East Feliciana rides big second half to victory

CLINTON — It was senior night for East Feliciana, who closed out its season at home Friday, and the Tigers sent their seniors off in a big way with a 33-7 win against rival West Feliciana.

EFHS got major contributions from its 13 seniors, as it closed its regular season with its playoff future up in the air.

“It was a good send-off for our seniors,” said EFHS coach Cedric Anderson. “They stepped up, met the challenge. The challenge to them was, they don’t want to be the first senior class at East Feliciana High School not to make the playoffs. They rose up, and hopefully we’re in.”

EFHS (6-3) was awaiting Class 2A scores to know its playoff fate, but the Tigers did their part, outscoring WFHS (7-3) 20-0 in the second half.

EFHS featured a strong running game led by sophomore running back Kameron McKnight.

McKnight carried the ball just four times but scored on three of them, including two second-half touchdowns and racked up 68 total yards.

Thocorrece Hawkins tacked on a 10-yard score late in the fourth quarter to seal the win.,

Anderson said his defense did an good job in the second half.

“They came out and played in the second half,” Anderson said of his defense. “We just told them to go out and play ball, and just shut it down. Shut the offense down, and they rose up.”

EFHS chalked up 100-plus yard days rushing and passing, rushing for 164 yards on 20 carries and throwing for 178 on 13 receptions. WFHS had 198 yards, most of which came in the first half.

EFHS scored on its first two drives.

Without throwing a pass on the two scoring drives, the Tigers broke long runs of 39 and 29 yards by McKnight and Derryl Matthews, respectively, to jump out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter.

The Saints defense shut the Tigers down in the second quarter, and WFHS added their score on a long, methodical drive, capped by a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dennis Bell to wideout Deldrick Harris.

The score made it a one-possession game entering the break, 13-7, but the Saints couldn’t cross score again.

“They’re a very good football team,” said WFHS coach Robb Odom. “They played better than us. They deserved to win the game. We got outplayed.”

While EFHS went into the game with an unknown playoff future, WFHS had secured a playoff berth.

Odom is hoping his team can shake the frustrating loss going forward and regain its confidence as it heads into the postseason.

“We’re in the playoffs next week, and we’ve got to make some adjustments and make things right next week,” Odom said. “That’s when the new season begins. We have got to overcome it, and we have got to play.”