LAKE CHARLES — The Crowley football team remained undefeated when it rallied and defeated District 3-4A rival LaGrange 27-25 in dramatic fashion Thursday night at John J. Mims Memorial Stadium.
The Gents erased a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter and took their first and only lead with 10 seconds left thanks to a 96-yard touchdown in 1 minute, 41 seconds drive to claim the victory over LaGrange.
The Gators (3-3, 1-1 District 3-4A) seemed to have the game in hand when LaGrange running back Markell Hawthorne broke off a 64-yard run to the Crowley 5-yard line with a 25-21 lead and just more than two minutes left.
But the Gents (7-0, 2-0) never gave in, and two plays later, they forced a fumble and recovered it on their 4-yard line with 1:51 remaining.
With less than two minutes left to play and no timeouts, Crowley put the game in the hands of senior quarterback Pate Broussard.
Broussard’s first big play of the drive came on the third play when he found wide receiver Jacq’Co Price for a 36-yard completion near the sideline to put the ball across midfield.
But the Crowley offense stalled when Broussard threw three consecutive incomplete passes. On fourth down, it seemed the game was over when Broussard’s pass across the middle hit the ground, but a late flag came in for a defensive pass interference to keep the Gents alive and put them on the LaGrange 21 with 30 seconds left.
Broussard and the Gents took advantage of the call on the next play when he found receiver Mikal Hebert up the middle for a 14-yard gain to put them 7 yards away from the end zone with 18 seconds left.
Crowley completed the comeback on the next play with a 7-yard pass from Broussard to Price to take a 27-25 lead with just 10 seconds left
LaGrange attempted a 52-yard field goal as time expired, but it landed well short of the goal post, sealing the Gents’ victory.
Broussard finished 21 of 39 for 307 yards and two touchdown passes, while Ty’Von Griffin led the team in rushing with 23 times for 68 yards and two touchdowns.
Crowley started slow as LaGrange jumped out to a 15-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a short-field touchdown drive early in the game and an interception returned for a touchdown on the ensuing Gents drive.
But the Gents evened things up in the second quarter with two unanswered touchdowns to cut the Gators’ lead to 15-13.
The Gators regained control in the third with 10 unanswered points, but Crowley stayed resilient.
Crowley will look to extend its undefeated streak next week when it returns home to take on Washington-Marion.