BERWICK — The Central Catholic High School Eagles made a short trip across the Atchafalaya River and defeated the Berwick High School Panthers, 41-8, Friday night.
Berwick started strong, scoring a touchdown on a 60-yard pass play from Bobby Boudreaux to Nick Osburn on its first possession to take a 6-0 lead after a failed extra point.
But CCHS came back on the next possession to take a one-point lead after it drove from the Berwick 44, capping off the scoring drive with a 2-yard option run by Josh Singleton.
CCHS would never relinquish the lead.
After Osburn fumbled the ensuing kickoff, CCHS recovered on the Berwick 37.
Four plays later, CCHS scored on a pass from Luke Landry to Dontrell Brown for a 13-6 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
The Eagles again went on offense at the Berwick 37 after a bad snap on a punt gave them the ball early in the second quarter. CCHS quickly drove the ball down and Josh Protti scored a touchdown on a 2-yard run, for a 20-6 Eagles’ advantage.
Two possessions later, the Eagles scored again on a Landry 16-yard run, giving Central Catholic a 27-6 lead.
Berwick had another chance to swing momentum before halftime after the Panthers pushed the Eagles back, then tackled Landry in the end zone for a safety, making the score 27-8.
But the Panthers could not stop the Eagles from continuing to score while the Panthers’ offense struggled to move the ball.
After the Eagles took the ball to open the second half, a block in the back by the Panthers gave the Eagles the ball on the Berwick 25.
Despite hurting themselves with penalties, the Eagles systematically drove the ball, scoring on a 6-yard Justin Arceneaux run, making the score 34-8.
The final score of the game came near the end of the third quarter when Protti ran in from the 9-yard line, making the score 41-8.
After the game, Eagles coach David Fuhrer said he was happy to finally see the hard work and effort result in a win for his teams.
“The last couple weeks, we played two really good football teams and we struggled to stop the run,” he said. “This week, we went back to the drawing board, and we centered ourselves and wanted to make sure we did all the little things right.”
There was also a bright spot in using Singleton in the backfield when he is not under center.
Because the Eagles moved the ball on offense last week against White Castle with Luke Landry at quarterback in place of Singleton, who sat out the contest, the Eagles used Singleton at receiver this week and in the backfield.
“It worked out for us,” Fuhrer said.
On the other side of the field, the mood was more subdued as the Panthers suffered their second straight loss.
Panthers coach Craig Brodie Sr. said he felt good early when his team was able to grab momentum and an early lead, but mistakes resulted in a loss.
“Misfortunes and turnovers on our special teams really hurt us in the first half, and we got down 27-6,” he said. “Three special teams’ turnovers really got us behind, and from that point, we were trying to catch up and we were out of our game plan. They were also athletic, and it is tough to come back on a team like that and win. The kids competed well, but we should have played better.”