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By Chris Singleton
The Houma Courier
HOUMA -- With its season on the line, Vandebilt Catholic's football team had to dig deep and produce big plays late in the fourth quarter of Friday's Class 4A regional round game against Franklin Parish.
And the Terriers' biggest play makers stepped up and answered the call when they needed it the most.
Trailing by a point at the start of the fourth quarter, Vandebilt standout senior quarterback Elijah McGuire directed the Terriers on a 20-play, 92-yard drive that took nearly 9 minutes off the clock, capping it with a 6-yard touchdown run on third down to give the Terriers a five-point lead with 2:01 left in the game.
The Terriers needed a defensive stand late to seal the win, and their defense provided it, getting a diving interception from junior safety Jordan Bergeron with 1:07 remaining to preserve a 20-15 victory over No. 9 Franklin Parish at Buddy Marcello Stadium.
No. 8 Vandebilt (11-1 overall) advances to the Class 4A quarterfinals to play No. 1 Neville in Monroe next week. Neville defeated Breaux Bridge, 41-21, on Friday night.
Vandebilt faced a 15-0 deficit in the first quarter, but it scored two second-quarter touchdowns and trailed 15-14 at halftime.
Check Wednesday's e-edition for full game coverage and season wrap up.
Photo by Rusty Thompson