Football Bears Move to 5-2 With Win Over McKinley
Both Catholic and McKinley entered Friday night’s contest with identical 4-2 records. Pundits had the Bears as heavy pre-game favorites, but the Panthers offered serious resistance with the backing of a loud and enthusiastic crowd. The Bears fought through adversity, answering multiple comebacks by the host Panthers to pull away and win 47-28 on the road.
Catholic is now 5-2 overall, 1-1 in district play and should move up in the 5A LSWA polls. McKinley dropped to 4-3 and 1-1 and will look to raise their power rankings as the regular season winds down.
Defensive Player of the Week honors goes to Jordan Davenport. The senior defensive tackle has been consistent all season and has played with great effort. Davenport tackled the McKinley quarterback for a safety and was in on multiple tackles and caused disruption for the Panther offense.
Offensive Player of the Week honors goes to sophomore quarterback, Jackson Thomas. The 10th grader entered the game for injured starter Cameron Dartez and exhibited tremendous poise in leading the Bears to multiple scoring drives. Thomas was 9-13 passing for 145 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for over 50 yards.
Senior Preston Stafford picked up nine points to earn Special Teams Player of the Week recognition. Stafford booted home six extra points and a 36-yard field goal versus McKinley. He also kicked five touchbacks on kickoffs for the Bears.
The Cur Dog Award goes to senior Hunter Monson. Monson was injured in September and was thought to be lost for the year with an injury. However, Monson rehabbed and worked hard to return to play as a defensive lineman and has been a huge support system, positive example and leader for his fellow teammates.
The Bears return to action against a dangerous force in East Ascension. The Spartans are 6-1 overall and 2-0 in district play and have wins over defending 3A state champion Lutcher and Division II power St. Charles Catholic. Their lone loss is to Division II power Parkview Baptist.
The Spartans are led by Cameron Wire, an offensive lineman committed to LSU, and two-way player and return threat Jimel London. Adrian Bowie is a linebacker worth mentioning along with defensive lineman Deshon Hall.
Kickoff at Olympia Stadium is set for 7 p.m. on Friday and the Bears welcome a return in front of the home crowd highlighted by Bear Nation.