Bulldogs stun Bobcats, 35-14
JENNINGS – It was a fight early on between the Bobcats and Bulldogs, but Jennings rallied for a 35-14 win over Eunice.
Eunice jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead, but Jennings responded with 21 second quarter points to take a 21-14 advantage into the locker room.
The Bulldogs added two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
The Bobcats took their first possession and went quickly down the field, aided by a 10-yard reception by Dylan Guillory and two strong runs by Deon Ardoin.
On the sixth play of the 66-yard drive, Simeon Ardoin connected with Treylon Cooper for an 18-yard touchdown strike.
Braden Rider’s kick gave the Bobcats a 7-0 lead with 9:58 left in the first quarter.
After forcing Jennings to punt on its first two possesions, the Bobcats went 68 yards in five plays, begun with 37 yards rushing on two carries by Deon Ardoin.
Landen Higginbotham followed with a 21-yard gain before Deon Ardoin moved the ball to the Jennings 9.
Jeoul Hill then capped the drive with a run on the next play.
Rider’s PAT extended the Bobcats’ lead to 14-0 with 4:25 left in the first period.
Jennings responded with an 80-yard drive that took 13 plays as the game moved to the second quarter.
The Bulldogs used runs by Lawrence Willridge, Jayden Lewis and Trevor Etienne to move inside the Bobcats 10.
On the third play of the second period, Lewis scored on a three-yard run and Ian Mullen’s kick closed the gap to 14-7 with 10:37 left.
After three consecutive punts, the Jennings offense moved 64 yards, sparked by long pass from Willridge to Damarien Simon.
Impressive runs by Lewis and Etienne moved the ball to the Bobcat 7.
Lewis then ran it twice including a one-yard touchdown run.
Mullen’s PAT tied the game 14-14 with 1:49 left in the second period.
After a holding penalty erased a long run by Hill on the Bobcats’ next possession, Eunice was forced to punt the ball back to Jennings with 1:06 left in the half.
After a 10-yard pass from Willridge was followed by a roughing the quarterback flag that moved the ball to the Bobcat 42.
On the next play, Willdridge found Jacorien Palfery open for a 42-yard touchdown.
Mullen’s PAT pushed the Bulldogs ahead 21-14 with 33 seconds left in the half.
After forcing the Bulldogs to punt on their opening drive of the third period, Eunice saw its chances to mount a drive end when Braylen Brooks snared an interception.
The Bobcat defense stood tall and stopped Jennings on fourth down at the EHS 28.
Three plays later, the Bulldogs forced a fumble and got the ball back at the Bobcat 26.
Runs by Lewis and Etienne moved the Bulldogs to the EHS 12 as the third quarter ended.
Etienne closed the drive with two runs including a one-yard scoring plunge.
The PAT increased Jennings’ lead to 28-14 early in the fourth quarter.
Both teams then exchanged punts and the Bobcats had good field position at the Bulldog 44 with 8:00 left in the contest.
Eunice moved deep into Jennings territory, aided by strong runs by Deon Ardoin.
But on third down at the JHS 22, Siemon Ardoin’s pass was tipped and intercepted in the end zone to stop the Bobcat drive.
Jennings took over with 6:30 left in the quarter and moved the ball on runs by Lewis and Etienne and aided by personal foul flag on the Bobcat sidelines after a first down mark.
But five plays later, the Bobcat defense held stopped Etienne short on fourth down.
Jennings quickly got the ball back when Ethan Mack snared an interception and an insportsmanlike penalty against the Bobcats moved the ball to the EHS 9 with 2:40 remaining.
Lewis then ran the ball twice, including a four-yard touchdown plunge.
Mullen’s kick increased the Bulldogs’ lead to 35-14 with 1:52 left in the game.
After having to scratch their annual football clash this early season when the LHSAA shortened the season because of Covid-19 restrictions, Jennings and Eunice were able to reschedule when both teams had an opening this week due to Hurricane Delta.
The two teams have faced each other 67 times dating back to 1926, with Jennings holding a 39-26-2 overall record in the series.
Eunice (2-1) opens District 4-4A competition this week as the Bobcats host Rayne for homecoming.
Jennings (3-0) begins District 4-3A play against St. Louis Catholic.