Breaux Bridge brings a perfect 5-0 record and No. 2 state ranking in Class 4A into the contest. The ’Ville has reeled off four wins after an opening loss to New Iberia as coach Gary Adkins works to bring the program out of a four year slump.
With District 5-4A super competitive, neither team can afford a first round loss if hopes of a league championship are to remain alive.
Meanwhile, the Cecilia Bulldogs (2-3) move into 5-4A play by hosting the Northside Vikings, who have rolled to three straight wins after dropping their first two games.
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After limiting its first four opponents to 22 points, Breaux Bridge survived a close call in Baton Rouge last Friday, edging the Woodlawn Panthers 49-42.
The normally stingy Tiger defense gave up five TD passes. “Woodlawn has some good athletes,” coach Paul Broussard said Monday. “They throw the ball and catch it real well. But it’s obvious we need to do a better job in our secondary. We did stop the run pretty well, though (Woodlawn netted only 77 yards on the ground).”
The Tigers hardly missed starting quarterback Randall Menard and senior running back Adrian Menard, who are both sidelined with injuries. Sophomore Lane Landry was 5-for-9 through the air for three touchdowns while Lamar Louis, who has been used mostly on defense, rushed for 201 yards on 23 carries.
“It was good to see Lamar step up,” says Broussard, “and Lane just keeps getting better each week.”
While Menard is likely out for the season with a broken leg, Menard may start taking a few snaps this week as his broken hand heals.
The Bridge was fortunate to get a couple of big plays from its special teams against Woodlawn. Tyren Alexander blocked a Panther punt and returned it for a TD, while Josh Williams took a punt 85 yards for another score.
“We were certainly fortunate in that,” adds Broussard.
Breaux Bridge hasn’t lost to St. Martinville since 2003 (Carroll Delahoussaye’s last year as SM head coach)but Broussard is not taking The ’Ville lightly.
“They’re playing good ball,” he observes. “Coach Adkins is doing a good job and they’ve got their confidence back. It will be a tough test to start a very tough district run.”
Although St. Martinville fell behind 7-0 in the opening quarter, partly due to costly fumbles and a penalty, coach Gary Adkins said “I don’t like to look at the negatives too much. I’m really proud of the way the kids came back (to win 43-27), especially with all the homecoming distractions.”
Senior quarterback Clifton Chaisson had the biggest game of his career, rushing for three touchdowns and throwing for two TDs and a couple of two-point conversions. “That was great stuff,” said a very pleased Adkins. “I’m so proud of him.”
But the Tigers continue to struggle with PAT conversions as a weak kicking effort forced them to go for two points on all but two of their six scores. “We’re still working hard on it,” says Adkins. “It’s something we’ve gotta get better at.”
Adkins is not one to wring his hands at the prospect of facing No. 2 Breaux Bridge. “It is what it is,” he says. “We’re gonna get ready, I know it’s a big parish tradition. This is high school football, they’re not a perfect team. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”
The 2-3 Bulldogs are coming off an impressive 32-20 win over the St. Louis Saints, who had defeated Notre Dame the week before.
Cecilia trailed St. Louis until midway through the third period when they put up 14 points to take the lead for good.
“We played pretty well and did a good job of moving the ball,” says coach Terry Martin.
Senior running back D’Andre Dartez was red hot, rushing for 273 yards and two TDs on 26 carries. “He had a really good game,” says Martin. “Overall we did better and we need to keep improving. We’re still struggling with our PAT kicks (the ’Dogs went 0-for-3), although it’s something we’re constantly working on.”
The Bulldog defense limited the Saints to 98 yards rushing and 211 yards total offense. Other than an 84-yard kickoff return by the Saints, Cecilia did not allow St. Louis any big offensive plays.
After getting off to an 0-2 start, Northside has notched impressive wins over McKinley, Woodlawn of Baton Rouge and LaGrange, despite the absence of their No. 1 quarterback, a starting defensive back and a key linebacker.
“I expect to see them all back in the lineup,” says Martin. “They’re loaded with speed and are very quick and physical on the defensive side. We can’t afford to lose too many more games if we hope to reach the playoffs.”
“I’d been telling the kids that we’re not as bad as 1-3 going into last week’s game,” he added. “Now I’ve got to make them realize after the St. Louis win that we still have a lot of improving to do.”