LAFAYETTE — St. Thomas More’s Bailey Raborn’s extra point with three seconds on the clock after a 19-yard touchdown from Mathew Lagrange gave the Cougars a 35-34 win over Plaquemine on Friday night.
Lagrange caught four passes for 76 yards and three touchdowns. STM drove the ball 65 yards on the game-winning drive.
An apparent error by Plaquemine’s Todd Harris seemed to have doomed the Green Devils’ chances. An STM punt bounced over Harris’ head and was headed into the end zone. Instead, Harris fielded it at the 1-yard line. Even so, the Green Devils then drove the ball 99 yards in 11 plays to take a 34-28 lead.
STM quarterback William Bellamy then got the ball and led the game-winning drive. For the game, Bellamy was 20 of 29 for 246 yards and four touchdowns.
Plaquemine opened the game with a 14-play drive, picking up two fourth-down conversions in the process and rushing for 57 yards. The drive ended, however, when STM’s Aaron Monrose sacked Plaquemine quarterback Austin Mitchell on the Green Devils’ third fourth down conversion attempt of the drive.
The Cougars capitalized quickly on a six-play, 54-yard drive capped of with a 19 yard-pass from Bellamy to Lagrange.
STM miscues kept Plaquemine in the game in the first half as both Green Devils’ touchdowns came off of turnovers. The first one was a blocked 38-yard field goal attempt by STM’s Bailey Raborn, which was blocked and scooped by Todd Harris. Harris returned the block 59 yards to make the score 7-6.
With the score 14-6 and STM driving, Plaquemine’s Leeland Randolph picked up an Evan Trahan fumble and returned it 38 yards to the STM 6-yard line. From there, Plaquemine’s Jared Mosby took it into the end zone from 5 yards out to cut the lead to 14-12.