Bears Shutout St. Michael in Football Jamboree
The Catholic High B Team scored a 29-0 shutout victory over St. Michael in jamboree opener at the Louisiana Leadership Institute on Friday night. The Bears used a suffocating defense and a high-powered offense to roll in the two, ten minute quarter half format.
The offense was led by junior quarterback Zach Crawford, who threw touchdown passes to seniors Jenaro James (16 yards) and Christian Walker (46 yards). Sophomore quarterback Grant Segar tossed a 22-yard scoring strike to junior receiver Andrew Bienvenue and scampered 16 yards for a rushing tally. Segar and Bienvenue also hooked up on a two point conversion pass.
Junior John Eric Ginn and sophomore Tim Morgan recovered fumbles, while junior D.J. Rousseau and sophomore Paul Brown caused fumbles to lead the defense.
The special teams were led by Preston Stafford, who converted all three of his PATs; Patrick Mensah, who had a long kickoff return to open the second half; and, Blaine Lemaire, who partially blocked a punt in the first half.
The B team’s victory was a sign of things to come, as the varsity Bears followed suit with a 21-0 shutout of the St. Michael varsity. The Bears defense held the Warriors to 53 yards total offense on 25 snaps, averaging less than two yards per carry. The Warriors threw for just 23 yards on 7 pass attempts.
Senior linebacker Brandon Fairbanks was named the defensive player of the week for compiling seven tackles with one coming for a loss in 35 snaps of defensive duty.
Quarterback Ian Brian was 9 of 13 in the air for 150 yards and two touchdowns – one a 31-yard heave to Clyde Edwards-Helaire and the other, a 23-yard strike to Alex Bertrand. Brian also rushed for 20 yards.
The offensive player of the week was junior H-back Ben Miles. Miles touched the ball three times on offense and scored on a 20-yard run and had 44 yards receiving.
The special teams player of the week was junior Kam Cummings. Cummings returned the second half kickoff 40 yards, had a solo tackle on kickoff coverage and pressured the St. Michael punter to shank a punt.
SportsNola.com’s number 9 ranked team in Class 5A, Catholic High opens the season at Olympia Stadium on Friday night. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. against crosstown rival and SportsNola.com’s number 2 team in Class 3A, the Parkview Baptist Eagles. The Eagles defeated Episcopal and Dunham in one quarter games last Friday in the South Baton Rouge Jamboree.
The subvarsity Bears football squads got off to a rousing start in 2015 as they captured wins on Monday night. The junior varsity Bears defeated Parkview Baptist on the road in their season opener by a tally of 21-7. The freshmen Bears christened the new on-campus athletic facility by defeating Slaughter Charter 16-8. The young Bears held Slaughter out of the endzone with a goalline stand on the game’s final play to preserve victory!
The 9th graders will travel to Zachary for their next game on Tuesday, September 8. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. The B Team will host its first home game the following day and suits up against Zachary. Game time is for 6:30 p.m.
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