Northwest head coach Darnell Lee hoped prior to their Week 5 game against the Mamou Green Demons that the Raiders wouldn’t be caught looking ahead to what was to come.
Although he credits the Green Demons for the job they did defensively, Lee is confident his Raiders’ slow start in their 40-12 win over Mamou was a result of his players looking ahead to next week.
“I was really hoping we wouldn’t overlook Mamou,” Lee said. “Mamou did a great job of preparing for us and forced us to start out slow. I think we overlooked them a little, but Mamou woke us up really quickly in that first half.”
With the victory, the Raiders remained unbeaten as they improved to 5-0 on the year and will next prepare to host the state’s No. 2-ranked Eunice Bobcats, who are also undefeated at 5-0, on Friday at 7 p.m. in Prairie Rhonde.
Also on Friday, 5-0 Livonia will be traveling to 5-0 Rayne.
Offensively, the Raiders were led by quarterback Geremy Leday as he completed 12-of-13 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Sadrian Jackson rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries. The Raiders receivers enjoyed a good night as well, highlighted by Dante Lewis (6-77, 2 TDs) and Kiovanni Shakesnider (5-98).
“Mamou did a great job of slowing down our running game in the first half,” Lee said, “but to slow our running game down they had to stack the box and that opened up our passing game. Geremie did a great job throwing the football. He was on point the entire game and he recognized things Mamou was doing on defense and made suggestions on what we should do. This is only his second year at quarterback, but Geremie is playing like a veteran right now.”
VC’s streak ends
The Vermilion Catholic Screamin’ Eagles were stunned on the road Friday as the Dunhan Tigers pulled off the 21-20 upset in non-district action.
The loss snaps an 18-game regular season win streak for the Eagles, who last suffered a regular season defeat on Oct. 8, 2010. That’s when they were defeated 54-42 by Central Catholic-M.C.
“We played hard, but I feel like we beat ourselves,” Eagles interim head coach Russell Kuhns said. “That’s no discredit to them, but we had a lot of penalties and just a lot of things we have to fix.”
Kuhns doesn’t believe the penalties single-handedly cost them the football game, but he tabbed it as one of the major factors.
“In the first game of the season we had a lot of penalties,” Kuhns said. “But in the last few games we’ve played we had been doing a pretty good job on (limiting) our penalties. Penalties weren’t the sole difference in why we are 4-1 and not 5-0, but it contributed a lot. We have to be smarter and not put ourselves in situations where we can’t call plays like we normally would because we are first and 20 and second and 20.”
The loss overshadowed another stellar rushing performance by running back Jacoby Davis, who finished the game with 243 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries.
“The outcome of the game wasn’t what we wanted it to be,” Kuhns said. “We had something’s just not go our way, but we gave all of the effort that we could. We just have to fix the things we can fix and keep moving forward.”
For the past three years, the Westminster Crusaders have established themselves as the best team in their district.
In fact, for the past three seasons the Crusaders have dominated their district evident by the fact that they hadn’t lost a district game since 2008.
But that string of success came to an end on Friday as the Crusaders were defeated 37-35 by Pointe Coupee Central in District 6-1A action.
“Streaks are always going to get broken at some point,” Crusaders head coach Tommy Badon said. “I’m not concerned about our streak being broken, because we don’t worry about that; at least I don’t. I’m more concerned with whether we’re going to begin playing Westminster football or keep doing the things that we’re doing.”
The Crusaders had close to 500 yards in total offense in the game, but endured several self-inflicted wounds via turnovers that either cost them possessions or halted drives.
“This is the most disappointed and most embarrassed I’ve been,” Badon said. “There was no reason for us to lose that game. We had 476 yards of offense, but we fumbled the football eight times and lost five of them. We were beat in every phase of the game or we beat ourselves in every phase of the game. We didn’t show up ready to play.”
Badon reiterated it doesn’t take a lot for a team to be successful and that if a team can consistently excel at four things, they’ll enjoy a great deal of success.
“You have to take care of the football, win in special teams, control the line of scrimmage and minimize the number of big plays,” Badon said. “If you take those things and do them consistently you will win a lot of games. You’re not going to be able to put the football on the ground eight times and be successful. The bottom line in our game is that we gave them six extra possessions.”
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