When the game was over, Tyson was held to under 46 yards rushing. Erath only had three big plays the entire game and, oh, yeah, the Patriots’ defense did the rest.
North Vermilion improved to 2-0 in District 6-3A with an impressive 14-7 victory over Erath. The Patriots (4-3 overall) will entertain Cecilia at home on Friday.
Defensively, North Vermilion held Erath in check the entire night.
On paper, it looked like the Bobcats had success in the air with 175 yards passing. But four passes went for 145 yards. On the ground, the Bobcats only had 50 yards rushing - only 32 in the second half.
“Coming in, we wanted to contain No. 10 (Tyson), said NV safety Kelvin Matthews, “watch out for the trick plays and do not give up the big plays.
“I think they only had a couple of big plays at the end of the game.”
Strong safety Taylor Price stopped one of the “big” plays when he intercepted a pass in the end zone just before halftime. North Vermilion head coach Stephen Lotief, who coached for three quarters on top of the press box for the second game in a row, liked what he saw on defense.
“The defense played well,” Lotief said. We missed some assignments in the fourth quarter, but other than that, they did well.”
It was the Patriots’ defense that put the boys from North Vermilion on top to stay.
In the first quarter, Erath fumbled the ball on its own nine-yard-line. NV’s Anthony Williams picked up the football at the 4 and ran it in for a score.
The score remained 7-0 until North Vermilion’s opening drive of the second half. The Patriots went 55 yards in 12 plays and capped it off with a touchdown when NV quarterback Jared Broussard connected with Brock Broussard on an 16-yard TD. It would be Jared Broussard’s only completion of the night. He was 1 for 3 for 16 yards and a touchdown.
Jonathan Simon nailed his second extra point that gave NV a 14-0 lead.
Erath tried to make a game out of it by scoring with 2:42 to play in the fourth period. Tyson hit Joshua Pillette on an 32-yard pass play for a score.
The Bobcats had one last chance to tie the game when they got the ball back 35 yards from the end zone with 33 seconds to play. However, NV’s defense answered the challenge.
For the second week in a row, North Vermilion had three players rush for more than 50 yards.
Lawrence LeBlanc led with 84 yards on 15 totes. Jabian Kern had 21 carries for 61 yards and Jeremy Ryder added 51 yards on 12 totes.
“It feels good to be 2-0,” Ryder said. “We wanted to move the ball up and down on them and run the clock.”
Once again, a game-plan that worked to perfection.