A battle between winless teams ended with Sacred Heart flexing its muscles in a 35-12 victory over Gueydan on Friday night.
The Trojans’ size and speed seemed to be too much for the Bears, and that was evident from the start of the game.
“We are the second smallest 1A school in the state,” Gueydan coach Jay Landry said. “Tonight, we played as hard as we possibly could against a really good 2A school.”
Two plays into the game, Sacred Heart scored on a 10-yard run by Dylan Scully. After a blocked extra point, the score was 6-0 with 13:52 left in the quarter.
On Gueydan’s ensuing drive, a Cade Sonnier pass was intercepted by defensive lineman Bevan Dupre, and returned 20 yards to the Gueydan 5.
One play later, the Trojans tacked on another score, this time on a 5-yard run by junior running back Garrick Fontenot.
The two-point conversion try was successful, and with less than four minutes off the clock, the Trojans had seized a 14-0 lead.
On the next drive, Gueydan’s offense had a 15-play drive that ate up over 10 minutes, but did not end in any points as the Bears were stopped on fourth down in the red zone.
The Trojans quickly responded after the defensive stand and scored seven plays later on a 15-yard touchdown run by Scully with 10:21 left before halftime.
Gueydan threatened again with another long drive, taking up nine minutes, but again left empty handed, getting stopped on fourth down again at the Trojan 5-yard line.
“We left some points on the board tonight,” Landry said. “When you have long drives like that, you have to punch it in.”
Sacred Heart took over on downs at its 5, and three plays later, quarterback Joshua LaHaye connected with Caleb Soileau for a 95-yard touchdown pass, givng the Trojans a 28-0 lead at halftime.
Gueydan received the ball first in the third quarter and scored on their first drive with an 18-yard touchdown run by Malik Criner. A failed conversion attempt cut the Bears deficit to 28-6.
The Trojans responded quickly with a touchdown on a 11-yard scamper by Fontenot to put Sacred Heart ahead 35-6 with 3:05 left in the third quarter.
Gueydan scored with 30 seconds left on a Criner 14-yard run.
“Our guys have to understand that they have nothing but each other,” Landry said. “We can’t worry about who we play and what they do, we have to worry about we we do.”
Next Friday, Gueydan hosts North Central, and Sacred Heart hosts the Mamou Demons.