Vermilion Catholic plays Ascension Episcopal in a high school football game Thursday, November 6, 2014, at VC in Abbeville, La.
ABBEVILLE – The Vermilion Catholic Screamin’ Eagles showed once again why they are the top dog in District 7-1A, riding a dominant performance by Tyler Derouen on both sides of the football to defeat Ascension Episcopal 46-28 to secure the district championship for a third straight season.
Derouen finished with 140 yards of total offense and three touchdowns, while also intercepting a pass and returning it 52 yards for another touchdown. Derouen scored all three of his touchdowns on the grown as he rushed for 82 yards on 14 carries, while catching six passes for 58 yards.
“Tyler is phenomenal,” Eagles head coach Russell Kuhns said. “He can do anything he wants to do on the football field. He can take the snap directly from center, he can run, catch, return kicks and play defense. He’s an all-around player and the best thing about him is that he is such a great competitor. He played very well (Thursday).”
In addition to Derouen, the Eagles, who improved to 9-1 overall and 6-0 in district, were led offensively by quarterback Hunter Frith and receiver Devren Constantine. Frith finished the game having completed 24-of-38 passes for 388 yards and two touchdowns, while Constantine finished with eight catches for 172 yards and a touchdown.
“Obviously, we still have some things we have to clean up and fix,” Kuhns said. “We did some good things out there. It feels great to be district champs again. It is great to get that first goal, but we know that second goal is going to be even harder.”
Despite the loss, the Blue Gators did have their moments against the Eagles and that left head coach Michael Desormeaux more than pleased.
“Vermilion Catholic is a special group,” Desormeaux said. “Those kids know how to win. But I saw a lot from our kids. I saw us out there fighting, scratching and clawing our way until the end. I couldn’t be prouder of these kids because in the past we had never been able to touch VC and to come out and compete… I’m proud.”
AES was led by Jake Arceneaux (18-30-1, 267 yards, 3 TDs), Ja’Ceiry Linzer (20-82, 1 TD) and receivers Brennan Ducote (5-94, 1 TD) and Zach Ronquillo (6-65, 1 TD).