Critics of the Wing-T offense say it doesn’t have enough big-play potential.
Don’t tell that to Plaquemine.
The ninth-ranked Green Devils of Class 4A scored on six plays of 60 yards or longer while running away with a 47-20 victory over 3A rival Brusly on Friday night at Brusly.
Quarterback-running back D’Morea Wicks led the way with 185 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns. He also passed for 97 yards and another TD for the Green Devils (2-0), who turned three first-half Brusly fumbles into TDs.
“We have a lot more speed this year,” Wicks said. “Last year we were more of an inside running team. Now we can go outside and break it.”
Five different players scored for the Green Devils as they rolled up 553 yards of offense, including 456 rushing yards. Jeremy Battiste ran for 97 yards on three carries, including a 72-yard TD run for the winners. Brusly managed just 70 rushing yards from its Wing-T.
“When you play against a team like that, you have to bring your ‘A’ game, and we don’t have one yet,” Brusly coach Erik Willis said. “We’re extremely young in the offensive backfield. We made some mistakes. We’ll get better because of this.
“We came in knowing Plaquemine has its best team in years. I think they’re better than they were last year when they went to the quarterfinals.”
Big plays and those Panthers fumbles defined the first half. The Green Devils turned three BHS fumbles into TDs.
One play after Brian Jordan stripped a Brusly ball carrier and Quintrele Anderson recovered, Jordan caught an 82-yard TD pass from Wicks, who was lined up at halfback. The first of Preston King’s five PATs in the opening half made it 7-0. Brusly countered on its next play when Connor Manola tossed a 69-yard TD pass to Zavion Bell. PHS kept a 7-6 lead. Manola finished 6-for-16 for 107 yards for BHS.
Plaquemine answered quickly as the teams combined to score three TDs in 2:02. This time, Wayne Toussaint raced 60 yards for a TD for the Green Devils.
Another Brusly fumble recovered by Chazz Edwards led to a 5-yard TD run for Preston Russ.
Brusly had a chance to climb back into the game. The Panthers drove to the PHS 10. One pass to the end zone fell incomplete and the other was broken up. Wicks capitalized with an 89-yard TD run to make it 28-6.
Brusly’s Jaylon Green offered a glimmer of hope by returning the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown to get Brusly closer at 28-12. But Wicks scored on a 5-yard run with 27 seconds left in the half after Jalen Washington recovered another BHS fumble.
Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano lamented that kick return but praised his players.
“Nothing but love and respect for Erik and his guys,” he said. “The defense played real well. And D’Morea, he just plays.”
Edwards’ 76-yard run and Battiste’s 72-yard run closed out the scoring in the fourth quarter for Plaquemine.