Miscues sink The ’Ville in 22-7 loss

ST. MARTINVILLE – A blocked field goal attempt that Breaux Bridge returned for a touchdown set off a fourth quarter surge that lifted The Bridge to a 22-7 District 5-4A victory over St. Martinville last Friday.

Trailing 9-7 early in the final stanza, The ’Ville had driven to the Breaux Bridge three and faced a 4th-and-goal situation. Tiger kicker Alex Oubre was sent in to attempt his first field goal of the year from extra point distance. But his line drive kick was easily blocked by BB’s Ricky Babineaux. An alert Carroll Joseph scooped up the deflection and had clear sailing in an 84-yard dash to the end zone, boosting Breaux Bridge to a 15-7 advantage.

The visiting Tigers added an insurance TD late in the game after recovering a fumble deep in SM territory. The final score came on a halfback pass from Trevence Patt to Layne Theriot, marking the second time in two weeks that The ’Ville’s secondary was burned on such a play.

With the victory Breaux Bridge remains unbeaten in district play, improved to 3-1 overall and laid claim to the St. Martin Parish championship, with wins over Cecilia and St. Martinville.

The ’Ville dropped to 0-2 in 5-4A and 1-3 overall.

Breaux Bridge got off to a shaky start when Dempsey Davis mishandled to opening kickoff and St. Martinville recovered at the BB 29. It took the Tigers just four plays to reach the end zone, with Dedrien Francois going wide from the 10 to score less than two minutes into the game. Oubre split the uprights to put SM up by 7-0.

But Breaux Bridge got right back into the game, taking the ensuing kickoff and moving 59 yards for a score of its own. Quarterback Hunter Landry sparked the 10-play drive with two key third down conversions, an 18-yard pass to Lance Derouselle and a 12-yard strike to Dayne Thibodeaux to the SM eight. Jostin Dugas capped the drive with a TD run and Royce Darbonne’s kick knotted the score midway through the first period.

St. Martinville went three-and-out on its next possession and BB got the ball back near midfield when Christian Guidry shanked a punt that carried only two yards.

Landry got the Tigers moving with an 11-yard toss to Latrelyn Pete and three plays later broke loose for 21 yards on a keeper to the SM five. But The ’Ville’s defense dug in and a fumble moved BB back to the eight. Landry’s fourth down pass into the end zone missed the mark and St. Martinville got the ball back.

Safety

But three plays netted zero yards and Guidry was forced to punt from the back of his end zone. The snap sailed over his head for a safety that gave BB its first lead of the game at 9-7 just as the second quarter got underway.

St. Martinville’s next possession ended prematurely when BB’s Tim Duhon picked off a Jules Tripeaux pass. The Bridge couldn’t take advantage of the turnover and punted from the SM 41, with Austin Perez’ kick rolling dead at the SM two.

The ’Ville managed to pick up a couple of first downs before being forced to punt and the half ended with Breaux Bridge still clinging to a two-point lead.

Breaux Bridge got off to a shaky start when Dempsey Davis mishandled to opening kickoff and St. Martinville recovered at the BB 29. It took the Tigers just four plays to reach the end zone, with Dedrien Francois going wide from the 10 to score less than two minutes into the game. Oubre split the uprights to put SM up by 7-0.

But Breaux Bridge got right back into the game, taking the ensuing kickoff and moving 59 yards for a score of its own. Quarterback Hunter Landry sparked the 10-play drive with two key third down conversions, an 18-yard pass to Lance Derouselle and a 12-yard strike to Dayne Thibodeaux to the SM eight. Jostin Dugas capped the drive with a TD run and Royce Darbonne’s kick knotted the score midway through the first period.

St. Martinville went three-and-out on its next possession and BB got the ball back near midfield when Christian Guidry shanked a punt that carried only two yards.

Landry got the Tigers moving with an 11-yard toss to Latrelyn Pete and three plays later broke loose for 21 yards on a keeper to the SM five. But The ’Ville’s defense dug in and a fumble moved BB back to the eight. Landry’s fourth down pass into the end zone missed the mark and St. Martinville got the ball back.

Safety

But three plays netted zero yards and Guidry was forced to punt from the back of his end zone. The snap sailed over his head for a safety that gave BB its first lead of the game at 9-7 just as the second quarter got underway.

St. Martinville’s next possession ended prematurely when BB’s Tim Duhon picked off a Jules Tripeaux pass. The Bridge couldn’t take advantage of the turnover and punted from the SM 41, with Austin Perez’ kick rolling dead at the SM two.

The ’Ville managed to pick up a couple of first downs before being forced to punt and the half ended with Breaux Bridge still clinging to a two-point lead.

Breaux Bridge threatened on its first possession of the second half, driving deep into St. Martinville territory on the legs of Keith Joseph and with the help of a pass interference penalty against SM that set The Bridge up at the Tiger 13. The stubborn SM defense stopped Breaux Bridge on three plays, but on fourth down Landry found a big opening on a quarterback draw and scampered 10 yards to the end zone. However, the Tigers were flagged for holding on the play, nullifying the score, and a pass from the 24 was incomplete.

The ’Ville then mounted a drive of its own, with Tripeaux hitting John Olivier for a 16-yard pickup and notching another first down on a 14-yard keeper to the BB 36. But the drive stalled and Guidry’s punt went out of bounds at the BB two.

The Bridge managed one first down before being forced to punt from its 10. Perez’s kick carried only 22 yards and SM found itself with good field position at the BB 33 just as the third period came to a close.

St. Martinville banged away at the BB defense for two first downs, moving to the six in seven plays. But SM soon faced a 4th-and-goal at the three, setting up the fateful field goal attempt and the play that turned the game around. Instead of The ’Ville moving into a 10-9 lead, the blocked kick return gave BB a 15-7 advantage and the visitors never looked back as they broke the close game open.

Both defenses turned in solid performances, with BB’s offensive edge coming in the passing department as Hunter Landry was 5-for-17 and 46 yards while SM’s Jules Tripeaux completed only 2-of-7 attempts for 23. And, of course, BB had the 21-yard halfback pass for a touchdown.

Senior Bryson Mallery had to shoulder the load for St. Martinville after running mate Lance Charles suffered a knee injury early in the game. Mallery led all rushers with 34 yards and a TD on 16 carries. Big Dedrien Francois, who was moved from tight end to running back to fill in for the injured Brandon Jacob, rushed for 28 yards on nine totes.

Latrelyn Pete led Breaux Bridge with 31 yards on 14 carries while Keith Joseph was close behind, gaining 28 yards on four trips.

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