The last week of the prep football season often is reserved for rivalries and championship-deciding games.
On Friday when Bogalusa traveled to New Orleans to take on Holy Cross in a nondistrict game, however, the only thing on the line was momentum and playoff seeding.
Holy Cross, which is No. 7 in the LHSAA’s Division I power rankings, did its part. The Tigers won 28-8 at Pan American Stadium in New Orleans.
Bogalusa (5-5) entered as the No. 17-seeded team in Class 3A.
“This was really big for us to win,” Holy Cross running back Tre Turner said. “We needed to call everyone out and say let’s get back into the playoffs. We did that (Friday). We came out focused and played under control. It was a good win for us.”
Turner scored three touchdowns against Bogalusa, which struggled to find defensive traction against the Tigers.
“There are some things we can improve on, like a few penalties we had tonight,” Holy Cross coach Eric Rabaudo said. “But we played a good game against a good team.”
The Tigers (6-4) didn’t waste much time scoring to open the game. After a lengthy drive into Bogalusa territory, Chandler Fields hit Bret Carter on a 12-yard touchdown strike. The PAT was good, and Holy Cross led 7-0.
Bogalusa’s Darnell Harris caught a 21-yard touchdown late in the first quarter. A two-point conversion put the Lumberjacks up 8-7 heading into the second quarter.
Holy Cross answered and took the lead in the final minute of the half when Turner gathered in a 64-yard catch and run along the left sideline. The PAT, with 40 seconds remaining, made the score 14-8 heading into halftime.
The Tigers came out strongly in the second half when they took the opening kick and drove into Bogalusa territory. Turner caught a 7-yard pass on a short post, which put Holy Cross up by two scores. He added another 2-yard touchdown run with :59 to go in the third quarter, and with Aucoin’s extra point, Holy Cross went up 28-8 heading into the final quarter.
“I think If we keep playing like we have been, we’re going to be tough to beat,” Turner said. “But congratulations to Bogalusa. That’s a good team.”