Christian Life uses quick start over Tigers
PETER SILAS PASQUA
ST. GABRIEL - Christian Life Academy scored four first half touchdowns and never looked back on the way to a 34-0 shutout non-district victory over East Iberville on Sunday afternoon at Tiger Stadium.
The game was originally scheduled for Friday but was postponed due to weather.
The Tigers (0-2), under coach John Young, were outgained in total yardage 160-78 but ran 47 total plays to the Crusaders' 45.
"We have a really young team this year," Young said. "The majority of our starters are freshmen and sophomores. It is a process and we are trying to build a program right now.
"Christian Life a well coached and one of the top select schools in the state. We are just trying to get better. I am proud of the effort. The kids played a lot better than last week."
Crusader quarterback Jacob Williams completed 9-of-16 passes for 103 and two touchdowns with one interception. Williams also rushed for two touchdowns. Sidney Nesom was Christian Life's leading rusher with 41 yards on eight attempts.
Malik Harrison caught five passes for 60 yards and two touchdowns and Dameoin Lee and Justin Hutchinson each caught two passes for 22 yards.
Tiger quarterback Junius Chong completed 6-of-14 passes for 47 yards and rushed for 27 yards on 17 attempts. Joseph Bailey had 47 yards receiving on six receptions and 15 yards rushing on 10 attempts. Grant Bihm had two tackles for loss.
"We need some continuity on offense," Young said. "We need to find some guys that can run the ball. We have been kind of one dimensional but we have get better as a team.
"The defensive effort in the second half was a lot better. Field position really hurt us."
Christian Life scored on their first two possessions with Williams punching it in from 6 and 2 yards to go ahead 14-0 in the first quarter.
Williams threw touchdown passes to Lee on the first two possessions of the second quarter from 20 and 25 yards respectively to make it 28-0. Lee's 32-yard field goal put the Crusaders ahead 31-0 at the half.
Bihm sacked Austin Ash for a 5-yard loss on the opening possession of the second half and recovered a fumble on the next series.
Bailey sacked Ash from behind on the next possession and Malcolm Calloway had a tackle for loss. Lee's field goal reflected the final tally.
Jachai Scott returned the ensuing kickoff 40 yards and Bailey's 24-yard catch and run pushed the Tigers into the red zone but Chong threw incomplete on fourth down.
East Iberville travels to Catholic - Pointe Coupee on Friday night.