MONROE — Behind Salarrious Jones’ three touchdowns, top-seeded Neville High School advanced to its second consecutive Class 4A championship game with a 28-8 win over McDonogh 35 on Friday night.
With the win, the Tigers (13-0) set up a rematch of last year’s 4A title game against Karr. Neville extended its winning streak to 27 games.
“Real great effort,” Neville coach Mickey McCarty said. “I’m proud of all of these kids because they have worked hard all year long. We started the season with the Superdome in our sights and everyone wanted to beat us all year long. It’s a credit to our team for fighting each and every day and each and every game.”
During a mistake-filled first half that saw both teams combine for more than 150 yards in penalties, Neville went on top late in the first quarter on a 12-yard touchdown run by John Diarse. The LSU commitment finished the game with 62 yards rushing on 13 carries and also had 69 yards passing in the victory.
Carlos Henderson added a touchdown late in the fourth quarter for the Roneagles (8-6). Henderson finished as the game’s leading rusher with 123 yards on 17 carries.
However, the story of the game was Jones as the senior tailback had a team-high 80 yards on 15 carries to go with his three touchdowns.
“It was a wonderful night,” Jones said. “I cannot give it up enough to all of the guys up front on y offensive line. The holes that they were opening up particularly in the second half were just amazing. I wasn’t being touched until I was a good five yards past the line of scrimmage. You have to credit our offensive line for that. They did their job and I did mine.”
Neville’s ground game was the difference in the contest as it rushed for 274 yards.
“Everybody just got off the ball much better in the second half for us offensively,” McCarty said. “That was the difference. We rushed the football like we knew we were capable of. Credit our kids for getting the job done and winning the ball game.”