The Thibodaux High offense has been running on all cylinders for most of the season as the Tigers have played in numerous close games.
On Friday night in a nondistrict game at Breaux Bridge, it was much of the same in a game that again went down to the wire.
Thibodaux proved it had more gas in its offensive tank than Breaux Bridge as it scored an overtime touchdown on an 8-yard pass from quarterback Luke Alleman to Tyren Young that gave Thibodaux a 42-35 victory and pushed its record to 6-1 on the season.
"We ran a little pick play," Thibodaux coach Chris Dugas said. "We ran double slants, and we ran Tyren Young on a corner route. We were just able to get him over the top, and Luke made a great throw."
In the fourth quarter, Breaux Bridge (5-2 overall) took a 35-28 lead but Alleman hit Louisiana-Lafayette commit Kyren Lacy (five catches, 108 yards, 2 TDs) for a 46-yard score with 1:33 left to play setting the stage for overtime.
"We just ran a little inside curl route, and Kyren was able to turn it up," Dugas said. "When the guy went to make a tackle, it looked like he cut off the wrong foot. Kyren was able to turn it up and get a big play out of it."
Alleman was 18-of-31 for 292 yards and three scores and he ran for a 5-yard TD just seconds before halftime that ended a drive in which he went 4-for-4 for 55 yards.
"He’s been our guys all season," Dugas said of Alleman. "He’s averaging probably 300 yards a game passing. I think he’s the best football player in our district."
Thibodaux led 14-7 at halftime after Alleman’s scoring run.
The Thibodaux defense also stepped up early in the game with three takeaways and a turnover on downs in the first quarter.
"We left some points off the board in the first half," Dugas said. "Our defense did a good job of getting some turnovers in the first half and getting us into position, but we just weren’t able to capitalize on that. We just made some mistakes and errors on our part too, turning the ball right back over to them a couple of times. So we've got to get better at that. That’s something that we need to go into next week and look at in practice and try to clean up a little bit."
Thibodaux (2-1 in district) hosts Destrehan in District 7-5A action next week and still hopes to grab at least a share of the league crown.
"We’ve just got to get back to the business at hand," Dugas said. "We go back to district next week with Destrehan. That’s going to be a big game at our place. Right now we’re sitting at second in the district. Hahnville is the only undefeated team. So hopefully Hahnville can falter down the stretch, and we can win out and maybe get a share of it."
James Bewers of the Acadiana Advocate contributed to this report.