CCHS Eagles win third straight game
LAFAYETTE — Central Catholic won its third straight contest with a 30-12 win against Lafayette Christian Thursday night in District 7-1A play.
The Eagles jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead and led by as much as 20-0 in the third quarter following quarterback Nick Case’s 12-yard pass to Eriq Blanchard on the Eagles’ opening drive of the third quarter.
Lafayette Christian came up with scores on consecutive drives, though, to cut the deficit to 23-12 with 8:25 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Jeremy Joseph scored on a 14-yard run with 2:51 remaining in the quarter to cap a 12-play, 68-yard — all on the ground — to cut the deficit to 20-6 following a blocked extra point.
After Central Catholic’s Matthew Barbier connected on a 30-yard field goal with five seconds remaining in the third quarter for a 23-6 advantage, the Knights again countered when quarterback Regan Miller directed his team down the field before Miller reached the end zone on a 1-yard run with 8:25 remaining. After another blocked extra point, the deficit was now cut to 23-12.
However, the Eagles all but put the game away with a long drive — all on the ground — that ate up much of the remainder of the quarter and covered 67 yards. Case capped the drive with a 1-yard run with 2:06 remaining for the 30-12 final score.
Central Catholic was led offensively by Stefano Guarisco, who rushed for 129 yards on 22 carries with a score and also caught three passes for 90 yards and another touchdown.
Lafayette Christian, without Dylan Hargrave, one of the state’s leading rushers, totaled 111 rushing yards and 110 passing yards in the contest.
Even without him, though, Miller and tight end Sterling Miller had big contributions to the Knights’ offense as well as Joseph.
Both teams were stopped on their opening drives of the game, but Central Catholic recovered a key turnover early.
After Case booted a Central Catholic punt following their first drive, the Lafayette Christian return man attempted to recover it after it hit the ground.
He could not get a handle on it, though, and Central Catholic recovered at the Lafayette Christian 33-yard line.
Two plays later, Guarisco broke free near the line of scrimmage and raced to the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown and a 7-0 Central Catholic advantage with 7:44 remaining in the first quarter.
While Lafayette Christian drove down to the Central Catholic 8-yard line, the Knights were stopped on fourth down when Central Catholic’s T.J. Ruffin sacked Regan Miller for an 11-yard loss.
Later in the half, Lafayette Christian again threatened to score as the squad moved the ball down to the Central Catholic 8.
However, on fourth down and 4, Regan Miller’s pass into the end zone was intercepted by Central Catholic’s Samuel Guarisco, who returned it to the Central Catholic 35-yard line.
While the Eagles were unable to capitalize on the initial forced turnover deep in their territory, they made good on this one as Case later found Guarisco open in space and the sophomore worked his way downfield and juked a defender on his way to the end zone for a 41-yard touchdown for a 14-0 Central Catholic advantage with 1:47 remaining in the first half.
Central Catholic finished the contest with 313 yards of total offense (202 rushing and 111 passing).
Other top offensive leaders for Central Catholic included Blanchard, who in addition to his touchdown reception, had 10 carries for 42 yards; and Case, who rushed for 23 yards and a score and completed 5 of 10 passes for 111 yards and two more scores.
Central Catholic (3-5 overall, 3-2 in district) will return to action Nov. 1 when it travels to face Metairie Park Country Day.
Lafayette Christian (4-4 overall, 0-4 in district) will travel to face Gueydan in district action.