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Pineville’s Descant second half heroics lead Rebels to playoff win

Published: Feb. 11, 2021 at 6:38 PM CST
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PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - Trailing 1-0 in the first round of the playoffs, the Pineville Rebels needed a spark to beat the Baton Rouge Bulldogs — enter Justin Descant.

“We knew we needed to make something happen if we wanted to win the game,” Descant said.

As just a freshman, Descant hadn’t gotten much playing time but when he did, he made his moment count.

In the second half of the game against Baton Rouge, Descant would score a goal to tie the game.

“We weren’t winning it,” Descant said. “We were just tying the game, but it meant a lot.”

He wouldn’t stop there. In the 56th minute, Descant would drill what would be the game-winning goal.

“We were very excited,” Descant said. “We were very hype because we were in the lead. It was a playoff game, so it obviously meant a lot to us.”

“He got a little bit of playing time toward the end of the first half,” head coach Greg Comeaux. “We went with it, and he helped change the game.”

The entire time he had been waiting for this moment while training in practice and waiting for the opportunity.

“I think about the little things I need to do and the plays I need to make,” Descant said. “I’m just giving everything I have.”

In many people’s eyes, they’d say Justin played the best game of his life but in his eyes, it was just another day at the office.

“It was very special,” Descant said. “It definitely wasn’t just me though, it was my entire team.”

For his performance in the playoffs, Justin Descant is this week’s ACA Athlete of the Week.

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