Not quite as expected perhaps, was the sterling performance of junior quarterback Randall Menard, who completed 10-of-13 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns without an interceptions in only his second start.
Two of his TD tosses went to Travin Dural, who finished with three receptions and 106 yards, while speedster Kavahra Holmes gathered in the third for a 75-yard strike. And senior Lamar Louis, who spends much of his time on the field playing linebacker, sealed the BB victory with a 47-yard TD ramble late in the final period after the visiting Pioneers had narrowed the Tiger lead to 21-12.
The Bridge had last beaten Notre Dame in 1998, taking a 27-21 win in overtime. The two teams renewed their series in 2007, with the Pioneers reeling off four wins over the Tigers.
Notre Dame struck first last Friday night, scoring on a 40-yard pass from Waylon Young to Blake Miller late in the opening period. Tiger Derrick Wiltz stormed in to block the PAT kick.
The 6 point lead didn’t hold up very long as Dural gathered in a pass from Menard and raced 87 yards to paydirt to stun the visitors. Kagan Breaux put the Tigers on top with the first of his four PAT kicks.
Less than three minutes later the Tigers came through with another big play when Menard connected with Holmes up the middle for a 75-yard score and The Bridge nursed a 14-6 halftime lead.
The third period settled into a seesaw battle although Notre Dame threatened late in the quarter, driving to the Breaux Bridge 15 before Tiger Tevin Mouton jumped on a Pioneer fumble to turn the visitors away.
Early in the final stanza Louis recovered a Notre Dame fumble near midfield. Two plays later Darrian Thomas ripped off a 48-yard run that ended just one yard shy of the goal line. A procedure penalty set the Tigers back to the six where Adrian Menard fumbled the ball away.
But before the Pios could work themselves out of the hole, they fumbled again and Josh Alexander recovered for BB at the 13. Randall Menard found Dural open in the end zone for the TD and the Tigers stretched their lead to 21-6.
But the Pioneers are not a team to quit and they responded with an 11-play, 67-yard drive to get within striking distance. Young capped the drive with an 8-yard TD toss to Josef Schmid but the two-point conversion pass was batted away and the Pioneers trailed 21-12 with 5:20 remaining.
Three minutes later Breaux Bridge snuffed out any hopes the Pioneers had of rallying when Louis broke his 47-yard TD run to seal the victory.
Thomas led all rushers with 99 yards on just six carries.
The Tigers open three weeks of road games this Friday at neighboring Comeaux. The Class 5A Spartans are 2-0 after impressive wins over Morgan City and Crowley.