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EDW defense keys big victory


The E.D. White Catholic defense sparked its team to a 48-22 victory over the Donaldsonville Tigers in District 9-3A action at Yockey Bernard Field at Harvey Peltier Stadium on Friday night.

The Cardinals recorded five turnovers (three interceptions, two fumbles) which led to 24 points and E.D. White took control of the game in the second half.

E.D. White coach Kyle Lasseigne said the play of the defense was key in changing the game's momentum.

"It was a key to the game. We knew (Donaldsonville) had some weapons and some athletes, and we knew when we had the chance to get turnovers, we had to capitalize," Lasseigne said. "We did that. We got pressure on their quarterback, and I think that forced him into throwing off his back foot. Getting those turnovers really swung the momentum for us.

Early on, however, it appeared as the game would be a shoot-out. The Cardinals and Tigers combined for 46 points and nearly 300 yards in the first two quarters.

Donaldsonville (3-3, 0-1 in district) wasted little time going to work when Tigers quarterback Tyler Brown used his arm to drive his team down the field on its opening possession. Brown finished by finding Leondre James in the end zone from 5 yards out to put their team ahead 6-0 with 9:19 to play following a failed two-point try.

But the Cardinals (3-3, 1-0 in district) responded on their first possession of the game. Darius Charles capped a nine-play, 50-yard drive with a 1-yard rumble into the end zone to put E.D. White ahead 7-6 with 5:13 to play in the first quarter.

After forcing the Tigers to a three-and-out, the Cardinals added to their lead when Charles scored his second of the night, another from 1-yard out, to increase the E. D. White lead to 14-6 with 3:03 to play in the opening quarter.

The Cardinals defense came up big again, recovering a Tigers fumble, which lead to another Cardinal score.

Following the change of possession, Cardinal quarterback Benjamin Sposito (55 yards rushing, two touchdowns) found the corner and raced to the pylon from 4 yards out to increase the lead to 21-6.

The Tigers, who outgained the Cardinals 323-296, rallied in the second quarter as a one-yard touchdown run by Brown (22 yards rushing, TD) and a 48-yard touchdown pass from Brown (14-for-32, 195 yards, two TDs, three INTs) to Stephen Sullivan (94 yards receiving, TD) cut the Tigers lead to 22-21 with 1:08 to play following two successful two-point conversion pass attempts.

Later, a 45-yard Rene' Thibodaux field goal put the Cardinals on top 24-22 heading into halftime.

Charles added his third and fourth scores of the night in the second half with yet another one-yard run, to put the Cardinals in command 31-22 and he had a 15-yard power run that pushed a pile of defender into the end zone to increase the E.D. White lead to 38-22 with 4:30 to play in the third.

Lasseigne said he was pleased with his offensive backfield, which combined for 292 rushing yards, but credited Charles (19 carries, 87 yards four touchdowns) for being consistent when called upon.

"We have a lot of interchangeable parts, but Darius has been that one constant," Lasseigne said. "When we need those tough yards, we go to Darius. They gave us some things that allowed us to pound the ball in short yardage."

Thibodaux's 31-yard field goal with 1:04 to play in the third quarter increased the Cardinals lead to 41-22.

Sposito added his second score of the night in the fourth from 1-yard out to put the game away for the Cardinals 48-22 with 11:56 to play in the game, which ultimately became the final score of the night.

"We came out with some emotion in the second half," Lasseigne said. "I think our team didn't know what we were and what we are going to be. Hopefully this is what we are going to be in the second half of the season. I can sense it."