McGuire does it all for Terriers
Sat. October 13, 2012 at 1:13 a.m. | By Steve Holley/Sports Correspondent
Elijah McGuire was "Mr. Everything" for Vandebilt Catholic again on Friday night.
McGuire had four touchdown runs — three in the first half — and passed for another score to help Vandebilt to a 28-point lead at halftime and a 41-18 victory over H.L. Bourgeois in nondistrict play Friday at Buddy Marcello Stadium.
About the only thing the Terriers' star quarterback — who finished with 211 rushing yards on 11 carries and passed for 52 yards — didn't do was play defense and kick field goals.
McGuire got the fireworks started early when he drove the Terriers to the H.L. Bourgeois (2-5 overall) 1-yard line on Vandebilt's opening drive. From there, he completed a play-action pass to tight end Chase Hawthorn for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead less than 3 minutes into the game.
Vandebilt (6-1) struck again on its next possession as Aaron Smith caught a short pass from McGuire and ran 41 yards down to the Braves' 10-yard line. McGuire took care of the rest with his second score, a 7-yard touchdown run that made it 14-0.
McGuire added two more touchdown runs before halftime.
The first came from 33 yards out with just over a minute gone by in the second quarter to make it 21-0. Then, an elusive, breath-taking 25-yard scamper with 1:58 to play in the half made it 28-6 as the Terriers responded to H.L. Bourgeois' only score of the first half — a 5-yard Todd Adkins touchdown run at the 6:36 mark of the second period.
Things were going so right for Vandebilt in the first half that the Terriers even managed to steal one last touchdown.
With Terriers kicker Grant Rodriguez lined up to attempt a chip-shot 19-yard field goal with just 3 seconds to play in the half, H.L. Bourgeois blocked the kick and appeared to be heading to the sidelines with a 28-6 deficit.
But Braves defensive back Tyree Andrew scooped up the kick, lost control of the ball, and Sam Lirette recovered and ran into the end zone for a touchdown that made it 34-6.
McGuire, playing in his only drive of the second half before taking a seat, added his fifth and final touchdown of the night with a 49-yard run that made it 41-6 with just 1:31 gone by in the third quarter.
"He's bar none the best football player in the area," H.L. Bourgeois coach Ben Powell said. "He's a big-time Division I prospect, and when you've got a guy like that loose in space, if you make mistakes and don't tackle, he's going to take advantage and score."
H.L. Bourgeois had two touchdown drives in the second half. Tailback Markice Bogen had a 15-yard touchdown run with 3:19 remaining in the third quarter to make it 41-12, and Braves quarterback Jake Broggi completed a 27-yard bomb on a streak pattern to receiver Chris Harris on the first play of the fourth quarter, making it 41-18.
Vandebilt finished with 407 yards of total offense — 263 yards of which belonged solely to McGuire — to go with 15 first downs.
"We go as Elijah goes, offensively," Terriers coach Brad Villavaso said. "He's just a great player, and I can't say enough about him. We talk about him every week. He does a good job of moving the ball and making some good reads."
Aaron Smith helped the Terriers' offense with 76 yards on nine carries, plus the 41-yard catch in the first quarter.
H.L. Bourgeois had 260 yards of total offense and 11 first downs. Broggi, a freshman, led the Braves' attack with 169 passing yards and one touchdown on 17-of-27 passing with no turnovers.
"He made some great throws, and he makes some big boy throws that guys 18, 19 or 20 years old can't make," Powell said. "He's progressing the way we want him to, and each week he's gotten better at running our offense.
"It would have been easy going into halftime to lay down, but we didn't. We fought back and scored a couple of touchdowns and moved the ball."
Bogen led the Braves' ground game with 41 yards and a touchdown on five carries.
Due to a scheduling conflict, Friday's game was played at Vandebilt Catholic, even though the Braves were the designated home team.
H.L. Bourgeois' Spencer Folse was ejected from the game with 1:23 to play in the fourth quarter for committing a personal foul. The win was the sixth in a row for the Terriers.