Central Catholic defenders, from left, Ethan Majewski, Khyre Willis and Freddie Calloway combine to stop a Covenant Christian player during their week 8 contest. Central Catholic defeated Highland Baptist, 42-6, on the road Friday. The Eagles now will play for the District 8-1A title Friday when it host Vermilion Catholic. (The Daily Review/Mico Aloisio)
Central Catholic routs Highland Baptist, 42-6
Central Catholic High School rolled past Highland Baptist, 42-6, in District 8-1A action in New Iberia Friday.
The Eagles led by as much as 42-0 in the fourth quarter before allowing Highland Baptist’s lone score.
Central Catholic took a 14-0 lead after a quarter, led 21-0 at halftime and 35-0 after three periods of play.
The win sets up this week’s District 8-1A title game between Central Catholic (5-3 overall, 4-0 in district) and Vermilion Catholic (8-1, 4-0) in Morgan City Friday. Vermilion Catholic is ranked No. 3 in the latest Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 1A poll.
Against Highland Baptist, Central Catholic’s Davidyione Bias scored the Eagles’ first two touchdowns in the first quarter on runs of 8 yards and 44 yards.
The Eagles’ second-period score came at the end of the half. Highland Baptist’s 29-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Hugh Hamer, and Khyre Willis picked up the loose football and returned it 95 yards for a score as the first half ended for a 21-0 lead after Adlai Urbina’s extra point. Urbina was 6-for-6 on point-after attempts.
Kye Morgel had a 30-yard touchdown run, while Caleb O’con caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Miller to account for the Eagles’ third-quarter scores.
In the final period, Hugh Hamer scored on a 6-yard run for a 42-0 advantage.
Highland Baptist’s lone score came on a 15-yard pass from Myles Liggans to Kylyn Jones. The Bears’ two-point conversion attempt failed.
Central Catholic totaled 341 yards of offense (285 rushing and 56 passing).
Bias led the Eagles’ run game with 14 carries for 139 yards and two touchdowns, while Hamer had nine carries for 73 yards and one score. Morgel added seven carries for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Through the air, Miller completed 4 of 9 passes for 56 yards and one touchdown.
Morgel led Central Catholic’s receivers with two receptions for 37 yards, while O’Con had a 9-yard touchdown reception on his lone catch.
Additional reporting by www.theadvocate.com/sports