Key district games on tap for Breaux Bridge, Bulldogs
Breaux Bridge and Cecilia both face crucial district games this Friday as regular season action moves into the homestretch.
The Tigers (5-2, 3-1) are coming off a 7-0 loss to Northside, their first District 5-4A defeat, and host the always tough Teurlings Catholic Rebels (5-2, 4-1) with a lot on the line. The Rebels could wrap up the runner-up spot in district with a win over The Bridge, while the Tigers need wins over Teurlings and Abbeville next week to lock up the No. 2 spot.
The Bulldogs (5-2, 2-0) have two district games remaining as they look to repeat as 6-3A champs. Cecilia must get by North Vermilion (4-3, 2-0) this Friday and defeat Catholic High-New Iberia in the regular season finalé to successfully defend its title.
St. Martinville (3-4, 2-3) is licking its wounds this week after a lopsided 38-7 loss to Teurlings and faces a tough non-district foe in New Iberia Sr. High.
Breaux Bridge coaches shouldn’t have much difficulty in getting their Tiger team up for this Friday’s showdown with Teurlings Catholic.
Last week’s 7-0 loss to Northside and the memory of last year’s 28-26 loss to the Rebels in which missed PATs sunk the Tigers, should be more than enough to get spirits up for the game.
The Tigers lost four turnovers to the Vikings last Friday and it’s hard to win against a team like Northside with those kind of errors. Breaux Bridge is also coping with a rash of injuries. Junior running back Keith Joseph remains doubtful with a high ankle sprain while leading rusher Latrelyn Pete went down in the second quarter against Northside with a bruised calf that will likely keep him on the sideline this week. And wide receiver Lance Derouselle and defensive end Robert Davis are both hobbled by sore ankles.
“We face a tough challenge against Teurlings,” coach Mike Mowad admitted Monday. “They’ve got some real talent in the offensive backfield and they’re playing great defense right now, a fact many people are overlooking. We’re probably gonna have to juggle people around to fill in for the injuries and maybe shift some of our defensive unit to the other side of the ball.”
Mowad expects a big crowd and says his team is looking for a strong show of support from Breaux Bridge fans.
While the Bulldogs went on a scoring spree and put up 60 points against Vinton, coach Terry Martin was just as proud of his defensive unit that put the clamps on top-rated Lion running back Chris Sterling, who was limited to less than 50 yards on 21 carries.
And the Bulldogs were without the services of senior running back Orry Landry, who was held out due to an injury. “But we expect him to be ready for action this Friday,” Martin said.
Cecilia will battle North Vermilion for first place in District 6-3A. While Cecilia has league wins over Kaplan (42-14) and Erath (28-6), North Vermilion got its district wins against Catholic of New Iberia (28-24) and Erath (14-7).
“They’ve got lots of experienced players and execute the option really well,” observes Martin. “And while they’re a good bit better than last year (Cecilia won 34-7) and are very physical on defense, they’ve had turnover problems in several of their games.”
“It’s going to be a big test for us,” he added. “I don’t expect any letdown after last week’s easy win. With the cool weather and shorter days, our kids are feeling the approach of that playoff time of year and it should get their intensity up a few notches.”
It wasn’t a very pretty game for the St. Martinville Tigers, who played poorly in almost every phase of the contest against Teurlings, their second lopsided loss to a District 5-4A team this season.
Coach Marc Broussard was not available for an interview Monday, but the Tigers face another tough foe Friday in the District 3-5A leader New Iberia Yellow Jackets who are 5-2, 3-0 for the year.
After dropping their first two games to Acadiana (46-21) and Northside (34-7), the Jackets have reeled off wins over West St. Mary (44-0), Comeaux (24-21) and district opponents Westgate (14-7), Carencro (26-14) and Pineville (48-13).
New Iberia has a potent offensive attack featuring QB Jordy Joseph (9-for-13 for 163 yards and two TDs against Pineville) and running backs Uriah Joseph (15-117, 3 TDs) and Emanuel Harding (15-55, 2 TDs).
The Tigers will be hoping to get their offense back on track after last week’s poor effort that resulted in only 30 net yards rushing and a single late touchdown.