Carencro Scores Late Touchdown to Come from Behind in a 19-14 Thriller Against Southside

Thursday night marked a huge matchup in the Acadiana area between two undefeated teams in the Carencro Bears and the Southside Sharks that look to make a big run in the playoffs by the end of the season, and the game did not disappoint.

With less than 20 seconds left on the clock, the Bears were trying to take the lead down by a point at 14-13, and running back Cashmire Batiste became the last second hero as he scored on the go-ahead touchdown from a couple of yards out to put Carencro back on top at 19-14.

Southside had one final chance at the end, but the pass was intercepted on the final play by Chantz Babineaux.

A week after star 2026 quarterback Chantz Babineaux was a Top 3 performer for Gridiron Football with six touchdown passes in Week 2, Babineaux did not have the same type of success through the air, but the star playmaker willed his way to victory. Babineaux, who has already been offered by Michigan, led two touchdown drives including a scoring touchdown late in the football game on a 12-yard run to pull within a point at 14-13. Add that to the game sealing interception at the end on the final play of the game, Babineaux showed why he was the best player on the field and one of the top players in the area.

“He is a touchdown waiting to happen. Anytime that the ball is in his hands, special things can happen. Credit to Southside for bottling him up for the most part. In the end, they kept on fighting and I am so proud of the way he played and the offense played tonight.”

Carencro Head Coach Tony Courville

The Southside defense did not make it easy on an explosive Carencro offense that came in averaging 53 points per game as they gave up only 19 points throughout the night. Things did seem bleak after the Bears’ potential two-point conversion was unsuccessful with less than eight minutes remaining, but Carencro’s Brian Amune Jr. recovers the fumble, and the offense did the rest in order to squeak out a win in the end.

“We knew it was going to be a tight knit hard fought football game, and it didn’t disappoint. I am extremely proud of our football team. This was our toughest game we had all year long. We faced some adversity that we didn’t face the last two games. Some of it, we reacted really well and some of it, we didn’t. That’s what you do in life, and that’s what you do in football. One thing that these kids did was stay together, believed in one another, and fought for 48 minutes.”

Carencro Head Coach Tony Courville

After Carencro took an early 7-0 lead off a Cashmire Batiste touchdown run, but Southside responded with two touchdown runs from Ramon Singleton to take a 14-7 lead in the fourth quarter.

The Golden Bears’ two touchdowns in the fourth quarter made the difference and gave the Bears an early 3-0 start to the season. Next week, head coach Tony Courville and the Bears will be at home to try and continue their undefeated season as they face off against Sulphur on Friday.

Meanwhile for Southside head coach Josh Fontenot and the Sharks, they will look to bounce back and improve to 3-1 as they will host New Iberia.

Check out the photo gallery from the game below!

Check out Jace’s game recaps as from high school scrimmages to the Superdome, Jace will go and cover at least one game a week. Check out our other game recaps below!

Scrimmage Week: Zachary vs. E.D. WhiteEast Ascension vs. Hammond

Jamboree Week: Battle on the RidgeNewman Jamboree

Week 1: U-High vs. Woodlawn

Weel 2: Madison Prep vs. Southern Lab