Many of the players and perhaps most of the fans have forgotten it, but neither head coach needed to be reminded of how similar this year’s scenario is to last year’s STM-Breaux Bridge game.
Topping that list is St. Thomas More coach Jim Hightower, who has reminded his team quite a bit this week of how quickly things can turn around.
Last year, Teurlings lost to STM and then handled Breaux Bridge 28-7. Just when it looked like STM could then cruise to the outright 5-4A title, BBHS bounced back with a 28-14 win over STM.
“It’s exactly the same situation as last year,” Hightower said. “We’ve talked to the kids about that. Believe me, Breaux Bridge is still a dangerous team. In my mind, they’re even more dangerous after losing to Teurlings than they were before.”
Last season, a better BBHS defense was able to shut down a superior STM running game and therefore put enough pressure on QB Brandon Bergeron.
“We mixed in some blitzes last year,” BBHS coach Paul Broussard said. “Northside had some success against STM last week and they blitzed a lot. We’re going to need to be able to stop their running game first again. The problem is their passing game is probably better than it was last year.”
Indeed, STM sports one of the top receiver tandems in the state in Seth Kelley and Jake Juneau.
The Tigers’ offense, on the other hand, hadn’t established a real identity so far this season, although Hightower is convinced BBHS remains scary.
“The quarterback’s a good player and he’s got some weapons around him,” he said. “They’re able to mix it up on offense, which makes it tougher on your defense.”