Leonard Fournette, St. Aug too much for McDonogh 35

St. Augustine’s Leonard Fournette needed just two breath-taking carries in the first half to show the folks at Gormley Stadium why most consider him the nation’s top high school running back.

But the Purple Knights showed McDonogh 35 on Saturday night that they are much more than just a one-man show.

Toi Jackson threw four touchdowns as St. Aug dismantled its rival 47-12 in the season opener for both teams.

“Toi is amazing, he is our leader,” said Purple Knights coach Cyril Crutchfield. “He really makes everything go. … We like to get other people involved so people will know that there is more than just Leonard Fournette on this team.”

Jackson threw three of his touchdowns in the first half to help the Knights build a commanding 40-7 halftime lead and perhaps start looking ahead to next week’s much-anticipated showdown with Karr.

Karr, riding a 15-game win streak, is ranked No. 1 in The New Orleans Advocate large schools rankings. St. Aug is ranked No. 2.

Jackson, who finished with 190 passing yards, threw a pair of touchdowns to Stanley Morgan (38 and 23 yards) and a 9-yarder to Marlon Watts.

“We can throw the ball too,” Jackson said. “We just wanted get off to a fast start.”

Jackson started the second half off with a 49-yard touchdown on a screen to junior running back Lanard Fournette, Leonard’s little brother.

But it was the two touchdowns by big brother Leonard that those in attendance will likely be talking about the most.

His first carry, a 65-yard touchdown that broke a 6-6 tie, created plenty of buzz. He looked to be hemmed up several times by the Roneagles, but broke tackle after tackle on his way to his first score of the season.

“That was by far the best one I ever had,” Fournette said. “It just came out the blue.

“I am not sure how many tackles I broke. I was just trying to get to the end zone.”

Crutchfield wasn’t so sure where Fournette’s first touchdown ranks.

“Nothing he does amazes me anymore,” he said. “I would have to go back and look to see if it’s the best because I have seen so many.”

His second touchdown came when his team faced a third-and-24, where he outran the defense for a 79-yard score.

Fournette finished the night with 165 yards on just three carries (all in the first half).

He also caught two passes for 33 yards.

Senior defensive back Blaise Brown had a pair of first-half interceptions to spark the defense.

The Roneagles got off to a fast start, needing just four plays to take an early 6-0 lead. Quarterback Willard Cheatham hit Darius Williams for a 30-yard pass on the first play from scrimmage. Four plays later, Tyrone Clark plunged in from 1-yard out to give McDonogh35 a 6-0 lead.

But the Knights scored 47 unanswered points after that.

Cheatham’s 1-yard run with 2:31 remaining in the third quarter ended the Knight’s scoring binge.

“The talent just got the best of us, but I am proud of my guys for not quitting,” said Roneagles coach Wayne Reese.

McDonogh35 hopes to get back on the winning track Friday when it plays Lutcher.