A quick start helped propel the H.L. Bourgeois Braves to their first victory of the season.
The Braves scored four first-half touchdowns and never looked back for a 34-7 win over the Ellender Patriots on Friday night at Thomas B. Smith Memorial Stadium in Houma.
Friday’s win was also Ryan Fournier’s first as H.L. Bourgeois’ head coach.
“This win was for the kids,” Fournier said. “It’s a testament to how hard we worked in the spring, summer, and in the practices during the season. We came close the last couple of weeks and now we have a win.”
H.L. Bourgeois (1-2 overall) started quick, as D’Keyvion Sanders scored on a 12-yard run for a 7-0.
After the Patriots (1-0) went three-and-out, the Braves needed only four plays to reach the end zone again. This time, Trenton Butler scored on a 7-yard run to give H.L. Bourgeois a 14-0 lead with 2:38 left in the first quarter.
Ellender’s next offensive possession was plagued by a false start penalty and a punt that went off the side of the punters foot and gave the Braves great starting field position.
Penalties also hurt Ellender’s defense, as two offside penalties gave H.L. Bourgeois first downs. The Braves capped off the drive with a 7-yard touchdown run by Tyrik Jenkins for a 21-0 lead.
Penalties plagued the Patriots, as they were flagged for 95 yards.
“This is not Ellender football. We came out like we weren’t ready,” Ellender coach David McCormick said.
Mistakes plagued the Patriots again on their next drive as Ryan Williams’ pass was intercepted by H.L. Bourgeois’ Koby Starks at the 8-yard line.
On the next play, Jaden Johnson scored on an 8-yard touchdown run to give the Braves a commanding 27-0 lead.
Ellender got its offense going on its next possession, as Tysean Hester scored from a yard out to make the score 27-7 with 5:22 left in the first half.
The Patriots appeared to have a chance to score before the end of the first half, but Williams’ pass was once again intercepted by Starks with 52 seconds left.
“Our penalties and turnovers killed us.” McCormick said. That continued to be the problem going into the second half.
Ellender was plagued by penalties and turnovers in the second half. The Patriots were penalized for a false start on fourth down and a holding penalty negated a successful fourth-down conversion.
The Patriots didn’t get any help from its special teams as they muffed a punt, which set up the Braves offense at the 13-yard line. Three plays later, William Babin scored to give the Braves a 34-7 lead.
Ellender finished with 208 total yards (141 rushing, 67 passing), while Williams went 5-for-15 for 72 yards and three interceptions
H.L. Bourgeois had 221 yards of total offense, all of the ground. Jenkins led the way for the Braves with seven carries for 65 yards and one touchdown. Sanders added nine carries for 64 yards and one score.