CECILIA — The Cecilia Bulldogs are one step closer to being crowned district champions.

With the school’s 1995 state championship trophy on site, Cecilia rolled past archrival Breaux Bridge 31-14 in the annual contest referred to by St. Martin Parish residents as “The Civil War.” Cecilia wraps up its regular season at St. Martinville next Friday, with the District 5-4A championship up for grabs.

Senior running back Raymond Calais led the way with 245 yards on 28 carries and is now less than 100 yards from eclipsing the 2,000-yard mark on the season. Calais enters next week’s regular season game with 1,907 rushing yards and 23 rushing scores.

Cecilia (8-1, 3-0) got things going in the first quarter with the passing game.

The Bulldogs’ opening drive appeared to have stalled with miscommunication resulting into two timeouts being called by the 9:59 mark and back-to-back false start penalties. Cecilia didn’t allow those miscues preventing it from scoring as Landon Roberts hooked up with Noah Livings for a 40-yard score on fourth-and-long.

Cecilia tacked on a 25-yard field goal by Tanner Olivier in the second quarter and held a 10-0 lead at halftime.

Breaux Bridge (5-4, 2-2) got on the scoreboard in the third quarter as Daniel Lee broke a few tackles for a 48-yard touchdown run. Cecilia answered back with a score on the ensuing drive as Roberts found Rusty Robin across the middle for a 20-yard touchdown.

After racking up plenty of rushing yards but no scores through three quarters, Calais helped put the game away in the fourth quarter. Early in the fourth, Calais fought his way into the end zone from a yard out and then iced the game with a sensational 49-yard touchdown run.

Calais ended the game with 245 yards on 28 carries and is now less than 100 yards from eclipsing the 2,000-yard mark on the season. Calais enters next week’s regular season game with 1,907 rushing yards and 23 rushing scores.

Breaux Bridge was led by Lee who had 121 rushing yards on 14 carries with the Tigers’ two touchdowns.