Derouen And St. Martinville Break Breaux Bridge Barrier
Vincent Derouen was hired to turn things around for St. Martinville, and he led the Tigers to their first rivalry win against Breaux Bridge in 13 years.
It took "The Ville" overtime to get the gritty, 13-56 victory against one of the most physical defenses in all of Louisiana. Despite seven fumbles, Derouen's crew fought through the adversity to break through a barrier that held them back for over a decade. The win pushes St. Martinville to 4-2, while Breaux Bridge falls to 3-3. The magnitude of the achievement didn't elude junior WR Deantre James.
"We hadn't won in thirteen years, so something had to change," James said after the dramatic win.
St. Martinville was the only team to get a TD in regulation, and James was the one to haul it in. Meanwhile, Breaux Bridge hit two field goals to keep the score even. After missing a field goal attempt in the fourth quarter, Vincent Derouen's offense was driven to get it into the endzone on their initial attempt in overtime. It didn't come without some serious stress on the heart though.
On St. Martinville's seventh fumble of the night, it took a long time to clarify who came out of the pile with the ball in the endzone. After the fans in yellow and purple bit their nails a bit, they emerged with the ball and the lead. Next drive, their defense shut it down with two straight tackles for loss that proved too much to overcome for Breaux Bridge.
Cue the band. Hit the Quan, or the dolphin, or whatever dance move takes you over, if you're a member of "The Ville."
Clearly, St. Martinville still has some offensive miscues to clean up in the turnover department. It doesn't mean they can't celebrate tonight...then wake up and go to school in the morning.
It might take a while for the adrenaline of the Thursday night lights to allow them to drift to sleep, and they might have dreams of a trip to the playoffs. At this pace, their dreams might become reality.