Assumption never trailed in the contest as it jumped out to a 26-0 halftime advantage en route to the victory.
The Mustangs’ first score was set up by a Morgan City miscue as a low snap on second-down at the Morgan City 34 got past Morgan City quarterback Hoang Nguyen, who ran to fetch the ball but fumbled it away before Assumption, who also fumbled it, recovered the pigskin at the Assumption 1.
One play later, Assumption’s Acquindas Brown scored on a 1-yard run with 7:25 remaining in the first quarter. Assumption’s two-point pass failed, and the Mustangs led 6-0.
Two possessions later, the Assumption offense scored its second touchdown after driving nearly the length of the field. DeQuam Tucker capped the drive with a 1-yard run and added a two-point run for a 14-0 Assumption advantage with 9:40 remaining in the second quarter.
Assumption would add one more first-half touchdown via a 17-yard pass from Assumption quarterback Cameron Blame to Malik Mills with 2:46 remaining in the first half.
Following a failed two-point conversion attempt, the score stood at 20-0 Assumption.
Despite being shut out in the first half, Morgan City had a nice drive on its final possession as the Tigers moved the ball, mainly through the air, as Nguyen completed three passes for 69 yards on the drive to Malcolm Wakins.
Among those passes was a 23-yarder on the first offensive play of the drive to Wakins, and later, after the Tigers lost 18 yards on a backwards pass that was ruled a lateral, Nguyen connected with Wakins for a 37-yard gain to the Assumption 13.
However, Assumption would end the threat as they picked off a Morgan City pass at the 5-yard line.
Assumption added to its lead in the second half with two third-quarter touchdowns, one on a 13-play Assumption drive to start the third quarter that was capped by Slye Ourso’s 2-yard run with 7:22 remaining, while the second came later in the period when Brown scored on a 3-yard run with nine seconds remaining.
A two-point run attempt was no good on Ourso’s touchdown attempt, while Tucker converted the run on Brown’s touchdown for a 34-0 Assumption advantage.
Morgan City got on the board in the fourth quarter on a drive that began at its own 20.
On the drive, Morgan City ran a reverse play for a 16-yard gain to the Morgan City 36.
Nguyen then completed three straight passes to Jalen Jones totaling 19 yards, setting up third down and 1 at the Morgan City 45.
Nguyen then reeled off a 55-yard run for a touchdown.
On the play, after he couldn’t find an open receiver, Nguyen ran to his left, bouncing off a defender before shaking loose of another and heading down the sideline for the score with 5:46 remaining.
Assumption scored soon after as it returned the kickoff to the Morgan City 3, and Jimmie Wise subsequently scored on a 3-yard run. Zach Leblanc completed the two-point pass to Ty Domainque for a 42-7 Assumption advantage.
Jones returned the ensuing Morgan City kickoff to the Assumption 47.
On first down, Nguyen found wide receiver Buddy Humphrey in the flat where he broke tackles down the sideline for a 47-yard touchdown with 4:58 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Morgan City’s Sergize Flores couldn’t convert the extra point attempt due to a missed snap.
With the loss, Morgan City ends the season at 5-5 overall and 0-4 in district play, while Assumption finished its regular season at 6-4 overall and 3-1 in district play.
The Mustangs advanced to the Class 4A state playoffs as the No. 24 seed and will travel to No. 9 seed Franklin Parish for first-round action.
Story by Daily Review Sports Editor Geoff Stoute and Bill Manning with information from The Baton Rouge Advocate and Bayoupreps.com.