Tigers fall on the road to Iota Bulldogs 26-0
By Mike Rizzuto
Sun Times Editor
The Lake Arthur Fighting Tigers were supposed to be playing the Basile Bearcats in Basile this past Friday evening, but a visit from Hurricane Gustav wiped that game off the schedule for good.
Facing the proposition of playing only an eight game slate in 2008 because of Gustav, Lake Arthur head football coach and athletic director Chad Lavergne went to the phones and found a partner in the Iota Bulldogs, who figured the Tigers would be ripe for an easy picking in Bulldog Stadium.
But the home team quickly found out that the Tigers came to play, although they did manage to coast for the 26-0 non-district win.
Iota quarterback Chad Abshire ignited Iota’s offense early on, when on the second play from scrimmage, he kept on an option play and raced 66 yards for a touchdown.
They extra point failed, but the Bulldogs had a 6-0 lead with 11:09 left in the opening period.
Neither team was able to dent the scoring column in the first half, as the home team took that slim six point lead into the dressing room at the break.
Iota would extend it’s lead in the middle of the third quarter, as running back Blaise LeJeune eluded Tiger defenders, bursting free for a 23-yard touchdown run.
Once again, the PAT attempt was no good, but Iota was off and running with a 12-0 advantage.
Iota’s defense forced Lake Arthur to turn it over on downs on the ensuing drive, and that set up a 55-yard touchdown run from quarterback LeJeune for a 18-0 lead with 3:15 left in the third period.
The extra point kick was good, extending the home team’s lead to 19-0.
The Bulldogs’ defense then eliminated all doubts about the game’s outcome, when defensive back Trenton Pickett stepped in front of a Lake Arthur pass, intercepted it, and returned it 21 yards to the Tiger 17.
On the next play, LeJeune bulled his way past Tiger tacklers for a 17-yard touchdown run for a 26-0 Iota Bulldog lead.
The PAT kick failed, but the home team had a commanding advantage.
The Tigers did have success moving the football in the contest, as six of their ten possessions ended in Iota Bulldog territory. But turnovers and missed opportunities all combined to keep the visitors off the scoreboard, as Iota held on for the 26-0 win.
Quarterback LeJeune posted 137 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 18 carries to lead the Bulldogs, while Abshire finished the game with 91 yards and one touchdown on seven carries for Iota.
Lake Arthur was limited to seven first downs and 102 yards rushing, while the Bulldogs collected 15 first downs and 303 yards on the ground.
Jamal Jones ran for 55 yards on 11 carries for Lake Arthur, while quarterback Aaron Bertrand completed five passes for 73 yards.
On defense, Josh Savage recorded 12 tackles to lead the Tigers.
The Tigers fumbled twice and lost one, while Iota dropped the football three times, losing one.
With the loss, the Tigers fell to 0-1 on the year, while Iota is 1-0.