Devin Senegal said the mood on the Carencro sideline was shock, after Comeaux’s Spartans had rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime.
Fortunately for the Golden Bears, Jake Guidry quelled any more shock, hitting a 23-yard field goal in the second overtime to give Carencro a pulsating 24-21 in their District 3-5A rivalry Friday night.
Carencro (4-1, 2-0) was breezing along with a 14-0 lead before Comeaux (2-3, 0-2) drove 99 yards on a seven-minute drive that made it a one-score game, and Spartans quarterback Tanarious Achan sprinted in on a 4-yard bootleg with 2:05 left and ran the same play for a two-point conversion that made it 14-14 and set up overtime.
“I think everyone was in shock a little bit,” Senegal said. “But we knew we just had to keep playing harder.”
After both teams scored in the first overtime, Carencro made the game’s biggest defensive play when the Bears stripped Comeaux running back Kasey Toups inside the 5-yard line to stop the Spartan possession. After two plays gained 4 yards, Guidry came on to toe through the game-winner on third down.
“Yards were coming pretty hard at that point,” Carencro Coach Rip Eveland said. “(Guidry) is pretty accurate from 35 yards on in, so we just told him to kick it and let’s get out of here.”
The win, coming on the heels of the Bears’ upset of Barbe last Friday, kept Carencro unbeaten in league play, and Senegal was the big reason. The diminutive senior entered the game midway through the second quarter after Bears leading rusher Tyriek Campbell rolled an ankle on a rush attempt at the Comeaux 5.
Senegal ended up rushing for 98 yards on 16 carries including a 34-yard touchdown run over the right side with 2:40 left in the third quarter that gave the Bears the 14-0 advantage. Campbell had 59 rush yards on only six carries before leaving.
Carencro looked in control at that point, especially after the host Spartans mishandled the kickoff and had to start from their own 1-yard line. But Achan guided his squad 99 yards in 13 plays, including his first two pass completions of the game and a 24-yarder to Greg Madison that took the ball to the Carencro 4. Two plays later, Scotty Thibodeaux scored from 1 yard out.
The snap for the extra point sailed over kicker Grant Emfinger’s head to leave it at 14-6, and after an exchange of punts the Bears were positioned to run the clock out with 3:48 left. However, Tyler Gaspard’s second-down slant pass was batted in the air and intercepted by Chaz Pallarez at the Carencro 13. Two dives by Thibodeaux took it to the 4 and Achan rolled out for the score on third down, and a carbon-copy play provided the tying two-point conversion.
Gaspard’s sneak on fourth down and Thibodeaux’s 1-yard run provided both scores in overtime before the Spartans’ costly fumble in the second overtime.
Comeaux (2-3, 0-2) suffered its second straight 3-5A setback.