Sam Houston’s pass happy offense was firing on all cylinders Thursday night at the SPOT Therapy/Billy Navarre Jamboree.
Senior quarterback Kyle Bartley completed 13 of 13 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Broncos to a 34-14 win over DeRidder.
“Any time you have a senior quarterback that knows the offense and can see the big picture we feel that is our advantage against teams this year,” Sam Houston head coach Chad Paulk said. “I am not saying we can’t run the football the football.
“I felt like we ran the football well early, but all in all I think Kyle Bartley really ran the offense well.”
Bartley completed his first pass to 6-4 sophomore Luke Yuhasz, who switched from quarterback to wide receiver this season, for 75-yards from his own five-yard line. Two plays later, Bartley hit Yuhasz for a 20-yard score.
Yuhasz finished with five receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns and senior Tavyen Grice caught three passes for 53 yards. Yuhasz also scored on a four-yard run with 4:48 left in the first half to give the Broncos a 20-0 lead. Running back Dylan Abshire carried the ball 11 times for 74 yards and a score.
“Yuhasz is such a big presence out there,” Paulk said. “He can match up with just about anybody in this league. Tavyen with the experience he has will continue to be a huge asset for our program.
Sam Houston’s defense put the first points on the board when linebacker Marrion Atkins hit DeRidder quarterback K.J. Gooden in the end zone and Gunner Thorton caught the ball mid-air for the score eight seconds into the game.
Jalyn Thurman led DeRidder with 103 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.