Bogalusa suffers heartbreaking loss

Published 11:00 pm Friday, November 3, 2017

By Chris Kinkaid

The Daily News

Bogalusa suffered a heartbreaking loss to Archbishop Hannan, 30-27, in overtime, as Seth Caillouet hit a game-tying field goal late in regulation and then a winning field goal in overtime for the Hawks to close out the regular season at BHS.

The Lumberjacks extended a 19-17 lead to 27-17 with 8:10 left in the District 7-3A contest when Jay Baham ran up the right sideline for a 69-yard touchdown run. Dianté Lenoir converted for two to make it a 10-point game.

Baham and Lenoir ran for more than 100 yards. Baham had 119 and the touchdown to go with 77 passing that included a 27-yard touchdown throw to Chas Smith. Lenoir had 105 rushing and a score.

Hannan scored when quarterback Christopher Rabensteiner took it in from the 5. Caillouet hit the extra point to make it 27-24 with 5:01 left.

Following a punt, the Hawks got the ball back at their own 49 with 2:41 to go. Hannan moved the ball to Bogalusa’s 23. Caillouet was called on for a potential game-tying 38-yard field goal. Caillouet split the uprights and the game was tied at 27-27 with 23 seconds left.

Bogalusa returned the kickoff to its 34. Baham connected with Lenoir at Archbishop Hannan’s 39 with six seconds left. The Lumberjacks called timeout, but the Hail Mary fell incomplete, sending the game to overtime.

Both teams had four downs beginning with first-and-goal at their opponents’ 10.

Bogalusa was unable to score after coming up short on fourth down, but following the play, the Hawks were called for unsportsmanlike penalty. Being a post-play foul, Hannan kept the ball, but had to start at the 25. Rabensteiner, who ran for 87 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 82, ran three times for 9 yards. The Hawks set up a potential game-winning 33-yard field goal. Caillouet was good once more, this time to end the game, 30-27.

“Especially that last kick, I’ve never been in that situation,” Caillouet said. “We’ve been practicing at practice and I really took everything I’ve learned and actually used it in a game.”

Bogalusa jumped out to a 7-0 lead. O’Trevious Gatlin took a handoff ran 29 yards for a touchdown. Josh Taylor hit the extra point to make it 7-0.

It stayed that way until the second period when Hannan got on the board with Brendan David tallying from the 10 on first-and-goal. Caillouet was good with the extra point and the game was tied at 7-7 with 8:45 left in the first half.

Lenoir scored on the first play after the kickoff with a 60-yard run up the left sideline. The extra point was no good, but Bogalusa led 13-7 with 8:23 to go.

Hannan took the ensuing drive 71 yards on 14 plays and scored after using 7:21 of the clock when Rabensteiner ran in from the 11. Caillouet was good on the point after to give the Hawks a 14-13 lead with 42 seconds left.

Bogalusa returned the kickoff to its 38, but a horse collar penalty on Hannan advanced the ball to Hannan’s 47.

The Lumberjacks scored two plays later when Baham connected with Smith on a 27-yarder with four-seconds left. The two-point conversion was no good, but Bogalusa led 19-14 at halftime.

The Hawks scored a field goal on the opening drive of the second half, when Caillouet was good from 27 yards out, closing the gap to 19-17 with 5:30 left.

Bogalusa went up by 10 in the fourth, but were unable to hold the lead in the 30-27 final.

“We fought hard. Too many mistakes, we beat ourselves. I can’t really say anything else besides that,” Bogalusa coach David Roberts said.

Bogalusa finished the regular season with a 4-5 overall record and 2-2 in district play.

Hannan went 8-2 in the regular season and 2-2 in league play.

Bogalusa’s Jay Baham runs runs right during Friday’s District 7-3A home game.