The Final Score Archives

Terrance Broadway is the Cajuns’ leading man

Advocate photo by Brad Kemp -- UL-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway poses at Cajun Field

In the weeks before he embarks on the most important season of his career, Ragin’ Cajuns senior quarterback Terrance Broadway clowned on the sideline at practice. As the second-unit offense and defense worked on the field, Broadway stared blankly into space as he bobbed his head and rhythmically thumped his chest, mimicking a performance from Matthew McConaughey… Continue reading →

Entering 2014 season, Cajuns football has been a runaway success

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- UL-Lafayette cornerback Corey Trim returns an interception for a touchdown during the second quarter Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in the New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Trim has a cousin, Nico Talbert, who plays for Southern.

What a difference a few years makes. On the first day of 2014 preseason camp, Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth recalled his first media day experience, when a reporter asked him what it felt like to be ranked dead last in the NCAA. He didn’t feel too great about it then, but after three straight 9-4… Continue reading →

Johnson: Time for Ragin’ Cajuns to take the next step is now

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Ragin' Cajuns running back Alonzo Harris

This is the year. The UL-Lafayette football program is at the doorstep of accomplishing something monumental. The rapid and sustained success under coach Mark Hudspeth has seemingly awoken a beast that was snoozing in the swamp with a pocketful of untapped resources. Suddenly, stadiums are being retrofitted, athletic complexes are springing up around campus to rival… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns football depth chart breakdown

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- UL-Lafayette cornerback Sean Thomas celebrates intercepting a pass against Tulane during the first quarter Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in the New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

QUARTERBACKS 8, Terrance Broadway, 6-2, 221, Sr. 9, Brooks Haack, 6-1, 219, So. 3, Jordan Davis, 6-3, 185, Fr. BRIEFLY: Broadway, the Sun Belt’s preseason Offensive Player of the Year, is the unquestioned leader of the offense. Finding a solid No. 2 was a focus of the offseason after the… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns football depth chart breakdown

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- UL-Lafayette cornerback Sean Thomas celebrates intercepting a pass against Tulane during the first quarter Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in the New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

QUARTERBACKS 8, Terrance Broadway, 6-2, 221, Sr. 9, Brooks Haack, 6-1, 219, So. 3, Jordan Davis, 6-3, 185, Fr. BRIEFLY: Broadway, the Sun Belt’s preseason Offensive Player of the Year, is the unquestioned leader of the offense. Finding a solid No. 2 was a focus of the offseason after the… Continue reading →

District 3-5A, at a glance

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Fans and Acadiana players celebrate the team's 77-41 victory over Parkway on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in the Class 5A championship.

Acadiana Wreckin’ Rams Coach: Ted Davidson (113-25 at Acadiana, 119-29 overall) 2013: 14-1, 7-0 Last playoff appearance: 2013 (Defeated Parkway 71-41 to win Class 5A state championship) That was then: The Wreckin’ Rams wrecked shop all the way to the state championship, winning all but one of… Continue reading →

District 5-4A: Always a challenge for some top-notch teams

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- St. Thomas More's William Trotter, left, is grabbed by Breaux Bridge's Joseph Williams

St. Thomas More and Teurlings Catholic may have opted to play up in this fall’s Division I select state playoff bracket, but they’ll never forget where they came from. Each season, District 5-4A has evolved into a proving ground where the top teams don’t always emerge unscathed but are better prepared to handle the rigors of postseason… Continue reading →

District 5-4A, at a glance

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Teurlings' Sage Leblanc

Breaux Bridge Tigers Coach: Paul Broussard (32-15 at school) 2013: 7-4, 5-1 Last playoff appearance: 2013 (regionals) That was then: Breaux Bridge was one of three teams, joining St. Thomas More and Teurlings, who shared the district championship.… Continue reading →

District 4-4A: Last season’s suspense may not linger

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO --  Eunice Coach Paul Trosclair

Will the suspense that developed late last season occur again in District 4-4A? Don’t bet on it, said the league’s coaches, who picked LaGrange as the unanimous favorite to capture the title. Last year, the puzzle surrounding the league championship wasn’t solved until the final week, with all but two teams at that point still having… Continue reading →

At a glance

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO - Eunice coach Paul Trosclair on approaching 200-win milestone: 'In this situation you really don’t want to put too much pressure on their shoulders. I guess it’s like going for a no-hitter. It’s better the less you say about it.'

Beau Chene Gators Coach: Josh Guidry (2-8) 2013: 2-8, 1-5 Last playoff appearance: 2007 (lost in bidistrict round) That was then: Guidry and Beau Chene benefitted from a veteran team. This is now: The Gators are plotting… Continue reading →

District 6-3A: Notre Dame’s back and out for more

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Notre Dame coach Lew Cook, left, speaks with quarterback Brad Stoma.

The Notre Dame Pioneers owned District 6-3A in 2013. That is not an overstatement. Coach Lewis Cook’s Pios ran up a 10-0 regular-season record and won their district games by an average of 40.8 points. The question is not, “Will Notre Dame be good?” It’s always, “Just how good will Notre Dame be?”… Continue reading →

District 6-3A, at a glance

Abbeville Wildcats Coach: Chris Towery (0-11 at Abbeville) 2013: 0-11, 0-6 That was then: The Wildcats struggled immensely under Towery, failing to notch a victory in his first season. This is now: A second year in the… Continue reading →

District 5-3A: Church Point tries to keep building on its best

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Church Point's Deion Monroe keeps ahead of Port Barre defenders.

A visit to preseason workouts at Church Point doubles as a reminder how both the past and present weigh heavily on the psyche of the Bears’ football program. In the players’ minds, there’s last year, when Church Point went farther into the postseason — playing in the state quarterfinals — than any team in school history.… Continue reading →

District 5-3A, at a glance

Advocate file  photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Coach David Brewerton left Livonia to take the reins at Zachary.

Church Point Bears Coach: John Craig Arceneaux (44-32 at Church Point) 2013: 9-4, 3-2 Last playoff appearance: 2013 (Lost to Livonia in quarterfinals) That was then: Church Point advanced to a state quarterfinal playoff game for the first time.… Continue reading →

District 5-2A: Jason Pellerin is the star, but Catholic-New Iberia has more

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Catholic-New Iberia quarterback Jason Pellerin

A prolific thrower who has committed to a Southeastern Conference team, a 1,000-yard running back and a defense that has plenty of playmakers. Enough said. When it comes to personnel, Catholic-New Iberia has few competitors in District 5-2A. Catholic and Loreauville, especially when it came to last season’s league games, were scoring machines, and there… Continue reading →

District 5-2A, at a glance

Catholic-New Iberia Panthers Coach: Brent Indest (9-4 at CHNI) 2013: 9-4, 5-0 Last playoff appearance: 2013 (lost to Calvary Baptist in Division III select semifinals) That was then: After starting the year 2-3, the Panthers went on… Continue reading →

Division 7-1A: State champ Vermilion Catholic faces internal challenges

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Vermilion Catholic's Emile Trahan hugs assistant coach Roch Charpentier after the Screaming Eagles won the Division IV select state championship.

The Vermilion Catholic football team that won the 2013 Division IV select state championship is going through quite the overhaul. The Screamin’ Eagles’ big three of quarterback Brennan Gallet, running back Mike Campbell and wide receiver Connor Menard are gone from a senior-laden team that went 14-0 and rolled past St. Frederick 63-18 in last year’s… Continue reading →

District 7-1A, at a glance

Advocate file photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Vermilion Catholic's Mike Campbell scores a touchdown as St. Federick's Aaron Jenkins attempts to tackle him.

Ascension Episcopal Blue Gators Coach: Mike Desormeaux 2013: 5-6, 2-4 Last playoff appearance: 2013 (lost to Ascension Catholic in Division IV select bidistrict round) That was then: Desormeaux took over a team that went 1-9 in 2012… Continue reading →

District 5-1A: With Pointe Coupee Central gone, it’s a whole new ballgame

Advocate file photo by Mark Saltz -- Gary Adkins

The past two seasons in District 5-1A ended the same way: with Pointe Coupee Central crowned champion. The Cougars held an iron grip on the district after taking 14 consecutive league games dating to 2011. During the run, PCC outscored its opponents 592-252 and failed to win by at least a touchdown on just three occasions.… Continue reading →

District 5-1, at a glance

Advocate staff photo by ROBIN FAMBROUGH -- Catholic-Pointe Coupee quarterack Jonas Guichet warms up during practice Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.

Catholic-Pointe Coupee Hornets Coach: Rob Funderburk (26-31) 2013: 6-6, 2-3 Last playoff appearance: 2013 (lost in Division IV select second round) That was then: Couldn’t break out of the middle of the pack in the district.… Continue reading →