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Brusly dominates E.D. White in district opener

E.D. White Catholic quarterback Benton Arceneaux gains yardage on a keeper during Friday's District 7-3A game against Brusly. (Photo by Jim Cenac/Correspondent)

Brusly quarterback Jay Christophe passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more as the Panthers systematically dismantled E.D. White Catholic 43-7 on Friday night in the District 7-3A opener for both schools at Yockey Bernard Field at Harvey Peltier Stadium in Thibodaux.

"(Brusly) is the best team we've faced this year," E.D. White coach Kyle Lasseigne said. "I hope that's the best team we face all year. That is a very good football team."

After an exchange of punts that set Brusly up at its own 45, the Panthers went 55 yards in nine plays, capped by Christophe's 13-yard touchdown run.

Blake Manola's PAT was good, and Brusly led 7-0 with 5:49 left in the first quarter.

Brusly (5-1 overall, 1-0 in district) struck again in the second quarter, with Christophe hitting Donald Williams on a 12-yard strike for the score. Manola, who went five-for-five on PAT's, made it 14-0 with 5:36 left in the first half.

E.D White's next possession brought its only highlight of the evening. Quarterback Benton Arceneaux flubbed the shotgun snap but got control and pitched it back to Dannon Steib, who started left then broke back to the center of the field for a 76-yard touchdown run. Rene Thibodaux's extra point made it 14-7 with 4:39 left in the half.

Another an exchange of punts gave Brusly the ball on the 50-yard line with 1:33 left, that was enough time for Christophe to find Patrick Crawford for a 51-yard touchdown strike to make it 22-7 after a flag on the extra-point attempt gave Brusly the ball inside the 2. Darien Cobbs barreled in for the two point conversion, and Brusly led 22-7 as the teams went for the locker room.

(Christophe) is really coming along as a passer," Brusly coach Eric Willis said. "He's always been a great runner for us, but it makes you feel great as a coach to watch him making his reads and checking down for completions. He's making great strides this year."

The second half began well for the Cardinals as Arceneaux scrambled down the right side for 30 yards, giving E.D. White (4-2, 0-1 in district) a first down at the 50. But on the next play, running back Dillon Pierce coughed the ball up after a hard hit, and Brusly recovered on its 49.

Nine plays later, it was Christophe taking it into the end zone, and the Panthers started to pull away at 29-7 with 7:06 left in the third.

"It surprised me how physical (Brusly) was, and how they pushed us around on both sides of the ball," Lasseigne said. "We could never establish anything on offense because they were more physical than us. Same thing on defense. We couldn't establish anything because we could never get the ball back. That's a credit to them. It's not like our kids weren't putting out the effort, but I have to give credit where credit is due."

Christophe hit Terrance West on a 9-yard touchdown strike in the fourth quarter to make it 36-7 with 10:05 left in the game. Carsel Alexander of the Panthers scored on a 23-yard touchdown run for the final score of the night with 3:06 left in the game.