Panthers cruise to first-round playoff win over E.D. White
Brusly- The Brusly Panthers (9-2) defeated the E.D. White Cardinals (6-5) by a score of 35-12 to advance to the second round of the playoffs.
The Panthers’ stout defense had an outstanding game, holding the E.D. White offense to 83 total yards while senior quarterback Jay Christophe led Brusly with 170 yards rushing and two touchdowns. The Panthers also got 70 yards and a touchdown from senior DiMario Jackson.
It was a tight first half as it ended with a 14-12 Brusly lead. However, Brusly outgained E.D. White 215 yards to 59.
The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead just over a minute into the game when quarterback Jay Christophe was tackled in the end zone for a safety.
Brusly kicked off to the Cardinals, but later DiMario Jackson picked off Benton Arceneaux and returned it to the E.D. White 45-yard line. A facemask penalty moved the ball to the 30. Christophe ran a 19-yard touchdown on his second carry of the drive making the score 7-2 after the extra point.
Late in the first quarter, Christophe threw an interception inside the red zone; E.D. White drove 60 yards setting up a 37-yard field goal to make the score 7-5.
Brusly answered back with a 72-yard drive, with Jackson scoring on a 15-yard run on a reverse. The 15-yard run was the longest play of the drive.
With 2:11 remaining in the half, Levi Boudreaux ran back the BHS kickoff 80 yards to the 10-yard line. Andrew Soignet carried the ball twice before Arceneaux connected with a wide open Scottie Sanders for the score. They would connect on the extra point making the score 14-12.
“We told them at halftime that we’ve got to control the ball, run the football and put long drives together and they responded,” Brusly head coach Erik Willis said on the Panthers’ halftime adjustments.
Brusly controlled the second half.
The Panthers held the ball for more than 18 minutes and held the Cardinals to just two first downs. They also ran 34 plays.
Brusly gained a 21-12 lead on a Christophe 24-yard third-quarter run. Caleb Henderson intercepted Arceneaux on the Cardinals’ next two possessions and turned both into touchdowns - scoring on a 3-yard run by Carlsel Williams and a 10-yard run by Brendon Alexander making the final score 35-12.
Coach Willis said that his football team still had room for improvement.
“We still have too many penalties,” Willis said. “We’re getting them every week, but fortunately we’re winning. This is a young, inexperienced team as far as playoffs go, and I think this was a big step for us.”
The offense had seven penalties in the first half.
Brusly’s next competition will be against the top-seeded Parkview Baptist Eagles in the second round of playoffs at Parkview Baptist in Baton Rouge Friday night at 7 p.m.