- Feature Story
- Game Recap
- Eric Richey
- September 29, 2017 - 10:56pm
After pounding the ball on the ground for three long scoring series to take a 21-7 halftime lead, De La Salle quarterback Julien Gums mixed things up to open the third quarter when he fired a 38-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Marquez. It gave the Cavaliers a 28-7, and although Riverside showed fight in the second half, the long pass play proved to be the game-winner as De La Salle moved to 4-0 with a 42-21 victory over the Rebels Friday night in Reserve.
"That was huge, we ran so many plays and ran the clock, I think we were wearing ourself down," said De La Salle Coach Ryan Manale. "You're asking a teenage wide receiver (Marquez) to block, block, block, block, (he gets) one opportunity to make a big play and he stays focused, very proud of him."
For Gums it was part of a two touchdown run, one touchdown pass performance.
"He gets a lot of the credit for what they do and deservingly so but that offensive line is something to deal with," said Riverside coach Chris Lachney. "That's a big physical offensive line and they impose their will on you. They've done it to some of the very best teams in Louisiana this year and they're going to win a lot of game along the way."
Riverside got a 3-yard touchdown run by Jeremy Gibson late in the third quarter and a 17-yard Jordan Loving touchdown pass to Kash Foley in the fourth to pull to within 35-21 with 4:58 in the fourth quarter, but after the Cavaliers recovered the ensuing onside kick, Gums broke free down the near sideline for a 38-yard touchdown to seal the win.
For the Rebels, the defending Division III State Champions, a third straight loss to drop their record to 1-3.
"We just got beat up tonight," said Lachney. "De La Salle came out here and imposed their will on us and that's what we were afraid of. We've got some injuries up front but that's not an excuse for what happened tonight. Our football team didn't deserve to win this one, (De La Salle) did. Hats off to them, they've got a very good football team. We've got to grow from this, get better, and move on."
"We knew it was going to tough out here and I'm just so proud of my guys for just competing for 48 minutes," said Manale. "We were just talking, coach Lachney and I how beat up our teams are even after a bye. But we're both playing against serious competition and just hopefully that makes us better later in the year.
De La Salle also got three touchdown runs by Kendall Collins, Jr., two of those in the first half. In all the Cavaliers rushed for over 300 yards with both Collins and Gums rushing for over 100 yards.