Two decades later, the Eunice Bobcats are returning to the Superdome.
The long drought ended when Eunice shut out the Kaplan Pirates 19-0 in the semifinals of the LHSAA playoffs.
No. 2 seed Eunice will face No. 4 seed Sterlington on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Class 3A championship of the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Prep Classic on CST.
NORTH VS SOUTH.
Sterlington won it all in 2016 and is looking to reclaim their throne.
Eunice is making their first trip to the Dome since 1998 and seeking their first title since 1982!
BOBCATS vs PANTHERS.
Class 3A State Championship.
#2 Eunice vs #4 Sterlington.#LAHSFB pic.twitter.com/LnVtI6nAop
— #LAHSFB (@LouisianaHSFB) December 1, 2018
The best of the best in Louisiana high school football will gather from Dec. 6-8 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Prep Classic.
If you can’t make it out, CST will have you covered with all the action from every game on all three days.
This is the first time Eunice will appear in the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Prep Classic since back-to-back trips in 1997-98.
The feel good story has an extra layer of joy when considering Eunice coach Paul Trosclair has been at the helm for all these years while undergoing cancer treatments.
Trosclair is extremely proud of the effort of his players to have the opportunity to claim the championship.
“If someone had told me this would happen, I would have said no,” Trosclair said to The Advertiser. “A lot of people thought we would go 4-7 and barely make the playoffs. We knew we were going to be better than that,” he said.
The Eunice defense thwarted Kaplan’s Wing-T offense and used their speed to make plays in the less than ideal weather conditions.
“No, we didn’t play well,” Lotief said. “We both had to play in the same conditions, so we’re not going to pull that. But no, we couldn’t get anything going,” Kaplan coach Tank Lotief said. “We made a lot of stupid mistakes, which is uncharacteristic of us, but you know, hats off to Eunice and hats off to these guys (his team). That’s a three-year run in the semifinals.”
Eunice senior Avrey Lee played a major role in the victory, running for a 23-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter and then hauling in an interception. At linebacker, Lee also helped stuffed Kaplan’s Wing-T ground game, as they finished with only six first downs and 81 yards.
The versatile Lee booted a booming 62-yard punt in the middle of the second quarter that pushed the Pirates to begin at the 2-yard-line.
Eunice grinded through a daunting District 5-3A slate this season and are one win away from the ultimate prize that’s been desired for the last two decades.
Regardless of the outcome though, the Eunice community can already lift up this season’s team as a source of inspiration for what can be accomplished through hard work and dedication.