District 6-3A rivals displayed that a jamboree does matter Friday night at the Vermilion Parish football Jamboree.
The Erath Bobcats and the Abbeville Wildcats squared off in a defensive struggle that saw Erath pull out a 7-6 victory.
“We talked about progress,” said Erath first-year coach David Comeaux. “We gave up six points in the first half. I was proud of how the guys responded. They did it on both sides of the ball.”
Comeaux talked about progress after the Bobcats struggled in their scrimmage last week against the speedy Cecilia Bulldogs. Erath strained to move the ball in the first half at times.
Abbeville took the lead early in the first half when quarterback Bryce Melancon connected on a screen pass with Malik Small for a 35-yard score. However, the PAT failed.
Erath responded with 12:45 left in the game with a 15-yard run by sophomore tailback Elijah Mitchell. Mitchell led Erath with 65 yards on only 10 carries.
The Wildcats had a chance to regain the lead late, but a combination of a dropped pass on a nice throw by Melancon, and a botched snap put Abbeville in a tough hole. Erath sealed the deal by picking off Melancon with 44 seconds left.
Melancon connected on 6-of-12 passes for 127 yards. The interception dashed all hopes of Abbeville somewhat avenging their a 45-13 loss to Erath last year.
“Those guys killed us last year,” said Abbeville head coach Chris Towery. “We wanted to get them back for that. The play that the bad snap occurred on is something that we’ve practiced over and over, and it never happened like that. Next week when everything is for real, that can’t happen.”
Both teams look to learn from their mistakes as the regular season opens up next week. Erath hosts Iowa on Friday, and Abbeville starts their season Thursday hosting the Vinton Lions.