The outcome was the most lopsided victory by either team in at least 44 years and the most points scored by either team against the other over the same period.
Under coach Mike Mowad’s tutelage the BB Tigers own a 15-11 edge over St. Martinville in the series, with The ’Ville’s last win against The Bridge coming in 2003 (28-20).
Although the field was in good condition and there was a cooling north wind blowing early in the game, it was a sloppily played contest, with officials flagging the hosting Tigers 14 times for 145 yards in penalties and ejecting SM head coach Marc Broussard just before halftime.
Breaux Bridge scored on the ground, through the air, and on two electrifying punt returns by Trevence Patt to control the game from start to finish.
The improving BB defense shut down St. Martinville, with The ’Ville netting only 20 yards on the ground and none through the air.
With the game well in hand, Mowad went to his bench late in the third period and a total of eight different running backs contributed to BB’s 287 yards rushing. Latrelyn Pete led the way with 13 carries for 126 yards and a touchdown.
Senior quarterback Hunter Landry completed 5-of-12 throws for 86 yards, including a 33 yard strike to Layne Theriot.
Breaux Bridge sputtered on its first possession, but got things moving the second time it got the ball. Landry completed passes to Theriot, Travin Dural and Danah Thibodeaux for big yardage and Joston Dugas capped the 59-yard drive with a touchdown from the 3 midway through the first period. Austin Perez booted the PAT.
The Bridge struck again on its next possession, going 75 yards in 9 plays. Landry hit Theriot for the 33-yard TD just before the quarter ended.
Back-to-back 15-yard penalties against the hosts on the ensuing kickoff helped St. Martinville to excellent field position at the BB 35, but the Tiger defense pushed SM back 5 yards on 3 plays, forcing a punt.
The Bridge’s third TD was set up when Brandon Chevalier picked off an Alex Oubre pass deep in BB territory. Breaux Bridge reeled off four first downs on four plays, with the 93 yard drive ending when Latrelyn Pete reached the end zone from 4 yards out.
Breaux Bridge would add two more scores before intermission, with the first coming when Patt returned SM’s next punt 72 yards to paydirt.
Two plays later the visitors found themselves backed up to their 4 following two 15-yard penalties and the ejection of head coach Marc Broussard. BB’s Quentin Thomas came up with a SM fumble at the 25 and it took The Bridge just two plays to light up the scoreboard, with Lamar Louis rumbling 8 yards to the end zone. Perez’s PAT kick put Breaux Bridge up by 35-0 as the half ended.
The third period began with an exchange of turnovers. First St. Martinville lost the ball on a poor snap, with BB’s Churphy Steward recovering at the SM 31. But 3 plays later Pete lost the pigskin, with Christian Guidry recovering for The ’Ville.
The Tigers couldn’t move and had to punt. Patt gathered in the kick and streaked 64 yards for his second punt return TD of the night.
Breaux Bridge’s junior varsity added the game’s final score in the closing seconds of the third period when junior QB Chris Huval capped a 64 yard drive with a 6 yard TD run. Sophomore running back Adrian Menard did most of the damage on the drive, carrying five times and busting loose for 37 yards on one play. He would finish as the game’s second leading rusher with 70 yards on 10 carries.
Breaux Bridge travels to Opelousas this Friday while St. Martinville celebrates homecoming by hosting the Beau Chene Gators.