The Colts were looking to end their season on a positive note and quite possibly make the playoffs. Bayou and Winona gave the fans a hotly contest showdown with Winona escaping with a 35-27 victory. Bayou ended its season at 3-7 with a 1-4 mark in the district, while Winona finished the regular season at 7-3 with a 2-3 mark in the district. Winona will end up going to the AA Playoffs as a wild card.
The Colts’ offense had another solid night by racking up 380 yards of offense, but the team turned the ball over four times which proved to be too much too overcome.
Despite the loss, Bayou head coach Jimmy Hicks said the team has nothing to be ashamed of.
“I’m just so proud of our leadership that came on,” Hicks said. “We’ve marched the ball down the field on almost anybody we’ve played. To lose five guys, all of them starters, and be 3-6 you could easily lose your focus. These guys have bought into what we’re trying to do and they’re just playing hard every snap. They played their guts out tonight.”
The game started out great for Bayou as Winona Christian gave the ball away on its first two possessions. Bayou's Weber Herbison recovered a fumble on a kick a return, and teammate Chantz Arbuckle recovered a fumble. The Colts were able to go on touchdown drives after each turnover as Tyler Kitchings connected with Arbuckle on an 18-yard touchdown pass with 10:19 left on the clock, and Kitchings scored the second touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run with 7:32 left on the clock to make the score 13-0. Bayou was able to get in good position for the second touchdown after Arbuckle caught a pass from Kitchings in the middle of the field and was able to run for some big yards after the catch for a 46-yard reception.
The Stars hung tough, as they were able to go on a solid drive toward the end of the first quarter. With 1:08 left in the first quarter, Winona put up its first touchdown when quarterback Brooks Lott marched on a one-yard run. Tyler Ballard kicked the extra point to cut Bayou’s lead down to 13-7.
As the first half continued, Winona’s defense got better as Evan Wood intercepted a pass from Kitchings and the Stars were able to get the ball at Colts’ 35-yard line. Winona took advantage of the field position as Stuart Dickerson ended the drive on a one-yard touchdown run with eight minutes remaining in the first half. The kick from Ballard was good, and Winona took a 14-13 lead.
Bayou’s defense buckled down, as Davis Dalton intercepted two of Lott’s passes to keep the game at 14-13 going into the lockerroom at halftime.
In the early part of the third quarter, the Colts committed their third turnover of the game as Winona’s Chet Pogue recovered a fumble to give the Stars’ possession at the Colts 32-yard line. Winona took advantage of the short field again, and Lott ended up rushing for a touchdown on a one-yard run with 4:25 left in the quarter. The kick from Ballard was good, and the Stars increased their lead to 21-13.
On defense for Bayou, William Hood and Turner Davis made several key tackles to help keep the Colts in the game. On offense, the Colts had some good runs from Dalton with John Thomas Davis making some clutch catches at receiver.
With 10:11 left in the fourth quarter, the Colts scored their third touchdown of the night as Kitchings charged into the end zone from two yards out. Kitchings connected with Christian Collins on a two-point conversion pass to tie the game at 21-21.
The Stars fought right back as they took the lead with 8:14 left on a nine-yard touchdown run from Bailey Lott. Brooks Lott scored the two-point conversion to put Winona up 29-21.
The Colts continued to hang tough. With 2:24 left in the game, Kitchings connected with John Thomas Davis one a nine-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion was no good, but Bayou had cut Winona’s lead to 29-27.
The Stars were able to add some insurance as Dickerson marched on a four-yard touchdown run with 1:16 left in the contest. The PAT attempt was no good, but Winona had grabbed a 35-27 lead, which would be the final.
Kitchings completed 16-of-36 passes for 250 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and rushed for 45 yards with two touchdown on 18 carries to lead the Colts’ offense, followed by Dalton with 74 rushing yards on 14 carries and 24 receiving yards on four catches, Arbuckle with five catches for 95 yards with a touchdown and John Thomas Davis with four catches for 87 yards with a touchdown.
Hood led the Colts’ defense with 13 tackles, a forced fumble and a blocked kick, followed by Turner Davis with 14 tackles, Herbison with eight tackles and an interception and Dalton with six tackles and two interceptions.