Green Devils close out season without a victory, fall to 9-3A champion Comets Friday

Tryve Brackin

Plaquemine High ended a long and frustrating football season without a victory Friday night at home when District 9-3A champion St. Charles High turned in a 49-7 victory over a flat Green Devil host club.

The visiting Comets, who finished 8-1 for the season and a perfect 4-0 in district play, dominated the season finale. Running back Courtland Taylor rushed for a trio of touchdowns, while quarterback Henri Faucheaux passed for two more scores as the Green Devil defense caved in. The Comets also tallied on a pass interception return, something that became a common occurance in recent district football games for opponents of the PHS club. Late in the game the visitors hit the 49-point mark on a 66-yard TD run by a backup running back. St. Charles finished with 16 first downs to go with 251 yards rushing and another 109 yards passing and no turnovers. However, SCHS led in penalty yardage 94 to 40 for PHS.

Senior Green Devil RB Albert Battiste and place kicker Eliot James had the only points of the game for the usually high-scoring PHS offense. Battiste tallied on a four-yard run and James added the PAT in the final quarter after SCHS had mounted a 49-0 lead.

The seven-point offensive effort was the second lowest output of the 0-8 season for the usually steady PHS offense. The Green Devils lost their opener to 3-A Redemptorist by a 24-0 score. Plaquemine also had its lowest offensive production since the opener. St. Charles’ defense held PHS to only 51 yards rushing and 94 yards passing on a 9 of 20 throwing efficiency. PHS lost one fumble and had the pass interception for a Comet touchdown.

During the heart of the winless campaign, the Green Devils showed a lot of spirit and savvy, but could not produce a victory. They lost to a pair of upper classification foes by only a handful of points, falling to Opelousas High 40-32 and then to Tara 30-27. They lost their district opener on a late-game mental mistake and safety by a narrow 29-27 score and then fell to Port Allen by a touchdown. Over the final three games the Green Devils were routed by playoff-bound foes Lutcher, non-district upper classification St. Thomas More, and Friday to St. Charles.

Senior quarterback Ryan Travis proved to be a bright spot overall in the dismal 2008 campaign. The Tulane University football signee had over 1,400 combined passing and rushing yards entering the St. Charles finale Friday night. Fellow senior RBs Battiste and Desmond Fernandez, along with senior wide receiver Damarus Watts had solid season.  Lineman Dustin Williams and linebacker Andre Jenkins were defensive unit senior leaders for PHS.