It’s always fun to start a new season with a win.
It’s always good to beat a rival, too.
On Friday night, E.D. White got to do both.
E.D. White beat Vandebilt 14-6 on Friday in Houma — a road victory that marked a new chapter in the long-standing, heated rivalry. It was the first game for both E.D. White coach Kyle Lasseigne’s new tenure and also for Terriers’ coach Lance Ledet.
Defenses ruled the day in a hard-fought, physical game that saw just 20 total points scored and a third-straight victory for the Cardinals against their neighboring parish Catholic school rival.
Kyle Lasseigne has said throughout the offseason and preseason that he likes the toughness of his defense. On Friday, that toughness showed several times in a hard-fought win.
“We have a salty group,” Lasseigne said earlier this offseason of his defense. “Those kids work hard and really take pride in it. We have some room to grow and some steps to take, but I think they’re a group that is capable of doing big things.”
On Friday, they did their coach proud.
Offense was at a premium throughout the game with both teams struggling initially to score points.
It was 0-0 at the end of the first quarter and also scoreless at halftime.
The Terriers dominated yardage totals, pushing the ball down the field deep into E.D. White territory several times without points.
One drive ended in a fumble. Two others got into the red zone without points — including a last-second drive that ended three yards short of a score.
E.D. White’s attempts were futile — a slew of three and outs.
But in the second half, things opened up a little.
The Cardinals got on the board first when quarterback Devin DeSandro came off the bench hot, completing a long touchdown pass to Grant Gauthreaux to put his team up 7-0 in the third quarter.
A big dagger came a couple possessions after the initial score when Hunter Becnel took the football almost the entire length of the field — a 93-yard touchdown which put E.D. White up 14-0, sending their fans into a frenzy.
Vandebilt scored in the fourth quarter on a short touchdown run from Bryden Roundtree to make the score 14-6, but they could never get closer than that.
The Cardinals forced a late turnover, then iced the game on the ground, running out the clock to secure their third-straight victory over their rivals. E.D. White faces H.L. Bourgeois next week. Vandebilt hosts Westgate.
TROJANS, PATRIOTS ROLL TO WEEK 1 WINS
Central Lafourche has a big, bruising running back, a talented quarterback and receivers all over the field.
At the prep level, you sure could do worse.
The Trojans beat White Castle 56-36 on Friday in a wild, crazy game that featured tons of offense and explosive plays from both sides.
Halfback Deon Jenkins rushed for 200+ yards in the win with five touchdowns. The Trojans also showcased new quarterback Ashtrien Duncan throughout the night.
“Offensively, I’m pretty pleased,” Central Lafourche coach Keith Menard said. “I thought we played well and I thought our offensive line was really good throughout the game. We have work to do, but it’s better to work on things after a win.”
The Trojans will take on Franklin on Friday in Mathews.
Menard said Franklin is athletic and will pose challenges.
“They’re a good football team,” Menard said. “They’ll come here ready to play.”
Before Central Lafourche got an opening night win, Ellender rose into the winner’s circle, crushing Thomas Jefferson 47-8.
The Patriots led throughout — literally.
On the opening play of the game, Nykee Johnson took the kickoff to the house, putting the Patriots in front for good. Tyshaun Hester was also huge for the Patriots, springing together big plays to enable the team to secure victory. •