NEW ORLEANS — After 95 meetings between these two teams, Holy Cross might record Friday night’s 28-21 double overtime win against Jesuit as one “with a little magic.”
The pixie dust came from Bret Carter’s leaping catch over two defenders in the end zone near the sideline kept the Tigers alive on a fourth-and-11 play and allowed Holy Cross to tie the Jays 21-21 on the first OT possession.
Jesuit had scored on the overtime’s first possession and then pinned the Tigers into the fourth-and-11 hole. Quarterback Chandler Fields rolled right threw into tight coverage and Carter rose high to secure the ball.
“Maybe there was a little magic in the air tonight,” Holy Cross coach Eric Rebaudo said of the catch after his Tigers (4-1, 2-0) won the District 9-5A game, one that is included in the national Great American Rivalry Series.
Freshman Fields finished the scoring with a 10-yard pass to Tyler Lamm, making it 28-21. Fields completed 9 of 13 passes for 110 yards.
Holy Cross then stopped the Jays at the 1-yard line on a fourth down play to end the game.
BREAUX BRIDGE 17, CARENCRO 14: For the second straight week, Carencro suffered a gut-wrenching defeat at the Cro Dome.
Breaux Bridge’s Baylie Thibodeaux kicked his first field goal of the season to give the Tigers a stunning victory over the Golden Bears. The week before, Carencro, the No. 10 team in Class 4A, fell in the waning moments to Sam Houston 31-28 on a last-second field goal.
Like the first four games of the season, Breaux Bridge (3-2) struggled on offensive for most of Friday night’s contest. The Tigers punted seven times in first half, including the first three drives resulting in a trio of three-and-outs, and netted a total of 97 yards.
BARBE 49, NEW IBERIA 35: In Lake Charles, New Iberia’s football team came within 5 yards of erasing a 28-point deficit but never quite got there in their loss.
The Yellow Jackets fumbled the ball inside the Barbe 5 midway through the third quarter on a potential game-tying drive and never recovered.
The Buccaneers used a balanced offense and effective defense early in the game, outscoring New Iberia 28-7 in the first quarter and tacking on another touchdown to the lead early in the second.
ST. THOMAS MORE 52, HAHNVILLE 12: It’s becoming a bad habit for Hahnville’s Tigers, getting off to a slow start and digging a big early hole.
A lot of teams, though, would have found themselves behind Friday night, with the start that St. Thomas More had in its final nondistrict game of the season.
The Cougars, ranked fifth in Class 4A, scored two touchdowns in less than three minutes, with quarterback Will Bellamy and wide receiver Trevor Begue hooking up for two long scores — and that was just the start as STM rolled to a stunning win over the struggling Tigers.
St. Thomas More (4-1) scored on six of its seven first-half possessions, with Begue catching three touchdown passes from Bellamy and also returning a kickoff 93 yards for a score moments after the Tigers (2-3) notched their only first-half score on Mike Neal’s 24-yard pass to Kevin Comardelle.