PLAQUEMINE — The 16th-seeded Plaquemine Green Devils were the higher seed at Andrew Canova Stadium, but it was the visiting Breaux Bridge Tigers making themselves at home in a comfortable 31-3 win in the bidistrict Class 4A playoff game Friday.
The Tigers rushed for 151 yards and passed for 213 on a night where their offensive and defensive lines could do no wrong.
With time to survey the field in front of him, Breaux Bridge quarterback Lane Landry picked apart the Green Devils secondary, completing 13 of 16 passes with three touchdowns to three receivers. Breaux Bridge was so complete in its performance that the Tigers did not have to punt.
“I thought we played well on both sides of the ball and we controlled the line of scrimmage well,” said Breaux Bridge coach Paul Broussard. “Our quarterback did a really good job of finding open receivers.”
As dominant as the Tigers offensive line was, their defensive line may have been even better.
Plaquemine spent the night going backwards when it had the ball. The Green Devils finished with -30 yards rushing on 21 carries and just 7 yards passing on six attempts.
“We got a turnover at the beginning and hoped we could come away with a touchdown,” said Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano. “After we got the three points, we physically got beat.”
A Myron Jack interception got the Green Devils in good field position on their first drive, but the home team was unable to take advantage, gaining no yards on three plays. Alexandros Koulpasis knocked in a 34-yard field goal to give Plaquemine a 3-0 lead.
The Green Devils tried an onside kicked but failed to get the ball, and Breaux Bridge began its second drive in good field position. Kagan Breaux tied the game at 3 apiece with a 37-yard field goal.
Demarkus Daughdrill returned a Joseph Jordan punt 50 yards for a touchdown on the final snap of the first quarter, but the play was called back because of a block in the back.
Breaux Bridge’s bad luck continued in the second quarter when Derrick Williams had a 6-yard touchdown run called back for a chop block. The Tigers recovered quickly though, and took a 10-3 lead on the next play when Landry found Demontreal Babineaux running down the middle of the field for a 21-yard score.
With 22 seconds left in the half, Breaux Bridge extended its lead to 17-3 on a 1-yard run by Jamal Zenon, set up by Randall Menard’s 45-yard reception to the 3-yard line.
Plaquemine went three-and-out on its first drive of the second half, but Breaux Bridge blocked Joseph Jordan’s punt to give the Tigers the ball deep in Green Devils territory. Breaux Bridge quickly tacked on another seven points when Landry hit Aaron Lastrapes over the middle for a 23-yard touchdown that looked almost identical to Babineaux’s second- quarter strike.
Deandre Alexander turned a short Landry pass down the right sideline into a 32-yard touchdown late in the third quarter, splitting a pair of Plaquemine defenders for the final scoring play.