The No. 1 E.D. White Catholic Cardinals used their heads, and occasionally their feet, in taking a dominant 7-0 win over No. 8 St. Martinville in Tuesday’s Division III quarterfinal match at Yockey Bernard Field at Harvey Peltier Stadium in Thibodaux.

The Cardinals (19-4-3 overall) came out on fire, scoring four goals in the first 11 minutes, the first three on headers.

Jordan Servat got things started on a header off a corner kick in the fifth minute.

“It was an upright ball from Ben Foret,” Servat said. “I just tried to head it in, and we scored.”

Servat said headers are not unusual for the Cardinals.

“It’s a normal response for us,” he said. “We’re a pretty big team and we can out-head everybody.”

Collin Toups, who had four goals in the game, scored on a header off a long downfield pass two minutes later.

“I saw the play developing on the opposite side of me,” Toups, a senior, said. “All week long we were working on the switch, cause a lot of times it seems I’ve been opened on that back post. So Ben hit a great ball and I saw the goalie sort of backing off of it, not really committing to it. So I stepped up and said I have to go for it, so I went for it and actually got it.”

Miles Loker followed that up with a header in the ninth minute. Two minutes later, Toups got his second goal, the first Cardinal goal that was actually kicked in.

“I’d say the majority of our goals have been headers,” Toups said. “So anytime we can get redirection goals like that, one time shots, it’s pretty awesome. It’s just sweeter when it comes off your foot.”

The St. Martinville defense tightened up after the initial onslaught, holding the Cardinal scoreless for the rest of the first half. But they were busy, as the vast majority of the game was played in the vicinity of the Tiger goal, and while the Cardinals stopped scoring, they did not stop shooting, racking up 16 shots on goal in the first half.

“In the first eleven minutes we came out with a lot of intensity and got all over (St. Martinville),” E.D. White coach Roger Bimah said. “So we got four goals in that first 11 minutes, and we kind of sensed that the game was in our hands. You could tell from the other team’s body language that we were in control, so we just basically said ‘let’s just play’ for the rest of the game.”

The second half was a bit more competitive, but St. Martinville (15-13-5) could not generate any offense at all, rarely crossing midfield and getting two shots on goal in the entire game.

Toups got his third goal, and the first of the second half, in the 46th minute scoring on a crossing pass. Race Bourgeois scored in the 65th minute to make it 6-0, and Toups got his fourth in the 70th minute on a penalty kick for tripping in the box.

“E.D. White is a very good team and they came out really strong,” St. Martinville coach Jude Frederick said. “Our guys, after those first four goals, kind of woke up and we started playing at their pace. I’m really proud of my guys. We’re a young team, and we expect to be back in the playoffs next year.”

With the win, E.D. White will host No. 5 St. Louis Catholic in a Division III semifinal playoff match that has not been scheduled as of press time. It will be a rematch of last season’s semifinal match that St. Louis won, 1-0.

DATES SET FOR OTHER PLAYOFF MATCHES

The following are the playoff match dates and times for the other local teams:

GIRLS


Division II semifinal, No. 7 Central Lafourche at No. 3 Caddo Magnet, 5 p.m. Friday
Division III semifinal, No. 5 E.D. White Catholic at No. 1 Vandebilt Catholic, 6 p.m. Friday

BOYS


Division III semifinal, No. 6 Vandebilt Catholic at No. 2 University Lab, 6 p.m. Saturday