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Basile eases past Mamou; picks up initial win of year

By: JUSTIN
JOHNSON
Staff Reporter

MAMOU – Basile and Mamou went to war Friday night with both teams looking for their first win of the season. The two teams exchanged blows the entire contest, with Basile delivering the final punch in a 16-14 win.
Making anything happen on the offensive side of the ball was a struggle for both clubs in the early stages of the game.
Neither team could come away with any type of momentum, as they exchanged possessions the first three times each touched the ball.
It would take until 5:27 left to go in the second quarter before either squad was able to put points on the board.
After forcing a Basile punt, the Demons took over at their 43-yard line. Quarterback Daylon Ardoin called his number on the first two plays of the series and picked up 24 total yards. A four yard run by Jaylen Griffith put the ball at the Bearcat nine yard line.
The very next play, Ardoin hit wide out Thomas Atkins in the corner of the end zone for the touchdown. The two-point run failed, however Mamou held the early 6-0 lead.
Basile answered back on their next drive. Starting on their 48-yard line, running back Isaiah Ceasar took over, carrying the ball four out of the next six plays. Ceasar was able to find pay dirt on the sixth play of the drive, as he sprinted 31 yards for the score. Jacob Guillory added the extra point and with 2:40 left in the half Basile led 7-6.
On the kickoff return, Mamou’s Atkins found daylight on the left sideline and sprinted 90 yards for another Demons score. But, the celebration would be short lived, as Mamou was flagged for a block in the back. The Demons were not able to create any offense and were forced to punt the ball back to Basile.
The Bearcats took over at mid-field with 59 seconds remaining until halftime trying to put more points up on the board. After a 24 yard pass play from Dawson Ashford to tight end Darren Chaumont, the Bearcats attempted to put the ball in the end zone. However, Mamou defensive back Landon Deshotels picked off the Ashford pass, thus ending the first half.
Mamou took possession of the ball at their 20-yard line to begin the second half. On the very first play, the center’s snap sailed over Ardoin’s head. As the ball tumbled into the end zone, a quick thinking Ardoin kicked the ball over the end line resulting in a safety for the Bearcats and a 9-6 lead.
Basile regained the ball at mid-field after the free kick from Mamou. A six yard run by Ceasar followed a 21 yard pass play from Ashford to Andre Reed, putting the ball at the Demon 17-yard line. On the next play, Ashford connected with Reed and the Bearcat running back strolled into the end zone for a Basile touchdown. Guillory’s extra point was true and with 7:53 remaining in the third quarter Basile had opened up a 16-6 lead.
Undeterred, Mamou quickly answered the Bearcats. Taking over on their 34-yard line, the Demons needed only two plays to pull back within four points of Basile. Or, so they thought.
After a 37 yard run from Atkins, Ardoin hit Nakrien Jack on a 28 yard touchdown pass. However, in a controversial moment, the officials ruled that the Demons had an ineligible player down field, negating the score.
Not letting the call get to them, Mamou pushed the ball back down to the Bearcat three-yard line, where Ardoin punched it in over the middle of the Basile defense. Atkins then cut the Bearcat lead to 16-14, as he took the handoff over the right side for the two-point conversion with 5:47 to go in the third quarter.
After that point in the game, the defenses took control of the contest. Both teams were unable to punch the ball past mid-field, as the Bearcats held on for the close win.
Caeser would end the night with 20 carries and 116 yards on the ground with one touchdown. Mamou’s Ardoin would end the night with 15 carries and 100 yards and one touchdown. Ardoin also completed 8 of 12 pass attempts for 82 yards and one touchdown.
Basile (1-1) will travel to Sacred Heart on Friday, while Mamou (0-2) is on the road at St. Ed’s.

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