Quarterback Darrius Gilliam (7) is hoping to lead the Patriots to its first Class 4A district title tonight.
North Vermilion Patriots playing for school’s first Class 4A district title
The North Vermilion Patriots have only been in Class 4A for this season and already they are making lots of noise.
In their first season in Class 4A, the Patriots are right where they want to be with only two games remaining. They have a 5-3 record and have a chance to finish with a winning record if they can get a win over Eunice on Friday or St. Thomas More in the final week.
The Patriots will also be playing something a little bigger than a winning record. This group of guys have a chance to make school history by getting a win tonight and winning at least a piece of their first-ever Class 4A district title.
The Patriots are 2-1 in district and tonight, against Eunice, is their final district game.
The Eunice Bobcats sport a 6-2 overall record and are 1-1 in district.
NV head coach Brett Blakey is not playing up the district title too much.
“If we get caught up in the district championship, then we won’t be successful. We just have to focus on handling ourselves and executing.”
Eunice comes into the game on a two-game winning streak. The Bobcats beat Washington Marian (49-28) and then last week they beat Tioga (32-27) in a non district game. Their district loss was to Rayne (20-16),
“Eunice is a good team and have good atheltes,” said Blakey.
Eunice comes into the game as a team who likes to run. They have rushed for 300 yards in each of its last two games.
Jeoul Hill led Eunice that game with four touchdowns and he rushed for 85 yards.
Eunice head coach Paul Trosclair is hoping his team continues to play well against NV.
“I’m hoping we continue to play at that high level,” Trosclair said. “They have a good quarterback. “He will present us with some problems as they run an offense that is difficult to defend.
“They will present a challenge as a five-win football team.”
Trosclair is referring to NV quarrerback Darrius Gilliam. Last week he rushed for 200 yards in the win over Washington Marion. Most of those yards came in the second half.
On the year, Gilliam has rushed for 738 yards on 138 carries. He has scored seven TDs. He is also not at bad throwing the football.
He has completed 54 out of 85 passes for 608 yards.
Gilliam’s legs and arms will be counted again tonight.
For the second game in a row, the Patriots will be without running back Kendrick Baudoin.
Stepping up and filling Baudoin’s shoes is Benny Freeman. He rushed for 136 yards and scored three touchdowns last Friday. Freeman will start in place of Baudoin.
On the year, Freeman has rushed for 323 yards on 66 carries. He is also deadly at backfield catching the football. He has 16 receptions for 144 yards and one score.
Eunice, counting tonight, still has two district games to play. Trosclair said his club can also win the district title.
“If Washington Marion can beat Rayne in the last game and we win out, we could be district champs,” Trosclair said.
The Patriots have district title dreams of their own and a win tonight would spoil Eunice’s and make their’s come true.