Sterlington 30, St. Frederick 0
MONROE — Four different players scored touchdowns and the defense allowed only 14 total yards as Sterlington mauled St. Frederick 30-0 Saturday afternoon in the first game of the Bayou Jamb at ULM.
Defensive end Tanner Coley set the tone for the Panthers on the second play from scrimmage, returning an interception 14 yards to the 10.
"When you get a defensive play like that, it gets everybody excited," Sterlington coach Lee Doty said. "That was a great play."
Sterlington's offense got off to a shaky start. Sort of.
Malik Davis' 10-yard touchdown run on the Panthers' first snap was wiped out by a holding penalty.
Not to be outdone, C.J. Colvin hit the left edge for a 20-yard TD run. Another holding call backed the Panthers up to the 30.
From there, Carson Clowers dumped off a screen pass to Austin Dupree for a 30-yard touchdown. This one counted. Landon Green's convert made it 7-0 Panthers just 68 seconds into the contest.
Sterlington was flagged six times for 45 yards in the 24-minute game.
"I was proud of our focus. We came out clear-eyed and ready to roll, but we still have some things to clean up," Doty said. "We're still a long way from being a good football team."
An incomplete pass and two running plays netted zero yards on the Warriors' initial possession.
Setting up at their own 34, the Panthers drove 66 yards on seven plays. On fourth-and-three from the 29, a scrambling Clowers found Brooks Rushworth, who came down with a leaping catch at the 5 and finished for the touchdown.
Down 14-0, the Warriors started from their own 5 after mishandling the kickoff.
David Vaughan and Dawson Snell combined to stop a first down running play for a loss of one. Two plays later, an interception by Cole Jones gave the Panthers a short field at the 28.
After a first down holding penalty led to a third-and-12, Clowers dropped back to pass, cut to his left and raced 30 yards to paydirt, pushing the difference to 20-0 with 3:04 to play in the half.
Green booted the ensuing kickoff for a touchback, forcing the Warriors to start from the 20. St. Fred then picked up its only two first downs on its next series as Tyler Harris carried three times for 21 yards, helping the Warriors move to their own 47.
Coley and Willie Holloway disrupted a first down running play for a loss of one, Justin Fuller batted down a second down pass at the line of scrimmage and Coley stopped a third down run for a gain of one as time expired.
Starting from the 20 to start the second half, the Panthers methodically advanced into St. Fred territory as four consecutive carries by Luke Denman netted 35 yards. Finding daylight to the left side, C.J. Colvin covered the final 45 yards to put the Panthers in command 27-0.
Green banked a 30-yard field goal off the left goal post to wrap up the scoring.
MVPs: Colvin, the Panthers' tailback generated 68 yards on six carries en route to being named Outstanding Player. Jett Polk was recognized as St. Fred's Outstanding Player.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Sterlington Principal Dell Ashley, the Panthers' former head coach, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award during halftime ceremonies. Ashley guided the Panthers to state runner-up finishes in 2002 and 2003.
NEXT: Sterlington opens regular season play at West Ouachita on Friday at 7 p.m.. ... The Panthers have a JV game at Wossman, Monday at 6 p.m.