Berwick High School's Zack Gonzales
(The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
UPDATED: Berwick, Patterson fall in Friday night football action
St. James scored early and did so multiple times as it cruised past Berwick 49-13 in District 9-3A action in Berwick.
The Wildcats, Class 3A’s defending state champions, took a 14-0 lead after a quarter, led 42-0 at halftime and 49-0 after three quarters.
Berwick (1-5 overall, 0-3 in district) scored two fourth quarter touchdowns, the first on a 14-yard pass play from Cru Bella to Zane Griffin and the second on an Andre Engleton 2-yard run.
Daniel Jupiter led the Wildcats (4-2, 2-1) with 12 carries for 162 yards and three touchdowns, while quarterback Marquell Bergeron had 3 carries for 31 yards and a score. He also completed 8 of 14 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns.
Shazz Preston was his top receiver with 4 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown, while Kobe Brown had 2 receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown.
St. James had 359 yards of offense (197 rushing and 162 pass-ing).
“They’re a great football team,” Berwick coach Mike Walker said. “There’s a reason they’re the defending state champions. They have tons of athletes all over the field, do a good job of getting those athletes in positions to put you in a conflict defensively, and they did some things that we just didn’t have an answer for on offense.”
Bella led Berwick’s offense as he completed 10 of 24 passes for 118 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Kaeden Thomas led Berwick’s receivers with 5 catches for 52 yards, while Zack Gonzales had 3 receptions for 50 yards. Zane Griffin had 1 reception for 14 yards and a score.
As a team, Berwick had 220 yards of offense (102 yards rushing and 118 yards passing).
Walker credited the Wildcats’ defense, who he said was just as “explosive” as their offense.
“Hats off to them,” Walker said. “They did a good job executing, and we just didn’t make enough plays.”
Berwick will return to action Friday when it travels to face E.D. White in District 9-3A action.
Patterson falls to Donaldsonville
The Patterson Lumberjacks fell to Donaldsonville on the road 54-24 in District 9-3A action Friday.
Donaldsonville out-scored Patterson in three of the four quarters, taking a 22-7 lead after a quarter and extending its lead to 38-14 at halftime.
While Patterson cut its lead to 38-17 after three periods of play on Jose Rivera’s 22-yard field goal, Donaldsonville outscored the Lumber-jacks 16-7 in the final period.
Despite the final score, Patterson totaled 403 yards of offense (370 passing and 33 rushing).
Joseph Larson led Patterson’s offense as he completed 18 of 26 passes for 312 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
K.J. Paul was the team’s leading receiver with 10 catches for 194 yards and a score, while Tylon Walton had two receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown.
Jayden Harvey had a touchdown run for Patterson, as he finished with four car-ries for 8 yards.
Patterson (2-4, 1-3) will return to action Thursday when it hosts St. James in District 9-3A action.