Delhi Charter ends Gueydan’s playoff run
By Shaun Heaben
LSN STAFF WRITER
If someone would have told Gueydan head football coach Jay Landry his team would finish 2009 with a 10-2 record, there’s one thing he would have said.
“Where do I sign up?” Landry asked.
The fact is, the Bears did produce a 10-2 mark this season. And so much more.
It came to an end Friday night as Delhi Charter claimed a 34-20 win in the regional round, handing the Bears their second and final loss of 2009.
“These guys worked so hard this year,” Landry said. “I am proud of them.”
The Bears got on the board first Friday when Davante Bourque scored on a 76-yard touchdown run. Delhi Charter stopped the Bears’ two-point try. DC then took the lead when Dave Robinson kicked the extra point following one-yard run by Hunter Simms.
“I thought we were evenly matched as far as talent goes,” Landry said.
The Bears showed that in the second quarter when they took back the lead after a four-yard touchdown run by Trevor Derouen. Delhi Charter once again stuffed the two-point run and left the score at 12-7 in favor of the Bears.
“I thought we did a real good job moving the ball in the first half,” Landry said.
Delhi Charter answered Derouen’s short run with a 10-yard run of their own, this one by Randy Julian. The extra point put DC up 14-12.
Not to be out done, the Bears took a third lead on a 30-yard dash by Derouen, who finished with 73 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Bourque paced the Bears with 186 yards and a score on 18 totes.
That first-half scores would be all the Bears could muster on the night, though, as Delhi Charter out scored the Gueydan 20-0 in the second half.
“We had some things that didn’t go our way in the second half,” Landry said.
Depth was one of those issues. Landry has never used the fact the Bears have only 22 players as an excuse. Nor have the players. But the limited numbers was something Landry said he new would eventually take its tole as the season progressed.
“It’s something we had to deal with,” Landry said. “It finally caught up with us.
“But our kids have never made excuses. They go out there and work hard.
“This was a tough loss, but these kids can look back and always know that they gave everything they had.”