Cody Orgeron threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns to the lead Mandeville Skippers to a 41-24 victory over the Thibodaux Tigers in a Class 5A bi-district playoff game at Mandeville.
The Skippers (8-3) will play at Scotlandville in the regionals next week.
On the first offensive play of the third quarter, Trey LeBlanc threw an 80 yard touchdown pass to Amik Robertson to give the Tigers a 24-21 lead with 11:43 left in the third quarter. Thibodaux had 84 yards and no points for the rest of the game.
“The defense has played well all year” said Mandeville coach Guy LeCompte. “They played much better in the second half.”
The Tigers (6-5) still amassed 437 yards of total offense for the game. Robertson rushed for 158 yards on just 7 carries and caught 3 passes for 111 yards.
Mandeville scored on their first four possessions of the second half.
“They played better defensively in the second half than we did” said Thibodaux coach Chris Dugas. “We knew we were going to have to outscore them. Those two fumbles hurt plus we had to go 80 yards every time we got the ball.
“We never lost confidence in our offense” said Kyle Snyder, who recovered both fumbles for the Skippers.
Mandeville’s average starting field position was its own 47-yard line. Thanks to kicker Joseph Bulovas, the Tigers average was their own 19. Seven of Bulovas’ eight kickoffs were into the end zone.
“Bulovas has a strong leg and he showed it tonight” said LeCompte. “He made them go a long way every time. We were very balanced on offense tonight and our offensive line allowed us to run the ball.”
Bulovas had field goals of 24 and 34 yards in the second half. Boudreaux caught his second touchdown pass of the game in the third quarter and Jones second 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter sealed the victory.
Boudreaux caught 6 passes for 107 yards.
The Skippers rushed for 127 yards and had 374 yards of total offense.
Orgeron completed 16-of-20 passes for the game.
The Tigers jumped out to a 7-0 lead on their first offensive play when Robertson took the ball on a speed sweep and raced 84 yards for a touchdown. Brandon Cone added the extra point with 9:56 left in the first quarter.
The Skippers tied the game at 7-7 when Orgeron connected with Alex Boudreaux on a 2-yard scoring toss. The score came two plays after Orgeron and Fritz Walker collaborated on a 67-yard pass to the Tigers 1-yard line. Bulovas followed with the extra point.
Cone made a 33 yard field goal with 41 second left in the first quarter to give Thibodaux a 10-7 lead.
Mandeville answered right back with a six play 53-yard drive. Taron Jones scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. Bulovas extra point gave the Skippers their first lead at 14-10 with 11:00 to go in the first half.
Snyder recovered a fumble for the Skippers at the Tigers’ 41-yard line, five plays later Orgeron hit Connor Lockhart with a 26-yard touchdown pass to give Mandeville a 21-10 lead.
But with 1:39 left in the half, the Tigers marched 80 yards in 11 plays where Donell Adair scored on a 1-yard run to make the score 21-17.
The Tigers outgained the Skippers 263 yards to 206 yards in the wild first half.
Thibodaux rushed for 204 first half yards and the Skippers passed for 159 yards. Orgeron completed 12-of-15 passes in the first half.