For the second week in a row, Kaplan jumped over a huge hurdle that the football program had not been able to clear in a very long time. Last week it was the first district win in over five years. This week it was the first victory of Erath in more than a decade.
“It’s kind of a check list,” said Kaplan head coach Brent Indest on how big it was getting a win over Erath. “There was a lot of things that we wanted to knock out this year. Now we have a shot next week playing for district runner’s up.”
Once again, the Kaplan offense came out on fire. Gretney Roy paid his usually visit to the end zone on a one yard run with 8:54 to go in the first quarter to put Kaplan ahead 6-0. That touchdown was followed by a touchdown run from Roy’s running mate in the backfield, Jordan Jules later in the first quarter.
Kaplan took a 14-0 lead into the second quarter and never looked back. Roy picked up his second touchdown of the game early in the second quarter. That score was followed by a Michael Landry touchdown rush and a Tyler Domingue touchdown. Those scores put Kaplan ahead 34-0 at the midway point.
However, the story of the game was not the Kaplan offense. The Kaplan defense held Erath scoreless in the first half, while holding Erath to negative seven total yards on offense. That number is staggering, compared to the numbers that the Kaplan defense has allowed up to this point in the season.
“I could not be more proud of our defense,” said Indest. “Number 10 (Chris Tyson) is a great athlete. We really had to key on him because they had him all over the field. Our defense probably had more three and outs tonight then we had all year long. That was huge.”
The Kaplan defense continued its dominant play in the third quarter, while the offense kept rolling. Jordan Jules got into the endzone for his second touchdown of the night on a nine yard run. Zach Dubois punched in the final Kaplan touchdown of the night on a 12 yard scamper.
Erath would score late in the fourth quarter, but the damage had already been done. Kaplan rolled to a 49-6 victory.
Jordan Jules led the Kaplan rushing attack with 132 yards on ten carries for two touchdowns. Roy had 85 yards on 15 carries and also scored two touchdowns. Tyler Domingue chipped in 53 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
With the win Kaplan will move on to play its final regular season game against North Vermilion. The winner of that game will decide the second place team in district 6-3A.
“Now we have a shot to play for the district runners-up against a well coached North Vermilion team,” said Indest. “I think it is going to be a great night in Vermilion Parish for football next week with us hooking up with North Vermilion with so much on the line.”