The physicality of E.D. White Catholic on both sides of the line of scrimmage overmatched H.L. Bourgeois on Friday night at Thomas B. Smith Memorial Stadium in Houma.

The Cardinals got big plays on offense and special teams, while the defense forced three turnovers in a 28-7 nondistrict victory over the Braves.

Branton Vicknair spearheaded the Cardinals with two touchdowns and 182 total yards rushing and returning kicks. Hunter Becnel added 128 rushing yards on 20 carries.

"I’m glad we reacted the way we needed to react. We weren’t this physical last week," E.D. White coach Kyle Lasseigne said. "I think it’s the start of something good for us."

"We have to figure out how to play four quarters," Braves head coach Ryan Fournier said. "This is two weeks in a row that we spotted the opponent 21 points in the first quarter. We've got to figure out how to start playing faster and not save it for the second half."

Each team exchanged turnovers on its initial possessions. H.L. Bourgeois linebacker Sebastian Verrett recovered a fumble on the opening drive, and two plays later Cardinals defensive back Arron Arcement recovered a H.L. Bourgeois fumble.

Then the E.D. White (2-0 overall) offense scored touchdowns on their next three drives. Vicknair dashed 34 yards around left end for a score, and quarterback Dominic Archila (3-for-3, 43 yards, TD) hit Grant Blouin on a go-route for a 28-yard score for a 14-0 first quarter lead.

"I was happy we were able to throw the ball when we needed to, but I was really with the way we ran the football," Lasseigne said. "Our backs ran hard, and we blocked well."

Early in the second quarter, Patrick Schonacher plowed a yard for touchdown. On the ensuing Braves' punt, Vicknair avoided several tacklers up the middle and darted 60 yards down the sidelines for a touchdown. Landon Brignac made all four PATs for a 28-0 Cardinals advantage.

"Branton is that electric guy for us. He can break a long touchdown and not make us have to drive all the way down the field," Lasseigne said. "He’s a tough, shifty runner. I like him in the open field."

After three straight three-and-outs, the H.L. Bourgeois (0-2 overall) offense got humming behind quarterback Jordan Rainey and running back Tyrese Starks. They moved the ball to the 14-yard line in six plays before disaster struck.

Rainey was sacked for a six-yard loss, H.L. Bourgeois had a false start penalty and Rainey was intercepted in the end zone by Aaron Sanity, who returned the ball to the 21.

"We have a couple of injuries up front. We’re playing a bunch of puppies on the O-line, and they took some growing pains," Fournier said. "We’re not helping ourselves with drops. It’s lack of execution."

On the ensuing punt, H.L. Bourgeois’ Damon Watkins had his 55-yard return touchdown called back by a clipping penalty, keeping the score 28-0 at halftime

"The most disappointing was the punt return. We were there and just missed tackles," Fournier said. "E.D. White had a great game plan. They attacked us in some of our weak spots."

"For the second week in a row, the defense played lights out," Lasseigne said. "They ran to the football really well. We knew H.L. had some speed. They run an offense that’s tough to defend. I’m proud we didn’t have any busted assignments on defense."

There wasn’t action in the second half. Brignac missed a 41-yard field midway through the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, H.L. Bourgeois had a 10-play drive ended when Elyjah Adams (11 carries, 81 yards) fumbled, and Zachary St. Pe’ recovered the ball.

The Braves' final drive went 71 yards in 12 plays, capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by William Babin (16 carries, 58 yards). Rodney Bouvier made the PAT with 1:43 remaining.

Next week, H.L. Bourgeois hosts crosstown rival Ellender for homecoming, while E.D. White has its home opener against Assumption.

"We’re going to get the kids in the film room on Monday and make some key corrections," Fournier said. "Offensively, we’re a play here and a play there from staying on the field and sustaining good drives. Defensively, we have to clean up tacking issues."

"Assumption’s a good, well-coached football team," Lasseigne said. "It’s going to be exciting for us to be home and have that home atmosphere. It’s going to be a really good football game."