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Central Lafourche turns back Westgate in OT

MATHEWS — Central Lafourche coach John Callahan did not see the play that won the game for his Trojans.

"I saw the ball go up, and then I heard our fans screaming," Callahan said after a wild 42-35 District 7-5A overtime win over Westgate Friday at Trojan Stadium.

What Callahan didn't see was defensive back Rashad Sims picking off Westgate's Aaron Bird in the end zone after Wyonton Young hauled in a Luke Falgout pass for the go-ahead touchdown in overtime, ending the Tigers threat and sealing the win.

Central Lafourche went up 35-7 on the first play of the second half when Bryson Davis (eight carries, 114 yards, two TDs) went up the middle for 80 yards and a lead that seemed insurmountable at the time.

But Westgate was not done. The Tigers scored on their next series when Bird took it in from the one. Bird, also serving as place kicker, hit the PAT to make it 35-14 with 8:39 left in the third quarter.

Bird (7-of-10, 133 yards, two TDs, two INTs) hit Bryson Broussard with a 25-yard touchdownstrike on the first play of the fourth quarter, and Central Lafourche's lead still seemed safe at 35-21.

But the Trojans' attack stalled in the second half, and after a fumble that set up Westgate at the Trojan 30, Bird hit Travonte Williams (two catches, 49 yards, TD) from 23 yards out and the Trojan faithful started to get restless.

"Yes, it was definitely nerve wracking," Callahan said of the Westgate comeback. "(Westgate's) adrenaline was really flowing. I think we got a little bit flat. When you get a big lead like 35 to 7, you think the other team is going to give in, and they did not. We know they have some playmakers, and it's been tough on them, losing some tight games."

Westgate made it all the way back with 1:25 left on Jamal Sams' 24-yard touchdown run that tied the score and sent the game into overtime. Sams was a workhorse for Westgate, carrying 23 times for 219 yards and two scores.

"(Sams) was doing a good job for us and we had to go with him," Westgate coach Ryan Antoine said. "Our kids gave it their all. We fought and we fought and we fought. When you're down 35-7 and you come back and force overtime, you can't really ask for much more from the kids."

Central Lafourche set the tone on its first possession with an impressive 12-play, 75-yard drive that ate up over half the first quarter. Tonia Shelby took it the last 2 yards for the score, and Brader Dufrene's PAT made it 7-0 with 4:07 left.

The Trojan defense forced another three and out giving Central good field position near midfield. But quarterback Luke Falgout (4-of-7, 51 yards, TD, INT, seven carries, 57 yards) forced one that was picked off by Westgate's Keenan Khawly. On second and three, Sam took the handoff, weaved through the line, then cut right for a 68-yard tying score, making it 7-7 with 11:18 in the first half.

Bird returned the favor on Westgate's next possession, rolling right then throwing back across his body into the waiting hands of Trojans defensive back John Paul Williams, who took the interception back 55 yards to put the Trojans back on top 14-7.

Another big play put another score on the board for Central Lafourche when Thomas Wesley took a first down handoff on the Westgate 46, scooted through the line then flat out outran everyone for a 46 yard touchdown run with 3:56 left in the first half.

That was just enough time for Central Lafourche, after the Trojan defense forced another Westgate three-and-out. On first and goal from the five, Bryson Davis dragged tacklers to the goal line for a 28-7 Trojan lead at halftime.