Cecilia perfect in 6-3A campaign
CECILIA – The Bulldogs powered past Catholic High of New Iberia here last Friday to wrap up their second straight District 6-3A championship. Cecilia (7-2, 4-0) handed the Panthers a 47-13 defeat to complete the league campaign undefeated and stretch their winning district record to eight games over the past two years.
The ’Dogs were a little slow getting started, spotting Catholic an early 7-0 lead. But then Cecilia rolled to a 27-13 halftime edge and added 20 unanswered points in the second half for an easy win.
The comfortable halftime cushion allowed coach Terry Martin to let his reserves get in some playing time during the third and fourth periods. Eight different ball carriers contributed to Cecilia’s 283 yards rushing and three different players completed passes during the contest.
Junior Justin Zenon broke the 100-yard mark, carrying 12 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns, while senior Orry Landry, who has been hobbled for several games, struck for three touchdowns while gaining 41 yards on six carries. Rounding out the scoring with a touchdown each were Marcus Wiltz (5--60) and Tim Hebert, who carried once for a five-yard TD.
Catholic High caught the Bulldogs napping with a fake punt that turned a 4th-and-6 into
a first down at the Cecilia 29. Six plays later Alex Livingston got the TD from seven yards out and Michael Robicheaux’s PAT put the Panthers up by 7-0.
The Bulldogs evened the score less than a minute later when Marcus Wiltz returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards to the CHNI seven and Orry Landry took it in for the score. Kaleb Hebert booted the first of his three PATs to make it 7-7.
Cecilia went ahead for good early in the second period when Justin Zenon bulled into the end zone from the one to cap a 61-yard drive
The Bulldogs scored again on their next possession with two big plays. First Devin Broussard hit Carson Hamilton for a 36-yard pickup and then Marcus Wiltz ran 29 yards for the TD, putting Cecilia up by 19-7 after the two-point conversion attempt failed.
Catholic was able to close the gap later in the period after recovering a Bulldog fumble at the Panther 40. QB Taylor Bullock found Alex Livingston open for a 63-yard touchdown. The PAT kick failed, but Cecilia’s lead shrunk to 19-13.
The Bulldogs got down to business on their next possession, using up the remainder of the period with a nine-play, 70-yard drive that ended with an 11-yard touchdown by Landry 44 seconds before intermission. Zenon’s conversion run gave Cecilia more breathing room and a 27-13 halftime lead.
The second half was all Cecilia. A blocked punt deep in Panther territory set up a one-yard TD by Landry and then Zenon capped a 60-yard drive with a nine-yard run.
Junior running back Tim Hebert got the game’s final touchdown midway through the fourth quarter on a five-yard run.
The Bulldogs host Brusly (5-4, 2-2) in the first round of the state playoffs Friday.