JHS to host St. Louis in first home game of season
by TOM PRECHT
The 59th meeting between the Jennings Bulldogs and Eunice Bobcats did nothing to diminish the long-standing rivalry. The game was in doubt until the final 15 seconds. The Cats secured the win with an interception of a Bulldog pass in the endzone.
The Bulldogs did a lot of things right, but could not overcome some costly mistakes. Jennings outplayed their counterparts in most facets of the game. They had almost twice as many first downs and nearly doubled the fifth-ranked Bobcats in total yardage. The turnover bug bit the Dogs hard and was their undoing. The Cats were able to take advantage of the opportunities they were given.
Eunice held an edge in the kicking game. Their field position after four Jennings kickoffs was their 39-yard line. They were also successful on two field goal attempts. Their kicker put the ball in the endzone on all but one kickoff so the Dogs started every drive after a Bobcat score on their 19- or 20-yard line. Eunice’s final score was set up by a blocked punt.
Jennings was able to put their two minute offense on display after the final Eunice score. With 2:03 left on the clock, sophomore Kaleb Chaisson rallied the troops and drove them to the Cat 18-yard line. He was four of seven on the drive but his final attempt was intercepted in the endzone to put an end to the exciting game.
Both teams fought hard as is always the case when these two teams hook up on the gridiron. It was a good, hard-hitting, clean game, and who knows? We may meet them again in the playoffs.
The rivalry lives on.
Jennings leads the series 34-23-2.
The Dogs will live to see another day. They will put in a week of hard work as they prepare for their home opener Friday night. They will welcome former district rival St. Louis into Jerry Simmons Stadium. The Saints of Lake Charles moved up to class 4-A three seasons ago when the Dogs did.
This will be the 27th meeting between the two teams. They first played one another in 1977. The two schools first got together in 1929 when St. Louis was an all male school and known as Landry Memorial. They played three times and Jennings shut them out in all three games, outscoring them 152-0.
Jennings owned the series with the Saints for the first 20 years. The Dogs and Saints split the first two meetings, and then the Dogs won 16 of the next 18. The series has tightened up as of late, with the Saints and Dogs splitting the last six matches. Jennings won last year’s game and is hoping to start another long winning streak. Jennings leads St. Louis 20-6 in the series.
St. Louis is always well coached and fundamentally sound. They will try to establish the run and will put the ball in the air close to 15 times a game. They have not given up many points on defense and will be a big challenge for the Bulldog offense. The Saints also have a good weapon in their kicking game. They seem to just continue to reload each year with the district’s best kicker. Their kicking game is usually one of the best in southwest Louisiana.
This game has all the makings for another outstanding high school football game, plus there is a little hint of football weather in the air.
Jerry Simmons Stadium just got a small facelift over the weekend. A new scoreboard now stands in the Landry endzone along with new 25-second clocks in both endzones. A huge thanks to Gulf Coast Autoplex and Coca-Cola bottling company for the new scoreboard.
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Come out and support the Dogs. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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