The officials let the kids decide it on the last play.
Assumption fans were pleased with that decision and the Vandebilt faithful were spewing the entire ride back home.
Assumption beat Vandebilt 26-20 in overtime on Friday night after both teams played to a 20-all tie in regulation.
In the extra period, the Mustangs got the ball and scored a touchdown to go up 26-20, but the extra point was blocked, giving Vandebilt a chance to win.
The Terriers moved close to the end zone and on fourth down, threw a pass in the back of the end zone to Jean-Luc Lapeyre. Assumption’s defensive back appeared to make contact with Lapeyre before the ball arrived, which could have drawn a flag.
But none came, which sealed the win for the Mustangs in the hard-fought, physical game.
“It’s disappointing. There’s some things I’m not going to comment on, but it was a good, hard-fought game,” Vandebilt coach Lance Ledet said. “I thought our effort was great. But we just made too many mistakes. When you’re facing a really good football team, you can’t do those types of things. We got in our own way a little bit too much on Friday night. And unfortunately, we’ve done that a lot at times this season.”
Friday’s game was significant because the winner would clinch at least a share of the district crown.
And neither team disappointed.
The Terriers struck first on a trick play. Quarterback Gavin Daigle was making checks at the line of scrimmage when Vandebilt direct-snapped the ball to Caleb Calhoun.
Calhoun flipped the ball to Hunter Porche who kept his eyes down the field and found Daigle in the end zone for a long touchdown pass.
But the extra point was no good, which left the Terriers up 6-0 late in the first quarter.
That missed extra point would matter later.
Assumption found their stride in the second quarter and seemingly grabbed control of the game with three-straight touchdowns to go up 20-6.
Sage Rivere hit Jaden Tyler for two scores in the quarter and Rivere ran one in during the onslaught, as well.
The Mustangs missed one of their three extra points.
That missed extra point would also matter later.
In the second half, Vandebilt dominated and got back into the game, forcing several turnovers and getting just enough offense to square the game up to force overtime.
Calhoun scored late in the third quarter to make the game 20-13.
That score held until the final seconds when Vandebilt got another score on a long touchdown drive with 40 seconds left.
That score, too, had some drama.
Daigle got the touchdown, but was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct after taunting an Assumption player as he got into the end zone.
That made the score 20-19, but also pushed the team’s ensuing extra point to the 18-yard-line.
After missing a kick earlier in the game, Vandebilt kicker Austin Ledet calmly came through, drilling the long extra point, sending the game into overtime.
Then, things got even more dramatic.
Assumption lost the overtime coin toss and got the ball first.
With possession, Rivere hit Tyler on a 10-yard touchdown pass to go up 26-20, but the extra point got blocked, which meant that Vandebilt had a chance to score 7 points and win the game.
But their drive went for naught and the controversial fourth down play didn’t draw the flag, sealing the win for Assumption.
Ledet said he doesn’t blame the officials for the loss. He said the Terriers had plenty of chances to win, but didn’t do enough to capitalize. Assumption turned over the ball six times in the game, but Vandebilt didn’t turn many of those opportunities into points.
“We had our chances,” Ledet said. “We watched it back on film and watching it the third time, it made me feel worse than the first time. We had opportunities. We just couldn’t get it done.”
TARPONS, GATORS ROLL
With Assumption’s win, South Lafourche now has a chance to win a piece of the district title.
South Lafourche beat Ellender 30-7 on Friday night, improving to 3-1 in district play.
The Tarpons led 23-7 at halftime, then cruised in the second half to secure their third-straight win.
Ellender was overmatched in the game and had just 32 dressed players.
South Lafourche can now earn a piece of the district title in Week 10 if they beat Assumption.
The Tarpons likely need to win that game to make the playoffs.
South Terrebonne is likely in.
The Gators beat Morgan City 48-0 on Thursday night, improving to 5-4 on the season.
South Terrebonne now likely has enough power rating points to clinch a playoff spot, but a win in Week 10 against Ellender couldn’t hurt.
CLASS 4A SCOREBOARD
South Lafourche 30, Ellender 7
South Terrebonne 48, Morgan City 0
Assumption 26, Vandebilt 20 OT