St. Martinville, Breaux Bridge tangle Friday
St. Martinville got by the first hurdle in its quest to capture the mythical parish football championship, but coach Danny Carroll’s Tigers face a big obstacle when they host Breaux Bridge on Friday.
The Cecilia Bulldogs, seeking to rally from a disappointing 35-28 homecoming loss to The ’Ville last Friday, travel to New Iberia on Thursday for their first-ever game against the Westgate Tigers.
BB at SM
The always stingy Breaux Bridge defense really came through for coach Paul Broussard last Friday with a 33-0 win over the Northside Vikings.
The Tiger defense accounted for five turnovers and a blocked punt as The Bridge notched its first shutout of the season.
“Our defense certainly played well,” commented Broussard on Monday. “And our offense was able to capitalize on the turnovers. Things really went our way.”
Junior running back Marquis Domonter rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns to lead the BB attack. “He’s still a young running back,” observes Broussard, “but he’s really been coming around over the last couple of weeks.”
Senior QB Lane Landry had an efficient game, completing 8-of-13 passes without an interception for 92 yards.
Broussard is hopeful that senior defensive back Gavin Thibodeaux will be back in the lineup by Friday as he continues to nurse a sore ankle.
And the Tigers will need all the help they can get in the secondary as they face St. Martinville QB Quentin Mitchell who has put the ball in the air 134 times over the first six games, completing 65 tosses for 762 yards and five touchdowns.
“He’s doing a good job and can also run the ball,” says Broussard. “Their offense will be a handful for us and I expect they’ll be fired up after their big win over Cecilia.”
SM coach Danny Carroll was unavailable on Monday, but he had to be pleased with the way his team rallied from a 28-7 halftime deficit to shut down Cecilia’s offense in the second half and put up four unanswered touchdowns to come away with a thrilling 35-28 victory.
Mitchell had a career night, rushing for 104 yards and three TDs while completing 15-of-32 passes for another 144 yards and a score.
The Tigers haven’t notched a win over Breaux Bridge since 2003 when they topped The Bridge 28-20. But the often poruous SM defense will have to play its best game of the season to match up with their parish rivals.
CHS at WESTGATE
Reflecting on his team’s second half collapse in last week’s loss to St. Martinville, coach Terry Martin points out that Cecilia’s 28-7 halftime lead was deceiving. “The game was much closer than the score indicated at the half,” he insists, citing the good field position the Bulldogs enjoyed over the first two periods and Raymond Calais’ 73-yard touchdown run 11 seconds before intermission on a play that was really intended to just run out the clock.
“Then we made lots of mistakes in the second half,” he adds. “But you have to give the St. Martinville coaches and players credit for the way they fought back.”
The Bulldogs are contending with a short week as they prepare for a Thursday game at Westgate, but Martin was pleased that his players responded well to Saturday and Sunday practice sessions. “They all showed up, even after Friday night’s homecoming celebration,” he says.
Westgate brings a 3-3, 1-2 record into the game, coming off a 38-8 loss to a powerful St. Thomas More team.
“They’re big, fast and very athletic,” says Martin of the Westgate team. “They do a lot of different things on offense, but that hasn’t always been good for them.”
Martin says he and his staff will continue to stress the fundamentals as they prepare for another tough District 5-4A battle. “That’s where we’ve been getting hurt in our previous games,” he says.