South Beauregard out-muscles Iota
Iota's Samuel Reed goes for a tackle against South Beauregard's Kelly Courville. (Photo by D. Sexton.)
Depending perspective, Friday night's 35-6 contest was either perfect to plan or completely wrong.
Unfortunately for Iota, it was on the wrong side of the Week Nine game and fell to 0-9, 0-4 in district 4-2A.
The South Beauregard Golden Knights (6-3, 3-1) were dominant up front on both sides of the ball, which prevented Iota from getting anything going in its running game.
“Bottom line, South Beauregard pushed around upfront, offensively, defensively,” said Neal Legé, Iota Bulldogs head coach; “we had no answers.”
It also meant that South Beauregard had everything going right for it in its running game to the tune of 285 yards.
“We have some young guys, we have a junior and a sophomore playing tailback/running back and starting two sophomores and two freshmen up front, so we had to gel and get some chemistry and they're starting to play hard and great things are starting to happen,” said Dwight Hudler, coach of the South Beauregard Golden Knights. “Our mantra was we're going to out-physical everyone and they bought into that.”
Much like last week, the Golden Knights were led by sophomore Shea Holland. Holland had 157 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Furthermore, one of those touchdowns came via a big run. This week, it was a 58 yard run. Seven other Golden Knights carried the ball, including the usual suspects of Kelly Courville (12 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown), Brandon Hare (three carries for 21 yards) and Joe Ledet (two carries for 9 yards and a touchdown).
It was a modest night in the air for the Golden Knights as Hare went 2-5 for 8 yards, completing passes to Ledet for minus-1 yard and Austin Wood for 9 yards.
Legé was not exaggerating about having no answers for the Golden Knights. For the past few weeks Iota's opponents' starts were slow in part due to the Bulldogs' defense. This week, it didn't take its opponent long to find the end zone. In fact, it was South Beauregard's first possession.
It was a drive that began on the South Beauregard 35 yard line. Within two plays Shea Holland showed while he has turned heads this year as a sophomore, converting a 58 yard touchdown run with 10:25 remaining in the first quarter. Zach Ellender's extra point gave the Golden Knights a 7-0.
After an Iota punt and a long drive by South Beauregard ended with a missed 23 yard field goal attempt, the Golden Knights would find the end zone again, this time, thanks to an Iota fumble deep in its own territory.
With 11:55 remaining in the second quarter, South Beauregard regained possession at the Iota 24 yard line. It would take three plays and less than a minute for the Golden Knights to score. This time it was Joe Ledet running in from 5 yards out with 10:57 left on the second quarter clock. Ellender tacked on another extra point and South Beauregard was up 14-0.
Later in the second, Holland would get his second touchdown of the night. His 27 yard run capped off a 13 play, 82 yard drive that took 3 minutes and 3 seconds. The Golden Knights scored with 2:07 remaining and Ellender's extra point was once again true, giving South Beauregard a 21-0 lead.
That is where the score would end at the half.
In the third quarter, the Golden Knights' Bryce Navarre picked up a missed lateral pass by Iota and ran the ball back for 45 yards. The score with 6:04 remaining in the third, along with Ellender's kick upped South Beauregard's lead to 28-0. The story on the play however was a fight away from the ball that ledt to two players being ejected and offsetting personal foul flags. Ejected were Zachary Hebert and South Beauregard's Cutter Fossen. Due to the ejections occurring in the second half, both players will have to miss all of their teams' respective games.
“They lost their temper,” said Hudler. “It's one of those deals where it's an emotional game and we tell our guys, 'You have to control your emotions' and, unfortunately, our guy didn't and, now, it's going to cost us and it's going to cost (Iota).
“But the good thing is it's done and we talked to him and lesson learned that's what it is. We'll move on.”
“(Hebert's) done until next year,” said Legé. “He's done for the whole (next) game.”
In the fourth quarter, the teams traded touchdowns. South Beauregard's score came with 11:16 remaining in the final quarter and saw Courville run in from 10 yards out. Again, Ellender added an extra point. The scoring drive was 8 plays and 58 yards. It took 3 minutes and 23 seconds.
Iota would finally find the end zone with 33 seconds remaining in the game when Michael Thevis ran in from 3 yards out. The Bulldogs would miss the extra point, however. For Iota, the scoring drive was five plays, 23 yards and took 2 minutes, 10 seconds off the clock.
The Bulldogs, who have been one-dimensional all year faced additional problems in the game with its tight end Kyle Smith out due to illness all game and losing its quarterback, Tim Lunson, for a series due to an injury. Lunson would return on the next series however.
For their effort, Iota was led again by Adam Ardoin, who finished with 31 carries for 94 yards. Senior running backs Tyler Prejean (10 carries for 38 yards), Nick Sloane (five carries for 17 yards) and Thevis (four carries for 17 yards and a touchdown) also added to the rushing total for the Bulldogs. Lunson and Austen Montgomery combined for an 0-4 outing at quarterback.