After surrendering 79 points during a two-game losing streak, the Broadmoor defense kept the Buccaneers’ playoffs hope alive Thursday night against Tara.
Broadmoor recovered a fumble late in the fourth quarter to set the table for running back Devontae Thomas’s game-winning touchdown run that pushed the Bucs past the Trojans for a 22-16 homecoming win.
The Trojans (2-5, 0-3 District 6-4A) entered the fourth quarter with a 16-14 lead after a seven-play, 83-yard scoring drive capped off by a 30-yard touchdown pass from John Washington to Darrel Bowie.
But after a Broadmoor three-and-out, Bucs safety David Siggers recovered a fumble to give the Bucs possession at the 13-yard line. Thomas carried the ball three straight times before barreling into the end zone from 4 yards out to put the Bucs ahead.
The Bucs forced a turnover on downs on the Trojans’ following possession and Thomas iced the game with a 6-yard run for a first down.
Thomas finished with 60 yards on 12 carries. Quarterback Joshua Rogers rushed for 74 yards on 14 attempts and threw for two touchdowns.
“The kids played hard,” said Broadmoor coach Rusty Price. “We had opportunities to lie down and Tara played great, but we kept fighting.”
After giving up more than 200 yards rushing in losses to Lutcher and Plaquemine, the Bucs (4-3, 2-2) limited the Trojans to 52 yards on the ground.
Trojans quarterback John Washington finished 18-for-28 passing for 188 yards while throwing and running for touchdowns. But the Trojans were too one-dimensional to overcome two turnovers and a first half where the offense went 2-for-7 on third-down conversions.
“They ran a lot of run blitzes inside, and it was hard for us to pick up,” said Tara coach Ron LeJeune. “We just couldn’t make the plays when we needed to.”
Despite gaining only 51 yards in the first half, the Trojans enjoyed a significant advantage in field position thanks to a botched onside kick and fake punt by the Bucs.
But Tara’s first points came courtesy of its defense when Windell Robinson tackled Reginald Williams in the end zone for a safety. The Trojans recovered Broadmoor’s onside kick attempt and drove 35 yards in eight plays before Washington scored from 1 yard out on a third-and-goal quarterback sneak to give Tara a 9-8 lead.
The Bucs regained a 14-9 lead at the end of the first half on a 10-play, 74-yard scoring drive keyed by a defensive pass interference penalty that set up a first-and-goal. Two players later Williams caught his second touchdown reception on a 5-yard pass from Rogers.
Both teams split a pair of three-and-outs to open the game before the Bucs got a boost from their special teams. Rogers received the snap on a fake punt and rushed 24 yards to the Tara 36-yard line. Two plays later Rogers found Williams in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown pass before connecting with tight end David Collins for the two-point conversion to put the Bucs ahead 8-0.