CLASS 1A FINAL: EVANGEL 42, OPELOUSAS CATHOLIC 7
By Roy Lang III
FINAL: EVANGEL 42-7
Wonder how Evangel running up the score will be taken?
TIME: 3:49 p.m.
TAKE THAT BACK, THE EAGLES CONTINUE TO PILE IT ON
Cerderrick Tyson scored his fourth touchdown and the Evangel Eagles are showing no mercy on the Opelousas Catholic Vikings.
They lead 42-7 with 2:00 remaining in the game.
TIME: 3:47 p.m.
EVANGEL UNSUCCESSFUL TRYING TO RUN IT UP
Pass after pass fell to the turf as the Eagles were deep in Opelousas territory trying to run up the score in a 36-7 game. Evangel missed a field goal and maintains control with 7:30 remaining in the contest.
TIME: 3:35 p.m.
GAME IS OUT OF HAND AND THE VIKINGS LOOK DEFEATED
Evangel is really taking it to the Opelousas Catholic Vikings, who look like they've thrown in the towel. I can understand, as Evangel has reeled off 30 straight points since the Vikings took a 7-6 lead early in the game.
TIME: 3:21 p.m.
TYSON SCORES THIRD TOUCHDOWN
Evangel freshman sensation Cerderrick Tyson rumbled 50 yards down the right sideline and the Eagles now own a 36-7 lead with 2:25 remaining in the third quarter.
TIME: 3:12 p.m.
EVANGEL RUNNING AWAY
One play after a 64-plus-yard pass from Jordan Powell to Jeff Hulett, freshman running back Cerderrick Tyson scored his second touchdown of the game with a 5-yard run. The Eagles lead 29-7 with 3:28 to go in the third quarter.
TIME: 2:58 p.m.
EVANGEL RECORDS INTERCEPTION
Josh Cogswell reeled in a tipped ball and the Evangel Eagles take over in their own territory late in third quarter.
TIME: 2:57 p.m.
Chase Jennings caught a 10-yard touchdown from Jordan Powell with 4:37 remaining in the third quarter and the Evangel Eagles now lead 22-7.
TIME: 2:49 p.m.
THERE'S THE TURNOVER ... BUT
Freshman running back Cerderrick Tyson threw an interception off a halfback pitch to give Opelousas the ball on their own 20. However, the Vikings fumbled on their first play and Evangel takes over at the 28 with more than 6 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
TIME: 2:46 p.m.
VIKINGS MAY NEED A TURNOVER
IT seems like Evangel has the momentum right now and Opelousas Catholic needs a turnover to keep this game close. It's still only 15-7 Eagles with 10:01 remaining in the third.
TIME: 2:38 p.m.
OPELOUSAS MUST TAKE ADVANTAGE OF VULNERABLE EVANGEL SECONDARY
The Vikings trial 15-7, but have had several opportunities to complete deep passes into Evangel's secondary. O.C. quarterback Tommy Hebert has been hit and miss, but needs to take advantage of what appears to be the Eagles' only weakness on defense.
TIME: 2:19 p.m.
EVANGEL TACKS ON 3 AT THE END OF THE HALF
Michael Powers kicked a 30-yard field goal with 9 seconds remaining in the first half to give Evangel a 15-7 lead in the Class 1A state championship game.
TIME: 2:09 p.m.
SHOULDA KICKED IT
The Opelousas Catholic Vikings decided not to kick a 22-yard field goal -- with best kicker in Class 1A -- and wound up fumbling on the attempt to go for it on 4th and 2. Evangel still leads 12-7 with 2:12 remaining in the first half.
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
VIKINGS TRY TO DO IT AGAIN
The Opelousas Catholic Vikings apparently aren't in Shreveport just to take part in the Class 1A fesitivities. They are driving deep in Evangel's territory late in the first half in an attempt to take the lead over the hometown Evangel Eagles on Saturday.
TIME: 1:52 p.m.
EVANGEL REGAINS LEAD, 12-7
The Eagles drove 80 yards in 2:03 to take the lead again. Cerderrick Tyson gained 26 yards during the drive, but fumbled near Opelousas' end zone at the end of the run. The freshman played heads-up football and scooped up the loose ball. One play later, Tyson scored to give Evangel the lead again.
The Eagles two-point conversion attempt was no good.
TIME: 1:44 p.m.
CATHOLIC STOPS EAGLES
Evangel quarterback Jordan Powell was sacked for a 4-yard loss as Evangel attempted to convert a 4th and 5 from their own 40. Opelousas takes over.
TIME: 1:32 p.m.
OPELOUSAS ANSWERS, TAKES 7-6 LEAD
Tommy Hebert hit D'Andre Leday for a 40-yard touchdown late in the first quarter and the Opelousas Catholic Vikings took a 7-6 lead with 2:18 left.
TIME: 1:24 p.m.
EAGLES STRIKE FIRST, LEAD 6-0
Highlighted by a 37-yard pass from Jordan Powell to Deleon Moss, Evangel drove 70 yards in eight plays to score first in the Class 1A state championship game. Quinn Giles capped off the drive with a 7-yard touchdown before Michael Powers missed the extra point.
4:05 remaining in the first quarter.
TIME: 1:14 p.m.
EAGLES STOP VIKINGS
Opelousas Catholic was unable to take advantage of its good field position and the Eagles get the ball back midway through the first quarter. After a timeout, Evangel faces 2nd-and-6 at their own 34.
TIME: 1:11 p.m.
UNUSUAL FORMATION BACKFIRES FOR EVANGEL
Opelousas has won the first field position battle. After two first downs, the Eagles loss 22 yards when the snap went over the head of freshman Cerderrick Tyson, a running back who has lined up at QB twice in this game. Facing 3rd-and-32, the Eagles were sacked and also handed a 5-yard penalty for intentional grounding.
The Vikings take over at their own 48.
TIME: 1:06 p.m.
EVANGEL GETS IT FIRST
Running back Ramon Broadway picks up 12 yards on the first play, the Eagles have it at their own 31.
TIME: 1:01 p.m.
IT'S BALMY AT INDEPENDENCE STADIUM
It's a beautiful 53 degrees moments before kickoff of the Class 1A final between Evangel Christian Academy Eagles (11-3) and the Opelousas Catholic Vikings (12-2).
TIME: 12:41 p.m.