Cecilia and St. Martinville didn’t fare nearly as well in their openers, falling to Jennings and New Iberia, respectively.
But the odds appear in their favor to fare better this Friday as they both face foes who looked shaky in first week losses.
Breaux Bridge and Cecilia are both at home Friday while The ’Ville travels to Franklin.
Coach Paul Broussard’s Tigers rolled up 325 yards while limiting Westgate to 146 in a dominating performance.
“Yeah, I felt we played well,”commented Broussard Monday. “Our defense hit hard and overall we were very pleased. I still think, when it’s all said and done, Westgate will be a very good football team.”
The lopsided win came despite four BB turnovers, one of which resulted in Westgate’s only touchdown.
Senior Darrian Thomas led the Tigers with 16 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown while Travin Dural and Adrian Menard both turned in some big gainers and a TD each.
“We pretty much wore (the Westgate defense) down in the second half and were able to control the ball,” says Broussard.
He expects his team to be at full speed physically for another big test this Friday. Notre Dame blasted Southwood 43-7 in a dominating win.
“They’re another typical Notre Dame team,” observes Broussard.
They’re not gonna beat themselves. They like to control the ball, don’t turn it over and make very few mistakes.”
SM AT FRANKLIN
“I felt we held our own in the first half,” says Tiger coach Gary Adkins. “But we just couldn’t get very good field position in the third quarter. And New Iberia does so much on offense, it’s hard to defend against them.
“Our defense played pretty well, but we’ just gotta stop giving up big plays.”
Junior Tevin Oppenheimer, a 6-2, 248 tackle, went down with a leg injury and is questionable for this Friday’s game, but Adkins said the injury was not serious.
Franklin, one of the two teams that St. Martinville beat last year, was not very impressive in a 34-0 loss to West St. Mary in its opener.
West St. Mary jumped out to a 22-0 first quarter lead and the Hornets finished with just 71 yards total offense.
“But they’ve got some good athletes,” warns Adkins. “And with our recent record, you can never be sure of anything. We’ll be working on avoiding penalties and preventing big plays.”
“I was not very happy at the half (when his Bulldogs were down 28-0),” said Cecilia coach Terry Martin Monday. “But I was proud of the way our kids came back in the second half. They showed they’re not quitters.”
Cecilia actually outgained Jennings on offense, 320 to 282 yards. “But we just made so many little mistakes on offense, on special teams and in bad tackling. If you take away all those little things, we’re in better shape.”
The Bulldogs moved the ball well, with D’Andre Dartez and Jermy Doucette both rushing for 100-plus yards.
“We need to do a better job of protecting the ball (four turnovers in the Jennings game) and focus on the fundamentals,” added Martin.
While Beau Chene managed only 77 yards total offense in a 14-0 loss to Church Point, Martin points out “they’ve got some good looking kids, including one of the top, and fastest, tailback/punt returners in the area. We’re gonna have to keep him contained.”