LAFAYETTE — St. Martinville had its opportunities to get into the end zone Thursday night against Carencro in the Lafayette Kiwanis Jamboree at Clark Field.
The Tigers had four drives into Bears territory, but Carencro’s defense was stellar. In fact, both defenses stood out as they played to a 0-0 tie.
In the opening game of the jamboree, Comeaux got two late touchdowns to keep from being shut out as LaGrange dominated in a 28-15 win. Spartans quarterback Brett Dotson turned the ball over three times, including two fumbles returned for touchdown.
Meanwhile, Carencro’s defense was led by Austin Gary who had four sacks and was the key component in shutting the St. Martinville offense down.
“That’s a pretty good night for Austin,” Carencro coach Rip Eveland said. “The defense played really good. We’ve changed it up a bit. We’re stunting, and we’re out there playing ball. There was a couple times we left them out there hanging, and they did a good job picking us up.”
St. Martinville dominated the first half, getting the only three first downs of the half. The Tigers weren’t afraid to air it out as St. Martinville quarterbacks combined to go 5-of-6 for 28 yards. St. Martinville coach Vince DeRouen said he wants to see more fire from the offense.
“At times, I thought we did fine,” DeRouen said. “I wish some of the people on offense would take on an aggressive mentality. When adversity strikes, we tuck away a little bit. I want to see a little more from the offense.
The Tigers tried to jump-start the offense in the second half with a 78-yard trick play called back because it was an illegal forward pass. The Bears defense got good penetration through the line and forced four turnovers.
Offensively, the Bears struggled, getting just two first downs. Tyriek Campbell rushed seven times for 34 yards, but overall, Eveland said they must clean up the mistakes.
“We have to get better on offense,” he said. “We just can’t make so many mistakes. We have a lot of guys banged up, and hopefully we can get some of them back. We have to move the ball and get first downs. We didn’t do a very good job with any of that tonight. We have a couple guys that will come back and hopefully help us next week.”
DeRouen said he was “a little bit” satisfied with his team’s effort, but he also said the offense must limit the mistakes.
“Defensively we played well, just too many mistakes offensively,” DeRouen said. “We have some people hurt, and then the people that came in to backup didn’t pick up assignments well. We have to get them in shape. We kind of ran out of gas (Thursday), and I think once we get in shape and heal up a bit, we can be fine. We could have played a lot better tonight.”