NV puts one in the win column
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North Vermilion’s Nick Cooper (11) catches a 7-yard pass for a touchdown against St. John.
North Vermilion’s Nick Cooper (11) catches a 7-yard pass for a touchdown against St. John.
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LEROY - Totaling nearly 350 yards against St. John, the North Vermilion Patriots snapped a three-game losing skid with a 47-23 win that put smiles on everyone’s faces.

Head coach Tommy Byler said a return to the basics really helped pull the team together for the win.

“We went back to square one,” Byler explained. “We changed the way we warmed up, we changed the way we lined up, we changed the way we approached everything. It was something we felt we needed to do at this time.”

The Patriot defense held the St. John squad to three and out in their first drive. The punt got them to St. John’s 40 yard line.

The opening salvo began with a pass from quarterback Ty Desormeaux to Seth Patin for 33 yards. Three plays later, Taylor Abshire would get the first score of the game off a 4-yard touchdown run, with Broussard picking up the extra point.

However, St. John was not without skill of their own, with their running back driving the ball down the field on four occasions in the next drive, totaling 67 yards in one drive. They would score soon after.

Three series later, Trey Broussard would put seven more points on the board with a 22 yard run through the St. John defense for a touchdown and posting the extra point afterward.

Another St. John three-and-out drive put the ball back into the Patriots’ hands, and Bryon Turner would get his first catch of the season with a 22 yard pass from Desormeaux. The catch put the Patriots in scoring position as Desormeaux then landed a pass in Nick Cooper’s hand for their third touchdown of the night.

The next St. John drive, despite back-to-back-to-back false starts, was a long one that put another touchdown on the board, narrowing the gap to 21-14.

A pair of catches by Dade Dieterich for a total of 25 yards got the Patriots to the 30 yard line with seconds to go in the half. With a total of 47 yards between him and the goalposts, Trey Broussard hit the 3-point kick.

The Patriots would continue to dominate in the second half, despite a few miscues, and a long interception return by Hagan Riche for a touchdown helped solidify the lead for the Patriots.

“I don’t like some of the long drives we gave up,” Byler said. “But, we threw the ball well. Our offense needed that confidence boost.

“Now, it’s all about us keeping this and continuing to work hard,” he added. “We executed well, took advantage of a few things they gave us. Defensively, we just need to get a little more consistent.”

However, the Patriots putting a one in the win column was big for morale, and you could feel the excitement on the field after the game. And, it’s a morale boost the team needs as they take on Church Point on the road next week.

“The biggest thing for us there will be playing the Wing-T,” Byler said. “It’s given us problems, and we’ve got to get better.”
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