Breaux Bridge still has some things to work on, but it came away from its 12-0 jamboree win against Livonia feeling pretty good about where it is with the season a week away from officially kicking off.
The Tigers played suffocating defense, holding the Wildcats to just 46 yards in the contest and forcing three turnovers, two of which came courtesy of senior defensive back Joseph Williams, who hauled in a couple athletic interceptions. Breaux Bridge dominated for spurts offensively as well, though they had a little trouble finishing drives off.
The major problem though? Penalties.
“I was real pleased with our backs,” Breaux Bridge coach Paul Broussard said. “I thought they ran hard and ran well. I thought our offensive line, at times, blocked the line of scrimmage well. We made a lot of mistakes offensively with penalties, major penalties. That’s something we have to clean up.”
The Tigers committed seven penalties in the jamboree’s two 12-minute halves, racking up 60 penalty yards. Broussard said he hoped it was just a symptom early season jitters, but that won’t stop him from making it a focal point in practice this week.
“It’s something that coaches, myself especially, we’ve got to clean up in practice,” Broussard said. “It starts with me,. We’ll get it corrected.”
The Tigers started off strong after returning the opening kickoff into Livonia territory, needing only four plays to go 46 yards for a quick touchdown. Senior running back Edward Batiste broke loose for a 33-yard touchdown to close the drive, as he found a crease on a cutback and sprinted past the Wildcats defense for the game-opening score.
“We started out great,” said Batiste, who finished with 40 yards on seven carries. “The line was blocking well.”
The other touchdown came on the first of Williams’ two interceptions. Williams undercut a route when Livonia quarterback Cee Jay Powell tried to throw against his momentum on a rollout and took it 25 yards for a score.
The second interception might have been more impressive though. Williams was falling on his back when a Livonia receiver tipped an overthrown ball in the air. Williams managed to track the ball and haul it in while he was falling. He was named Breaux Bridge’s MVP for his two interception performance.
“He’s a very good athlete and when he’s in the game, good things tend to happen, especially when you can get the ball in his hands, then it seems like better things happen,” Broussard said. “He’s very special.”
LAFAYETTE 21, JENNINGS 21: There was no shortage of offense or excitement in the second game at Clark Field.
Jennings sophomore running back Tarvaris Etienne scored on a 5-yard touchdown with less than a minute remaining, then tied it by scoring on the ensuing two-point conversion.
Lafayette High completed a pair of 20-plus yard passes to move into field goal range for Ragin’ Cajuns commitment Stevie Artigue, who lined up for a game-winning 55-yard field goal. But Artigue hooked it just left of the upright to end the game in a 21-21 tie. Artigue had plenty of leg on the kick.
Senior Dionte Duperon had a strong game, with scoring runs of 27 and 33 yards. He finished with 82 yards on just seven carries to earn MVP honors.