ABBEVILLE — One final opportunity for Vermilion Catholic to get back into Friday’s Division IV state select playoff game resulted in a common theme.
Quarterback Hunter Frith, one of the state’s leading passers, suffered a season-high four interceptions and Southern Lab padded its lead with a touchdown in the final five minutes for a 34-12 victory.
Southern Lab (9-3) extended its 8-6 halftime lead with a 20-point third quarter, advancing to next Friday’s state championship game for the second straight season.
Running back Darbbeon Profit rushed 23 times for 167 yards and scored three touchdowns, capping the sixth-seeded scoring for the Kittens with a 2-yard score with 5:16 remaining.
Frith, who came into the game with 3,436 yards and 42 touchdowns, passed for 257 yards with three of his four interceptions coming in the first half.
VC (10-3) cut Lab’s lead to 28-12 on William Nogel’s 1-yard run at the 10:20 mark of the fourth quarter and place-kicker Emile Trahan recovered on his onside kick at Lab’s 20-yard line.
With the Eagles threatening at the Kittens’ 6-yard line strong safety Damone Clark stepped in front of Frith’s third-down attempt and returning it 66 yards with 8:50 remaining.
Frith was able to shake off a season-high four interceptions to lead Vermilion Catholic to a touchdown right before halftime, drawing the Eagles to within 8-6 at the break.
The Eagles defense came up with a three-and-out, coupled with a short punt, to give their offense tremendous field position at Lab’s 30 with 35 seconds to go.
Frith connected with Trahan on a well-thrown slant pass on second-and-10, but threw out of the back of the end zone on the two-point attempt.
Lab took its opening possession 70 yards on 14 plays, consuming nearly six minutes off the clock, for a 8-0 lead on Profit’s 3-yard run and Demonte Lange’s two-point run.
The Kittens converted four times on third down, including a third-and-12 on Veal’s 28-yard pass to Louis James, that set up Profit’s scoring run two plays later.