CECILIA — The contest was a rematch two decades in the making.
The last time Cecilia and Edna Karr tussled in the postseason, it was inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the 1995 Class 3A state championship. That day 20 years ago, Cecilia edged Karr 12-8 to hoist the title, which avenged a 13-10 overtime loss to the Cougars back in the 1993 title game.
The result this time around lacked that memorable nail-biting drama as No. 14 Karr upset No. 3 Cecilia 47-28 in the regional round of the Class 4A playoffs.
Cecilia (10-2) struck first as the Bulldogs scored on their second drive.
Senior running back Raymond Calais split a pair of linebackers as he slashed his way to a 78-yard run. A few plays later, Calais powered his way into the end zone from a yard out to give the Bulldogs the early lead.
Calais ended his final game as a Bulldog with 260 yards on 16 carries and three scores.
Karr (7-4) responded by scoring 21 unanswered points.
After starting off the game with four straight incompletions, Cougars quarterback Aldon Clark completed five of his next six passes, none less than 11 yards. Karr put together a scoring drive which was capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by Tyrik Luckett.
Luckett finished with 119 yards.
PONCHATOULA 28, WEST MONROE 21: In a stunning upset, the 17th-seeded Ponchatoula held on in the fourth quarter to defeat No. 1-seeded and previously undefeated West Monroe in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs.
The Green Wave took a 21-0 lead in the the first half before the Rebels mounted a furious comeback, scoring 21 unanswered points to tie the score at 21 in the fourth quarter. Ponchatoula scored again to take a seven-point lead and hold on.
West Monroe held the highest power rating in Class 5A (15.77), earning the No. 1 seed.
Ponchatoula didn’t win its district, but impressive postseason play helped the Wave advance to the quarterfinal round, where it will face ninth-seeded John Ehret.
ST. JAMES 30, EUNICE 19: No. 2 Eunice’s postseason run came to an early end.
No. 15-seeded St. James knocked off the Bobcats in an upset in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs.
The Bobcats (10-2) struggled to move the ball all night against the Wildcats (9-3) — especially on the ground, where they finished with 98 rushing yards.
St. James took control in the second quarter beginning with a interception return by cornerback Glen Brown, followed shortly by a 33-yard pass from Lowell Narcisse Jr. to McKenney, giving the Wildcats an 18-7 lead.
Narcisse — one of the top junior quarterbacks in the state, who returned last week after missing the regular season with a torn ACL — wasn’t finished.
He completed 13 of his 20 pass attempts for 114 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 137 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
KENTWOOD 40, OBERLIN 16: Kentwood’s Shyheim Carter ran for a game-high 107 yards on just three carries with two long touchdown runs as the top-seeded Kangaroos thrashed Oberlin in the Class 1A playoffs.
Carter completed 19 of 22 passes for 295 yards and two more touchdowns.
“They’re the best team we’ve played all year,” Oberlin coach Ronnie Simmons said. “Their team speed is the best we’ve seen.”
Kentwood (10-1) moves on to the quarterfinals next Friday night against the Logansport-Elton winner.
BASTROP 28, ASSUMPTION 13: Jerry Powell accounted for four scores as No. 11 Bastrop stunned Assumption for a Class 4A, second round win in Napoleonville.
Bastrop outgained the No. 6 Mustangs 365-232 yard and finished with 18 first downs to AHS’ 11.
Powell completed 18 of 33 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 124 yards for one score. Isaiah Graham led all receivers with 10 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Alfroncius Dowles had 61 yards and one score.
The Rams (10-2) opened scoring in the first quarter on 31 yard connection from Powell to Graham.