“The fumbles really hurt them and it gave us momentum — it really did,” Vandebilt Catholic coach Laury Dupont said. “We got up quick on them by 14 points and that could’ve been the difference in the game.”
The Tigers fumbled on three of the first four drives of the game, allowing the Terriers to take a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
“There is no doubt we lost this ball game in the first quarter, there is no doubt about it,” MCHS coach Brandon Nowlin said. “I’m very, very proud of the way our kids kept competing in the ball game. I thought we didn’t give up. We continued to move the ball. When we didn’t turn it over we moved the ball very well.”
Morgan City went three-and-out on the first drive of the second quarter and Vandebilt responded with a seven-play drive that ended with a five-yard sweep pitch to Triston Guillory for a 21-0 VCHS lead.
“Hats off to Morgan City. They played very well in the second half — I was impressed,” Dupont said. “He’s doing a great job and doing a lot to get things changed in the right direction. I know their quarterback didn’t play, but the one they played did pretty damn good.”
The Terriers’ opening drive of the second half ended with a fumble at midfield. Morgan City capitalized on the turnover on a 14-yard halfback pass from Erik Walker to Tyrin Watts to cut the VCHS lead to 21-7.
Much like the week before against South Terrebonne, MCHS allowed a big score two plays later that ended the short swing of momentum in the Tigers’ favor.
“We had a chance in the second half, got a touchdown and they immediately answered,” Nowlin said. “That’s been a problem for us the past few weeks. When we do something positive and they immediately score and answer, we’ve got to find a way to be able to build some momentum. We have to find a way to get those guy off the field and get our offense back out there.”
Brodie Anslum played well in his first start at quarterback this season. He was 11-for-28 with two interceptions and 170 yards.
“I’m proud of Brodie Anslum stepping in at quarterback. We had a few miscues early but I thought he overcame that,” Nowlin said. “It’s to be expected with his first game taking all the snaps. Turnovers early killed us. It’s hard to overcome that, 21-0, at halftime that’s a tough obstacle to overcome for any team.”
Morgan City’s top wide receiver, Austin Stroud, didn’t miss a beat with a new signal caller as he hauled in eight passes from Anslum for 143 yards.
“I can’t say enough about No. 4 — Austin Stroud. If he’s not the best wide receiver in this district, I don’t know who is,” Nowlin said. “It being only his second year of playing organized football, he’s very, very impressive.”