Pirates shred St. Martinville's defense
The Kaplan Pirates used a slashing, ball-control running attack to overpower St. Martinville and hand the homecoming Tigers a 42-13 shellacking last Friday.
Led by Tyson Broussard (20 carries for 163 yards), the 4-1 Pirates used nine different ball carriers to amass 371 rushing yards against a porous SM defense. Running off 71 plays to St. Martinville’s 47, Kaplan added another 96 yards through the air for a total offensive output of 467 yards.
St. Martinville never seemed able to get its high-speed offense untracked, finishing with just 87 yards rushing and 150 through the air. The 129 total included a first quarter 76-yard Quentin Mitchell-to-Jamail Ledet bomb that accounted for one of The ’Ville’s two scores.
Malik Anthony got SM’s other touchdown on a 6-yard carry on the first play of the final period. Anthony led the Tiger offense with 65 yards on 15 carries.
But two second quarter fumbles by Anthony led directly to Kaplan scores that helped push the Pirates’ halftime lead to 22-7.
Kaplan pretty much sealed the victory on its opening possession of the third period, marching 68 yards in 10 plays to score on a 21-yard run by Grant Frick to stretch the margin to 29-7.
The Pirates went to the air late in the quarter for a 42-yard TD pass. Kaplan’s final score came late in the game when the Pirates’ second unit moved 64 yards on a 10-play drive that drained six minutes off the clock.
The non-district loss left St. Martinville with a 2-3 season record.
The Tigers jump back into 5-4A action this Friday at Cecilia.