No. 17 seed Breaux Bridge dominates 16th seeded Green Devils in first round

PETER SILAS PASQUA news@postsouth.com
Plaquemine’s Davon Godchaux, Jaquele Smith, D’Quincy Buggs and Orlando Battiste converge on Breaux Bridge’s Lane Landry in the third quarter of the No. 17 seed Tigers’ 31-3 Class 4A bi-district playoff victory on Friday night. 
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Breaux Bridge overcame three turnovers to amass nearly 400 yards of total offense while holding Plaquemine to negative yardage on the way to a dominating 31-3 Class 4A bi-district playoff victory on Friday night at Andrew Canova Green Devil Stadium.

The Tigers (8-3) had 396 yards with 225 of it coming through the air while limiting Plaquemine to minus-30 yards rushing. The Green Devils (6-5) only ran 27 total plays gaining just two first downs, both on penalties, as Breaux Bridge ran 60 plays and had 18 first downs.

"We just physically got beat tonight," Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano said. "We threw everything we had at the them and weren't able to move the ball at all on offense. We just got beat by a better team tonight and it is that simple.

"It is no secret that they come out of one of the toughest districts in the state and we knew that we would have to play our best and have some things go our way to win. I love these seniors and am just sad that it is over. I would go to war with them any day. They worked hard and are a good group of talented kids."

Breaux Bridge moves on to the regionals, where they will host No. 1 seed and defending state champion Neville (10-0), who the Tigers fell to 16-7 last season in the semifinals. Plaquemine's season ends in the first round for the fourth straight year after falling to Washington-Marion 35-8 last season.

"I thought we controlled the line of scrimmage real well on both sides of the ball and especially on our defensive front," Breaux Bridge coach Paul Broussard said. "I knew going in they were very big on both sides of the ball so I wasn't too sure how we would handle it but we have faced some good opponents this year with size and I knew we were up to the challenge."

Tiger quarterback Lane Landry completed 13-of-16 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns to three different receivers.

Arron Lastrapes, Deandre Alexander and Demontreal Babineaux each had touchdown receptions and over 40 yards receiving on multiple catches.

Randall Menard led the attack with 85 yards on four receptions and had two sacks and one tackle for loss.

Jamal Zenon rushed for one touchdown. Eric Alexander had 74 yards rushing, Derrick Williams added 57 and Demarkus Daughdrill provided 28.

Kagan Breaux converted 3-of-3 point after touchdown attempts and a 37-yard field goal. Dante Williams had one sack and tackle for loss and Corey Abraham had a sack.

Hakeem Deggs had two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble for Plaquemine but was held in check offensively. Myron Jack also had an interception, forced fumble and tackle for loss.

Jared Tackno and Davon Godchaux each had sacks and Cody Brooks had a tackle for loss. Alexandros Koulpasis kicked a 34-yard field goal.

Green Devil quarterback Rickey Aro completed 1-of-6 passes for seven yards and was sacked four times.

Jack intercepted Landry on the opening possession of the game near midfield and returned it inside the red zone but Ronald Girouard dropped Deggs for a 4-yard loss and the Green Devils had to settle for Koulpasis' field goal to take a 3-0 lead with 8:10 remaining in the first quarter.

"We got the turnover at the beginning of the game and I was hoping we could have walked away with a touchdown," Distefano said.

Breaux's field goal answered to cap the Tigers' ensuing 9-play drive that was halted by Tackno's 12-yard sack after Brooks tackled Derrick Williams for a 3-yad loss.

Dante Williams' 9-yard sack stopped the Green Devils' next series and Landry connected with Babineaux over the middle for a 21-yard touchdown with 8:22 left in the first half to cap the ensuing 11-play, 60-yard drive after a Tiger penalty set up second-and-goal.

Plaquemine took advantage of three off sides penalties to drive into Tiger territory on the following possession but Abraham's 8-yard sack sent the Green Devils' backwards.

Zenon's 1-yard plunge capped Breaux Bridge's ensuing 9-play, 78-yard drive with 22.2 seconds left in the half after Menard's 44-yard catch and run following Godchaux's 6-yard sack.

Abraham blocked a Green Devil punt on the opening possession of the second half and Landry hit Lastrapes over the middle for a 23-yard touchdown after another penalty set up second-and-long.

"Our quarterback did a real good job of finding the open receiver and we hit a couple of big plays when we were backed up a bit," Broussard said.

Deggs recovered a fumble stripped by Jack on the next possession but Breaux Bridge sent the Green Devils backwards forcing a three-and-out.

Deandre Alexander slipped a tackle on a short pass from Landry for a 32-yard touchdown on the ensuing series and Scotty Gaudin's kick reflected the final tally with 2:09 remaining in the third quarter.

Four possessions later, Deggs stripped Eric Alexander and recovered the fumble after Joseph Jordan's 58-yard punt but Breaux Bridge once again forced a three-and-out.