BREAUX BRIDGE — His decision was made with a minute and 15 seconds remaining, and after the game, Paul Broussard said even then he wouldn’t change a thing.
Broussard chose to kick the extra point rather than go for the two-point conversion after his team ended a 91-yard drive on a 14-yard Lane Landry to Demontreal Babineaux pass.
The kick to tie the score by Michael Vincent, however, sailed to the right of the uprights, allowing New Iberia to salvage a 14-13 win in a contest that opened the regular season for both teams.
Broussard wasn’t second guessing himself after the contest ended.
“I wouldn’t change my decision at all. I decided to go with the kick and tie it up and possibly play for overtime,” Broussard said. “I have great faith in our kicker.”
Both teams made it an offensive affair, combining for 691 yards. Penalties and turnovers, prevented an influx of scoring, though, as BBHS lost three fumbles and Landry was intercepted once.
New Iberia coach Rick Hutson said he felt the game turned for his team early when Landry fumbled going into the end zone with the Tigers leading 7-0 with 4:23 left in the second quarter.
New Iberia defensive back Ian Lewis recovered Landry’s fumble and two plays later New Iberia scored a 28-yard touchdown run by Nick Robinson with 4:03 remaining before the intermission.
“If Breaux Bridge goes in and scores at that point that makes it 14-0 and we are left on the edge of a steep cliff,” Hutson said. “Instead, we come back and get the quick score and tie it up and make it a new game.”
Broussard said that could have been a turning point, despite happening so early in the contest.
“That touchdown would have put us up by two touchdowns, but in the end, we made a lot of mistakes tonight that really hurt,” Broussard said. “We have a lot of young running backs who ran hard, but we can’t have the penalties and mistakes we made tonight.”
New Iberia running back Daniel Lewis slashed the Tigers’ defense for 151 yards on 15 carries. Lewis was part of a Yellow Jackets’ running game that gained 241.
“We knew that Lewis was a good running back coming into the game,” Broussard said. “He got off some nice runs.”
Landry threw for 235 yards after completing 13-of-20 attempts. Babineaux caught three passes for 78 yards, while wide receiver Nick Belaire had four receptions for 102.
Breaux Bridge running back Edward Batiste gained 75 yards on 11 attempts.
The Tigers scored on an 80-yard, seven-play drive after Joseph Williams deflected a 30-yard field goal attempt by New Iberia placekicker Cy Kipp.
Kipp’s miss ended a New Iberia drive that consumed nearly six minutes and covered 57 yards.
Landry guided Breaux Bridge down the field methodically, but he broke the drive open with a 60-yard completion down the middle of the field to Babineaux. Batiste scored on a 10-yard run with 2:05 left in the first period.
New Iberia used the fourth Breaux Bridge fumble for a final TD. The recovery set up a 66-yard drive that was sparked by 40-yard run from quarterback Scotty Nicholas.
Two plays later, Nicholas scored on a 3-yard run.