If the Tigers get by Beau Chene and the Bulldogs defeat Teurlings Catholic on Friday, it’s fairly certain that both parish teams should finish among the top 32 Class 4A teams in power points.
In the current unofficial rankings, Breaux Bridge was on the cusp, with a rating of around 29, while Cecilia stood at 24 or 25.
Meanwhile, St. Martinville will have little time to savor its first District 6-4A win (over Opelousas) as The ’Ville closes out its difficult season at home against the Northside Vikings, the only team with a perfect league record.
The Bulldogs gave Northside all it could handle in their 20-12 loss to the Vikings last Friday. But a stout Viking defense limited Cecilia to 129 net yards, with the Bulldogs’ only scores coming off Northside turnovers.
“We just had trouble handling their front four,” commented CHS coach Terry Martin on Monday. “They didn’t do anything fancy, they’re just strong and physical. It was just very tough for us to get anything going.”
Bulldogs fans will be relieved to hear that junior quarterback Tylor Robin should be back in action for Friday. He took a hard lick late in the Northside game and was carried off the field. But Martin says all the tests have come back negative and Robin seems OK.
The Rebels bring a 6-3, 3-2 record into Friday’s game. Teurlings is actually scoring more points than Cecilia, averaging just over 31 points per game while the Bulldogs have averaged 24.2.
“They’re always a tough opponent,” says Martin. “Their quarterback can run and throw so well and they have a bunch of good receivers. We’ll really have to concentrate on the fundamentals and play a great game.”
“I feel we’ve gotten better as a team each week,” adds Martin. “Our offensive line has certainly improved. We just need to get our confidence back.”
Martin points out that Teurlings also needs a win if the Rebels hope to reach the playoffs. “We’re both in the same boat, so it should be a good game.”
BBHS at BEAU CHENE
Coach Paul Broussard is anxious to put last Friday’s lopsided 63-0 loss to Acadiana behind him. Because the Rams had to forfeit four of their victories, the game shows up as a big loss to a 4-5 team, which really hurts in the power point scenario.
“Despite the loss,” says Broussard, “our kids played hard and put forth a good effort. We were just overmatched and really caught them at a bad time.”
Beau Chene and Breaux Bridge are both 5-4 overall, while the Tigers are 3-2 in league play and the Gators have a 2-3 worksheet.
“They’ve got a lot of weapons,” says Broussard. Running back Jacob Carmouche rushed for almost 300 yards and three touchdowns in Beau Chene’s 38-25 loss to Teurlings last week. And Jamal Chavis has been scoring on big kick returns all year.
“It’s a big game for both teams,” adds Broussard. “We have to win to stay in the top 32, while they have to win to break into the playoffs. It should be interesting.”
Coming off only their second win of the season, a 27-7 victory over Opelousas for homecoming, the St. Martinville Tigers face a formidable task when they host the Vikings this Friday.
All of SM’s four scores against Opelousas came as a result of good defensive plays, and the Tigers finished with just 128 yards net offense – 75 of which came on one run by junior Asa Marshall.
“Yeah, we’ve been struggling on offense all year,” admits coach Marc Broussard. “Our line just didn’t do a very good job of picking up the blitz in the second half. But we did what we had to do in the first half to open a 19-0 lead.”
Broussard knows his Tigers will face an uphill battle against Northside. “They have a very tough defense,” he says. “And they throw and catch as well as they ever have. But it’s Senior Night for us Friday, and if our kids play hard for all 48 minutes we can be competitive.”