The Sacred Heart offensive line gets ready to come off of the ball and help gain positive yardage against the North Central defense. Sacred Heart rolled past North Central 70-22 in a District 5-1A contest to improve to 5-2 on the season. The Trojans will host Slaughter Charter on Friday. (Gazette photo Justin Johnson)
VILLE PLATTE – The Sacred Heart Trojans got back on the winning track in a huge way here Friday night as they rolled to a 70-22 win over the North Central Hurricanes.
With the win, Sacred Heart improves to 5-2 on the year and 2-2 in District 5-1A. The Trojans will face off against Slaughter Charter next week for homecoming.
“We got back on track with this win,” stated Sacred Heart head coach Josh Harper. “This game was really good for two reasons. First, it gave us a chance to work on some things offensively and it also allowed us to play a number of guys to help sure up some depth.”
Sacred Heart scored early and often against North Central. After turning the ball over on downs on their first possession of the game, the Trojans held the Hurricanes to 14 total yards on North Central’s beginning drive before Garrett Fontenot was able to pick the ball off and bring it back to the Sacred Heart 37-yard line.
From there it only took three plays and 46 seconds for the Trojans to put up their first points of the night. Two carries by quarterback Wesley Launey resulted in a total of 63 yards, the second of which was a 43-yard touchdown gallop. The two point run was tacked on by Josh Harper and with 3:59 left in the first quarter, Sacred Heart led 8-0.
On North Central’s ensuing possession, the Trojan’s Andrew Parrott picked up a Hurricane fumble in the end zone off of a mishandled snap. Alec Gotro’s two-point run was no good, and with 3:48 left in the initial period, Sacred Heart held a 14-0 lead.
The next two possessions for North Central resulted in the Trojan defense adding points to the scoreboard. On both drives Sacred Heart turned interceptions into touchdowns with the first taken in by Drew Scully and the second hauled in by Cade Manuel. Only one of the two-point conversions was good resulting in a 28-0 lead with 1:33 left in the quarter.
The Hurricanes finally got on the board on their very next drive. Starting at their 46-yard line, North Central needed only two plays to get it in the end zone; a 49 yard pass play and a five yard run by TJ Ford. The two-point run was not converted making the score 28-6 with 55 seconds left in the quarter.
Sacred Heart answered on their next possession. Beginning at their 12-yard line, the Trojans used up four minutes and ran 10 plays to march the 88 yards for the score. The drive was capped off on a seven yard run by Gotro. The extra point was good by Gotro giving the Trojans the 35-6 lead with 9:55 left to go in the first half.
Gotro was not done scoring however. After North Central got the ball back after the kickoff, quarterback Nick Johnson threw a deep ball that was intended for Wayne Williams. But, Gotro stepped in front of the ball and took it 80 yards for the score. The extra point was true and Sacred Heart now led 42-6 with 7:13 left in the second quarter.
North Central attempted to go for it on fourth down deep inside their territory on the very next possession, but the Trojan defense managed to kill the drive and force the turnover on downs.
Sacred Heart needed only two plays for their next score, as Launey hit Gotro for a 35 yard touchdown strike. The point after was good once again bringing the score to 49-6 with 4:07 left in the half.
The second half continued to be a scoring fest for the Trojans. Sacred Heart added one touchdown in the third quarter when Alex McElwee scooted in from three yards out.
The Trojans put up two more scores in the final quarter, all through the running game; one by McElwee and the other by Tyler Perron.