Centreville survives upset attempt by Oak Forest

Published 2:13 am Saturday, October 20, 2007

OAK FOREST, La. — One year after being the defensive coordinator at Centreville Academy, Jason Brabham returned to Oak Forest Academy for his second stint as the Yellow Jackets’ head football coach.

And perhaps the one game on the calendar he was probably looking forward to coaching was the one Friday night against the Tigers at home with the District 5-AA championship up for grabs.

And after jumping out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, it looked like the Yellow Jackets were well on their way to claiming the district title. But the Tigers scored 35 straight points themselves and then held on for a dramatic 35-34 win to clinch the district championship.

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Oak Forest, which went into this game ranked No. 4 in Class AA, had a chance to win the game after Brad Hagan scored on a 76-yard touchdown pass from Luke Petitto with 1:46 remaining. But the two-point conversion run ended up a few inches short.

Petitto had a big game for the Yellow Jackets on both sides of the ball. He completed 11 of 17 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns and he intercepted a Kyle Brown pass and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown.

The problem was they couldn’t stop Centreville senior running back Nick Goudeau, who finished with 43 carries for 226 yards and three touchdowns and he added three receptions for 33 yards. Goudeau started the comeback with a 37-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, then added a 5-yard scoring run in the third quarter and gave the Tigers a 35-21 lead with another 5-yard run with 8:31 to go in the fourth quarter.

Brown scored on a 2-yard run and Goudeau scored on a two-point conversion run with just 29 second remaining until halftime that cut Oak Forest’s lead to 21-14. Zach Sinclair gave the Tigers their first lead of the game on a 4-yard run with 3:53 to go in the third quarter.

Prairie View 22, ACCS 0

NATCHEZ — The Spartans kept their District 3-AA title opportunity alive with a win over the Rebels Friday night at Bobby Marks Stadium. Prairie View improved to 7-2 overall and 2-1 in district play. ACCS dropped to 0-9 overall and finished district with an 0-4 record.

WCCA 7, Cenla Christian 6

PINEVILLE, La. — A pair of kickoff returns to start the second half was all the scoring done in this District 6-A game Friday night. But it was the kicking game that proved to be the difference.

WCCA’s Cody Cullen returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and Todd Gonda added the extra point to give the Rams a 7-0 lead with 11:43 to go in the third quarter.

Chris Johnson then returned the ensuing kickoff 89 yards for the Lions, but the extra point was blocked. Cenla Christian had one last opportunity to win the game, but a 41-yard field goal attempt with 10 seconds left was also blocked.

WCCA won the game despite having minus-6 yards of total offense and just two first downs. That was mainly because running back Trumaine Norwood injured his ankle late in the first quarter and did not return. Before that, he intercepted a pass earlier in the quarter.

The Rams also kept their chances of getting one of the wild card spots alive as they improved to 6-3 overall and ended district play with a 5-3 record.

Riverdale 41, Tensas Academy 24

COUSHATTA, La. — The Chiefs’ chances of winning District 6-A took a big hit Friday night as they were stunned by a Riverdale team that appeared to going in the opposite direction after a 3-1 start to the season.

Tensas Academy (5-4, 5-2) took a 24-21 lead into the fourth quarter, but the defense was worn down by the running of Jeff Teel and senior wide receiver/defensive back Jay Perkins made a couple of momentum-changing plays.

Teel, a sophomore running back, had four rushing touchdowns, including runs of 60 and 80 yards in the first half. Perkins caught a touchdown pass from Kevin Coleman to start the Rebels’ fourth-quarter rally and he finished it with a 40-yard interception return of a Bennett Schauf pass.

Riverdale’s defense forced four turnovers, three of which were interceptions, despite giving up 334 yards of total offense to the Chiefs. Jim Lentz led Tensas with 133 yards rushing and one touchdown on 13 carries.