OPELOUSAS — While Opelousas spent Friday night tangled in a web of mistakes, Eunice framed its performance with near flawless execution.
The Bobcats took advantage of fumbles, mishandled punts and kickoffs and other Opelousas miscues to open District 4-4A with a 41-0 victory at Donald Gardner Stadium.
Eunice failed to lose a fumble and avoided the interception as the Bobcats improved to 3-1 overall.
Opelousas, however, lost two fumbles and experienced other key mistakes that led to four Eunice touchdowns. The Tigers fell to 1-3 after allowing 40 or more points for the third consecutive week.
Eunice coach Paul Trosclair praised his team’s overall effort.
“I thought we looked sharp all around. Defensively, I thought we got after the quarterback really well,” Trosclair said. “We’ve begun to click offensively now and I also felt we did pretty well in the passing game.”
Opelousas head coach Quentin Payne said the origins of the lopsided defeat were obvious.
“Mistakes, we made too many of them. I didn’t think we handled it well defensively either. We’ve just got to get better,” Payne said.
Eunice finished with 250 rushing yards obtained from nine running backs.
Ty Ceasar rushed for 81 on eight carries, while Triston Frye gained 79 on 11 attempts.
The Bobcats also received a short field for four of their touchdown drives.
Eunice’s first break came when Tigers punter Tyler Fruge had to run a fourth down punt attempt out of the end zone on the game’s first series after the ball was nearly snapped over his head.
Fruge was tackled at the Tigers’ 17 with 11:01 remaining and the Bobcats’ offense had its first initiative.
The Bobcats moved into the end zone on a 5-yard Chris Johnson run.
Eunice ended the first period ahead 14-0 after the Bobcats drove 93 yards in 10 plays. Ceasar, Johnson and Frye did the running that set up a 48-yard TD pass from quarterback Alex Richard to while receiver Travis Godfrey.
Godfrey maneuvered on a post route behind the Tigers’ secondary and was open at the Opelousas 20 when Richard hit him.
Eunice’s third touchdown came when Bobcats’ lineman Kenneth Bellard recovered a fumble by Tigers’ quarterback Ke’Andre Jones at the Opelouss 13.
Three plays later Eunice was ahead 21-0 after Cesar broke away on a 5-yard carry.
Opelousas fell behind 27-0 with 5:23 left in the second period after the Bobcats drove 70 yards in 10 plays.
Eunice again hammered the Tigers with the running game, with Darin Serie scoring on an 8-yard run.
Trailing 27-0, Opelousas muffed the following kickoff and Nick Powell recovered for Eunice at the Tigers’ 34.
Three plays later (2:59) Richard scored on a three-yard run and Wesley Hebert’s extra point made it 34-0.
Opelousas attempted an onside kick to begin the second half, but the ball did not travel the required distance and Eunice was again set up.
with advantageous field position.
Once again Eunice’s drive was swift, as the Bobcats used four plays, with Frye traveling 6 yards.
The Tigers lost another fumble – this time muffing the reception of a 65-yard Hebert punt -- early in the fourth quarter and the mistake again was turned into the final Eunice touchdown.
Following the Ernest Jones recovery at the Opelousas 6, Eunice scored on a nine-yard Paul Zachary run.