ARNAUDVILLE — After scoring only three points in the first half, Carencro Bears head coach Rip Eveland said at halftime, the coaching staff had to remind the players that they were playing for a share of the district 4-4A title.
That speech worked.
The Bears (7-3, 4-1) scored four touchdowns in the second half on the way to a 31-0 win over Beau Chene (5-5, 1-4) Thursday night at Gator Stadium in Arnaudville.
“We put a lot of pressure on them (team) because of the game moving up (to Thursday),” Eveland said. “It messed up the preparation. I don’t know if we were quite prepared. They (Beau Chene) did a good job defensively and I thought our defense played well.”
A 27-yard field goal by Gabe Duffy on Carencro’s first drive were the only points of the first half. Duffy had his second field goal attempt blocked in the first quarter.
It didn’t take long for the Bears to get things started in the second half. Tyriek Campbell scored on a 32-yard run, capping off a two-play drive for the 10-0 lead.
A bad snap from Beau Chene’s own 20-yard line was recovered in the endzone by Blakeston Noel to give Carencro a 17-0 advantage less than five minutes into the third quarter.
Duffy tacked on another third-quarter score on a 12-yard run as part of another quick two-play drive.
At the start of the fourth, the Gators woes continued with a bad snap on a punt that Kendarius Poullard recovered in the endzone for another score.
Duffy finished the game with over 60 yards and a score on 12 carries. The Gator defense held Campbell to 43 yards and a touchdown on 18 attempts.
“I can’t be more proud of my guys and I can’t ask anything more of them,” said Beau Chene coach Josh Guidry. “I had guys toughing it out tonight, playing through injuries that most kids wouldn’t even think about playing through.
“When you look at a kid like Tyriek Campbell, I think we held him to under 100 yards rushing,” Guidry continued. “Not many teams in this area have done that all year. We came out with a good gameplan and gave it our best fight, but like we’ve done all year with a young team, we keep finding ways to shoot ourselves in the foot.”
The Bears’ defense held the Gators to 28 yards of total offense, holding leading rusher Deontrae Eaglin to 15 yards on 19 carries.
“Our team had to generate their own momentum and energy because you couldn’t feel any out there,” Eveland said. “Our fans came out and supported us well and the defense played good. We just have to get better everyday, hopefully we get a good draw and get to go a couple of more games.”
Heading into Thursday night’s game, Beau Chene was ranked No. 30 in the Class 4A power rankings. Guidry said he will be cheering on other teams Friday night.
“We’ll be Deridder and Lagrange’s biggest fans going into tomorrow (Friday) night,” he said. “If both of those teams do their jobs and barring any monumental upsets, I think we’ll get in at No. 32 and look at going play Neville.”
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