Unfortunately, he didn’t see much.
Penalties, dropped passes and missed opportunities plagued the Gents for the second straight week and it resulted in 34-20 loss to the Charging Indians
“We were hoping for consistency and we just didn’t have it tonight,” said Fontenot, whose squad fell to 1-2 on the season heading into next Friday’s road game at Peabody. “We shoot ourselves in the foot and it’s obvious as it gets.”
The Gents came out of the gates firing and marched down the field in 11 plays to start off in a positive way. Chris Lewis capped the drive with a 13-yard touchdown scamper and Mackay Mouton’s PAT gave the Gents a 7-0 lead with just under nine minutes to go in the opening quarter.
The Gents’ defense also started on a positive note and forced the Indians into back-to-back three-and-out series.
But after the opening drive, the Gents weren’t able capitalize on their defense’s production.
The Gents’ took their second possession with 7:20 left in the first quarter and marched down to the Indians’ 26 yard line on big runs from Danny Malbrough and Chris Lewis as well as a 12-yard pass from Andre Mills to Chanz Moore. But a holding penalty and sack forced the Gents to turn the ball over on downs at the 27.
From there, Crowley’s offense was stagnant.
The Gents went three-and-out on their next two series and then turned the ball over on downs again, this time at the Indians’ 30.
“We had a dropped pass for a first down conversion during one of the first few series and a penalty on another and it just snowballed,” said Fontenot. “And ,then, every drive seemed to be the same thing. You’d get it going and then a penalty or a dropped pass killed it.”
Meanwhile, the Indians heated up after a slow start and got a pair of touchdowns from Desmond Delahoussaye. The junior rushed in from 27 yards out and then had a 5-yard touchdown reception to give Washington Marion a 14-7 advantage at the break.
“You move the ball up and down the field and you have great series and some great drives and then you have some dropped passes and we don’t protect,” said Fontenot. “You don’t convert on an easy play, you miss a block...everybody took a turn tonight doing something that we weren’t supposed to do.”
The Gents also suffered a devastating blow near the end of the half when Mills, a two-year starter at quarterback, injured his shoulder and was sidelined for the remainder of the game.
Grant Trahan took over for Mills in the second half and after a 7-yard touchdown run by Melvin Jones, he drove the Gents down the field to the Indians’ 15.
But once again, the Gents couldn’t capitalize as their drive stalled out on the 9 when Trahan was stopped on fourth and inches.
Washington Marion took advantage of Crowley’s missed opportunity almost immediately.
On second down at their own 9 yard line, quarterback Marius Rideaux hit Delahoussaye on a 91-yard scoring strike to give the Indians a 27-7 advantage early in the fourth quarter.
Trailing by three scores, the Gents went to the air and Trahan hit Moore for a big gainer into Washington Marion territory and then found him again for a 31-yard touchdown reception.
With the clock winding down, the Gents also squandered two more opportunities.
Crowley’s Christian Davis recovered a fumble near midfield with 9:17 remaining in the game, but the Gents gained just two yards on four plays and turned the ball over on downs.
Then, with 7:25 left, Crowley’s C.J. Douresseaux recovered another fumble at their own 21-yard line and the Gents drove down to the WHS 35 before turning the ball over on downs yet again.
Jones added a 65-yard touchdown run with 1:57 left to give Washington Marion a 34-14 lead.
Lewis responded with a 63-yard touchdown run less than a minute later to cap the scoring for the Gents.
“I asked the kids to come out fighting in the second half and they did,” said Fontenot. “We just have to keep coming. We have to keep plugging away. We’re still learning how to win and finish games.”
Mills finished the night with 11 carries for 44 yards and completed eight of his 16 pass attempts for 83 yards before leaving the game with the shoulder injury.
Trahan added 14 yards on eight carries and completed 12 of his 19 pass attempts for 158 yards and a touchdown.
“It’s tough when you lose your starting quarterback, especially someone like Andre,” said Fontenot. “But Grant came in and played outstanding. He takes backup reps all week and you come in there and do that with some poise and you throw a touchdown pass and run it. I’m just so proud of him and proud of all they guys for rallying around him.”
Moore was both Mills’ and Trahans’ main target. The senior wideout hauled in six passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. Danny Malbrough caught four passes for 63 yards, Jerry Dregin had two receptions for 24 yards and Treyvard Moore had two for 18. Damon Malbrough had two catches for 17 yards, Lewis added two for 11 and Terrell Thomas had one catch for 10 yards.
Lewis was the Gents leading rusher on the night. The sophomore picked up 115 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. Danny Malbrough added 62 yards on 16 carries.
Defensively, the Gents forced and recovered four fumbles on the night and held Washington Marion to just 141 yards and five first downs in the first half.
The second half was a different story.
Washington Marion racked up 286 total yards, had eight first downs and scored three times in the final 24 minutes.
“I thought our defense played really well, especially early in the game” said Fontenot. “We just can’t keep putting them back on the field. When a defense sees an offense struggling, it doesn’t do anything for their moral.
“But the main thing is, we keep shooting ourselves in the foot and that’s a problem. Until we get that fixed, we can’t expect anything new to happen.”