Bears hand victory to hosting ACHS

Tryve Brackin

Coach Ron Allen said last Thursday night’s 40-24 loss to District 9-A rival Ascension CHS in Donaldsonville was a perfect example of how a team can dominate another one and still lose a football game.

“The referees even came up to me after the game and commented as a group that it had been a long time since they had seen a team totally push around another team and still hand them a victory. That sums up that loss,” commented Allen in an interview Saturday morning.

The NIHS Bear head coach said he heard the halftime statistics and was amazed the game was a 12-12 tie at intermission. Allen said his Bears held a 168 to 16-yard advantage in rushing and a 90 to 40 margin in passing yards, and yet the game was tied at halftime. “We had something like nine penalties and gave them both their touchdowns on mistakes. It got even worse in the second half. Our turnovers set up every one of their touchdowns. The score was twenty to eighteen going into the fourth quarter and we gave them an interception return for a touchdown and fumbled away the ball deep in their territory. Before we knew it the score was 40 to 24,” explained Allen.

The Bear mentor had yet to count the total number of penalties called or total number of turnovers made by his club. He figures his team fumbled the ball seven times and lost four. The Bears also had the pass interception that ACHS returned for a touchdown. “We made the mistakes and that kept us winless in a game that we dominated as far as moving the football up and down the field,” he noted.

The victory boosted ACHS to 2-0 in 9-A and to 5-1 for the season, while North fell to 0-5 for the season. “Honestly, there is not much difference between us and Ascension or White Castle or East Iberville or West St. John for that matter. The team that makes the least amount of mistakes and does not give the ball away is the team that wins it all. Right now, that is not us,” commented the Bear mentor.

The Bears hit the field last Thursday night and drove right down the field to score. The TD came on a play action pass from Stephen Williams to wide receiver Tre’Vion Hawkins. “We get the early lead and, boom! We fumble the ball and they get a great opportunity and a short drive to score,” explained Allen.

The Bears moved the ball yet again. Senior Darius Rowe, who was moved from the line to fullback for the game, scored the second TD of the night for NIHS on a short run. Not long after the hosting ACHS Bulldogs scored on a punt return to tie the score at 12 all.

The NIHS offense scored twice in the second half. Casey  Toussant linked up with Williams on a 40-yard TD pass play, while running back Lenard White ran 6 yards for another Bear touchdown.

James LeBeouf paced ACHS with a trio of short run touchdowns. He also rushed for 83 yards.

White finished with 74 yards rushing, while senior Nikita Woolfolk finished with 55 yards rushing, all came before he was injured in the second quarter and had to leave the game.

Coach Allen said Nate Pryer and A.J. Smith led the offensive line efforts as the Bears ran most of their rushing plays behind the duo. Defensively, the Bears were led by Rowe, Tremaine Hawkins, and Decory Brown.

“It has been a frustrating season. We keep hurting ourselves with mistakes and breakdowns. We can only go back to practice and hope everything will eventually click. We could give White Castle a good game this coming week, if we execute and cut way down on the mistakes,” noted Allen.