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Mustangs hold on late for win over Thibodaux

Assumption linebackers Regis Lang (84) and Austin Hood (46) tackle Thibodaux running back Jaquan Chenier (5) during Friday's nondistrict game in Napoleonville. The Mustangs improved to 2-1 overall with a 26-22 win. (Photo by Abby Tabor/Staff)

NAPOLEONVILLE — The Assumption Mustangs looked like they were well on their way to making a little bit of history Friday night.

According to first-year Assumption head coach Tony Paine, it had been 12 years since an Assumption team had beaten a Thibodaux team at home.

Heading into the fourth quarter holding a 26-6 lead, the odds of the Mustangs breaking this streak appeared imminent.

Then, it happened. It being junior running back Donta Johnson, who rushed for 100 of his game-high 182 yards, on his way to rallying his team back to 26-22 with 2:15 remaining, but the Mustangs held onto the four-point nondistrict win.

"You could have probably of painted an S on his chest because he played his heart out for us," Thibodaux coach Chris Dugas said of Johnson. "The biggest problem for us was we only decided to show up for one quarter (Friday night), and you can't do that against a good team like Assumption and expect to win."

Paine said he was proud of his defense keeping Johnson in check for nearly three quarters.

"Let's just say that guy is the real deal. Late in the game we couldn't do anything to stop him," said Paine, pointing specifically to Johnson's 50-yard run out of the shotgun formation to bring Thibodaux within four points after a successful two-point conversion try by Jaquan Cheneir.

On the next play following the two-point conversion, Thibodaux's Mike Price recovered an onside kick to give the Tigers (1-1 overall) the ball at the Mustangs' 48-yard line with a chance to win.

The game ended with Tigers starting quarterback Blade Martinez completing a 7-yard completion to Shyheem Thompson to the Mustangs' 17-yard line as the final horn sounded.

"This is a big one for us," Paine said. "Obviously, we would have liked to have finished the game better than we did, but we will definitely take a win like this against a good Thibodaux team."

The game went back and forth in its early stages with neither team finding the end zone.

Assumption (2-1) finally got things going when Cameron Blame hooked up with DeJuawn Oliver on a 52-yard pass to make it 6-0 after a failed point after attempt with 5:59 left in the second quarter.

Thibodaux responded two drives later after capitalizing on a punt that was touched by an Assumption player.

Ultimately, this set Thibodaux up at the Mustangs' 24-yard line. Five plays later, Martinez spotted a wide open Dequan Pharagood over the middle for a 21-yard touchdown strike to tie things up at 6 with 2:15 showing on the clock.

Blame capped the scoring leading his team on seven-play, 53-yard touchdown drive on its next possession. Capping the drive was a 18-yard strike to Ja'Wauntez Patterson to put the Mustangs in front 12-6 at the half.

After Stanley Larvadain returned an interception 32 yards for a score to put Assumption up 19-6 with 8:08 left in the third quarter, the Mustangs added another score several minutes later that was set up on another Thibodaux turnover.

Leading the way for Assumption was Blame who went 6-for-15 through the air for 92 yards and two scores. Blames also carried the ball nine times for 53 yards.