 0 — 0
WE—Yo’Heinz Tyler, 45 yard pass from Lance Legendre (kick failed)
WE—Damien Tate, 55 yard pass from Lance Legendre (Kieaeem Green run)
WE—Damien Tate, 74 yard pass from Lance Legendre (Jeffrey Holmes pass from Legendre)
WE—Sheldon Jones, 15 yard pass from Joe Edwards (Jahmal Sam kick)
WE 10 for 118 yards
BM 9 for 109 yards
Lance Legendre 7 carries, 53 yards, Ashaad Clayton 4 carries, 12 yards, Larry Barabino 6 carries, 3 yards, Damien Tate 1 carry, -1 yard, Dewitt Johnson 3 carries, -2 yards, Joe Edwards, 1 carry, -8 yards
Lance Legendre 14-of-20 for 365 yards, 3 TD’s, 1 INT, Joe Edwards 1-of-5 for 15 yds., 1 TD
Sheldon Jones 4 catches for 79 yards, 1 TD, Yo’Heinz Tyler, 3 catches for 95 yards, 1 TD, Damien Tate 3 catches, 147 yards, 2 TD’s, Kiaeem Green, 2 catches, 22 yards, Ashaad Clayton 1 catch, 28 yards, Lepine 1 catch, 4 yards, Larry Barabino 1 catch, -3 yards
Ryan Rouege, 11 carries for 44 yards, Chris Smith 12 carries for 30 yards, Matthew Alfonso 1 carry for 18 yards, Joshua Payne-Morgan, 4 carries for 3 yards, John-Paul Pierce 11 carries, -26 yards
John-Paul Pierce 10-of-21 for 127 yards
Chris Smith 3 catches for 38 yards, Brady Faust 3 catches for 36 yards, Davonn Moore 2 catches for 47 yards, Michael Faust 1 catch for 9 yards, Nick Turner 1 catch for -1 yard
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