Jordan McGee intercepted a pass in the end zone and the Bucs survived a Sulphur scare, 45-38 in overtime Friday night at Barbe High School.
Dana Fontenot’s third touchdown of the game, a 3-yard run in overtime, gave the Bucs the go-ahead score and extended Barbe’s winning streak to 10 games against the Tors. It was the first OT game in the series.
Sulphur rallied for 18-unanswered points in the fourth quarter to force the overtime, culminating with Cade Baggett’s 27-yard field goal with 44 seconds to play in regulation.
Barbe (5-1, 2-1 District 3-5A), ranked No. 9 in Class 5A, got the ball first in overtime and needed two plays to take the lead on Fontenot’s touchdown.
Sulphur moved to the Bucs’ 5-yard line on a facemask penalty.
Tors quarterback Morgan Clark had his eyes on tight end Christian Trahan in the end zone, but McGee stepped in front and intercepted the ball to end the game.
The interceptions spoiled a career night for Clark, who completed 22 of 34 passes for 496 yard and four touchdowns. He had three receivers with at least 100 yards — Gage Rapp (4 receptions, 167 yards), Kendrick Celestine (7-140) and Branden Walker (7-134).
Barbe turned to the ground to beat the Tors with 476 yards led by Fontenot (20 carries, 127 yards) and Jaiven Samuel (22-100), who combined for 227 yards.
Sulphur was also hampered by turnovers and penalties.
The Tors committed three personal fouls in the first half and finished with more than 100 yards in the penalties.
Sulphur turned the ball over three times in the second half that led to two Barbe touchdowns and a 38-20 Bucs lead. But the Tors rallied to force overtime with 18 unanswered points.
Clark threw two long touchdown to Rapp and Baggett kicked the field goal to force the OT.
Rapp’s first touchdown was a 65-yarder. His second one came when a Clark pass glanced off Trahan’s hands and to Rapp, who caught the ball and raced to the end zone for an 83-yard score.
After falling behind 6-0 in the first quarter, Barbe used its quick-strike offense to score 21 points in the second quarter in a 9-minute span.
Barbe got a key fourth-down conversion to set up its first score. Luke Richard looked to his left and spun around to toss a 25-yard touchdown to Devon Pauley with 11:03 left in the second quarter.
A few minutes later, Fontenot score on a 1-yard run and Richard hit KeAndre Turner for a 6-yard touchdown with 2:05 left in the second quarter.
While the Bucs offense was churning up yards, the defense held the Tors run game to 30 yards in the first half. Sulphur’s Glenn Willis entered the game with 734 yards and was held to 30 in the first half and finished with 65 on 16 carries.
Sulphur got inside the Bucs’ 20-yard line twice in the first quarter with a chance to take a sizeable lead. But Barbe’s defense held the Tors to a pair of field goals.
Walker gave Sulphur field position at the Bucs’ 47-yard line on its first possession with a 45-yard run. Sulphur converted on third down on a 23-yard pass from Clark to Walker but settled for Baggett’s 30-yard field goal.
Barbe reached the Tors’ side of the field on its first possession, but fumbled on a sweep which was recovered by the Tors’ Jaiven Creary with 6:02 left in the first quarter.
Sulphur reached the Bucs’ 1-yard line, but the first of three first half personal fouls set them back 15 yards and Baggett split the uprights from 22 yards.
The Tors seemed to get the momentum back late in the second quarter. Down 21-6, Clark threw on over the top to Kendrick Celestine who beat two defenders and raced down the field for a 75-yard touchdown.
Sulphur got the ball back with 28 seconds left in the first half after forcing the Bucs to punt and reached the red zone on a 45-yard reception by Walker but ran out of time.
Week 6 | Barbe vs. Sulphur
Barbe beat Sulphur 45-38 in overtime on Friday, October 6 at Barbe High School. This was Barbe's tenth straight win against Sulphur.
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