Third quarter proves to be key period in Wildcats loss

Published 11:10 pm Friday, October 2, 2015

Varnado trailed 20-9, at halftime, but South Plaquemines put up 22 unanswered points in the third quarter and outscored the Wildcats 30-0 in the second half as Varnado suffered a 50-9 loss at home Friday.

The Wildcats got the ball coming out of halftime, trailing by two possessions.

Varnado went three-and-out and Wade Barthelemy scored on a 15-yard run. His pass to Corey Rojas was good for the two-point conversion to make it 28-9 with 8:16 left in the third quarter.

The Wildcats struggled against Barthelemy. He ran for 119 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 100 yards and a score.

“He’s a good ball player,” Varnado coach Scott Shaffett said. “Anytime you’ve got (to play against) a quarterback like that, a player like that, you’ve got to stop him and hope and pray that you do.

“We had him in the backfield at times and he made plays. We had him contained and he still made plays. He’s a player.”

The Hurricanes recovered an onsides kick at Varnado’s 46 and were back on the board when Barthelemy scored once more on a 15-yard run. The two-point conversion run came up short and it was a 34-9 lead for South Plaquemines at the 6:38 mark.

After Varnado was forced to punt, the Hurricanes scored on Kendrick Smith’s 13-yard run. Barthelemy found Rojas for two points, making it a 42-9 contest with 3:14 to go.

The game stayed that way until the fourth, as the Hurricanes added one touchdown with Demolle Terrance taking it 50 yards. He then ran in the two-point conversion, capping off the scoring at 50-9.

Varnado hung in throughout the first half.

The game was scoreless until late in the first quarter when Barthelemy scored his first touchdown on a 10-yard run. Smith ran in the two-point conversion to make it 8-0 with 2:16 to go.

The Wildcats scored their first points at the end of the opening period. Varnado punted and the South Plaquemines player picked it up at the 1 and returned it to the 8.

On the first play from scrimmage, the Hurricanes ran a speed sweep, but Dearius Parker and Damon Kirsch combined to tackle the runner just in the end zone for the safety. It was 8-2 after the first.

Varnado took over at the South Plaquemines 45, following the free kick. From there, D.J. Jefferson connected with Delrick Abrams for 40 yards on a perfect throw.

Then the Wildcats lost 7 yards on a running play, but Abrams found Nick Darden in the middle of the end zone for the touchdown. Nick Blackburn was good on the extra point, giving Varnado a 9-8 advantage with 11:07 to go in the first half.

South Plaquemines turned the ball over on downs at Varnado’s 6 and the Wildcats punted back to the Hurricanes.

With 5:51 left in the first half, Barthelemy found Eli Bourgeois for a 19-yard touchdown pass, making it 14-9 after the unsuccessful two-point try.

After a Varnado punt was downed at the Hurricanes’ 40, Barthelemy ran the option and pitched to Tyler Martin, as he was being tackled near the left sideline. Martin took off up the sideline and finished the rest of the 60-yard touchdown run for a 20-9 lead after an unsuccessful two-point conversion.

Varnado is 2-3. Friday’s game was the first of a four-game homestand for the Wildcats. Varnado is back in action Friday, Oct. 9, for its District 8-1A opener against Crescent City.