NEW ROADS — Catholic-Pointe Coupee took head coach David Simoneaux’s urge for resiliency to a new level.
Eleven seconds remained on the clock when Reed Smith scored the game-winning touchdown off a blocked field goal attempt to give the Hornets a 28-23 win over Westminster Academy at NRG Field Friday night.
Smith pulled the Hornets past the Crusaders when he grabbed a loose ball off a blocked kick for a 38-yard TD run.
“I saw the ball, saw the opportunity and took it,” he said. “I saw them block the ball out the corner of my eye and saw them run up field, so I saw the ball and saw the hole, so I took it.”
Troy Pechon’s 30-yard run and Boyd Smith’s 15-yard pass to Trey Aucoin put the Hornets in field goal range.
The game-winner came only 35 seconds after running back Ken Jones plunged through a herd of Hornet defenders for a 1-yard TD, but CHSPC stopped Kaleb Prudhomme’s conversion pass to Jones.
CHSPC (3-3, 1-0) trailed 17-10 at the start of a frantic fourth quarter when Lucas Patin broke through the middle for a 7-yard TD run with 11:17 remaining, but a blocked kick left the Hornets with a one-point deficit.
Boyd Smith, who played with a hyper-extended knee he suffered in the first quarter, scored on a 9-yard run, after Patin’s 32-yard gain with 6:11 on the clock.
“The way our guys bounced back from that adversity and kept coming back was something I was completely proud of,” Simoneaux said. “We all earn breaks in life, and we earned ours on that block field goal.
“Our guys never quit,” he said. “This is an entirely different team from what we had at the start of the season.”
Patin and Boyd Smith powered a 403-yard Hornet rushing attack. Smith carried 20 times for 197 yards and Patin 26 times for 133 yards.
Boyd Smith wasted no time giving the Hornets the advantage when he scored his first of two TDs on a 37-yard run with less than 30 seconds into the game. CHSPC took possession at the 42 after kickoff.
It hardly affected the Crusaders (4-2, 0-1), who gained momentum when quarterback Kaleb Prudhomme connected with Ken Jones on a 38-yard touchdown pass. John Robert Thibodeaux’s extra-point kick tied the game 7-7.
The Hornets broke the logjam early in the second half on Nathan Carriere’s 26-yard field goal that put CHSPC ahead 10-7 at halftime.
Noah Launey’s broke through the middle and found his way along the left sideline for a 63-yard TD scamper that put the Crusaders ahead 14-10 at the 10:15 mark in the third quarter.
Launey led Westminster with 21 carries for 133 yards.
Gene Kraemer’s 32-yard field goal with one minute left in the third quarter stretched Westminster lead to seven.
The Hornets host St. Edmund on Thursday night, while Westminster Christian visits Basile.