Brusly pulls away for victory

BRUSLY— E.D. White High kept things close for a half, but Brusly High dominated play after the break.

Brusly scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second half of its bidistrict Class 3A playoff game, and went on to post a 35-12 win over the visiting Cardinals.

In the second half, Brusly (9-2) ran 34 plays to E.D. White’s 14. The Panthers held the ball for more than 18 minutes and limited the Cardinals to just two first downs.

“We knew they would come ready to play. It was a tough first half down there,” said Brusly coach Erik Willis referencing the Panthers’ 43-7 regular season win at Thibodaux.

“We told them at halftime, ‘We’ve got to control the ball, run the football and put long drives together.’ They responded.”

Quarterback Jay Christophe led Brusly with 170 yards rushing and two touchdowns. The Panthers also got 70 yards and a score from Dimario Jackson.

E.D. White (6-5) was limited to 83 yards of total offense. Quarterback Benton Arceneaux completed 4-of-13 passes for 56 yards, but was picked off three times.

Still, the Cardinals hung with Brusly in the early going thanks to a first-quarter safety and an interception from senior lineman Sam Daigle. Levi Boudreaux’s 80-yard kickoff return in the second quarter set up the Cardinals lone touchdown.

“We put ourselves in position to compete, but in the end, I think Brusly is a better football team,” E.D. White coach Kyle Lasseigne said. “You’ve got to give credit where credit is due. They were a little more physical. They have a great quarterback, and it made a huge difference.”

Brusly stretched its lead to 21-12 on Christophe’s 24-yard third-quarter run. The Panthers intercepted Arceneaux on the Cardinals’ next two possessions and turned both into touchdowns.

After committing seven first-half penalties, Brusly had just three after the break.

“We still have too many penalties,” Willis said. “We’re getting them every week, but fortunately we’re winning. This is a young, inexperienced team as far as playoffs go, and I think this was a big step for us.”

In the first half, Brusly outgained E.D. White 215 yards to 59 and had 11 first downs to the Cardinals’ three. Still, the Panthers managed only a 14-12 lead as E.D. White came up with the big play it needed.

The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead just over a minute into the game when Daigle tackled Christophe in the end zone for a safety.

Brusly kicked off to the Cardinals, but Demetrio Jackson picked off Benton Arceneaux and returned it to the WHS 45. A facemask penalty moved the ball to the 30, from where Christophe carried twice, the last a 19-yard touchdown run.

Late in the first, Brusly drove inside the WHS 20. Christophe’s third-down pass was tipped at the line and intercepted by Daigle to end the threat.

E.D. White then used 13 plays to drive 60 yards. The drive stalled at the BHS 20, but Rene Thibodaux kicked a 37-yard field goal to make it 7-5.

Brusly answered with a 10-play, 72-yard series, capped by Jackson’s 15-yard scoring run on an inside reverse. Jackson’s run was the longest play of the drive.

Levi Boudreaux ran back the kickoff 80 yards to the BHS 10, and E.D. White was in business with 2:11 left in the half. Andrew Soignet carried twice for 6 yards before Arceneaux connected with a wide open Scottie Sanders for the score.