OAK GROVE — Kentwood High and Oak Grove High have a football playoff history that repeated itself Frifday night. Kentwood used the play of LSU commitment Trey Palmer, Larenz Morris and Larry Carter to notch a 19-7 victory over Oak Grove in a Class 1A semifinal game Friday night at OGHS.
Palmer caught two touchdown passes, while both Carter and Morris rushed for over 100 yards boost the third-seeded Kangaroos (13-1) to their second title-game berth in three years. The scenario is similar to 2015 when KHS beat Oak Grove in the semifinals and went on to win the 1A title.
“There’s no doubt Trey is one of the most talented kids I’ve ever coached,” Kentwood coach Jonathan Foster said. “Big time players make big time plays and I think that score before the half took the wind out of them.”
Kentwood held the Oak Grove trio of tailback Donald Gray, quarterback Kameron Holloway and fullback Wyatt Rawls to 132 total yards.
“We made too many mistakes and didn’t take advantage of the opportunities we had, but I’m proud of the way our kids competed,” Oak Grove coach Ryan Gregory said. “We’re going to have to live with this one but we’ll build on it and be better because of it.”
But the Oak Grove (12-2) had its chances. Quarterback Braden Sullivan and wide receiver Otis Moore combined on a reverse pass put the Tigers at the Kentwood 7. Moore finished the drive with a five-yard touchdown catch from Holloway that got OGHS within one TD going into the fourth quarter.
“We gave them the one big play but other than that we played lights out on defense,” Foster said. “It’s hard to come back when you’re a ball control team and that worked to our advantage.”
Kentwood stripped the ball from tight end Dalton Allen on Oak Grove’s next possession. The turnover allowed the Kangaroos to continue milking the clock.
Morris (7 carries, 112 yards), the Kentwood QB, and Larry Carter (16 carries, 106 yards) kept the clock rolling also kept the ball away from Oak Grove.
Kentwood opened the game by taking a 13-0 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Kangaroos went to Palmer after an early turnover. Morris found Palmer for a 37-yard touchdown, and a 7-0 lead, on Kentwood’s next possession.
With 2:37 left in the half, the Kangaroos took over used all but the final 20 seconds to score. Palmer muscled the ball away from an Oak Grove defender and turned a sure interception into a 48-yard touchdown.