Make it three-for-three for De La Salle.
After beating both Riverside and St. James earlier in the season, the Cavaliers ranked No.1 in 3A shutout No. 6 St. Charles 28-0 Friday night in Laplace. The combined scores in the three games was 133-28 as De La Salle soundly defeated the three River Parish teams who at the time had a combined record of 14-4.
“We get excited on Friday nights when we come play River Parish Football teams just because the tailgating, the crowds, the atmosphere is great, and our kids kind of feed of it,” said De La Salle coach Ryan Manale. “We're playing some good ball clubs, well coached teams and I'm proud of my guys.”
De La Salle quarterback Julien Gums set the tone on the first play from scrimmage when he rank 59 yards for the first of his three rushing touchdowns to go along with 166 rushing yards for the game.
“I was surprised that I scored. It was amazing that that happened on the first play. I saw the hole and I just hit it and scored the touchdown” said Gums. “It's big. We've been doubted so many times on social media that we were going to lose but we just came out here and kept fighting hard to win these big games I'm just proud of my team.”
Kendall Collins added a 1-yard touchdown run early in the second to extend the Cavaliers lead to 14-0 and it looked like St. Charles would answer.
Trey Joseph took the ensuing kick from his own 5-yard line exploded through a hole in the wedge and cut back to the near sidelines racing 85 yards taking the ball to the De La Salle 10-yard line. But St. Charles who had earlier missed a short field goal, fumbled on the next play which was recovered by De La Salle defensive end Accord Green.
After a St. Charles interception, Gums added his second touchdown of the game in the closing seconds of the half on a 1-yard run giving the Cavaliers a 21-0 lead at the break.
The only scoring in the second half came on a 26-yard touchdown run by Gums closing the scoring at 28-0.
Lloyd Nash saw his first action since breaking his collar bone in the season opener. He played sparingly on offense, defense, and special teams.
The shutout was the second in four games by De La Salle (8-0, 4-0) under first-year defensive coordinator Eddie Jaquillard who spent the past 24 seasons at Rummel.
“Coach Jaquillard is the best. He's the wizard. I'm sure glad to have him back again and he's got a heck of a staff,” said Manale.
“It's been great. The kids are buying into what we're trying to do,” said Jaquillard. “Each week we're getting a little better at what we're doing. (St. Charles) is a good football team, they run the football and we did a pretty good job. They stung us early but we hung in there.”
The loss is only the second of the year for St. Charles who is 7-2 overall and 3-1 in District 10-3A.