SCOTLANDVILLE — Denham Springs had no answer.
Scotlandville dented Denham’s defense with a 73-yard rushing touchdown from running back Trenton Charles on its first offensive possession Friday. From that point, the Hornets were off and running — and running a bunch.
The Hornets gashed the Yellow Jackets' defense for 331 yards and seven touchdowns rushing, cruising to their fifth District 4-5A win, a 50-27 rout of Denham Springs (6-4, 3-3).
“When we’re able to run the ball, we’re able to be successful,” said Scotlandville coach LaVanta Davis. “At the end of the day, that’s where the game’s won, in the trenches. If we can do that, good things are going to happen for us.”
Scotlandville’s superb and bruising rushing game didn't cease until the second half. The Hornets used five rushers to pound Denham’s defense for 304 yards and five touchdowns to build an insurmountable 36-3 by halftime.
The rest was gravy.
“Yeah, we kind of feel good when we start early, and it just carries for the rest of the game,” Charles said.
Running backs Shedrick Smith and Charles — Scotlandville’s “two-headed monster,” as Davis calls them — combined for five touchdowns and 287 yards. Scotlandville dual-threat quarterback Cameron Armstead added 28 yards on the ground, and he also completed six passes for 133 yards, giving Scotlandville more than 450 total yards.
“I guess my line just dominated and gave me what I needed,” Charles said. “And once I see green, I’m going.”
Jacorey Jones, Scotlandville’s third-string tailback, added a 3-yard touchdown run in the first half, and fullback Taymin Haymond later added a 2-yard touchdown dive.
“We were able to run the ball,” Davis said. “But we did an outstanding job, offensive line, being real physical up front. That’s what we need to do to move further along in this playoffs and move forward.”
Denham Springs flipped through three quarterbacks after starter Cameron Feucht lofted two interceptions before the Yellow Jackets had scored a touchdown.
The trio of quarterbacks finished with 101 yards passing. Tyre Golmond, the Yellow Jackets' shifty tailback, rushed for a mere 63 yards against Scotlandville and didn’t score on 22 carries.
Denham Springs, which only scored two field goals before the game’s result was decided in the fourth quarter, finally struck the end zone with three touchdowns passes in the final quarter.
But Scotlandville’s ground game had already done its damage.
“We saw some vulnerabilities in their defense that we could exploit,” Charles said, “and we exploited them.”