Acadiana beat STM 31-0 in the playoffs. Did STM choke then too?
It is disappointing to hear a former STM player say they always choke in the playoffs. I expect that kind of perspective from opposing fans not someone that played the game
I took him at face value when I shouldn't have
STM was way better than Karr last year....
Karr defeats St. Thomas More on late drive, 35-31
Pat Mashburn, Contributing writer, November 26, 2011 12:02 a.m.
Lafayette — Sophomore quarterback Devante Noil passed to Jarrell Bennett for a 12-yard touchdown with 22 seconds remaining to cap a 94-yard drive, and the Karr defense made a key stop as the Cougars came from behind to defeat second-seeded St. Thomas More 35-31 in the Class 4A quarterfinals Friday night at St. Thomas More.
The thrilling, come-from-behind victory sets up a semifinals battle with third-seeded Lutcher.
Karr (10-3) had a lead for most of the game, until the third quarter with less than four minutes remaining when St. Thomas More defensive end Andrew Primeaux scooped up a fumble by Noil at the Karr 25 and ran to the 1. Matthew Flores hopped over the middle for the score, and Don Oliver added the extra point for a 31-28 lead.
After the both teams made defensive stops, Karr had one last shot with less than a minute left with the ball at its 6. Noil threw a 76-yard pass to Bennett. Two plays later, Noil went to Bennett again for the go-ahead score.
"I told our team (that) we play until we see zeros on the clock," Karr Coach Jabar Juluke said. "St. Thomas More is a very good, well-coached team, and we knew they would be tough to beat at their place."
Noil passed for 251 yards, completing 23 of 31 throws. Standish Dobar, who had 10 receptions entering the game, finished with 10 catches for 94 yards.
St. Thomas More couldn't find an answer for Noil, who completed all 13 of his passes for 116 yards and a touchdown and had 90 yards rushing in the first half. While Karr made a couple of early mistakes, including a turnover deep in its territory, the defense was able to limit the damage by stopping two drives inside the 5, resulting two field goals by Oliver, the longest from 25 yards.
Sandwiched between the field goals was a 46-yard interception return by Karr's Elcee Refuge, who stepped in front of a crossing route as Brandon Bergeron passed to Andrew Stevenson, St. Thomas More's leading receiver. Oliver's second field goal cut Karr's lead to 7-6 one minute into the second quarter.
Starting at their 10, Noil then drove Karr 90 yards on four plays, including a 62-yard run on the first play, then finished it with a 16-yard jaunt up the middle for the score. Carl Roberson added the extra point for 14-6 lead.
St. Thomas More showed quick-strike ability, as Jon Juneau topped Noil's run on the first play with an 80-yard touchdown run, and Oliver cut the margin to 14-13.
The Karr defense then came up with a turnover when Melvin Davis stripped the ball from St. Thomas More's Patrick Scott after a 9-yard run at the St. Thomas More 36. Noil didn't let the opportunity go to waste, completing three consecutive passes, capped by a 6-yard scoring strike to Terrance Howard, increasing the lead to 21-13. They scored one more touchdown with two minutes left in the half on a 1-yard run by Rasheed Davis to 28-13.
However, St. Thomas More fired back with less than a minute remaining, when Bergeron passed to Matthew Flores for a 30-yard touchdown. Flores also got the conversion run, slicing Karr's margin to 28-21 at the half.
The teams combined for more than 500 yards total offense in the first half.
STM was way better than Acadiana in 2010. As per their regular season win