BREAUX BRIDGE — The Breaux Bridge Tigers were nowhere near full strength, and that proved costly in a 13-6 overtime loss to St. Martinville.
Entering Thursday night’s District 5-4A opener against St. Martinville, Breaux Bridge found itself without three senior starters.
Running back Ruben Hypolite and star safety Sabarian Alexander were both standing on the sidelines in street clothes because of injuries. Also missing in action was senior quarterback Drew Guidry, who could not be seen on the home sideline. No official word on Guidry’s absence from the rivalry game.
This made things all the more challenging for the Tigers on Senior Night. St. Martinville took advantage of the injuries to pull out a hard-fought victory.
Breaux Bridge (3-3, 0-1) punted on its first two possessions before putting together its longest drive of the night. Starting from their 9-yard line, the Tigers drove to inside the Tigers 10-yard line, but the drive stalled.
Breaux Bridge settled for a 23-yard field goal by Bailey Thibodeaux, the hero of last week’s dramatic win over Carencro.
After briefly using two other quarterbacks, St. Martinville (4-2, 1-0) found its groove on offense in the second quarter with Jared Davis under center. The Tigers quarterback exploited the loss of Alexander on the left side of the field as he completed a 36-yard pass to Dylan Doucet.
Davis followed that up with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Deantre James, who got behind a Breaux Bridge defensive back.
The extra point was blocked.
Neither team managed to get anything going on offense following halftime as evidenced by a scoreless third quarter.
Breaux Bridge managed to tie the game in the fourth quarter with a 33-yard field goal by Thibodeaux but neither could find the end zone again in regulation.
St. Martinville strike first in overtime as Kain Pitre fumbled the ball near the goal line but managed to recover it in the end zone.
Breaux Bridge had its chance to tie the game, but the first few offensive plays went backwards.
Daniel Lee was then unable to pull down the fourth-down pass in the corner of the end zone from Julian Leon as Breaux Bridge fell 13-6.
Breaux Bridge returns to action next Friday at Abbeville while St. Martinville hosts Comeaux.