East Feliciana football coach Cedric Anderson wanted to see a balanced attack from his Tigers heading into Thursday’s game against Belaire.
Anderson got that balance as EFHS reeled off 22 unanswered points in the second quarter en route to a 30-12 win over the Bengals at Scotlandville High’s Hornet Stadium.
The Tigers (1-1) racked up 324 yards of total offense, led by receiver Danny Johnson Jr.’s three catches — all touchdowns — for 142 yards.
“They gelled together and got it done,” Anderson said. “The (offensive) line did a tremendous job tonight.”
The defense helped set up the Tigers’ first score of the game late in the first quarter. EFHS defenders sacked Belaire quarterback Tyler Woods and stripped the ball away, falling on the fumble near the Bengals’ 24-yard line with 1:04 left in the quarter. A Carwen Young keeper at the end of the first quarter moved the Tigers to the 13.
The Tigers suffered a loss on the first play of the second quarter when Belaire defenders walloped running back Kameron McKnight near the BHS 16. McKnight laid on the grass for nearly a minute before leaving under his own power.
“Hopefully it’s just a contusion, but I’m not sure yet,” Anderson said. “We just held him out as a precautionary measure.”
EFHS went to the air on the next play, with Johnson outleaping a defender in the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown pass. Tyriece Flowers powered in for the two-point conversion, giving the Tigers an 8-0 lead with 10:58 left in the half.
“(Johnson) is a really good receiver,” Anderson said. “He was able to get some separation, and Carwen did a great job of getting the ball to him. We just took what they gave us.”
Belaire went three-and-out on its next series, and EFHS took over on its 36-yard line with 9:12 left in the second. A pair of runs by Flowers moved the Tigers within the BHS 24. EFHS kept it on the ground, and Flowers finished the drive off with a 2-yard touchdown plunge. He added the two-point conversion to increase the lead to 16-0 with 4:10 left to play in the quarter.
The EFHS defense set up another score late in the first half, sacking Woods on fourth-and-3 at the BHS 44-yard line with 1:55 left. The Tigers wasted no time: Jones hooked up with Johnson, who snaked through Bengals defenders and skipped into the end zone for a 44-yard touchdown. His second TD reception increased the lead to 22-0 with 1:44 left in the half.
Belaire added two scores in the second half, getting on the board on Phillip Stevens’ 2-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and closing out the game with Taurus Wilson reeling in a 24-yard touchdown pass from Woods. Woods was 14-of-23 for 156 yards.
“That’s our team right now,” Belaire coach Keith Woods said Woods said. “We’re young, and we’re living with growing pains.:
We’ve just got to keep believing in our guys and keep fighting.”