CARENCRO — All Tyreik Campbell intended to do was set up a last-second field goal.
Instead, Campbell broke a tackle and headed into the end zone with 6 seconds remaining to help Carencro to a dramatic 24-17 District 3-5A victory Friday night over Acadiana.
Campbell’s 14-yard touchdown run produced a wild resolution that saw Carencro (7-2, 5-1) score 10 points in the final 3:51.
After Acadiana running back Eric Duhon scored his second touchdown with eight minutes left on a 2-yard run, the Bears used a pair of inopportune Acadiana fumbles to set up scoring drives for their final 10 points.
Carencro’s Jake Guidry kicked a 27-yard field goal to even the game at 17 after the Bears recovered their fourth Acadiana fumble at the Rams 46.
The Bears’ final touchdown drive began at the Rams 36 with 2:11 left after Carencro linebacker Rashid Harding recovered his second fumble of the game.
Campbell, running back Devin Senegal and a 20-yard completion from quarterback Tyler Gaspard to Trevor George helped get the ball to the 14.
On third down from that point, Campbell said he was trying to get the ball in closer for a potential game-winning field goal.
“I wanted to get the ball in closer (for the field goal), but when I turned the corner with the run, I was kind of able to break away from a guy and then I saw the end zone,” he said. “All I was doing was trying to help my team win. This was a big game and a big win for us. Beating a rival (like Acadiana) is really huge for us.”
Carencro assistant coach Kevin Faulk assumed the Bears were going to kick the field goal.
“Of course we were thinking field goal,” Faulk said. “No question about it. The guy (Campbell) made a great run. Campbell has been (breaking tackles) all season like that. I’m just happy that he wasn’t tackled and here we are; we’ve got another week for something to play for.”
Acadiana coach Ted Davidson preferred reticence after the game.
“I really don’t have much to say. Six fumbles, five lost? I guess that pretty much tells the story,” Davidson said.
The Rams dropped to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in 3-5A.
All of the Rams’ fumbles led to Carencro points except on the game’s first series when the Bears used the fist snap for a 58-yard completion from Gaspard to wide receiver Donald Stokes.
Campbell scored on a 22-yard end around play on the next snap and Jake Guidry kicked the Bears into a 7-0 lead.
Acadiana responded with a game-tying touchdown on the game’s following possession.
The Rams moved a short 14 yards on the scoring drive after Ronald Broussard returned the kickoff 78 yards.
Reginald Francis caught an 11-yard pass from quarterback Peyton Touchet to place the ball at the 1-yard line and Duhon scored from there.
A Kade Johnson fumble recovery at the Acadiana 25 initiated another Carencro touchdown drive.
Two Campbell runs reached the Rams’ 12 and then Gaspard threw a completion to wide receiver Jordin Bossier for the score (1:49).
Acadiana cut the 14-7 Carencro lead to three points with 2:41 remaining in the fourth period when Brodie Fontenot kicked a 36-yard field goal.