The Daily Review
MORGAN CITY — The Central Catholic High School Eagles, behind the play of senior quarterback Luke Landry, put on an offensive exhibition as they defeated the Hanson Memorial High School Tigers, 49-6, Friday.
Cooling temperatures and increasing winds did little to slow the Eagles’ offense, which scored 42 unanswered points after giving up an early touchdown to Hanson on the Tigers’ first drive of the game.
Central Catholic’s first score came after Landry hit junior Tyler Hoffpauir on a 40-yard pass, setting up first and goal at the Hanson 7.
Landry then hit freshman Stefano Guarisco in the end zone as the Eagles (6-3 overall, 3-0 in District 8-1A) took a 7-0 lead just 45 seconds into the ball game.
Hanson, who started its first offensive possession with the ball at its own 35, scored on its second offensive play as senior running back Collin Broussard took the ball 57 yards for a touchdown.
Hanson missed on a two-point conversion, making the score 7-6 in favor of Central Catholic with 10:50 remaining in the opening quarter.
On its next offensive drive, Central Catholic quickly drove the ball 57 yards in five plays to expand its lead to 14-6 on a Landry 10-yard run with 9:35 remaining in the first quarter.
After Hanson went three and out on its next possession, Landry scored again for the Eagles, this time on a 23-yard run for a 21-6 Central Catholic advantage exactly five minutes into the ball game.
The Eagles scored three more times in the second quarter, on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Landry to Hoffpauir for a 28-6 advantage at the 9:10 mark, on Landry’s 2-yard touchdown pass to senior Josh Singleton with 3:15 remaining, and on Landry’s 17-yard run at the 2:01 mark for a 42-6 advantage heading into halftime.
Singleton’s touchdown was set up by Landry’s return of a Hanson punt to the Tigers’ 2-yard line, while Landry’s final score came one play after Guarisco’s interception return to the Hanson 17.
In the second half, Central Catholic junior backup quarterback Bryson Barbier completed the scoring with a 17-yard completion to fellow junior Nick Case on fourth down at the 4:42 mark of the third quarter for what ended up being the final score.
After the game, Central Catholic head coach David Fuhrer said he was happy to see his team improving and playing together to put points on the board.
“We picked it up the last few weeks, and we are really playing better,” Fuhrer, a Hanson alum, said of the offense. “The players are really executing. Tonight, we had a plan, and the players ran the plays the way (the coaching staff) called them.”
Fuhrer also said the defense did a good job of keeping Hanson out of the game.
“The defense played tough, and they did what they were supposed to do,” he said. “They (Hanson) had a good first drive, and they have a great running back (Broussard) but after giving them that first drive, we settled down and had a good night.”
Landry led Central Catholic with 11 carries for 93 yards and three touchdowns, while he completed 13 of 20 passes for 172 yards and three more scores.
The Eagles racked up 297 yards of total offense in the win (194 through the air and 104 on the ground).
Its defense limited Hanson to just 151 yards of total offense (133 rushing and 18 passing).
Broussard led Hanson’s ground game with 28 carries for 83 yards and a score.
Central Catholic’s win sets up a showdown for the District 8-1A title Friday when Central Catholic travels to Abbeville to face rival Vermilion Catholic (7-1, 3-0).
Last year, the same two teams met in Morgan City for the district title, and a big second-half helped Vermilion Catholic crush Central Catholic, 62-29.