ST. FRANCISVILLE — West Feliciana went round and round with a stubborn Brusly team Friday night before finally delivering the knockout punch in the second half of a 41-14 victory at Saints Stadium.
The third-ranked Saints improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in District 6-3A and remained tied with Parkview Baptist atop the league standings.
“Our kids are fighters and they’re starting to execute,” West Feliciana coach Robb Odom said. “We’re starting to click. We know we have a target on our backs and we understand what that means.”
Running back Ronald Sims rushed for 125 yards on 18 carries and scored four touchdowns to lead a Saints ground attack that rolled up 313 yards.
Brusly (4-2, 0-2) struggled with its ground game, finishing with minus-4 yards while quarterback Jason Holliday completed 6 of 20 passes for 126 yards and the Panthers’ only touchdown in the second quarter.
The two teams combined for 25 penalties in the game. The Saints were penalized 16 times for 149 yards while the Panthers had nine for 65 yards.
“We have to clean that up moving forward,” Odom said.
Despite the abundance of penalties, the Saints eased out to a 21-0 lead as Sims scored two touchdowns. They opened with an eight-play, 45-yard drive, with Sims darting 11 yards for a touchdown.
After holding Brusly to a second straight three-and-out, West Feliciana took advantage of a short field, driving 56 yards in four plays. Quarterback Derek Turner kept for an 8-yard score and the point after put the Saints ahead 14-0 with 3:34 remaining in the first quarter.
They added another after Derrick Tate recovered a fumble at the Brusly 2-yard line and Sims bulled in on the next play for a 21-0 Saints lead early in the second period.
Brusly managed to score on the next series, driving 60 yards in six plays with Holliday passing for a 45-yard TD pass to Antonio Whitaker and trailed 21-7 at the half.
Taking advantage of a 51-yard fumble return to the Saints 5-yard line by Holliday, the Panthers cut the deficit to 21-14 on a Holliday keeper. But Sims answered with a 17-yard scoring run in the third quarter and tacked on a 44-yard TD run for a 34-14 lead early in the fourth. The Saints capitalized on an interception and return by Khiry Morrison, setting up the final score, a 3-yard run by Davon Harris.
“We played a very good ball club tonight,” Brusly coach Marc Brown said. “We kept it close for a good portion of the game, but we shot ourselves in the foot over and over with bad snaps, dropped balls, penalties, turnovers ... we need to play a cleaner game to have a chance against a team like that.”
Brusly will host Glen Oaks next week while West Feliciana travels to face Port Allen, both 6-3A contests.