Staff Report

It was a bittersweet Bayou Bowl victory for the Orangefield Bobcats as

they defeated the Bridge City Cardinals 28-26 in Bayou Bowl XI. The

Bobcats needed to defeated the Cardinals by five points or more for a

playoff berth and they almost did it.

After an outstanding performance by both squads the Bobcats claimed a bittersweet Bayou Bowl victory. But for the Orangefield seniors and hope of making the playoffs it all ended there.

The Cardinals, who have historically

prevailed in the Bayou Bowl, silently filed back to the locker room after the game. Meanwhile, at midfield, a somber Orangefield Bobcat team posed for photos with the Buzzie Gunn Trophy holding back tears. It was a surreal ending to a week of Bayou Bowl festivities.

If there were a Bayou Bowl MVP it would go to Orangefield senior quarterback Quinton Evans. Evans rushed for 141 yards on 22 carries and scored a touchdown. He also played defense and intercepted two Cardinal passes.

The Bridge City turned the ball over five times in Bayou Bowl XI. Josh Shores also intercepted and Bridge City lost the ball twice to fumbles.

As for that friendly wager between school superintendents Jamey Harrison and Phillip Welch. It’s off.

The two superintendents attend the same church. The losing superintendent was to wear his opponents team jersey to church on Sunday after the Bayou Bowl. Harrison of BCISD  conceded but Welch called the bet a draw. Only the scoreboard seemed to show a clear victor.

That’s how it was at Larry Ward Stadium at the conclusion of Bayou Bowl XI on Friday night. The Bobcat victory will mean more on another day.

The Cardinals advance to play Coldsping in Huffman in the bi-district round of the playoffs on Friday.

Orangefield scored on the opening drive of the Bayou Bowl when Casey Raley crossed the goal from the two yard line. Freshman kicker Westin Crain’s PAT was good and the Bobcats led 7-0 with 6:11 left in the first quarter.

The Bobcats scored again early in the second quarter when Ty Johnson scampered 32-yards for the TD. Crain’s kick split the crossbars as Orangefield went up 14-0.

With 7:34 left in the half Bridge City quarterback Matt Menard hit wide receiver Jason Broussard for a 39-yard touchdown pass. Bobcat defensive end Logan Moss blocked the PAT and the Cardinal left the field behind 14-6.

Orangefield scored again on their next possession on a drive that ended when Quinton Evans run it in from the five yard line. Crains kick made it 21-6.

Bridge City battled back with 1:12 left in the half Menard rambled five yards to score for Bridge City closing the gap to 21-20 after Bertrand’s PAT.

The Bobcats scored first after intermission on a drive courtesy of an interception by linebacker Josh Shores. The drive was capped off when Evan Guidry punched it in from the one yard line with 6:03 on the clock in the third quarter, 28-20.

With 7:02 left in the game Cardinal running back Cameron Dishon sped 64-yards for a touchdown. Bridge City tried to tie the game but the two point conversion but failed leaving the score at 28-26.

In the final seconds of the Bayou Bowl the Bobcats gained possession and cruised to near mid-field as Jacob Nunez came in as quarterback and went to the air. It was a valiant attempt but time ran out and the annual get-together came to an end.

The Orangefield Bobcats had won Bayou Bowl XI defeating the Bridge City Cardinals 28-26.

*** Bayou Bowl Game Photos In Slide Show.

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