Friday night was no simulation, and Juneau made the kick of his life: a 20-yard field goal with two seconds left, lifting St. Charles to a 24-21 victory over Parkview Baptist in a Class 3A semifinal game at SCC’s Thomas J. Dupuy Jr. Memorial Stadium.
“I have to give all the credit to coach (Frank) Monica,” Juneau said. “We practice that every Wednesday. It was routine. I was just thinking I’m bringing them (teammates) to the Dome.”
With the win, No. 2 seed St. Charles (14-0) advances to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association/State Farm Prep Classic, The Comets face Amite (12-1) in the 3A title game set for Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. St. Charles will make its first title game appearance since finishing as the 2A runner-up in 2006.
The loss ends a string of three title-game appearances in four years for Parkview (9-4). The Eagles were the 3A champions in 2007 and 2010 and the runner-up in 2009.
“They have a good program and so do we and they had the ball last,” PBS coach Kenny Guillot said. “They had the ball last and that’s what the difference was.
“I think both teams, especially us, have nothing to be ashamed of. It was a tough, physical game.”
Donnie Savoie completed 14-of-25 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns, including a 47-yard scoring strike to Jeff Hall to tie the game at 21-21 with 4:55 remaining. Sammy Miller caught five passes for 85 yards, including 31-yard scoring pass in the first half.
The SCC defense, led by Kerry Waguespack, Ross Authement and Bick Montegut, then stopped PBS fullback Conner Hodgeson on a third-and-1, forcing a punt with 2:52 remaining. Despite a partial knee injury, Lazedrick Thompson ran for two key first downs to help St. Charles get in position for the winning field goal.
Hezekiah Randolph led PBS with 94 yards on 10 carries. Quarterback Brennan Bozeman added 75 yards on 15 carries.
“We knew we were going to be in for a dogfight,” SCC’s Monica said. “We beat a heck of a football team. What can I say about Donny Savoie? He’s answered the bell every time.”
The action-packed first half had big plays and turnovers as the teams played to a 14-14 tie.
Parkview took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards in 12 plays. A 30-yard option run by Bozeman was the big play. Bozeman scored on a 1-yard run with Neil Scott adding the point-after kick to make it 7-0 at the 6:23 mark.
St. Charles quickly made its way down the field. On second-and-10 at the PBS 16, Cole Wilson intercepted a Savoie pass and returned it to the PBS 33.
The Eagles drove for another score. A 41-yard run by Randolph was the big play. Hodgeson scored on a 1-yard run, making it 14-0 with 1:28 left in the first quarter.
The second quarter belonged to St. Charles. The Comets countered PBS’ second TD with a score of their own as. Savoie completed a 21-yard pass to Chris Millet.
The Eagles’ Tee Sparrow narrowly missed making an interception a few plays later. On the very next play, Savoie completed a 31-yard TD pass down the sideline to Miller. Juneau’s PAT kick made it 14-7 with 10:35 remaining in the first half.
Parkview took over near midfield and opted to go for it on fourth-and-2 at the SCC 48. Brody Burkhalter gained enough yardage for a first down, but fumbled and nearly recovered before St. Charles’ Montegut pounced on it.
St. Charles seized the momentum and drove 67 yards to tie the score. Savoie’s 34-yard pass to Matt Torres was the biggest play. Thompson scored on a 1-yard run to tie it with 4:33 left in the half.
Each defense finally stopped the other once before the half. During the final minute there were two interceptions: one by SCC’s Authement and the other by PBS’ Dylan Phillippe.
The teams butted heads throughout the third quarter. Burkhalter intercepted a Savoie pass at the SCC 43 and returned it 23 yards. St. Charles forced a field goal try. Scott’s 31-yard attempt was just off the mark at the 4:56 mark.
Parkview then put together one of its methodical drives The Eagles drove 74 yards in 10 plays. Hodgeson scored on a 20-yard run to make it 21-14 game with 6:44 to go in the game, setting up the final sequence for St. Charles.
Before hitting Hall with the game-tying TD pass, Savoie completed a 21-yard pass to Millet on third-and-18, keeping the drive alive.