This one would go down to the wire. Two storied Louisiana programs clashed in the Capital City for a Division One playoff showdown.
The last time Archbishop Rummel and Catholic High meet it was for a state championship in 2015 in the Louisiana Superdome. Catholic won that game 31-28 on a last-second field goal to capture the title.
Funny how history has a tendency to repeat itself. Catholic also entered the game as the defending state champs.
The Rummel Raiders would take the opening possession in a downpour and march down the field. Once in the red zone, Chandler Fields hits Koy Moore in the back of the end zone for a Raider’s TD to try to set the tone early.
The Catholic Bears first possession did not go as well. With the downpour continuing, the Bears center lost the snap at midfield and the Raiders pounced on the ball to give themselves great field position. The Catholic defense would rise to the occasion and stop Rummel on a fourth and nine to get the ball back to their offense.
On Rummel’s third possession they would exchange the same turnover suffered by Catholic a botched snap by the center giving the ball back to the Bears.
Moving to the second quarter 7-0 Raiders, with the rain still a factor Catholic’s Cole Cazenave would nail a 48-yard field goal to put the Bears on the board.
On the Raiders first possession of the 2nd quarter, Chandler Fields would be intercepted by Catholic’s Beau Bacas to lead to another attempt by Cazenave. This time Kolbe Fields blocked the kick, and the game remained 7-3 Raiders. The half would end with that score and the Raider with 131 total yards to the Bears only 47 with no passing yards at all.
In the 3rd quarter, Cazenave would boom a punt that would pen the Raiders inside their own 2-yard line and set up the Bears defense on a momentum shift. On a third and six, Catholic’s defense comes up with the stop it needed but a late hit penalty would give the Raiders a new set of downs and a chance to pull away.
The Raiders would march down the field and consume the entire third quarter. They would set up Patrick Vanderbrook for a 35-yard field goal to give them a 10-3 lead going into the fourth.
When it was time to shine, Catholic’s QB Cameron Dartez came through in the fourth quarter. Earlier in the game, Solomon Singleton had dropped a pass from Dartez in the end zone. However, with the game on the line, Singleton hauls in a strike from Dartez for a Bears TD.
It’s 10-10 in the closing moments of the fourth, with overtime seeming like the most likely case. Then Dartez puts on a show, he hits Braelen Morgan for a big first down to move into Rummel territory, then he goes back to back to Forrest Roy to get the ball down to the 18-yard line with 10 seconds on the clock. Cazenave comes onto the field hitting a 48 yarder earlier and having another kick blocked.
The emotions of nailing a kick and sending your team into the next round of the playoffs was in the air. The rain had stopped and the ball was spotted in the middle of the field. With a good snap, a good hold and solid strike Cazenave would split the uprights and propel the Bears into the next round.
Congratulations to both storied programs on a successful football season and for giving us a great game. These two teams went at it and it made for a great broadcast. 13-10 final as the Catholic High Bears move on in search for their second consecutive state championship title.
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