Class of 2014 making history
By TOM PRECHT
The Jennings Bulldogs found themselves in an unfamiliar situation Friday night in Patterson. They faced their biggest deficit of the year in their quest to make it to game 14 and the final four. They trailed the Patterson Lumberjacks 14-0 after the first half of play. Their biggest deficit to-date had been 11 points in their last loss of the year to Plaquemine of class 4-A. In that contest, they trailed the Green Devils and fought back before falling by two points.
The Lumberjacks were making plans to move on to the semifinals with the hope of making it to the Dome, but the Bulldogs would not have it. They also have their eyes on the prize.
If the cold weather caused them to come out a little slow, they made up for it in the third and fourth quarters when things heated up. These Bulldogs don’t seem to rattle too easy.
They just want to get on the gridiron and play ball, and that’s exactly what they did in the second half, as they shut out the athletic Lumber-jacks in the final two quarters while scoring 27 points of their own. To help boost their cause, they collected seven turnovers. Six of those turnovers came in the last 24 minutes of the game to help their cause.
The Dogs will take one more step in post season play. They are going to a place they haven’t been in a while – the semifinals. The current roster of Bulldogs was not even born the last time Jennings made an appearance in the semifinals. The Dogs made the final four 21 years ago, when they won a road game to secure the spot.
The difference between now and 21 years ago is that Jennings was able to host the contest back then. One of the key members and pieces to the winning combination was defensive coordinator Ronnie McZeal. Principal Ben Oustalet was a freshman at Jennings High School at the time, and the Dogs were able to defeat the Breaux Bridge Tigers in a quagmire to advance to the Superdome to play for the state championship.
The seniors of the class of 2014 conquered one of their hardest goals by making it to the final four. They have played in 39 games and missed moving on to the
semis the past two seasons. They got over that hump and will travel to battle a foe all too familiar. They will head east to play the Livonia Wildcats. The Dogs and Cats battled last year for the right to play in week 14. The two teams stood toe-to-toe for 48 minutes and a winner could not be declared in regulation. The Wildcats broke the hearts of the Jennings Bulldogs and their fans when they won in double overtime.
Well a new year has dawned and the Bulldogs have a new team. Is this a revenge game? I don’t think so. This is about a chance of a lifetime for these young men and their coaches. Just playing in the semifinals with a chance to move on and play in the Superdome should be enough to motivate anyone.
Last year’s game was a great high school football game and this one has all the makings of another great game. Come out and support the team. These opportunities don’t come around that often. Make noise for the boys. The 12th man is important.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Livonia. The game will be broadcast on KJEF 1290 AM and on the streaming web at www.cajunradio.com. Follow the action in Sunday’s edition of The Jennings Daily New.
Tickets will be sold at Jennings High School from 8-11 a.m. Thursday and Friday for $10.
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