With the defending Class 4A state champions as it foe, most high school fans and media expected a rebuilding Chalmette football team to get walloped by Belle Chasse in the Owls own jamboree last week at Bobby Nuss Stadium.
However, Jason Tucker's defense turned back three Belle Chasse threats with two interceptions and a goal line stand, but the Cardinals did escaped Nuss Stadium with a 6-0 win last Friday night in the abbreviated two-half game.
In the first game, East Jefferson scored 28 first half points to polish off Sarah Reed 28-8. Both the winning Warriors and short-handed Olympians are future opponents of the Owls.
Junior defensive back Donald Harris thwared the first Cardinal threat by intercepting a pass in the end zone and returned it to the Owls' own 14 yard line.
Belle Chasse's Austin Barrois scored the game's only points on a one-yard run with 3:25 before halftime. The Cardinals marched 51 yards on several big plays after Chalmette had moved the ball from its own 14 to the Cardinal 49 after the Owls first interception had stopped the first Belle Chasse scoring threat.
After a poor Owl punt, Belle Chasse marched the ball to the Owl three, but Chalmette's defense rose up to the occasion and took the ball over on downs.
Belle Chasse threatened again as they marched from its own 40 to the Chalmette 20 where Jeffrey Joseph intercepted a Cardinal aerial to stop the last Cardinal threat with just over a minute left to play in the game.
The Owl offense was centered around junior running back James Banks who ran for 56 yards on 14 carries including runs of 20, 12, and 11 yards. Johnquel Jones rushed for 19 yards on two runs with one going for 14 yards.
The Cardinal offense did come up with large chuncks of yardage (204 total offense) with an effective use of a "West Coast" style short passing game behind sophomore QB Asphen Gaines that accounted for 65 yards on 10 of 16 passes while the BC running game centered around Barrois gained 139 yards on 21 run plays.
Defensively, Harris and Rhett Pritchard led the team with eight stops each as each have five solo stops apiece. Jermaine Brisco had five tackles while Banks, Joseph, Joe Jamison and Cody Williams had three tackles each.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times