BELLE CHASSE — Friday’s regular-season finale between Carver and Belle Chasse was nothing if not entertaining.
Both teams took turns jockeying for the lead in this District 9-4A matchup, which included seven lead changes. It appeared that much like a heavyweight fight, whomever had the most left in the tank would win.
Carver threw the final punch.
The Rams outlasted Belle Chasse 27-22.
Facing a fourth-and-17 from his own 35, Carver’s Izea Hurst launched a deep pass to Ryan Felt for a touchdown, giving the Rams (6-4) the go-ahead score. It was the second touchdown of the night for Felt, finished with 95 yards on four receptions.
“My kids are growing up before my eyes,” Carver coach Byron Addison said. “They have overcome a lot to get here and perform the way they did. I knew I had to trust them to go out and execute what they practiced. My guys were really well-composed, and that was big for us.”
Belle Chasse (5-5) had plenty of opportunities to seize control, but the Cardinals’ final attempt wasn’t enough to close the deal.
They had the ball with less than a minute to play. Freshman quarterback Marcian Marshall fumbled the snap, giving Carver possession with 34 seconds left.
Earlier, Belle Chasse appeared to take control when Trey Green got behind the Rams defense for a 35-yard touchdown to put the Cardinals up 22-20. It was Green’s second trip to the end zone.
Green had unusually quiet night rushing, but he made up for it with his hands. He finished the night with 95 receiving yards, 27 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
The Rams shook off the first-half rust by marching 74 yards on their opening drive of the third quarter.
Felt got behind the defense to haul in the 45-yard bomb from Hurst.
The score was answered on the ensuing drive, when Caylin Parker barreled in from 1 yard out, giving the Cardinals a momentary 16-13 lead. Carver responded five plays later when Carver’s Jimmie Cooley sprinted 20 yards for a score and the 20-16 lead.
Belle Chasse had come to life in the first half after a planned quarterback change, as Marshall replaced incumbent senior Andrew Paige.
Green found himself wide open for a 36-yard touchdown pass from Marshall. The score put the Cardinals up 10-6 heading into halftime.
Carver took a 6-3 lead with 9:10 left in the second quarter following a 22-yard strike from Hurst to Gary Young. Hurst finished night with 157 passing yards and 70 rushing yards.
LUSHER 49, CLARK 16: Eli Poche passed for two touchdowns and Ari Broussard ran for three scores of his own as Lusher blew open a close game to win going away.
The Lions (6-4, 4-3 District 9-3A) had a 21-16 lead at halftime before they erupted for four touchdowns in the third quarter.
Poche completed 11 of 20 passes for 149 yards on the night, hitting Jaylen Stewart and Simoen Thomas for scores. Broussard ran for 110 yards on 14 carries.
Clark (3-7, 2-5) got 77 yards and a touchdown from Koiy Evans, who also completed 3 of 8 passes in a reserve role.
BEN FRANKLIN 52, COHEN 20: Jack Heyl rushed for five touchdowns and threw for another as the Falcons closed the regular season with a runaway victory.
Ben Franklin (5-5) finished with 346 rushing yards, and its defense held Cohen (0-10) to nine first downs.
Heyl found David St. Etienne for a 3-yard touchdown, the first of three first-quarter scores for the Falcons. Heyl ran for touchdowns of 7, 6, 5, 1 and 7 yards.