BATON ROUGE, La. – No. 1 Catholic High might need ibuprofen after back-to-back playoff thrillers. The Bears beat St. Augustine last week in dramatic fashion, but No. 5 St. Paul’s provided even more heart palpitation-inducing moments.

After a scoreless first quarter, the top team in Division I took a 14-0 lead, but then, the drama ensued.

St. Paul’s scored, after falling into the two-touchdown deficit, and the fifth seed forced Bears’ running back Taelon Nicholas to fumble on the ensuing kickoff. St. Paul’s shrunk the gap to 14-13 at halftime, and the fist half’s final six minutes foreshadowed the second-half, roller coaster affair.

Catholic High scored both a touchdown and converted a two-point conversion to go up 22-13 in the third quarter, but St. Paul’s clamped the Bears and took a 28-22 lead with about three minutes left in the game.

Nicholas made up for his fumble and scored the game-winning touchdown.

Catholic High won 29-28 and will play Jesuit in the Division I state championship game.

Click the video for highlights from the game and to hear from Bears’ head football coach David Simoneaux.