Iota edges St. Edmund's
By Tom Dodge
LSN STAFF WRITER
EUNICE – Iota’s Brett Broussard booted a 20-yard field goal with two seconds left on the clock to push the Bulldogs to a 23-20 win over St. Edmund.
With the scored tied with 1:22 left in regulation, the Blue Jays were forced to punt and Bulldog Trey St. Andre made the run of the night with a 35-yard punt return to move the ball to the St. Ed 17.
After three straight runs by St. Andre to move the ball to the Blue Jay three, Broussard then nailed the game-winning kick.
‘The Blue Jay pride came out and we played a lot better than we did last week,” St. Edmund head coach Tom Andrus said remembering the 20-8 loss to Sacred Heart in the season opener. “We played good football tonight, we just ran out of steam at the end of the fourth quarter.
“Big plays killed us and they took advantage of them.”
“We made the plays on defense when we needed to in the second half,” Iota head coach Marcus LeJeune said.
The Blue Jays took an 8-0 lead on their first drive of the night, aided by two passes by Doug Zaunbrecher to Robert Sanders and Andre Aguillardto to move the ball into Bulldog territory.
Zaunbrecher capped off the drive with a 45-yard scoring strike to Wesley Cachere with 5:57 left in the first period.
Zaunbrecher found Bradley Bergeron open for the two-point conversion to push the Jays ahead 8-0.
The Bulldogs quickly responded with a five-play drive led by St. Andre’s strong running, including a 23-yarder to move the ball inside the Blue Jay 10.
St. Andre capped off the drive with a 1-yard run with 2:47 remaining in the period.
Brenten Lathier’s extra point attempt was blocked by Adam Clause as the Jays held on to a 8-6 advantage.
St. Edmund had a chance to increase their lead early in the second period, but an 11-play drive was stopped when Zaunbrecher was tackled on fourth-down at the Bulldog 4.
Iota gave the Jays a second chance when St. Andre fumbled two plays later at the Bulldog 9.
On third-and-goal after a holding penalty pushed the Jays back to the Iota 16, Zaunbrecher connected with Chachere on a touchdown at the 7:56 mark before the intermission.
The two-point conversion pass attempt failed, but the Jays led 14-6.
Iota quickly responded once again on a, three-play, 63-yard drive all on the legs of St. Andre who scored on a 10-yarder with 6:09 left in the half.
St. Andre ran in the two-point conversion to force a 14-14 tie.
The Jays responded with a six-play, 75-yard drive begun with 45-yard reception by Chachere and capped off by a 6-yard run by Zaunbrecher.
The two-point conversion pass failed, but the Jays led 20-14 with 3:56 left in the second period.
Neither team scored in the third period and the two defenses battled for field position.
Iota finally gained an advantage to take over the Blue Jays 35 after a short punt early in the fourth period.
On fourth down-and-3 at the Blue Jay 13, Bulldog quarterback Ben Thevis connected with Broussard for a 12-yard gain to the St. Ed 1.
St. Andre ran to the left side on the next play and scored his third touchdown of the contest.
Broussard’s extra point failed, but he made up for it with the last-second field goal to seal the Iota win.
“I had a lot more confidence to kick it from four-yards out than I did from running it from four yards out,” LeJeune said of his decision to attempt the field goal at the end of the game.
“I rolled the dice,” he said with a smile. “I would rather be lucky than good and it worked tonight.”
St. Andre finished with 250 yards on 33 carries to spark the Iota offense.
St. Edmund (0-2) travels to Hamilton Christian Friday night, while Iota (2-0) hosts South Beauregard.