It was a tough night for Southwest Louisiana.
Out of the seven area football teams in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs, only two survived.
In Class 3A, Jennings rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Patterson 27-14. The fifth-seeded Bulldogs (10-3) will play at No. 1 Livonia (13-0) in the semifinals next week. In Class 2A, Kinder beat St. James 21-13. The third-seeded Yellow Jackets (12-1) will host No. 2 Winnfield (12-2) in the semifinals next week.
Barbe, DeRidder, Welsh, Vinton and Basile all saw their seasons end. Check below for highlights from each game, photographs and statewide results and pairings. For the complete stories, pick up a copy of Saturday's American Press.
It was the end of an era at Bucs Stadium, a four year period that won’t soon be forgotten in Southwest Louisiana.
The Barbe Bucs battled to the bitter end, but their run back to the Class 5A state championship was halted by district rival Acadiana in the state quarterfinals.
With 9:09 remaining in the ball game the Bucs (10-3) narrowed the gap to to within a score thanks to the final touchdown pass quarterback Kennon Fontenot and wide receiver Trey Quinn will ever connect on.
After an exchange of possession the Bucs seemed to have the Wrecking Rams (12-1) stopped on their own 47-yard line and were about to punt with 5 minutes remaining. However, as the punt was being lined up the Bucs were flagged for an illegal substitution which gave Acadiana a first down and eventually a 27-yard field goal to take a two-score lead with 2:33.
“I couldn’t be any more proud of the way these guys played tonight,” said Barbe head coach Mike Cutrera. “With this group, no matter what happened they were never out of any game. They always believed that there was a chance to win and they were going to do everything they could to find a way to make that happen. Unfortunately tonight we just came up short.”
Highlights coming soon.
PATTERSON — Jennings erased a 14-point halftime deficit to advance to the Class 3A semifinals with a win against Patterson.
The Bulldogs (10-3) forced seven turnovers in the game to climb back in the second half after having difficulty moving the ball and stopping the balanced Patterson (10-4) attack in the first half.
Jennings wide receiver/defensive back Malik Jones grabbed two interceptions and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to seal the deal for the Bulldogs.
LOREAUVILLE — For Welsh, it felt like the cartoon snowball that turns into an avalanche once it gets rolling. And not just because the temperature was low.
A late first-half turnover was all Loreauville needed to create some breathing room, and from there it was all Tigers as the hosts rolled to a win in the Class 2A quarterfinals.
“We made too many mistakes,” said Welsh coach John Richardson. “They’re a good team, but we helped them out. Missed tackles. Too many turnovers. It should have been a close game, though I guess I’m an optimist.”
The Tigers recovered a fumble on the kickoff return following their score to tie the game at 14, then took their first lead of the game on a 6-yard run by quarterback Raymond Bonnette with 38 seconds left before halftime.
Loreauville got the ball to start the second half, and again it was Bonnette with a 15-yard run to put the Tigers up 28-14.
Highlights coming soon.
KINDER — Khalil LeBlanc’s interception with 17 seconds remaining helped turn back a Wildcats comeback bid and lead Kinder into the semifinals.
St. James cut Kinder's lead at 21-13 after Lowell Narcisse scored on a 14-yard run with 29 seconds remaining. St. James recovered the onside kick but LeBlanc's big play ended the comeback.
“I’m proud of guys and proud of how we played tonight and I’m happy for these seniors they deserve it,” said Kinder Coach Bret Fuselier. “I came in here in February as we only have eight seniors and they bought into our system. They worked hard and they have earned the right to be here.”
BASILE — Basile head coach Tony Bertrand knew what his team was up against in the No. 5-seeded Kentwood Kangaroos. So, he did all he could to keep the ball out of their hands.
It worked, to an extent. Basile controlled the clock and the ball but couldn’t prevent the big plays and Kentwood sprinted to a 32-15 win in the Class 1A quarterfinals.
Kentwood (10-2) quarterback Shyheim Carter keyed the big plays and accounted for all five Kangaroo touchdowns. Carter ran for 134 yards and two long touchdowns – 47 and 76 yards -- and passed for 164 yards and three touchdowns.
Acadiana 27, Barbe 17
Covington 20, Central 14
Destrehan 23, Dutchtown 7
Parkway 49, Zachary 34
No. 4 Destrehan at No. 1 Acadiana
No. 14 Covington at No. 2 Parkway
East Jefferson 35, Easton 26
Karr 26, Franklinton 0
Landry/Walker 20, Plaquemine 7
Neville 41, DeRidder 0
No. 1 Neville at No. 4 East Jefferson
No. 3 Landry-Walker at No. 2 Edna Karr
Amite 28, North Webster 19
Jennings 27, Patterson 14
Livonia 27, Church Point 26
Union Parish 14, Kaplan 0
No. 5 Jennings at No. 1 Livonia
No. 10 Amite at No. 3 Union Parrish
Kinder 21, St. James 13
Loreauville 70, Welsh 21
Many 34, Oak Grove 20
Winnfield 13, Vinton 0
No. 1 Many at No. 5 Loreauville
No. 2 Winnfield at No. 3 Kinder
Haynesville 60, Montgomery 14
Kentwood 32, Basile 15
Mangham 56, White Castle 26
West St. John 35, Block 28
No. 1 Haynesville at No. 5 Kentwood
No. 3 West St. John at No. 2 Mangham
C.E. Byrd 14, Holy Cross 10
No. 2 C.E. Byrd vs. No. 1 St. Augustine-No. 5 Archbishop Rummel winner
John Curtis 40, Evangel 6
No. 1 John Curtis vs. No. 2 University Lab-No. 6 Parkview Baptist winner
Archbishop Hannan 12, Baton Rouge Episcopal 7
Calvary Baptist Academy 34, New Iberia Catholic 33
No. 2 Calvary Baptist at No. 4 Archbishop Hannan
Cedar Creek 28, St. Edmund Catholic 7
Southern Lab 20, Ouachita Christian 14
St. Frederick Catholic 34, Country Day 20
Vermilion Catholic 56, St. Mary 19
No. 4 Cedar Creek at No. 1 Vermilion Catholic
No. 7 Southern Lab at No. 6 St. Frederick