Fourth-seeded Sterlington and No. 2 Eunice began their Class 3A state championship sport almost an hour and a half late, however the groups made up for misplaced time in a rush.

Sterlington’s C.J. Calvin returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a rating, and Eunice’s Jordan Ledet returned the favor with an 89-yard landing return on the following kickoff.

That is two kicks. Two touchdowns. No offensive performs, and the scoring did not cease till the ultimate whistle.

The distinction was 27 consecutive second-half factors by Eunice that gave the Bobcats their first state title since 1982 with a 59-47 win over Sterlington through the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Class 3A State Championship on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday evening.

“I nonetheless do not imagine it occurred,” Eunice coach Paul Trosclair stated. “These seniors and our quarterback carried us all 12 months lengthy. I really feel like we did it for the town of Eunice. I assumed we might have an issue stopping them, however I did not know we might have to attain so many factors to win. I by no means thought I would get this chance once more. I like being round their guys.”

The groups mixed for a state championship document 102 dashing performs within the sport, however the Bobcats (13-2) trailed 34-26 at halftime largely as a result of they managed simply over six and a half minutes of possession within the first half. That each one modified within the third quarter.

Working again Avrey Lee related with Tyler Darbonne for touchdowns passes of 13 and 15 yards because the Bobcats took its first lead at 39-34 halfway by way of the third quarter. The second cross – a 15-yard floater – was an answered prayer as Lee, the sport’s MVP, simply threw it up over the center of the sector.

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“I believe that was loopy,” stated Lee, who additionally rushed for 87 yards and a rating. “That wasn’t purported to occur. That is the Bobcat magic. I would do something to win particularly for this household. It would not matter if I am getting drained. I am going to do something to assist us win.”

The nice luck continued on the following rating as Lee fumbled between the legs of a Sterlington defender and into the top zone the place Deon Ardoin recovered it for a rating. Sophomore quarterback Simeon Ardoin related with Darbonne for a 17-yard rating early within the fourth quarter to offer the Bobcats an insurmountable 53-34 lead.

“It feels good,” stated Simeon Ardoin, with a smile about his 151 yards dashing and 4 whole touchdowns. “Wonderful. God helped me by way of all of this to get the victory with the staff.”

Sterlington truly outgained Eunice 456 to 434 yards within the sport. Dallas Reagor had 154 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries for the Panthers. Quarterback Hayes Crockett was 8-of-16 passing for 181 yards and two touchdowns. Jordan Townsend added 48 yards dashing and two touchdowns, and he had a touchdown-saving interception on the finish of the primary half.

The Panthers (12-3) had been vying for his or her second state title in three years, however the Eunice protection within the second half was merely an excessive amount of.

“It was a heck of a 12 months for us,” Sterlington coach Lee Doty stated. “It is powerful to come back down right here and lose. I am sick that I could not deliver it house for us. (The errors) had been very irritating. They did a heck of a job defensively. We have been working sweeps all season, and so they had yet one more hat than we might block. They only beat us in the present day.”

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Sterlington additionally outgained Eunice 283 to 228 yards within the first half, but it surely was Townsend’s interception on the purpose line that gave the Panthers a 34-26 lead within the locker room.

The Panthers held a 17:28 to six:32 time of possession benefit within the first half, however the Bobcats used the play-making potential of Ardoin to beat that distinction. The Panthers first two scoring drives lined 11 and 12 performs respectively, however every time the Bobcats would reply together with a 59-yard Ardoin run to seemingly tie the sport at 27, however then one thing would occur. On this case, a excessive snap on the following further level try resulted in a failed run.

The Panthers took benefit with a 33-yard landing cross to Layton Rainbolt for a 34-26 lead with 36 seconds left. The Bobcats almost responded marching all the best way to the Sterlington 6-yard-line earlier than Townsend’s interception ended the half.

CLASS 3A CHAMPIONSHIP

SCORE BY QUARTERS

(4) Sterlington | 14 | 20 | 0 | 13 – 47

(2) Eunice | 14 | 12 | 20 | 13 – 59

TEAM STATS

Sterlington: 456 yards of whole offense (275 dashing, 181 passing)

Eunice: 434 yards of whole offense (354 dashing, 80 passing)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Sterlington

Dashing: Dallas Reagor, 29-154, 2 TD; Jordan Townsend, 10-48, 2 TD; Hayes Crockett, 9-30; CJ Calvin, 8-41; Malik Davis, 1-2.

Receiving: Reid Helpful, 3-113, TD; Layton Rainbolt, 2-54, TD; CJ Calvin, 2-16; Dallas Reagor, 1-(-2).

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Passing: Hayes Crockett, 8-16, 181 yards, 2 TD; Jordan Townsend, 0-1, Zero yards.

Eunice

Dashing: Simeon Ardoin, 10-151, Three TD; Jeoul Hill, 9-64; Avrey Lee, 11-87, TD; Deon Ardoin, 11-28, TD; Jordan Ledet, 1-29.

Receiving: Tyler Darbonne, 3-45, Three TD; Traelyn Cooper, 2-14; Jordan Ledet, 1-17; Jeoul Hill, 1-4.

Passing: Simeon Ardoin, 5-7, 52 yards, TD, INT; Avrey Lee, 2-2, 28 yards, 2 TD.

SCORING SUMMARY

First quarter

Sterlington – C.J. Calvin 91 kickoff return (Jacob Inexperienced kick), 11:49, 7-0.

Eunice – Jordan Ledet 89 kickoff return (Austin Phillips kick), 11:39, 7-7.

Sterlington – Dallas Reagor 9 run (Jacob Inexperienced kick), 6:25, 14-7.

Eunice – Simeon Ardoin 7 run (Austin Phillips kick), 1:50, 14-14.

Second quarter

Sterlington – Dallas Reagor 6 run (kick blocked), 8:18, 20-14.

Eunice – Simeon Ardoin 1 run (kick blocked), 5:36, 20-20.

Sterlington – Jordan Townsend Three run (Jacob Inexperienced kick), 2:55, 27-20.

Eunice – Simeon Ardoin 59 run (run failed), 1:58, 27-26.

Sterlington – Layton Rainbolt 33 cross from Hayes Crockett (Jacob Inexperienced kick), 0:36, 34-26.

Third quarter

Eunice – Tyler Darbonne 13 cross from Avrey Lee (run failed), 10:02, 34-32.

Eunice – Tyler Darbonne 15 cross from Avrey Lee (Austin Phillips kick), 7:25, 34-39.

Eunice – Deon Ardoin fumble restoration (Austin Phillips kick), 4:10, 34-46.

Fourth quarter

Eunice – Tyler Darbonne 17 cross from Simeon Ardoin (Austin Phillips kick), 8:06, 34-53.

Sterlington – Jordan Townsend 2 run (Jacob Inexperienced kick), 4:48, 41-53.

Eunice – Avrey Lee 2 run (kick failed), 3:55, 41-59.

Sterlington – Reid Helpful 55 cross from Hayes Crockett (cross failed), 3:34, 47-59.

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Joseph Halm could be reached at [email protected] or 504.826.3405. Observe him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/JosephHalm.

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