LUTCHER — St. Martinville head coach Gary Adkins didn’t say much once the high school football brackets were released and the Tigers found out they were seeded No. 30 in Class 4A.
But inside, he wasn’t too pleased with his team’s position because he felt they were much better than a No. 30 seed.
So, instead of griping about it, Adkins and his Tigers went out and did something about it as they traveled to No. 3 seeded Lutcher and defeated them 30-29 in the bi-district round of the playoffs Friday.
“I don’t know if there is much difference between a 25-seed and a 30-seed,” Adkins said. “But I definitely felt we were better than a No. 30 seed. I know we lost to Breaux Bridge, Northside, but I felt we should’ve beaten them. There is no doubt I felt we were good enough to be seeded anywhere from 12 to 15.”
The Tigers, who will now play host to LaGrange in the regional round, believe their game plan was executed to perfection against Lutcher.
“The entire week, I thought we had great practices,” Adkins said. “We played hard for 48 minutes and we never quit. We were down late and we got the two-point conversion. Offensively, we had several long drives including a 20-play drive that ate up almost all of the time. So I think we did a great job of keeping the ball away from their offense.”
Adkins was extremely impressed by the fact his Tigers never gave up regardless of how the game turned.
“This was a win for the ages,” Adkins said. “It’s surreal to think that we went down to Lutcher and beat them. This was definitely an unbelievable win for our program. It will definitely go down as one of the most classic high school games played.”