Breaux Bridge looking for share of District 5-4A title
With the final regular season games coming up on Friday, the Breaux Bridge Tigers have an opportunity to gain a share of the District 5-4A championship with a win over undefeated St. Thomas More.
Things are not so hopeful in Cecilia and St. Martinville where the Bulldogs are suffering through a 1-8 season and the hot-and-cold 3-6 Tigers have only an outside chance of reaching the playoffs.
BB - STM
After an open date last Friday coach Paul Broussard and his squad are itching to take on the Cougars at home this week.
“We’ve certainly got our work cut out for us,” says Broussard. “You just can’t make mistakes against a team like St. Thomas More. We need to continue playing good defense and hopefully pick up with our offense where we left off with our game against Cecilia.”
The talented and deep Cougars bring a 9-0, 5-0 record to Breaux Bridge, coming off a 58-6 shellacking of St. Martinville. STM is averaging almost 37 points a game while the Cougar defense has three shutouts to its credit and has held another three teams to only one TD each.
But a Breaux Bridge (5-3, 4-1) win would put the Tigers into either a 2-way or 3-way tie for the district title, depending on the outcome of the Teurlings (5-3, 4-1) - Northside (3-6, 2-3) game on Friday.
“We’re right where we want to be,” says Broussard. “We wanted to make sure that we would be playing for something important in the final game.”
The Bridge goes into Friday ranking between 7th and 12th in the Class 4A power rankings so is almost assured of a home field advantage in the first round of the state playoffs.
“I don’t think a win would boost us any higher than fifth,” Broussard says. “And even with a loss I’m pretty sure we’d still be in the top 16.”
SM - WESTGATE
The hot and cold Tigers were definitely cold when they took the field against St. Thomas More last week.
The Cougars put the game away early, racing to a 28-0 first quarter lead that stretched to 42-0 by intermission.
Coach Danny Carroll was not available for an interview on Monday, but it was plain that the Tigers were outmanned in the trenches by the Cougars.
SM running backs Malik Anthony and Jamail Ledet were limited to a combined minus 4 yards in 14 first half carries and sat out most of the third and fourth quarters, leaving senior QB Quentin Mitchell and sophomore running back Kain Pitrie to carry the load. It was Pitrie’s first action and he managed just 3 yards on 7 carries.
The Tigers wrap up regular season action at home against 4-4, 2-3 Westgate which is coming off a 14-0 loss to Teurlings Catholic.
The New Iberia team is averaging 16.1 points per game while giving up 17.8. Besides Teurlings, they’ve lost district games to Breaux Bridge (28-15) and St. Thomas More (38-8) while notching wins over Cecilia (28-18) and Northside (21-14).
A win over Westgate will likely earn The ’Ville a playoff berth, but a loss could end their playoff hopes.
CHS at S. TERREBONNE
The Bulldogs suffered yet another heartbreaking loss last week in a season filled with close calls.
The ’Dogs went up 29-16 on an electrifying 90-yard punt return by sophomore speedster Raymond Calais early in the final stanza. But Northside claimed the victory with a touchdown in the final minute of the game.
“We’ve just had trouble stopping people in key situations all year,” says coach Terry Martin.
But he praised Calais’ play. Along with the punt return TD, the youngster rushed for 180 yards and two scores on 17 carries.
“I really feel for our seniors,” Martin added. “They’ve played their hearts out and never quit on us. I just hope they’ve learned some things that will help them down the road of life.”
The Northside loss pretty much ended any chance the Bulldogs had of landing a playoff berth. But Martin is still hoping to end the season with a victory on Friday.
South Terrebonne brings a 5-4 record that includes three games in which the Gators put up 54 points or more. Last week the Gators notched a 48-24 win over District 7-4A opponent Ellender.
“They’ve got a really big tight end and a speedy running back,” says Martin. “But their schedule is not nearly as tough as what we’ve been through. We’re hoping to play our best and close with a win, especially for our seniors.”