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Ragas, Archbishop Shaw run past E.D. White, 28-6


Archbishop Shaw's stretch play stretched E.D. White Catholic's defense to its limits in Friday's nondistrict game.

The Eagles pounded the rock 40 times, gained 375 rushing yards and amassing 427 total yards against the Cardinals. The catalyst for Shaw's offense was running back Trey Ragas who ran around and through E.D. White for 248 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries in a 28-6 Shaw victory on Yockey Bernard Field at Harvey Peltier Memorial Stadium.

Offensively, it was a struggle for E.D. White after it gained 177 total yards and had just four first downs in the second half. The offensive struggles led to the defense staying on the field and eventually Ragas and Shaw's offensive line wore it down.

Cardinals coach Kyle Lasseigne said his team gave a great effort, but it just came down to a few mistakes and the offense's lack of consistency in the second half.

"I think what happened was we had some drives that we went three-and-out. We gave them the ball right back and made our defense go back on the field and play against a great running back. When you don't sustain drives, and at least give the defense a little blow, you let them do what they do best and that is what happened in the second half," Lasseigne said. "I thought our defense fought hard, but they have some talent on offense and made some plays. We just didn't finish our drives."

The game couldn't have started better for E.D. White (2-3 overall).

The Cardinals took the game's opening possession and chewed up over 7 minutes of the clock during a 13-play drive.

However, the drive stalled and placekicker Rene' Thibodaux drilled a 26-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 4:48 left in the first quarter.

E.D. White seemed to have extended its lead on Shaw's initial possession when Brennan Eschete intercepted a tipped pass and returned it for an apparent touchdown. However, a penalty brought the ball back to the Eagles 31-yard line.

E.D. White didn't take advantage of the turnover. Quarterback Benjamin Sposito was intercepted by Secdrick Cooper on the next play and, after the return, Shaw had the ball at the Cardinals 42.

Three plays later, Ragas scored on a 31-yard run for a 7-3 score with 38 seconds left in the first quarter.

After E.D. White fumbled and punted on its next two possessions, Shaw took a 14-3 lead when Ragas sliced through the Cardinals defense on a 26-yard run with 1:11 left in the second quarter.

Thibodaux accounted for all of E.D. White's points, and he ended the second quarter with a 36-yard field goal thanks to an 8-play drive that was helped by a personal foul against Shaw. The field goal cut the Eagles lead to 14-6 at halftime.

Lasseigne said after Eschete's interception he wanted to take a shot for a touchdown, but Cooper made a great play intercepting the pass inside the 5.

"We tried to do some things. I felt like we needed to take a shot after the interception, but Cooper is a great athlete. On offense we had a penalty when we were down there too. I like Rene' but we really needed seven points right there to drive home the point that we are here to play," Lasseigne said. "I think that stop gave them a fresh start and instead of being down 10-0, it was still a 3-0 game. I thought my offense did play well. I challenged them after last week's poor performance, and I thought we did do some good things on offense."

Shaw (4-1) continued to run the ball on its first drive of the third quarter, and Ragas ended an 8-play, 64-yard drive scoring form the 13-yard line and giving Shaw a 21-6 lead with 8:19 on the clock.

Shaw seemed poised to add to its lead late in the third quarter, however, running back Matt Keller fumbled in the end zone, and E.D. White recovered for a touchback.

The Cardinals actually picked up two first downs on that possession but as it did on three second-half possessions, E.D. White was forced to punt.

After E.D. White's third punt of the second half, Shaw iced the game with a time-consuming 14-play, 84-yard drive that ended with 2:53 left in the game.

Ragas scored from the 6-yad line to put the Eagles in front 28-6.

"I thought E.D. White played a great game. They moved the ball on offense, and we had trouble with their quick running plays," Shaw coach Scott Bairnsfather said. "We held them to two field goals, and we did play better defense in the second half, but we had two turnovers. We did do a good job rushing the ball for the most part, but E.D. White played great and kept us on our heels for most of the game."