East Feliciana rides late charge into semis

FARMERVILLE — East Feliciana saved its best for last Friday as the Tigers roared past Farmerville 22-16 in Class 3A quarterfinals at Doc Elliott Stadium.

Trailing 16-0 heading into the final quarter, senior Kendell Beckwith seemingly took the game into his own hands, playing a part in all three of the Tigers touchdowns to spark a come-from-behind win.

Beckwith started the comeback with a 6-yard scoring scamper that cut the score to 16-8 following Beckwith’s two-point conversion pass to Timothy Scott at the 10:32 mark of the fourth quarter.

After forcing a Farmerville punt, the Tigers marched 89 yards downfield, scoring when Beckwith hit an open Scott for a 33-yard touchdown reception that made it 16-16 after Beckwith’s two-point conversion run.

East Feliciana forced Farmerville into a three-and-out on the ensuing series. Then from the EFHS 15-yard line, Beckwith took the snap and weaved his way in and out of would-be tacklers en route to a 85-yard scoring scamper that put the Tigers up 22-16 with 2:11 remaining.

“We knew we didn’t play well in the first half,” East Feliciana coach Cedric Anderson said. “We challenged our seniors at that point, and they came out and got it done in the second half. It didn’t come easy. We really didn’t make it happen until the fourth quarter. But this team never backed down. Give Farmerville credit. They’re a good team. But we weren’t going to back down and did what it took in the end.”

Anderson realizes what a special talent he has in Beckwith, who rushed for 126 yards and two scores while throwing for 109 yards and another touchdown.

“He gets to that point sometimes, where he takes the game in his own hands,” Anderson said. “Fortunately, tonight he got it done.”

Beckwith was just happy to escape with the win after losing at Farmerville in first-round playoff action last year.

“We missed some assignments and just didn’t play well in the first half,” Beckwith said. “But we stayed close enough that we knew if we kept fighting, we’d have a chance. When I saw the first hole on that last run, I just hit it. Then I saw it break open to the left, and I cut that way.

“Our offensive line and receivers opened up some great holes, and I just took advantage from there.”