NEW IBERIA — Trailing 24-21 with under four minutes left to play, Carencro senior quarterback Tyler Gaspard remained poised and found running back Tyreik Campbell in the end zone on 2-yard pass, propelling the Golden Bears to their sixth win of the season with a 28-24 victory Thursday.
Despite another competitive effort against a district foe, New Iberia falls to 1-7.
“We were hanging on to our fingernails, but a win is a win,” said Carencro head coach Roland Eveland.
On the Golden Bears’ second possession Gaspard delivered a 15-yard strike to wide receiver Ty Magnon on a slant route, giving Carencro an early 7-0 lead.
Later in the first quarter, New Iberia strong safety Brody Bourque stuffed the Bears on a fourth-and-1 attempt. The defensive stop led to Xavier Berard reaching across the goal line on a 7-yard carry, pulling the Jackets within one after a failed extra-point attempt. Berard finished the night with 101 yards on the ground.
In the Bears’ next possession Gaspard launched a 44-yard bomb to wide receiver Trevor George. Junior running back Tyreik Campbell concluded the drive with a 10-yard touchdown dash.
Campbell appeared close to 100 percent after battling an ankle injury in previous weeks.
“(Campbell) is starting to run better,” Eveland said. “He’s got the explosion again, but he’s still got a little ways to go.”
New Iberia responded with an 82-yard drive of their own, evening the score at 14-14 with a touchdown carry and two-point conversion from Berard.
As time expired in the first half, Carencro’s field goal attempt was denied by New Iberia senior Trevon Lewis, who blocked the 38-yard attempt. Lewis scooped and scored from 72 yards out, giving New Iberia its first lead, 21-14.
Carencro remained calm coming out of the locker room after halftime. After a New Iberia three-and-out, the Golden Bears bounced back with a 50-yard drive, capped off with a Devin Senegal end around from the 1-yard line.
After stops by both defensive units, Carencro defensive back D’Ronne Littleton recorded his second interception of the night early in the fourth quarter. However minutes later New Iberia’s Brandon Khammany gave the football back to the Yellow Jackets with an interception near midfield.
The New Iberia takeaway set up a 27-yard field goal by Cy Kipp, giving the Jackets a 27-24 advantage.
A failed onside kick attempt on the following kickoff gave the Golden Bears great field position near midfield. Gaspard (22-41, 294 yards) led the Bears down the field with his arm, finishing the game-winning drive with a 2-yard pass to Campbell on an out route.
“(Gaspard) has done a good job for us,” Eveland said. “He could coach this offense. We enjoy coaching the guy.”
Carencro (6-2, 4-1) will look to stay hot next week as they take on Acadiana.
“We have to be tough next week,” Eveland said. “Acadiana is hard-nosed. They are going to try to beat us up between the tackles.”
New Iberia faces Comeaux next week.