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Two Heavyweights Get Defensive: Catholic vs. St. Thomas More

It was the Class 4A St. Thomas More Cougars vs. the 5A Catholic Bears in this week’s GameTime Louisiana Week 3 matchup.

The scoring began before fans realized what was happening, but soon both teams clamped down on defense to make this a game where the tension was palpable.

By the end of the first quarter, a total of 40 points had been scored and the Cougars were up 26-14.

The Bears brought the scoring to a halt for St. Thomas More in the second, and managed to score a field goal to cut the Cougar lead a bit before the half.

The Howard-Bech Connection

Cougar QB Walker Howard might be the son of former LSU QB Jamie Howard, but he plays like a guy determined to forge his own legacy. He’s one of the nation’s top quarterback prospects in the Class of 2022 and is already committed to his Dad’s alma mater.

Howard’s chemistry with Bech, who’s headed to Vanderbilt in the fall, is undeniable. The first-half stats were mind-bending.

Player of the Game: Jack Bech

Bech ended the night with 10 receptions for 224 yards and two touchdowns. He was undeniably the player of the game for the Cougars, making plays on both sides of the ball.

A Great Game Among Great Friends

The Bears brought a range of playmakers to the field in this narrow loss, including Emery Jones, Landon O’Connor, George Hart III, Shelton Sampson and Michael Cerniauskas.

St. Thomas More pulled ahead in the end to beat the Catholic Bears 39-38 in a thriller for the ages.

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