Bears Bounce Back With Big Win Over STM
The Catholic High Bears faced off Friday night against previously undefeated and unscored on St. Thomas More in the home opener at Olympia Stadium. Pundits around the state cast the Bears as underdogs, siding with the defending Division II State Champions. However, the black and orange clad Bears came to play, scoring on the game’s opening drive and keeping the Cougars out of the endzone to win 20-0.
The Bears started fast, driving 70 yards after receiving the opening kickoff. Cameron Dartez connected with Austan Hood on a touchdown pass to lead 7-0. In the second quarter, Parker Smith carried eleven yards for a score to go up 13-0 at halftime. In the fourth quarter, cornerback Patrick Mensah rambled for a touchdown on a fumble return to complete the scoring for the Bears.
Jonathan Mestayer was an ironman for the Bears, playing safety, quarterback and special teams. Mestayer had eight tackles and an interception on defense; a tackle on special teams; and had 5 carries for 24 yards on offense to win this week’s Cur Dog Award.
Elijah Reames partially blocked a punt to earn Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Reames has also been the deep snapper for CHS this season and has been solid at the defensive end position as well.
The Offensive Player of the Week is center Brian Hibbard. Hibbard led all offensive linemen with a grade of a 84% and knocked down six STM defensive linemen. The sophomore center allowed zero sacks. Jack Ducote is this week’s Defensive Player of the Week. The senior linebacker had three solo tackles against STM, but also performed well when asked to play defensive end.
The Bears return to Olympia Stadium Friday, September 29, for a clash with Teurlings Catholic (TC). The Rebels are 2-2, with losses to state powers Notre Dame-Crowley and Archbishop Rummel. TC has defeated Lagrange and Breaux Bridge this season. The Bears defeated Teurlings at Olympia Stadium last year and on the road in 2015 in Dale Weiner’s 300th career victory.
Teurlings made the Division II semifinals in 2015 and the quarterfinals last season.
Dane Charpentier, an alum of TC, is the first year head coach. He is the son of Sonny Charpentier, who stepped down after last season as the winningest coach in Rebel football history.
Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. If you can’t make the game, catch all the action with the BBN broadcasting crew on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge, or watch the live stream on BBN here. Broadcast begins at 6:45 p.m.
Photos by Bobby Brummel