Written by Kyle Valdez
The #10 Westgate Tigers traveled to Napoleanville to face the #7 Assumption Mustangs. Westgate looked polished and sharp all night, resulting in a 27-6 win. After taking an early 13-6 lead in the first quarter, the Tigers never looked back and put the game away in the third quarter. Star receiver and LSU commit Kayshon Boutte (Ranked the #1 recruit in Louisiana per ESPN) was presented with his Under Armor All-American jersey in the morning. Boutte finished off the day by catching seven passes for 224 yards and two TD receptions.
Boutte’s teammate and quarterback Brennan Landry also had a huge night, throwing 16-26 for 319 yards and 2 TDs. For the Mustangs, junior receiver Jaden Tyler caught five passes for 73 yards. Assumption QB Sage Rivere threw for 161 yards, but struggled at times, throwing 11-36. RB Tyran Cassie rushed for 75 yards.
After forcing Assumption into a three-and-out to begin the game, Westgate’s offense got going on their third offensive play. Despite solid double coverage, Landry connected with Boutte for a 59-yard reception to take a 7-0 lead with 8:40 left in the first quarter. Assumption responded with a strong drive that resulted in a Tyran Cassie 1-yard TD run.
Westgate offense moved the ball down at their own will. Landry ran the ball 7 yards to score a TD. The Tigers completed the 80-yard, 2:20 drive to take a 13-6 lead with 1:29 left in the first quarter. Before the conclusion of the first quarter, the Mustangs threatened to score. With the ball inside the Tiger 10-yard line, Rivere’s pass was intercepted by Westgate CB Damarion Davis on the 1-yard line. Westgate lengthened their lead to 20-6 later in the second quarter after an Amaaz Eugene 10-yard TD reception.
Before the close of the half, Assumption threatened to put the ball in the endzone again after Rivere connected with Ra’Shaun Jarvis for a 40-yard completion. With the Mustang offense inside Westgate’s 30-yard line, Tyran Cassie fumbled on a run up the middle. In the second half, both offenses lacked execution with just one score for the 24-minute interval. Assumption failed on multiple fourth downs, and Rivere threw an interception via Westgate freshman Derrick Williams. The lone score was a 17-yard TD pass from Landry to Boutte in the back of the endzone. The TD brought the lead to 27-6 with 3:55 left in the third.
QB Brennon Landry discussed the big win, “We knew it was going to be a big game. We knew their D-line has some of the best players. Their secondary was lacking. If you’re not going to double the number one player in the state, we’re going to take the shots... One on one, we have the best receiving core in the state. If you double one of them, we have another [receiver].”
Westgate looks forward to their quarterfinal matchup against #2 Neville. This will be Neville’s 11th straight trip to the quarterfinals. Neville, who has a 9-2 record, seems to be the more battle-tested team; however, I don’t want to make the mistake of underrating Westgate for the second week in a row. Westgate is peaking at the perfect time: their offense looked rejuvenated, and their defense shut out Assumption for the final 39 minutes of the contest. Putting 450 yards of offense on Assumption is no easy task. Along with the offensive execution, they didn’t commit any turnovers and played a complete game.
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