Carencro met Lafayette High on the field Friday night, but head coach Brent Indest’s squad only needs to look in the mirror to see its real opponent.
The good news for last season’s 5A runner-up is that despite giving up three turnovers and a safety, Carencro had little trouble dispatching the Lions, 28-12, in the district opener for both teams.
“These guys are making me earn my money,” said Indest. “But it was a win. And with an inexperienced team like we have, I’ll take it.”
Excluding a 46-yard touchdown strike from Waylon Simoneaux to Damion Morgan on the Lions’ opening drive, the Bears defense stifled the conservative Lions offense throughout the contest. Carencro held head coach Jay Domengeaux’s team to only 197 total yards. Lamarcus Brooks led the Bears with two interceptions.
“We are lucky that our defense keeps bailing us out,” said Indest.
After the Lions jumped out to the quick 7-0 lead, Carencro answered immediately when Indest dialed up the reverse and Corey Willis darted 81-yards to the end zone. The junior had a breakout performance for the Bears with 155 yards on only three carries.
Carencro turned it over on its next possession when senior quarterback Cedric Richardson was intercepted by Morgan, a playmaker on both sides of the ball for the Lions.
Richardson redeemed himself at the next opportunity, connecting with Desmond Boutte for a 13-yard touchdown set up by a 64-yard run from Willis.
Late in the first half the Bears muffed a punt and lost a fumble, both mistakes gave the Lions the ball near the red zone.
“This is the first time in my life I can’t find one guy that can catch a punt,” said Indest. “We are just going to have to start going for the block every time.”
Carencro’s defense tightened up, forcing Lafayette into field goal attempts on both possessions. Steven Artigue converted a 25-yarder but missed from 39.
Richardson extended the Carencro lead to 21-10 just before half when Kendall Breaux hauled in a fade that narrowly escaped the clutches of a Lion cornerback.
After allowing a safety on a bad punt snap early in the third quarter, Carencro asserted its dominance in a 14-play, 95-yard drive culminating in a one-yard scoring dive from Richardson.
“We have a way to go to be able to compete with teams like Acadiana and Barbe,” said Indest. “If we don’t improve then we are going to get embarrassed against teams like that.”