Quarterfinals next for Breaux Bridge, Cecilia
Breaux Bridge and Cecilia each moved one step closer to a trip to the Louisiana Superdome for the state high school football championships with regional victories last Friday.
Coach Mike Mowad’s Tigers won a 27-26 cliffhanger over the vaunted Neville Tigers of Monroe in Class 4A action while the 3A Bulldogs of coach Terry Martin prevailed over the Tigers of Independence by 28-20.
The wins earned both St. Martin Parish teams the right to play at home this Friday in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs.
Breaux Bridge improved to 9-2 with the win over Neville and now faces No. 16-seeded Archbishop Shaw, which knocked off previously undefeated Benton 20-0 in their regional contest.
Coach Mowad had nothing but praise for his Tigers following Friday’s dramatic win on the road. “I’m really proud of our kids,” he said Saturday. “They had that long drive up to Monroe and the really frigid weather to contend with. But they never quit and played hard to the very end.”
Junior quarterback Hunter Landry came in for special recognition, throwing for 162 yards and two touchdowns. “He’s doing such a great job for us,” commented Mowad. “He continues to improve with every game. He’s reading the option play so much better than just a few games ago.”
The Tiger receivers – Landry completed passes to six different players – also contributed, with Layne Theriot (5 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown) being singled out by Mowad.
Shaw brings a deceptive 7-4 record into Friday’s game. After dropping their first four contests to mostly Class 5A opponents, Shaw has reeled off seven wins, averaging better than 32 points per game while limiting opponents to only 12.6 ppg. They’ve beaten Pearl River (40-20) and No. 2-seeded Benton (20-0) in their two playoff games.
“Their strength is their defense,” says Mowad. “They’ve played a very tough schedule and they’re definitely one of the stronger teams still standing.”
Advance tickets for the 7 p.m. game will be on sale Friday in the BBHS office from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., priced at $8. Tickets at the gate will be $9.
The winner of Friday’s game will meet the winner of the Northside-O.P. Walker/Salmen game in the semifinals.
After a rather sluggish first half, the Cecilia Bulldogs played much better in the second half against a strong Independence team.
The Bulldog defensive coaching staff had to scramble at the last minute when three-year starting defensive end Daniel Dillard came down with what is believed to be a sinus infection Friday and had to stay behind for overnight treatment at a local hospital.
“We’re hoping he’ll be back on his feet by Monday,” coach Terry Martin said Saturday.
The undefeated and No. 2-seeded Westlake Rams sport a high-octane offense that is averaging 37 points per game, including playoff victories of 34-7 over Northeast and 35-7 over Patterson, a team that the Bulldogs defeated by 42-28 in the season opener.
Although their offensive stats are impressive, Martin says their real strength is on the defensive side of the ball – they’ve allowed only 10.2 ppg.
“Without a doubt,” says Martin, “they’re one of the best teams in the state. They’re loaded with seniors who helped the team to the Class 3A finals last year and they play a very physical and aggressive game.”
Should the Bulldogs prevail Friday, they will advance to the semifinals against the winner of the Amite-Lutcher game.