Bulldogs stop Independence, 28-20
Independence – Cecilia seemed to have No. 7-seeded Independence on the ropes early in the fourth quarter of last Friday’s Class 3A regional playoff game, but a Bulldog fumble gave the Tigers an opportunity for a late touchdown that made the final score a close 28-20.
With the win the Bulldogs improve to 9-2 for the year and advance to the quarterfinals against No. 2-seeded Westlake. Independence wraps up its season at 8-3.
The Tigers struck early when Chris Carter broke loose for a 62-yard touchdown barely one minute into the contest.
But Cecilia answered with a 10-play, 57-yard drive capped by Marcus Wiltz’s 4-yard TD. Kaleb Hebert’s PAT knotted the score midway through the period.
Independence regained the lead early in the second period, going 70 yards in 13 plays. Carter notched his second TD from one yard out, but the PAT kick failed.
The Bulldogs moved ahead for good at the 5:57 mark of the period when Orry Landry scored from nine yards out and Hebert’s PAT made it 14-13, a score that stood at intermission.
Cecilia added a touchdown in the third quarter when Wiltz broke loose for 53 yards and then scored from the six.
Justin Zenon added another Cecilia touchdown early in the fourth quarter when he broke a 27-yard run for a TD to help give Cecilia what appeared to be a comfortable 28-13 lead.
The ’Dogs appeared heading for yet another score only to lose the ball on a fumble inside the Independence 20.
The Tigers struck for a late touchdown on a 3-yard Reggie Sims run to make the final score a little more respectable.
Wiltz would finish with 156 yards and the two touchdowns on 17 carries to pace the Cecilia attack that relied primarily on a grinding running game.