Written by Kyle Valdez
Karr versus Catholic: 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter, and the Memorial Stadium scoreboard read 20-0. Against all odds, Karr found themselves ahead early despite just three days of rest for Louisiana's biggest non-district matchup of the season. After breezing past Easton in Week 1, the Cougars faced much more adversity this go-around.
The opening drive of the game lasted just 66 seconds. A.J Samuel-to-Anderson 21-yard touchdown reception gave the Cougars momentum early. To begin the second quarter, A.J Samuel found Destyn Hill to take a 20-0 lead.
Karr gave the first punch, but three Catholic touchdowns in three minutes made things interesting. The Edna Karr Cougars eventually denied Catholic’s comeback attempt to take a 34-31 victory.
Back-to-back giveaways led way for a timely Catholic third-quarter surge. Down 27-17, Josh Robinson picked off a pass to set up a 24-yard Shelton Sampson touchdown. Seconds later, defensive back Jackson Demouy intercepted another Karr pass; the Bears took their first lead with 12 seconds left in the third quarter.
Despite two interceptions, AJ Samuel came through for the second straight week. Throwing 17-30 for 329 yards, the sophomore found the end zone three times throwing & one running.
"The two turnovers, he bounced back after knowing that we were going to keep the ball in his hands. When you use the spread offense, you're going to make mistakes," said head coach Brice Brown. "He's a sophomore quarterback; he's going to make mistakes. But I'm really proud of him tonight, that's a signature win for him."
Running back Kevin Marigny scored the final points of the game with 9:31 left in the fourth quarter. The Marigny score capped off 80 yards in 10 plays. The Karr defense shutout the Bears for the remainder of the night
Catholic's offense was neutralized for most of the night. Quarterback Landon O'Connor threw for 122 yards on 12-25 passing. Karr's defense turned it up a notch when it had to especially late in the fourth quarter. Destin Refuge made one of the plays of the game by intercepting a pass in the back of the endzone to halt a Catholic drive.
Destyn Hill led the Cougar offense with two touchdowns and 182 receiving yards on seven catches. Marigny rushed for 141 yards on 24 carries. Aaron Anderson added 65 yards and a touchdown.
The Cougars will have another tall task this weekend vs John Curtis on Saturday night at Nicholls St. Catholic will face off against St. Thomas More.
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