Montagues and Capulets. Hatfields and McCoys. Microsoft and Apple. Breaux Bridge and Cecilia.
Well, maybe it isn’t that serious.
But make no mistake about it Friday’s ‘Civil War’ between the Bulldogs and the Tigers has an air of electricity around it that hasn’t necessarily been present in the matchup in the last few years.
“The last couple of years when we struggled a little bit I don’t think there was much expected out of it,” said Cecilia coach Terry Martin. “But I don’t know if we’ve seen as much interest, in terms of how many people we’re expecting in a while.
“We had to speak with the Sheriff about getting barricades because we might have to open the track up. We haven’t done that since 2007 in the quarterfinal game. It used to be a regular occurrence for this game.”
Cecilia (7-1, 2-0) has the most wins early they’ve had since the 2009 season, as the Bulldogs have rode a balanced offensive attack to success this season. The Bulldogs only loss came via a one-point loss in the third week of the season to an undefeated Crowley squad.
Martin said the Bulldogs success has come from their ability to spread teams out in the passing game and open up running lanes for senior running back Raymond Calais Jr.
Calais has rushed for 1,662 and 21 touchdowns on 176 carries this season good for nine yards per carry.
The rushing lanes have been wide open for Calais thanks to the connection between quarterback Landon Roberts and Kenya Dartez, who have hooked up 29 times for 897 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.
“We have to play the kind of defense that we played earlier in the year against a good Carencro team or a good Teurlings team,” said Breaux Bridge coach Paul Broussard. “That’s the kind of effort we need.”
The Tigers have their top corner back from injury in Sabarian Alexander to help with Dartez, but Broussard said the Bulldogs are a complete team.
“They have a good quarterback, good receivers, good running back, good offensive line,” Broussard said. “And they are playing good defense, they held New Iberia to two touchdowns and they have been scoring points on a lot of teams.”
Broussard can fall back on the fact that the Tigers limited Calais in last season’s game, holding him to 42 yards on 19 carries in last year’s win.
Broussard said the Tigers want to limit the big runs Calais seems to rip off every week and help control the Bulldogs offense by keeping them off the field with a ball control offense
The Tigers offense has perked up in recent weeks after struggling early in the season to produce points. Sophomore running back Logan Bossier broke out for 130 yards on five carries against Westgate and senior running back Ruben Hypolite returned to the field after missing games due to an ankle injury.
“Getting Ruben back is definitely a big plus, we’ve missed him,” Broussard said. “He got a handful of carries and it was nice to see him move a little bit and make some good cuts.
“It helps Logan out a little bit. He’s only a sophomore so every week he gets a little bit better.”
The Tigers will be facing a defense high on confidence after Cecilia put together its most complete performance of the season against New Iberia.
The Bulldogs forced four interceptions in the game, and Martin said a ball-hawking secondary has been one of the missing links for them this season.
“It wasn’t like (New Iberia) made bad plays,” Martin said. “We put adequate pressure on them and our defensive backs made some nice plays on balls. That’s kind of been the missing link the last few years and hopefully we can continue doing that.”
Game: 7 p.m., Friday at Cecilia
Radio: 105.1 FM
Last game: Breaux Bridge beat Westgate 27-10; Cecilia beat New Iberia 42-12
Last meeting: Breaux Bridge beat Cecilia 20-18 in 2014
Last season: Cecilia 4-6; Breaux Bridge 6-3
Players to Watch: BBHS – Israel Ledet, DB (2 INTs, six tackles, punt return TD last week); Ruben Hypolite, RB; Sabarian Alexander, DB; CEC – Darius Gordon, DL; Trenton Guidry, OL; Raymond Calais Jr., RB (176-1662-21)
Sept. 4 Beat COMEAUX 28-0, 11 beat Northside 33-6, 18 lost CROWLEY 50-49, 25 beat St. Louis 42-14, Oct. 2 beat Lafayette High 38-28, 9 beat ABBEVILLE 41-7, 16 beat Westgate 49-0, 23 beat New Iberia 42-12, 30 BREAUX BRIDGE, Nov. 6 St. Martinville.
Sept. 4 beat New Iberia 7-6; Sept 11 lost Notre Dame 20-0; 18 beat Rayne 21-20; 24 lost Teurlings 14-7; Oct. 2 beat Carencro 17-14; 8 lost St. Martinville; 16 beat Abbeville 30-8; 23 beat Westgate 27-10; 30 Cecilia;