Class 5A schools rule day in Central Jamboree

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Denham Springs quarterback Matt Erwin looks for a lane during a run.
Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Denham Springs quarterback Matt Erwin looks for a lane during a run.

It was a Class 5A night at the Central Jamboree.

Three 5A teams, all from District 4-5A, powered their way to victory Friday night at Central High Stadium.

First, Denham Springs rolled up 264 yards — 150 rushing and 114 passing — in a 17-0 victory over East Feliciana. B.J. Armstrong ran for 68 yards for the Yellow Jackets.

Zachary’s Bryson Dunn caught touchdown passes from two quarterbacks, Keon Brown and Lindsey Scott, in the Broncos’ 20-14 win over West Feliciana.

Finally, host Central was dominant in a 16-0 win over Baker, holding the Buffaloes to minus-42 yards rushing. Dillon Brumfield and Chandler Hollingsworth had interceptions for the Wildcats.

“It’s hard to run an offense when you can’t get going,” Central coach Sid Edwards said. “And I thought that was the big thing with Baker. They were outmanned up front, and that made it tough.”

DENHAM SPRINGS 17, EAST FELICIANA 0: Armstrong ran for 68 yards on nine carries to help lead Denham Springs. Armstrong caught a 24-yard pass from Torez Kinchen, then scored on a 1-yard plunge to complete the scoring for the Yellow Jackets with 4:33 left.

“We felt like we had some guys who are stepping in and taking their turn to play,” DSHS coach Dru Nettles said. “Our guys showed up and competed hard. East Feliciana is going to have a heck of a team. I just think numbers-wise, they got tired.”

Kameron McKnight ran for 48 yards on six carries to pace Class 2A East Feliciana.

Denham Springs scored twice in the final eight minutes of the first half. Darrell Washington had an 11-yard run and caught a 27-yard pass from Matt Erwin to set up the Yellow Jackets’ first score.

Erwin’s 32-yard screen pass to Robert Thomas got DSHS on the board with 3:20 to go, capping a nine-play, 97-yard drive. Wes Brown’s point after made it 7-0.

Brown booted a 33-yard field goal on the final play of the half to make it 10-0.

ZACHARY 20, WEST FELICIANA 14: The teams ran 30 plays as each had a time-consuming drive in the first half. Brown completed 10 of 12 passes for 83 yards with a TD for Zachary.

Brown’s 20-yard pass to Cartese Beal set up a 1-yard plunge by Beal that capped a 13-play Zachary drive which opened the game.

The Saints marched in with a nine-play drive that ended with quarterback Ryan Reed scoring on a 4-yard run. Christopher Palm’s PAT tied it. But Zachary came back with a 16-yard TD pass from Brown to Dunn with 11 seconds left and took a 20-14 halftime lead.

“Overall, I was pleased,” Zachary coach Neil Weiner said. “Our kids came out excited, enthusiastic and high energy.”

The Broncos’ second TD pass to Dunn covered 43 yards and came from Scott, a Dutchtown transfer who was ruled eligible by the LHSAA on Friday.

West Feliciana scored with 31 seconds left on a 21-yard pass from Reed to Lorenzo Green. Reed passed for 37 yards for the Class 3A Saints.

CENTRAL 16, BAKER 0: Central tallied 126 yards on offense. Tyler Sansone completed six of 11 passes for 65 yards. Caleb Harris added two rushing TDs and Gary Triplett caught three passes for 42 yards.

A short punt helped set up Central’s first TD. The Wildcats drove 49 yards in four plays. Sansone’s 29-yard pass to Triplett set up a 2-yard TD run by Harris at the 5:53 mark of the first half.

Greg Noel stretched the lead to 10-0 with a 34-yard field goal with 1:50 left in the first half.

Baker finished the first half with minus-23 yards rushing and did not complete a pass. It didn’t get any better for Baker in the second half.

Central took advantage of another short field to score its final TD, driving just 44 yards. Harris scored on an 8-yard run with 6:04 left.

There was an exciting final sequence. Deontre Hunt intercepted a Central pass and returned it to the Central 23. But Hollingsworth intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it 86 yards. After that, Central ran out the clock.