CARENCRO — For the second straight week, Carencro suffered a gut-wrenching defeat at the Cro Dome.
Breaux Bridge’s Baylie Thibodeaux kicked his first field goal of the season to give the Tigers a stunning 17-14 victory over the Golden Bears. The week before, Carencro fell in the waning moments to Sam Houston 31-28 on a last-second field goal.
Like the first four games of the season, Breaux Bridge (3-2) struggled on offensive for most of Friday night’s contest. The Tigers punted seven times in first half, including the first three drives resulting in a trio of three-and-outs, and netted a total of 97 yards.
Breaux Bridge’s defense kept the game close as Carencro’s offense was unable to get into any real rhythm for most of the first half. The Bears’ opening drive ended with a three-and-out and the second drive stalled in the red zone. With the ball on the 8-yard line and facing a fourth-and-one, Carencro’s Gabe Duffy rolled out to find a receiver but Korey Louis batted the ball away.
Carencro (3-2) finally broke through late in the first as Tyreik Campbell powered his way into the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown. Campbell ended the game with 27 yards on 148 carries.
Breaux Bridge got on the board in the second quarter on a bad snap that sailed over the head of Duffy on a punt attempt. The Tigers though couldn’t take advantage of the short field on the ensuing free kick but eventually found the end zone, thanks in part to its stellar defense.
Breaux Bridge defensive back Izrael Ledet stripped Duffy near the Carencro sideline and Sabarian Alexander recovered the loose ball. The Tigers drove down to the 4-yard line but back-to-back false start penalties pushed the team back to the 14. Despite the setbacks, Ruben Hypolite followed his blocks on the outside and tip toed his way into the end zone. The two-point conversion pass into traffic over the middle by Drake Guidry failed.
After a scoreless third, Breaux Bridge finally produced an explosive offensive play. Senior wide receiver Daniel Lee took a handoff and sprinted down the left sideline for an 87-yard touchdown run. Lee finished the game with 135 yards on seven carries.
Carencro answered with an explosive score of its own as Campbell hit the hole and outran several Breaux Bridge defenders for a 61-yard touchdown.
Breaux Bridge put together the game-winning drive with the help of two huge plays. The first was Carencro’s Drakelle Harmon being called for pass interference while defending Tyrick Davis. The second was a 29-yard reception from Julian Leon to Lee who made sure to fall out of bounds. With 3.9 seconds left, Thibodeaux came out and kicked the games-winning 21-yard field goal.
Carencro opens District 4-4A play at Opelousas next Thursday, while Breaux Bridge opens District 5-4A play that same night at home against St. Martinville.