After struggling to move the football offensively and enduring injuries to several key players in a 33-6 Week 1 loss to Jennings, the Cecilia Bulldogs, who are now running the spread on offense, were forced back to the drawing board.
Apparently, whatever Bulldogs head coach Terry Martin drew up worked, as the Bulldogs returned to the field and turned in an impressive performance as they blanked the Beau Chene Gators 33-0.
“We actually played a very good game,” Martin said. “Offensively, we probably should’ve scored two more touchdowns, but we did much better (Friday) than we did against Jennings. We played a little more discipline on offense and did a much better job of taking care of the football.”
Although the Bulldogs’ offense did a stellar job of moving the football and putting the ball in the end zone, it was their defense that caused the mot raucous as they intercepted three passes and recovered two fumbles as part of a five turnover night for the Gators.
“Defensively we were very good,” Martin said. “It surely helps when your defense can get you five turnovers, so I would definitely say we had a much better performance. Our defensive line improved a lot from last week against Jennings. Unlike last week, we didn’t allow their offensive line to drive us off the ball.”
As good as the Bulldogs defense was Friday; the most impressive thing about their performance against the Gators was how well they bottled up Gators quarterback Jamal Chavis.
“I really feel like we did a pretty good job against Chavis,” Martin said. “They moved him to quarterback and let me tell you he throws the football pretty well. When we found out he was at quarterback, we basically had to come up with a completely different game plan. I’m really happy with how we played defensively. We basically had guys trailing the play when Chavis runs, because we know that he likes to cut it back. It worked because he cut back right into where we had guys. “
Although Martin and the Bulldogs have a tough matchup Friday, he is happy to get the first victory out of the way.
“Anytime you can get a win you are happy,” Martin said. “I’m just pleased with the way we played.”
Eunice takes thriller
In what is one of the more storied rivalries around the Acadiana area, the Eunice Bobcats were able to overcome their share of mistakes en route to a 28-21 victory over the Jennings on Friday.
“We made a lot of mistakes in the game and we are very fortunate to come out with a win,” Bobcats head coach Paul Trosclair said. “That’s OK, we’ll take it. We’re not going to give it back.”
After falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter, the Bobcats were able to cut the deficit to one point after receiving field goals in both the first and second quarters from Taylor Aguillard. Aguillard nailed a 33-yarder in the first and then a 40-yarder in the second to cut the Bobcats’ deficit to 7-6 at the half.
Jennings responded with a 5-yard touchdown run by Jaylon Boutte to extend their lead to 14-6, but the Bobcats answered with a 9-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Trenon Trosclair to receiver Derek Denton to pull within two at 14-12. Trosclair then connected with Hayden Pitre for the two-point conversion that tied the game 14-14 in the third quarter. Trosclair finished the game having completed 6-of-9 passes for 104 yards.
In the fourth quarter, Jennings regained the lead when Bryan Wilridge broke loose for a 66-yard touchdown run for a 21-14 advantage, but a second touchdown pass — this time from 35 yards — from Trosclair to Ben Allison put the Bobcats within one at 21-20.
After a failing to convert the two-point conversion, the Bobcats regained the lead for good when running back Darious Richard scored on a three-yard touchdown run to give Eunice a 26-21 lead. Richard finished the game with 112 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries. The lead was extended to 28-21 on a run by Jake Sonnier.
“We had a great fourth quarter,” coach Trosclair said. “Our kids played hard and I felt like we did a great job of moving the football. Again, we made some mistakes, but we found away to pull it out and that is all you can ask for as a coach.”
OHS wins first
Ever since being appointed to the job, Opelousas High’s first-year head coach Quentin Payne has raved about the amount of speed his team possesses.
On Friday night against Bolton, the Tigers’ speed was on full display as they rushed for 276 yards on 32 carries en route to picking up their first victory of the season in a 34-32 win over the Bears.
“It feels great to get that first win of the season,” Payne said. “Our kids have been working very hard to get to this point and they’ve been waiting on a night like Friday to come for a while. For that night to happen in a road game is a really big confidence booster for us.”
Running back Collin Roberts and James Hubard were sensational in the running game for the Tigers as the duo combined for 194 yards and five TDs on 23 carries. Collins rushed for a game-high 99 yards and four TDs on 14 carries, while Hubard recorded 95 yards and one touchdown eight carries.
“Offensively, Collin Roberts had a really good game for us,” Payne said. “I’m not surprised by how well we ran the football, because we all believe we can play. The only surprised for me was the manner in which we won, because we had to fight the entire night.”
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