Bears Overcome Slow Start And Soggy Field To Move To 3-0!
The #3 Catholic High Bears got all they could handle on Friday night from visiting Sam Houston of the Lake Charles area. The Broncos outplayed its 0-2 record and took a 13-7 lead into halftime. The Bears buckled down in the final twenty-four minutes, scoring on all four of its offensive possessions and shutting the visitors out of the endzone until the game’s final play. The game was played at Memorial Stadium.
The Bears defense limited Sam Houston to just 76 yards rushing on 36 attempts and held the Broncos to just one first down on its first two second half possessions. The defensive front of Diego Carrera, James DeLee, London Lewis, Aaron Moffitt, Tre Square and Rock Schexnaydre led the way for the Bears. Patrick Mensah was the leader in the back end for CHS.
On offense, Clyde Edwards-Helaire scored on a 75 yard run and Conner LeBlanc added two rushing touchdowns. Ben Miles and Vernon Langley were on the receiving end of two Zack Crawford touchdown passes. The Bears rushed for 301 yards on 40 attempts. Zach Tom anchored the play of the offensive front for the Bears.
Parker Fontenot converted all five extra point attempts, Patrick Mensah blocked an extra point and Preston Stafford booted five touchbacks to lead the Bear special teams.
The Bears travel to Lafayette on Friday, September 23, to square off with Class 4A’s #5 ranked team St. Thomas More. The Cougars advanced to the Division II state finals last season and lost to Parkview Baptist in the Superdome. STM is coached by Jim Hightower, the second winningest head coach in Louisiana prep football history. Hightower has 388 career wins and Bears’ head coach Dale Weiner was an assistant on the staff of Hightower’s at Catholic-Pointe Coupee almost forty years ago. Weiner is seventh on the all-time coaching list with 310 wins.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on the campus of St. Thomas More. You can watch the live stream on the Bruin Broadcast Network or listen to the play-by-play on 104.5 FM ESPN Radio Baton Rouge.
Read The Advocate’s recap.