Unbeatens West Feliciana, U-High open 6-3A action

So far this season, each test for the West Feliciana football team has been an increase in difficulty from the previous week. First, there was a season-opening 38-28 victory over Class 2A East Feliciana. The following week, the Saints edged Class 4A Livonia 29-24. Last Friday, they pulled out a 22-21 triumph over Class 5A Live Oak.

Those first two wins were on the road while the win last week was at home. West Feliciana will travel again this week as coach Robb Odom’s squad will open defense of its District 6-3A championship at University High in Baton Rouge in the shadow of Tiger Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

After three games, U-High and West Feliciana are both undefeated at 3-0 and ranked third and second, respectively, in Class 3A. This early match-up could put the winner in the district driver’s seat. A stingy, opportunistic defense has been the hallmark for the Cubs so far this season. They defeated Mandeville (35-0), Southern Lab (35-16) and last week, dismantled Class 5A powerhouse Catholic High, 34-6.

The Saints, the defending district champs, showed resilience against Live Oak. After falling behind, 14-0, West Feliciana’s offense got on track and scored on a 20-yard run by Clayton Howard and a 45-yard run by Derius Davis. However, the second point-after snap was bobbled and the halftime score was 14-13. Eagles quarterback Sal Palermo scored on a 9-yard run to put his team ahead by 8, but Derek Turner, playing safety, stripped the Live Oak player of the ball, scooped it in and returned it for a 33-yard touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Luke Stelly booted a 34-yard field goal, and the Saints had to dodge a missed final field goal attempt by Live Oak to secure the victory. Davon Harris led the Saints with 63 yards on 10 carries.

If the jamboree at Zachary and first three games were the first season, the second season begins with a huge challenge for Odom’s squad.

Tigers seek elusive win

The East Feliciana Tigers have played three games this season at home, and all three have been narrow losses. Last week, after trailing 14-8 at the half, Kentwood rallied with 21 second-half points to emerge with a 29-22 win over East Feliciana.

GeMontae Franklin gained 140 yards on eight carries and scored on runs of 6 and 95 yards for the Tigers, while quarterback Marvel Jackson, who passed for 159 yards, scored on a 10-yard run. Kentwood’s Larry Carter paced the Kangaroos with 258 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns.

This week, the Tigers will open District 7-2A action when they travel to meet Friendship Capitol. The Lions are 0-3 this season after losing to St. Augustine last Saturday, and they’ve yet to score a point.

Silliman travels to WCCA

In Mississippi Association of Independent Schools action this week, Silliman Institute will travel to Woodville to face Wilkinson County Christian Academy at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Wildcats dropped to 1-4 this season after last week’s 42-0 loss against Parklane Academy. Meanwhile, WCCA fell to 0-5 after losing to Amite School Center, 42-0, a week ago.

Centreville Academy will go after its fourth victory in a row after beating Central Private 54-35 on the road last Friday. The Tigers will entertain Bowling Green of Franklinton, which dropped to 1-4 for the season after a 35-6 loss to Oak Forest Academy last week.

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