Breaux Bridge will host Westgate while St. Martinville entertains New Iberia Sr. High. Cecilia’s Bulldogs head west on I-10 to meet Jennings. All games start at 7 p.m.
Breaux Bridge’s jamboree game against Acadiana was pretty physical. But Tiger coach Paul Broussard said while his players have “a few bumps and bruises, we should be a full steam by Friday.”
Broussard said the Tigers tried several different things on offense in the first half of the jamboree game and found what worked on a good scoring drive in the second half. Junior QB Randall Menard finished 6-for-9 and a TD while giving up one interception. “He did a good job of finding the open receivers,” says Broussard, “and made good decisions. We’re hoping he continues to improve with each game.”
Senior Travin Dural had four catches, including the TD. “We’re gonna keep trying to get him the ball,” Broussard says of his LSU-bound senior.
Other than the bad snap on a punt that resulted in a safety early in the game, Broussard was generally pleased with the play of his special teams.
Westgate is coming off a 14-0 jamboree win over New Iberia. “They’re a very athletic team and are very physical on defense,” observes Broussard.
“They reached the (Class 5A) semifinals last year and we’ll have our hands full with them. It will be a good challenge for our team and good preparation for a tough district schedule.”
Coach Gary Adkins’ first game leading the St. Martinville Tigers didn’t exactly go as he had planned, with Notre Dame returning the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown.
“That was a blow,” he admitted Monday, “we just had a couple of people out of position. But I think our kids settled down after that. We went against Loreauville, a state quarterfinalist in the scrimmage and a talented Notre Dame team in the jamboree and held our own. Not too bad at all.”
The Tigers looked at eight different ball carries, two quarterbacks and had five receivers catch passes in the jamboree. “How about that?” remarks Adkins. “It was another evaluation period for us and I kinda have a better idea of who’s showing up as the top performers. But there’s really not a whole lot of difference among five or six of the players.”
“You know,” he added, “we really enjoyed playing in the Kiwanis Jamboree. It was a great setting.”
The Tigers remain healthy and Adkins didn’t spend a lot of time dwelling on Class 5A New Iberia. “I’ve always told my players not to worry about who’s on the other side of the ball. We prefer to make sure we’re ready to do our thing. We’re really excited about getting the season underway.”
CECILIA AT JENNINGS
“We really didn’t play well at all,” says Terry Martin about the Bulldogs’ 24-0 loss to Carencro.
“But Carencro is a legitimate Class 5A contender,” he added. “They’ve got the biggest team we’ve played in quite a while. But it was a jamboree, and I think it opened our eyes and will help our players get better. In the long run I think it will make us want to play harder.”
While the Bulldogs were banged up a bit, Martin said Monday he was hopeful there were no serious injuries.
Jennings knocked off defending 6-4A champ Northside 6-0 in the jamboree and will present another challenge for Cecilia.
“They’ve lost a lot of speed from last year’s team,” says Martin. “But they played a pretty mistake-free game, are very disciplined and pretty aggressive on defense. We’ve just got to get better than we were last week.”