DELCAMBRE - Beating Vermilion Catholic in football does not happen too often for the Delcambre Panthers.
One would have to go back 12 years to find out the last time the Eagles lost to the Panthers. That score was 6-2 in a rain-delayed game.
Delcambre’s seniors were only five years old when the win occurred.
This past Friday, the 2008 Panther football team ended that 12-game losing streak to VC with a 33-14 District 8-A victory.
While the win over VC was nice, DHS senior Wayne Landry said getting a district win was even nicer.
The win puts DHS at 3-0 in district, along with Gueydan.
“This game was more about getting a district win,” said Landry. “We were not worried about beating VC, we were worried about getting the win.”
DHS senior Taylor Romero agreed with Landry.
“VC was just another opponent,” Romero said. “There is all of this rivalry, but it was just another game. We had to just go out there and play.”
Romero did his part by catching two passes for 42 yards, including one for a 42-yard touchdown pass. He also rushed for 14 yards.
On a touchdown in the second half that sealed the win for Delcambre, Romero fooled the VC players before the catch by going over to the DHS sideline and pretending he was talking to the coaches. No VC player noticed him and after the snap, DHS quarterback Chris Esponge saw Romero open and he threw him the pigskin for an easy six points.
The win guarantees Delcambre head coach Darcy Delcambre his first winning season, along with a shot at a district title.
The Panthers (6-2 overall) face Gueydan, 45-22 winners over Central Catholic, Friday in a district showdown.
The winner of that game is the district champs.
The Panthers took little mercy on the 0-9 Eagles, rushing for 329 yards and passing for 132 for a total of 461 yards.
Jorey Renard paced DHS with 130 yards on 11 carries. Kyle Romero added 99 yards and Lane Reaux finished with 81 yards.
It’s the first time Darcy beats VC as a head coach. He was an assistant in 1996. He was worried about VC pulling off an upset.
“I was worried about the kids and the mind-set they were in,” Coach Darcy said. “I think they understood that in order to win district, they have to win the next game. It was another game for us.”
The Eagles, behind the running of Mark Laporte, hung with the Panthers, tied 14-14. While the score was even, DHS had more offense at halftime - 284 to 103.
LaPorte finished with 120 yards rushing, a career best for the freshman.
VC only gained 68 yards the entire second half.
VC’s Adam Desormeaux had a 36 yard interception return for a touchdown to put the Eagles up 14-7 with 2:30 to play in the first half.
But on the ensuing kickoff, Delcambre’s Jorey Renard ran back the kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown.
VC never recovered after that.