Broussard rallied Gents after injury

Broussard rallied Gents after injury


Broussard rallied Gents after injury


Throughout the year the Crowley Gents leaned on senior quarterback Pate Broussard to lead them through tough times as their leader.

Last night, Broussard stepped up in a different way once he went out with a shoulder injury.

Before leaving the field, Broussard rallied the troops and delivered a speech to his team to not lose confidence and come back and beat Livonia.

The rousing speech worked, as the Gents came back and eventually won 42-35 behind impressive performances from senior running back Ty’Von Griffin and sophomore quarterback Paul Dugar.

“He got everyone together before he left on the sidelines and said some words,” said Crowley coach Josh Fontenot. “The guys really responded to it.”

Fontenot said they still weren’t sure of the extent of Broussard’s injury on Saturday, but that the senior did not break his collarbone and would undergo an MRI, but would be preparing as if they wouldn’t have him back for the quarterfinal game against Franklinton.

Griffin took the message to heart and proceeded to finish with 337 total yards and five total touchdowns.

Fontenot said Griffin had the look in eyes on some possessions where he knew he wouldn’t be tackled by one defender.

“That was probably the best game our offensive line played this season,” Fontenot said. “So rather than having to make three or four people miss, it was only one person. And that’s a matchup that we like.”

But it was Dugar’s veteran-like performance that was perhaps the most impressive.

Dugar went 3-for-4 for 54 yards and a touchdown through the air and added a dimension on the ground for the Gents’, rushing for 40 yards on four carries.

“When we needed him to he stepped up and got some big completions for us including a touchdown,” Fontenot said.

While Dugar has only seen mop up duty at quarterback, he’s played ‘around 70 percent’ of the snaps at safety for the Gents’ defense.

So while he may by inexperienced at the quarterback, Dugar wasn’t affected by the Friday night lights.

“He’s been on the field in some of our biggest games and in some of our biggest spots on defense,” Fontenot said. “So it’s not like he’s going out there scared.”

Fontenot said Dugar offers a slightly different skill set than Broussard, being more of a threat in the running game.

But Fontenot said to not discount Dugar’s ability to drive the ball down the field in the passing game.

“He has more of a tailback aspect back there at quarterback for us,” Fontenot said. “But he has a strong arm and can throw it, so we won’t be scared to throw the ball.”

Fontenot said the Gents would do the typical things to make life easier for their backup quarterback: simplify the reads in the passing game, move the pocket and give him safe throws to get into a rhythm.

And one silver lining to Broussard’s injury is Crowley will get another top-notch coach on the sidelines.

“One thing he gives us is when (Dugar) comes off the field and we talk to him as coaches, (Broussard) will go and talk to him right afterward,” Fontenot said. “Sometimes after a coach gives you a tough time you just need to get a player’s perspective.

“Pate knows exactly what to do in those situations.”

Crowley will face Franklinton in the quarterfinal game at home in Gardner Memorial Stadium.

Blue Gators playing with a chip on their shoulders

Ascension Episcopal made a statement with its shutout 42-0 victory against Cedar Creek in the quarterfinals.

The statement was pretty clear: stop disrespecting us.

“We’ve heard for the last couple of weeks that we aren’t a physical football team and that we would struggle against physical teams,” said Ascension Episcopal coach Mike Desormeaux. “We used that to our advantage and the kids played with a chip on their shoulder.

“You can turn anything into a positive.”

The Blue Gators’ defense shut down Cedar Creek in the quarterfinal matchup to advance to the semifinals for the first time ins school history.

Kaplan defense hitting its stride

The Pirates defense has been lights out in recent weeks, including the playoffs where they have only given up 14 points through the first two playoff games.

It’s that defense that has helped them advance to the quarterfinals where they play No. 1 Lutcher at home.

Kaplan coach Stephen Lotief said the performance against Winnfield started on the defensive line where they dominated the line of scrimmage.

“It’s guys getting more comfortable in their scheme and doing their jobs rather than worrying about doing someone else’s’ job,” Lotief said. “They are playing pretty well right now.”

The Pirates did suffer a blow offensively in the game, losing senior Grant Frick again in his second game back on the field.

Frick broke the same collarbone that held him out earlier in the season.

Crowley running back Ty’Von Griffin (4) helped to bail out the Gents in a 41-35 road win over Livonia on Friday.

Crowley running back Ty’Von Griffin (4) helped to bail out the Gents in a 41-35 road win over Livonia on Friday.


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