Tors score twice in fourth quarter to beat New Iberia

Published 9:00 am Saturday, October 29, 2022

SULPHUR — Running back Garrison Burgess and quarterback Gage Trahan broke the century mark on Friday as the Sulphur Tors found their ground game, scoring twice in the fourth quarter to beat New Iberia 17-14 and end a two-game slide.

Burgess ran for 108 yards and a score on 21 carries, and Trahan had 105 and a touchdown on 16 carries.

“We got into some 12 personnel and put tight ends on the field, and those guys did a really good job up front,” Sulphur head coach Chris Tower said. “I thought Garrison Burgess ran the hell out of the ball tonight, and I thought Gage ran the hell out of the ball on the plus-one runs, including the one for the winning touchdown.

“I am proud of these guys. It is their win. Things are tough sometimes, and the season is not going how you want it to.

“(New Iberia has) some really good athletes over there, but our kids battled all night. I can’t say enough about those guys and everything they did tonight.”

It was the first game this season that a Tor ran for more than 100 yards.

The Tors (3-6, 2-5) scored twice in the fourth quarter to erase a 7-3 deficit.

After forcing the Yellow Jackets to punt with 3:21 left in the third quarter, Burgess picked up 19 yards to get to the NISH 17-yard line. Trahan converted on fourth down with a 1-yard run, and Burgess scored on a 2-yard run with 11:17 left in the fourth for the Tors’ first lead.

Brodie Depriest started the Tors game-winning drive with a 39-yard kickoff return and it was kept alive by another fourth-down conversion by Trahan. With 5:36 left, Trahan scored the winning touchdown on a 2-yard run.

The Tors’ defense took a bend-but-don’t-break approach to the game. NISH quarterback Allen Hamilton threw for 248 yards, but the Tors held the Yellow Jackets’ ground game in check to 62 yards. NISH (2-7, 2-5) was driving for the go-ahead score late in the game but was stopped at the Tors 30 with 2:15 when the Tors batted down a pass in the end zone.

“(NISH has) some athletes,” Towery said. “Those guys get out in space and you are going to give some stuff up, but our defense buckled down when they had to in certain situations.”

Tyler Massey and Alijah Coleman picked off a pass inside the 10-yard line in the second and fourth quarters, respectively. Keagan Trimm made two tackles for loss, and Massey had a sack and two tackles for loss.

Sulphur’s defense kept the Tors in the game in the first half, forcing the Yellow Jackets to punt four times. The Tors held NISH to two rushing yards in the first half.

Massey saved a touchdown with an interception at the 2-yard line with 9:24 left in the second quarter, but a fumble on the return gave the ball back to the Yellow Jackets, who set up shop at the Tors 17-yard line. Three plays later, running back Shanga Charles dove over a pile at the goal line to give NISH a 7-0 lead.