Basile back in quarterfinals for first time since 1996

By By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

In the quarterfinals for the first time since 1996, the Basile Bearcats will have to overcome some bad recent history if they

are to match that season’s run to the semifinals.

The No. 13 Bearcats (11-1) will host seven-time state champion No. 5 Kentwood (10-1) Friday night. Last year the Kangaroos

beat the Bearcats 40-12 in the first round of the playoffs. They also beat Basile 39-10 in the regional round in 2004, the

last time Basile had won a playoff game before this season, and 42-13 bi-district round in 2005.

Basile beat Plain Dealing 25-14 on the

road last week, while Kentwood beat Country Day 34-17. The Kangaroos are

on an eight-game

winning streak in which they’ve outscored opponents 317-62. During

the past four games, the Kangaroos have beaten four playoff

teams by a combined score of 187-49. Kentwood has three shutouts

and held three other opponents to seven points or fewer.

The Kangaroos defense will be tested by Basile running back Kendrick Ceaser, who ran for 221 yards last week.

Basile head coach Tony Bertrand said his team will benefit from being familiar with Kentwood and seeing a similar type of

team last week.

“We know what to expect,” Bertrand

said. “They are a traditional power in the playoffs. It is going to help

that we just played

a team (Plain Dealing) that has more speed than us. We will have

to contain them and not allow the big plays. We did that

pretty well last week. Our defensive backs did a good job of

lining up correctly and batting some passes down. If we are able

to stop the run like we have all year, and they have to resort to

passing, I feel pretty comfortable.”

Bertrand said his secondary is in good form.

“(Cornerback) Mason Deshotel was

excellent last week,” Bertrand said. “Trenton Pelloquin had an

interception and Ceaser is

our other corner. The kids are so excited to be playing football

now, I don’t think playing Kentwood again is a motivation.

It is the same thought process we have had all year: take it one

game at a time. We have to keep the same focus, you can’t

have any slipups in the playoffs or your season will be over.”

The winner will play the Southern Lab-Ouachita Christian winner in the semifinal round.