CECILIA — The contest was a rematch two decades in the making.
The last time Cecilia and Edna Karr tussled in the postseason, it was inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the 1995 Class 3A state championship. That day 20 years ago, Cecilia edged Karr 12-8 to hoist the title, which avenged a 13-10 overtime loss to the Cougars back in the 1993 title game.
The result this time around lacked that memorable nail-biting drama as No. 14 Karr upset No. 3 Cecilia 47-28 in the regional round of the Class 4A playoffs.
Cecilia (10-2) struck first as the Bulldogs scored on their second drive.
Senior running back Raymond Calais split a pair of linebackers as he slashed his way to a 78-yard run. A few plays later, Calais powered his way into the end zone from a yard out to give the Bulldogs the early lead.
Calais ended his final game as a Bulldog with 260 yards on 16 carries and three scores.
Karr (7-4) responded by scoring 21 unanswered points.
After starting off the game with four straight incompletions, Cougars quarterback Aldon Clark completed five of his next six passes, none less than 11 yards. Karr put together a scoring drive which was capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by Tyrik Luckett.
Luckett finished with 119 yards.
After adding another short Luckett touchdown run to start the second, Edna Karr would recover an onsides kick giving the Cougars a short field. After converting on a fourth and 10, Edna Karr would add to its lead with a 1-yard touchdown run by Kendell Johnson.
Karr was in absolute control of the ball game.
The Cougars band was deafening and the players, and even some coaches, were dancing on the sideline to the band’s rendition of Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” For a brief moment it felt as if the game was being played down in Algiers.
Cecilia desperately needed a spark and the Bulldogs got one as Rusty Robin returned the short kickoff down to the one-yard line. Calais scored on the next play.
That celebration was brief as Karr answered with a Clark screen pass to Diamante Woolridge who darted past Cecilia defenders for a 55-yard touchdown.
Cecilia reclaimed some momentum right before halftime.
The Bulldogs pulled within one possession after Landon Roberts hooked up with Kenya Dartez for a 19-yard touchdown. Then shortly before the half, Tarik Davis intercepted Clark’s pass in the right corner of the end zone.
Even with a sensational 71-yard touchdown run by Calais in the third, Cecilia was unable to keep up with Edna Karr’s physical offense in the second half. The Cougars wide receivers routinely broke the tackles of the Bulldogs linebackers and secondary. Edna Karr would add three more touchdowns in the second half on way to a convincing 19-point road victory.
With the victory, Karr advances to face Bastrop, which beat Assumption.