BOURG – A fourth-quarter rally lifted South Terrebonne to a 36-28 comeback victory over the Berwick Panthers for homecoming Friday night at South Terrebonne Memorial Stadium.
Trailing 28-20 in the fourth quarter, the Gators (2-1 overall) offense erupted both on the ground and eventually through the air.
South Terrebonne tailback Terrance Sims, who had several big runs throughout the night en route to a three-touchdown performance, scored from 26 yards out with 6:22 left in the game to tie things up at 28-all following a successful two-point attempt.
That stopped the bleeding just as it looked like Berwick (1-2 overall) was about to break the game open after the Panthers erased a 14-7 halftime deficit by taking the lead with two quick scores in the first six minutes of the second half that gave them a 21-14 lead.
Sims (15 carries, 147 yards, three touchdowns) previously had touchdown runs of 11 and 9 yards in the first half. He served as the Gators’ workhorse on a night when South Terrebonne didn’t have much of a passing game – until right when they needed it most.
From the Panthers’ 23-yard line, South Terrebonne quarterback Trey Gautreaux dropped back, scrambled and found tight end Cameron Hebert open for a touchdown pass that broke a 28-all tie and put the Gators ahead for good with only 36 seconds to play.
Colby Chelette ran in a two-point attempt to bump the lead to 36-28. Before his catch, Gautreaux was 2-for-4 with just 8 passing yards for the entire night.
Berwick got the ball in good field position after Hebert’s touchdown catch but turned the ball over on downs after four straight incompletions.
Hebert said after the game the Gators had never practiced the would-be game-winning pass.
“This was the first time we put in this play,” Hebert said. “They’d tried to get the ball to me earlier but penalties or sacks would hold me back. But this time I was open. The coaches saw in the press box that they weren’t covering me. The play was I was supposed to break off the corner, so I knew the safety would be a problem. But I knew I had it and I knew I could out-jump him. The whole night we’d been watching where they’d been covering me and thankfully it happened right there on that play.”
South Terrebonne’s defense survived Berwick sensation Josh Jones, who rushed 23 times for 174 yards and three touchdowns for the Panthers.
The Gators ended the night with 351 yards of total offense and 15 first downs.
Berwick led 7-6 after the first quarter; the Gators led 14-7 at halftime; and Berwick led 21-20 going into the fourth quarter.