Freshman Trevon Stacker stopped Kyle Babin inside the 1-yard line to thwart a potential game-winning two-point conversion as Slidell upset Fontainebleau 28-27 in a District 6-5A game at L.V. McGinty Field in Slidell.
The Tigers (2-7, 2-4 District 6-5A) scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:14 remaining to take a 28-21 lead. Wayne Griffin hit Terry Baham with a 68-yard scoring toss, and Josh Wills added what proved to be the deciding extra point.
“I just went up for the ball,” Baham said. “I just knew I had to make that play.”
The Bulldogs (6-3, 4-2) took over on their own 24 yard line and scored 11 plays later as Mason Blocker threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Austin Lambertson with no time left to close to 28-27. Babin dove for the end zone but was brought down by Stacker.
“I have never seen a coaching staff, a group of kids or a community that needed a victory like this,” Slidell coach Larry Favre said. “We are going to look back on this years down the road and say this was the turning point here at Slidell. This was a miracle. It was the Miracle on Ninth Street.”
The Tigers trailed 21-14 entering the fourth quarter. Griffin hit Baham with a 43-yard touchdown pass on third-and-19 to tie the game at 21-21 with 5:23 remaining.
Baham caught four passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Griffin completed just 6 of 19 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns.
“I’ve got tremendous confidence in Terry,” Griffin said. “We have been working hard all week, and it finally paid off.”
After the Tigers tied the score at 21-21, the Bulldogs drove down the field, but Sean Spiess’ 40-yard field goal attempt was wide left with just 1:56 left in the game.
“We are in a very tough district,” Bulldogs coach Chris Blocker said. “You have to come out ready to play from start to finish and not be flat at the beginning.”
The Tigers took the opening possession and drove 75 yards in 12 plays. Griffin capped off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge to give Slidell a 7-0 lead with 7:09 left in the first quarter.
Slidell increased its lead to 14-0 when Griffin connected with Tristan Roberts on a 4-yard scoring toss with 27 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Griffin hit Matthew LaFerrara with a 60-yard pass to key the drive.
The Bulldogs finally scored when Spiess connected on a 42-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 14-3 with 8:29 to go in the first half.
Fontainebleau made the score 14-10 when Brandon Akkawi scored on a 10-yard touchdown scamper. Spiess added the extra point with 2:00 left in the first half.
The Tigers had 390 yards of offense. The Bulldogs rushed for 187 yards and had 319 yards of total offense.
Akkawi rushed for 124 yards on 22 carries. Blocker completed 14 of 26 passes for 132 yards.