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In a back-and-forth shootout between two of the nation's most explosive offenses, the Louisiana College Wildcats kept the "Border Claw" in Pineville for the seventh consecutive year with a 52-49 win over the East Texas Baptist Tigers on Saturday night in Wildcat Stadium.
The Wildcats 28 point 1st quarter gave them the early momentum they needed, and outstanding individual performances from freshman running back Devin Sylve, seniors Shaquille Lewis, Beau Brewer, and Ira Jewitt held off a late comeback attempt by ETBU to help LC win the Battle of the Border Claw once again.
The afternoon did not start out so smooth for the Wildcats, as an Easton Melancon pass was intercepted by ETBU's Dominique Bailey and returned all inside the Wildcats' 10 yard line, which led to a 4 yard Kendall Roberson touchdown just two plays later to give the Tigers the 7-0 advantage less than three minute into the game.
The two teams would then trade scores on the next three possessions, as Melacon hit Ladarius Gardner for a 3 yard touchdown on LC's next drive to tie the game at 7-7 before Roberson scored his second touchdown of the game from 2 yards out to put ETBU back ahead 14-7.
After Melancon hit receiver Farron Jones for a 39 yard touchdown to tie the game back up at 14, senior punt returner followed an impressive stop by LC's defense with a school record… »»» read more
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