Donaldsonville rallies by Catholic N.I. to advance to championship
Donaldsonville overcame a 22-6 halftime deficit to Catholic - New Iberia and rallied for a 23-22 victory to advance to LSU's 7 on 7 Passing Tournament's championship game Saturday afternoon at LSU's Band Field.
"We kept doing what we were doing and kept plugging away and the next thing you know we were back in the ball game," Donaldsonville head coach Gary Adkins said. "We came back and never gave up. That is why we come to these things. To find out if we are able to do that. Are we capable of getting behind and then coming back and not giving up and we showed today that we can do that."
"New Iberia is a 3A school and very, very good year end and year out. They have three players on the LSU football squad right now. That is one of the biggest wins."
Bryant Dunn scored all three of Donaldsonville's touchdowns hauling in five receptions for 143 yards and Shaqueel Babin's interception in the closing minutes provided the winning points.
"They all stepped up," Adkins said. "Bryant Dunn came alive and produced on offense when we looked dead and also was big on defense. Shaqueel Babin had the interception and a big catch to seal the deal."
Laine Bailey found Dunn open deep over the middle for a 45-yard scoring strike on the second play of the second half and connected with Justin Breaux on the conversion to cut it to 22-14.
Donaldsonville's defense held New Iberia on fourth down at the 23-yard line on the next possession and Dunn's diving 7-yard grab over the middle capped the ensuing five-play drive to cut it to 22-20. Dunn's 24-yard catch and run set up the score after Bailey connected with Antonio Smith for 14 yards.
A play later Titus Howard tipped Taylor Bullock's pass and Babin hauled it in. Bailey connected with Smith for 7 yards and then Babin for 21 before time expired.
Bullock hit Ridge Gonsoulin for a 45-yard scoring strike on the first play of the contest to give Catholic a 6-0 lead.
Bailey then connected with Dunn deep over the middle a play later for a 45-yard score to knot it up 6-6.
Bullock hit Devon Booty in the back corner of the end zone from 8 yards on the Panthers' next possession to make it 12-6 after connecting with Buddy Rodgers for 29 and 8 yards.
Michael Robicheaux intercepted Bailey on the ensuing possession and Bullock hit Corey Brody in the left corner of the end zone six plays later from 3 yards. Booty hauled in the conversion to make it 22-6. Bullock hooked up with Gonsoulin for 27 and 15 yards on the drive.
Bailey was 10 of 19 for 212 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, while Bullock was 8 for 19 for 144 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.