Chalmette lets it rain over Bonnabel with 33-10 district win

Oct 26th, 2010 | By | Category: Sports

James Banks rambled for a career-best 219 yards rushing and Donald Harris established his own rushing record with 112 yards, while Craig Sylvera threw for two touchdowns and 100 yards as Chalmette unleashed its season best offensive output and a dominating defense that gave up just a field goal in a 33-10 District 9-5A victory over Bonnabel last Friday night at Joe Yenni Stadium on the campus of East Jefferson High.
With its second district win in as many games and a 6-1 season record, Chalmette returns to Bobby Nuss Stadium Friday (7 p.m.) to play its third district encounter by hosting Grace King as the football team celebrates senior night.
Daniel Thompson was the Owls’ defensive demon against the Bruins as he led the team with 12 tackles, a fumble recovery, three sacks and one tackle for a loss. It was the junior linebacker’s finest game.
After each team traded possessions to open the game, coach Jason Tucker’s Owls drove 91 yards on 13 plays, taking nearly seven minutes off the clock for an early 7-0 lead on Johnquel Jones’ five yard burst up the middle. That drive was led by the blocking of lineman Johnny Ginart, Zack Starks and Sharif Khalaileh for a 7-0 after Chanse Riess kicked his first of three extra points, with 2:31 remaining in the opening period.
With Owl offensive linemen Jace Atkinson and Alex Crowson joining the front trio, Chalmette’s offense finished with 436 yards of total offense from 57 plays, including 336 yards on the ground – the best offensive production by the Owls in Tucker’s four years as head coach.
The Owls surprised Bonnabel and recovered an onsides kickoff. However, Banks’ fumble at the Bonnabel 34 was returned 66 yards to tie the game with only 85 seconds left in the first quarter.
Near the midway point of the second quarter, the Owls took a 14-7 lead when Cody Williams caught Craig Sylvera’s nine-yard strike to culminate a 69-yard drive in just five plays.
Despite giving up some offensive yards to the Bruins, the Owls dominated the first half, never allowing Bonnabel to sniff the end zone. Banks dominated with his power running, gaining 107 yards on 16 runs. Despite the fumble return TD, the Bruins had no offense.
Taking the second half kickoff, Bonnabel marched down the field, but Chalmette contained them inside the Owl 10 and forced a 26-yard field goal to cut Chalmette’s lead to 14-10.
Then, Banks changed the game completely. The senior running back broke through the line, quickly darted past the linebackers and outran the Bruin secondary for a 70-yard touchdown and approached the 200-yard mark.
Forcing a Bruin punt, Chalmette executed a perfect reverse on the punt return from Williams to Rome Major who returned the handoff 57 yards to the Bruin 18. Banks raced 17 yards to the one and then bulled his way into the end zone for his second score of the game as Chalmette took a 27-10 lead with 2:28 left in the third quarter.
Counter the power running of Banks, Harris sped off tackle and outside as he broke runs of 20, 13, 32 and 13 yards to finish his best game ever with 112 yards on just 12 runs.
Major intercepted a Bruin pass and returned it 48 yards to set up Chalmette’s last TD at the start of the fourth quarter. He had a strong game with the 57-yard punt return, three tackles and a blocked pass and recovered the Owls’ onsides kick.
Senior wide receiver Andre’  Dorsey out-leaped a Bruin defender to score his first career touchdown on a 37-yard aerial from Sylvera, who finished with six completions of 11 passes for the 100 yards with no interceptions and was not sacked.
In addition to Thompson leading the defense, four others added five tackles each – Mason Rucker, Perry Ezeb, David Smith and Chris Scallan. Jermaine Brisco, Williams and Sean Esponge had four tackles each.

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