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Avoyelles Defeats Eunice 50 – 28

Photograph: Eunice quarterback Josh Brown accounted for 112 total yards against Avoyelles. (Photograph by Bobby Ardoin.)

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The last eight minutes belonged to Avoyelles High Friday night and that was the difference in the game as the Mustangs held Eunice High out of the end zone for the entire final period.

Avoyelles used four unanswered touchdown runs that helped produce a frenetic ending for a 50-28 victory at Eunice High’s Bobcat Field.

The teams were tied at 28 entering the fourth quarter, but the Avoyelles rushing attack which provided a game-high 460 yards, responded with touchdown runs by De’careyn Simpson, Carlos Bazert, Jr. and Joshua Williams  that helped seal the victory.

“We just couldn’t stop them. We knew going in that we would have trouble. Avoyelles is a very physical football team with three good back and in the end they were able to wear us down,” said Eunice High head football coach Andre Vige.

Eunice (1-2) took a 16-6 first quarter lead on touchdown runs from Bryan Allen and quarterback Josh Brown in addition to another score off a 3-yard pass from Brown to running back Tyshun Joseph.

The Bobcats led at the intermission (22-20) after Brown scored on a one-yard run.

Avoyelles bolted ahead (28-22), but Eunice tied the game with the Bobcats’ fourth touchdown as Thaddeus Godfrey ran eight yards to set up the decisive fourth quarter.

Bazert scored four times for the Mustangs and gained 153 yards. Simpson rushed for 191 and two touchdowns.

“They have three very good backs and they used them well. They threw in a couple of wrinkles and gave us some things we hadn’t seen, but otherwise (Avoyelles) did pretty much as expected. The coaching staff there does a good job with the talent they have,” Vige added.

Vige thought a late-game onside kick that was recovered by Avoyelles played a key part in the loss.

“I thought we were in trouble when that happened,” Vige said.

Allen finished as the Bobcats’ leading rusher with 82 yards off 13 attempts.

Brown, a senior quarterback, rushed for 59 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while throwing for 53 off nine completions.

What’s next? Eunice goes to Northwest High in a game that begins District 5-3A for both teams.