By Nicholas Fontenot

Special to the American Press

CARENCRO — The Sam Houston Broncos won their first District 3-5A game, beating Carencro 17-14 Friday night.

“This is a historic win,” said Sam Houston coach Vaughn Eggleston said. “I am very proud of the effort and class they showed on the field.”

Eggleston said his defense stepped up when he needed it to.

“Our defense did some really good stuff,” Eggleston said. “They put in hours of preparation no matter who we are playing. Carencro has a really good team and that’s a great accomplishment by our defense to get this win.”

Eggleston did his best to keep his emotions under control, but he didn’t downplay the importance of the win. The Broncos had lost every district game they’d played since joining District 3-5A three years ago. Eggleston said he hurts for his kids with every loss, but this one “feels the opposite.”

“You really have to know what we’ve been through to appreciate this win,” Eggleston said. “Our kids have been resilient. I hurt because of the amount of time they put in and all the negatives they hear. They’ve overcome adversity and they do the things they do. They know that this win goes beyond our team; this is for our program.”

The Carencro coaching staff declined comment immediately following the game.

When Carencro opened the game with a 69-yard pass from Tyler Gaspard to Nick Brooks, it seemed the Bears offense would have an explosive night.

When Sam Houston responded with an eight-play drive capped by a Cliff Reid 9-yard touchdown run to tie the score at 7-7 with 8:54 in the first quarter, it seemed the game was destined for a shootout.

The defenses took the game over, however, and didn’t allow another score until 5:59 in the third quarter when Sam Houston’s Dustin Duhon scored to make it 14-7. After Broncos kicker Simon Farquhar kicked a 32-yard field goal to make it 17-7, Carencro used a heavy dose of Tyriek Campbell to stay in the game.

Campbell had 90 yards on 15 carries, but the Bears didn’t score again until 5:03 in the fourth quarter to make it 14-4. Sam Houston relied on senior running back Garrett Powell to run the clock out. Powell finished with 121 yards, including a 20 yard burst through the line with 1:32 to play to give the Broncos a first down.

Powell’s monster game almost came to a halt when he fumbled to give the ball back to Carencro with 7:03 to go. The Bears scored on a 15-yard pass from Gaspard to Donald Stokes. Gaspard finished 14 of 28 for 237 yards and two touchdowns.