By Tom Dodge
NEW ORLEANS – The clock was nearing midnight but the loud crowd was just getting started as a sea of green and white screamed “EHS, EHS, EHS” as the Bobcats captured the Class 3-A state title Friday night at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
The Bobcat nation’s chants echoed off the ceiling as Eunice High celebrated a 59-47 win over Sterlington for the first state title since 1982.
“I still don’t believe it happened,” Eunice coach Paul Trosclair said. “I’m still trying to let it sink in.
By Tom Dodge
The run to the championship game for the Bobcats has been an impressive turnaround from the 5-6 finish in 2017.
“This has been a great season,” EHS head coach Paul Trosclair said. “We are playing good football.”
Eunice opened the season with wins over Opelousas (53-26), Jennings (33-23), Rayne (36-14) and Crowley (36-32 ) before the Bobcats lost a 22-20 heartbreaker to district rival Church Point.
Eunice then grabbed four straight wins over Port Barre (30-0), Pine Prairie (35-6), Mamou (49-12) and Northwest (37-14).
The Bobcat faithful will fill their side of the Superdome in New Orleans Friday night when Eunice faces Sterlington for the Class 3-A championship.
This is the fourth trip for the Bobcats and Eunice (12-2) is designated as the the home team against the Panthers (12-2).
Moving from Opelousas Catholic, Johnny Bourque became the Bobcat head football coach in 1979 and compiled a 104-76 record and four district titles ending his coaching career in 1994 to become Eunice High prinicipal.
In 1981, Eunice won its first district championship in 17 years.
NEW ORLEANS – It has been 20 years since Ryan Deshotel touched the turf of the Louisiana Superdome.
Friday, Deshotel will be coaching on the sidelines as Eunice takes on Sterlington for the Class 3-A state championship.
Deshotel and the Bobcats faced John Curtis in consecutive title games in 1997 and 1998.
“I dressed out as a freshman in 1997 and when we went back the second year I played defensive tackle.”
Deshotel said he still remembers in the 1997 game when Robbie Landreneau blocked a punt and Charles Anderson returned it for a touchdown.
The local fans wanted a rematch between No. 1 Iota and No. 2 Eunice in the Class 3-A state championship.
But that won’t happen as Eunice rolled to a 19-0 win over No. 3 Kaplan and No. 4 Sterlington stunned Iota as the Panthers grabbed a 21-12 win over the Bulldogs.
It is the first trip the championship game for Eunice as the Bobcats faced John Curtis in back-to-back title games in 1997-98.
The Eunice – Kapan game was contested on a wet and muddy Bobcat Field.