CARENCRO — For the second consecutive week Barbe found itself in a nail-biter, once again finding a way to pull out the victory, this time knocking off Carencro 41-37 Friday night in a District 3-5A game.
“That’s just the nature of this district,” said Barbe coach Mike Cutrera said. “Every week you’re going to be in a battle.”
Barbe (6-1, 3-0) overcame a 20-point first-quarter deficit, taking advantage of three Carencro (4-2, 3-1) fumbles deep in their own territory.
“I told the guys before the game that you’ve got to be tough to beat a team like this,” Carencro coach Brendt Indest said. “But you can’t turn the ball over and miss extra points.”
Despite the missed opportunities for Carencro, the Bears had the ball in Barbe territory with 14 seconds left. However, three tosses into the end zone later and the Bucs were the ones celebrating.
“Forty-one points is not indicative of how well our defense played tonight,” Indest said. “We had an opportunity to make this game academic early on, but just weren’t able to pull it out.”
The Bears took a 37-34 lead with 5:45 left in the game and forced the Bucs into a fourth-and-5 with 3 minutes left. However, the prolific duo of Kennon Fontenot and Trey Quinn proved too much as Quinn hauled in a 15-yarder to pick up the key first down.
Then, on a third-and-6 form the 11-yard line, Fontenot scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:14 left.
“The play was designed to go to Trey,” Fontenot said. “But when I dropped back I just saw everyone go with him. I saw a lane to run through and I took it.”
It was a Bears fourth-down conversion that gave them a 37-30 lead. On fourth-and-6 from the Barbe 33-yard line, Cedric Richardson hit Desmond Boutte on a fly pattern to cap an 11-play, 80-yard drive that took 5:29 off the clock.
“I’m really proud of the way this team responded to all the adversity tonight,” Cutrera said. “We got down by 20, and got down late, but the guys battled back and found a way to win.”
Everything went right for the Bears early in the game.
First, Jaylan Rose ran for 52-yard score to cap a five-play, 80-yard drive. However, Cody Smith missed the PAT kick, something that proved critical later in the game.
Six plays later, Kendall Breaux picked off an errant Fontenot throw and ran it back 45-yards, giving the Bears a 13-0 lead.
After forcing a three-and-out, and a shank punt, the Bears needed only one play to up the lead to 20-0 — a 43-yard run by Rose.
But turnovers started to help Barbe chip away at the Carenrco lead. Rose had his first fumble at his own 34-yard line. Three plays later Courtney Galentine punched it in to make the score 20-7 in the first quarter.
Carencro went 88 yards in 10 plays. Yet, on the 10th play, Rose fumbled at the 11-yard line.
Barbe responded with a 13-play, 89-yard drive that ended on a 1-yard plunge by Fontenot.
Carencro’s Smith kicked a 28-yard field goal before the end of the half, making the score 23-14.
The Bucs wasted little time opening the scoring in the second half, taking it 59 yards in four plays (23-21).
The Bucs took the lead for the first time when Jaime McGee knocked in a 42-yard field goal.
Carencro answered with a four-play, 80-yard drive, capped by a 5-yard rumble by Galen Carter.
McGee hammered a 38-yard field goal to give the Bucs a 30-27 lead.
SULPHUR — Sulphur was rough on its visitors from Moss Bluff, using a four-touchdown microburst in the second quarter to roll to a win over Sam Houston.
“We just weren’t as physical as we’ve been the last three weeks, and I’m not sure why,” said Sam Houston coach Vaughn Eggleston. “When you give a team like Sulphur the ball over and over again, they’re going to capitalize.”
After a scoreless first quarter, the Golden Tors (4-3, 2-1) got rolling in the second frame behind three touchdowns from running back Brian Walker — two rushing and one receiving. Walker added a fourth touchdown in the third quarter.
“He’s a guy that likes to score,” said Sulphur coach Harold Fusilier. “When he gets close to the goal line, he can sniff it in a hurry.”
The rest of Sulphur’s scoring damage was done by quarterback Kale Breaux and athlete Seth Bohannon. Breaux hit Bohannon for a 23-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring, and Bohannon finished it off on a 10-yard run from the wildcat in the fourth.
He didn’t cross the goal line, but wide receiver Robert Downing also provided the offense plenty of help with four catches for 42 yards.
“It’s a tough scheme to defend,” Eggleston said.
Though he was happy with the second-quarter surge, Fusilier said the Tors let up in the second half — a point he’ll be hammering home in practice this week as Sulphur tries to make a playoff push.
“The second half, we kind of let it slip a little bit,” Fusilier said. “You know, ‘It’s homecoming, will I see you at the dance afterwards?’ All that stuff. We didn’t play with quite the same intensity in the second half, but we were fortunate to be up pretty good at that point. … I’m glad the kids got a good win for homecoming, but tomorrow we get back to work.”
Sam Houston (2-5, 0-4) trailed 34-0 before it finally got on the board on a 1-yard Cliff Reid run. The Broncos added a 68-yard pass from Dustin Duhon to Evan Morris in the fourth quarter.
Game recap coming soon
ARNAUDVILLE — Robert Leday scored a pair of touchdowns and LaGrange bounced back from a tough loss a week earlier to get back into the district race.
The Gators (4-3, 1-1) fell to DeRidder in the first week of district play, making last night’s game a must win.
LaGrange responded with a solid performance on both offense and defense to get back in the District 4-4A chase.
DERIDDER — Washington-Marion's Melvin Jones took a short pass from quarterback Maruis Rideaux and rambled 48 yards for the winning touchdown against DeRidder.
For good measure Jones, who started the night’s scoring off with a 1-yard touchdown run, ran in the two-point conversion. He also kicked the first two extra points for the Charging Indians (6-1, 2-0).
“Melvin came through when we need him,'' said Charging Indians coach Freddie. “That’s just the kinda kid he is whatever he can do to help the team, he’ll do”.
Jones’ winning rumble came with just 1:20 left on the clock and on a third-and-32.
DeRidder (3-4, 1-1) held Jones to just 80 yards on 11 carries.
Given the day off from school, St. Louis players appeared to take the first half off as well.
That put the Saints in a hole and it took until the fourth quarter to finally climb out of.
St. Louis scored four times in the game’s final 16 minutes to put away stubborn Opelousas at Cougar Stadium.
The victory keeps St. Louis' (4-3, 1-1) district title hopes alive.
“That was a tale of two teams,” said Saints defensive back Lenny Brenda, who had two interceptions and scored one of three fourth-quarter touchdowns for St. Louis.
“We knew we did not play well in the first half and we knew what we had to do in the second. We just went out and played our game.”
What the Saints had to do was stop Tigers wide receiver Ke’Andrea Jones, who had touchdown grabs of 66 and 48 yards as Opelousas opened up a 20-7 halftime lead.
“He was really good on the slants and we had to take that away in the second half,” Brenda said. “We just covered him and tried to make them do something else.”
Jones finished with eight catches for 222 yards.
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CROWLEY — The third ranked Pioneers converted some key plays in the game en route to a win over the tenth-ranked Iowa Yellow Jackets in District 4-3A action.
The Pioneers (5-1, 2-0) had two late scores in the fourth quarter that sealed the win. The first came when Brad Stoma connected with Russ Cullen on a 16-yard pass with 11:45 to play in the game. The second came after the Pioneers converted a first down on an end around play with 5:17 to play. Luke Broussard then scored his third touchdown on a 26-yard run to close out the game.
“It was two big second-half touchdowns on two nice drives,” said Notre Dame Coach Lewis Cook. “I have to give Iowa a lot of credit as they were not 6-0 by accident. They have a good solid football team and their kids played extremely hard.”
The Yellow Jackets (6-1, 1-1) had one last attempt on the offensive side of the ball late, but an Austin Theriot pass was intercepted with 3:08 left in the game.
JENNINGS — Westlake’s road show continued Friday night as the Rams remained unbeaten in District 4-3A play with a 22-14 win over the Bulldogs.
Westlake (5-1, 2-0) has opened district play with two road wins, and can gain sole possession of first place next week when Notre Dame visits.
Jennings (4-3, 0-2) has lost twice at home in district play.
The Bulldogs could not get out of their own way, losing three fumbles and throwing an interception. Three Jennings drives ended inside the Westlake 32-yard line, one on a fumble, one on an interception and another on downs.
Westlake’s Jaylin Peltier recovered two fumbles, including one at the Jennings 16-yard line that set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Latrell Martin that tied the game at 14 late in the third quarter.
Westlake drove 62 yards on 10 plays in the fourth quarter for the winning score, a 7-yard pass from Tim Hamilton to Jacory Washington on fourth-and-goal with 3:51 remaining.
Earlier in the drive, Washington had a 34-yard catch-and-run for a first down on third-and-23 from the Westlake 25.
Jennings turned the ball over on downs at the Westlake 39 with 1:35 remaining on its final drive.
KINDER — Marshall Harmon ran for 151 yards and four touchdowns, including two that helped Kinder build a 29-0 halftime lead against DeQuincy (2-5, 2-2).
Kinder (6-1, 2-0) ran for 294 yards, only going to the air four times.
DRY CREEK — Vinton answered a big East Beauregard rally when James McMillon returned a kickoff 81 yards for the go-ahead touchdown as the Lions prevailed.
Vinton (3-4, 1-3) jumped to a 14-0 lead, but East Beauregard answered with Josh Fletcher’s 7-yard scoring run just before the half, then took advantage of good field position following a defensive stop to open the second half, leading to Justin Bailey’s 36-yard touchdown run. The Trojans (0-7, 0-4) got a 2-point run from Fletcher for a 16-14 lead.
But it didn’t last lone as McMillon sprinted 81 yards with the enusing to regain the lead.
B.J. Reed added an 8-yard scoring run just before the end of the third quarter and the Vinton defense kept the Trojans from seriously threatening in the final quarter.
LAKE ARTHUR — A last minute drive for a touchdown in the first half proved to be the difference between these arch-rivals.
Lake Arthur’s Rory Guidry tossed a 44-yard pass to Taylor McFarland with 11 seconds left in the first half to give the Tigers a 21-14 lead, and the Tigers’ defense made that stand up in the second half.
McFarland’s score capped a seven-play, 70-yard march that took only 2:22.
Caleb Hayes’ 2-yard run that completed a 68-yard, four-play drive had tied the game at 14-all moments earlier.
Lake Arthur (6-1, 3-1) got on the board first after stopping Welsh on downs at the Tigers’ 42. Lake Arthur methodically covered 58 yards in 13 plays, the last coming on Tray Hargrave’s two-yard run with 5:04 left in the first period.
The Greyhounds (6-1, 3-1) took the ensuing kickoff and raced 60 yards in five plays. Tray Goodwin bolted 47 yards to tie the game with 3:17 left in the first quarter.
ROSEPINE — Blake Hinson ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as Rosepine coasted past archrival Pickering.
The Eagles (4-3, 3-1) stayed in contention for the district with 139 yards rushing from Noah Martin, who had a pair of touchdowns on scoring runs of 5 and 4 yards and also scored on a 2-point conversion run.
Hinson, who rushed for 87 yards, opened the scoring when he tossed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Eric Kyle.
Defensively Rosepine held Pickering to 50 yards total offense — no yards in the air — as James Means had an interception and Colton Johnson blocked a punt.
Pickering (1-6, 1-3) was led by Devin Whitle with 42 yards rushing.
OAKDALE — Reg Philson threw for three touchdowns and ran for two others to lead Oakdale.
Trailing 29-15, the Warriors, (2-5, 2-0) scored four unanswered touchdowns in the third and fourth quarter to seize control.
Philson’s 11-yard run made it 29-22. Minutes later, he tossed a 47-yard TD pass to Aaron Rogers to close within 29-28.
Early in the fourth quarter Philson tossed a 5-yard pass to Kourtlyn Monette. The Warriors went up 41-29.
Oakdale’s comeback overshadowed a 147-yard, four-touchdown performance by Iota’s Brandon Fantroy.
ELTON — Scott Ross scored four times for the Indians as they remained perfect in District 5-1A with a win over Hamilton Christian.
The game was full of big plays — five touchdowns were of 36 yards or more and the teams combined for six turnovers.
Ross scored on runs of 36 and 10 yards and caught touchdown passes of 69 and 48 yards from Carson Ortego.
Micah Lavan added a 5-yard touchdown run for Elton (6-1, 2-0).
Seth Edwards scored on a 52-yard run and Jamie Collins caught a 50-yard scoring pass from Chris Ely for Hamilton (1-6, 0-2).
CREOLE — Basile running back Kendrick Ceaser, the state’s second-leading rusher entering the game, ran for 238 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Bearcats to a District 5-1A win.
Ceaser scored on runs of 46 and 52 yards in the first quarter, then on a 34-yarder in the third quarter. Basile (7-0, 2-0) held South Cameron (1-6, 0-2) to nine first downs and 157 yards of offense.
Ceaser, a sophomore, has 1,320 yards and 15 touchdowns rushing. Jason Theriot led South Cameron with 72 yards passing and 31 yards rushing.
OBERLIN — Mark Fontenot threw for three touchdowns and Austin Darbonne ran for two others for the Tigers in a District 5-1A match.
Fontenot finished 8 of 10 for 97 yards for Oberlin (4-3, 2-0). Darbone (10 carries, 100 yards) scored on runs of 39 and 13 yards.
Nick Ardoin led the Panthers (2-5, 0-2) with 48 yards rushing on nine carries.