A special week for Woodlawn coach Daniel Luquet ended with a bang as his team rallied for a 10-6 victory over Southern Lab in the nightcap of two games played at Woodlawn on Friday in the East Baton Rouge Kickoff Classic Jamboree.
The Luquets welcomed a baby girl into the family on Tuesday, and the assistant coaches kept the team focused while the coach was out.
Southern Lab drove 50 yards in four plays on its opening possession to take a 6-0 lead on Bladrick Veal’s 21-yard pass to Curtlan Williams with 8:52 remaining. The ensuing PAT failed. Woodlawn scored a late touchdown in the first half, and Hassan Chabayta kicked a 36-yard field goal with 5:49 remaining in the second half.
In the opening game, Friendship Capitol defeated Baker 8-6. Capitol quarterback Demarkus Shelton hit Eric Lee for the two-point conversion with 8:59 remaining in the second half for what proved to be the game clincher.
Woodlawn 10, Southern Lab 6: Taking over with 1:41 remaining in the first half, Woodlawn drove 59 yards in six plays. Quarterback Jamari Nelson completed three passes in the drive.
The 25-yard scoring play came on a third-and-1. Woodlawn ran a direct snap to tailback Javin Myers who avoided three tacklers and ran up the middle. Nelson made a good fake on the play to make it appear he had the ball. Chabayta added the PAT for a 7-6 lead with 24 seconds remaining in the first half.
Woodlawn’s Jyron Anderson intercepted Veal and returned the ball 37 yards to the Southern Lab 25-yard line. Four plays later, Chabayta kicked his 36-yard field goal.
Southern Lab drove to the Woodlawn 23-yard line in the final two minutes. Veal’s final three passes fell incomplete.
“I’m excited with how we played,” Luquet said. “This team just keeps working and really competed tonight. We’re getting better each week. Southern Lab is a really good football team.”
Capitol 8, Baker 6: Shelton connected with Devin Joseph on a 15-yard score with 8:59 remaining in the game. Capitol recovered a Baker fumble at the Baker 18-yard line to set up the three-play drive.
Baker’s Devontae Rogers scored on a 5-yard run with 1:45 remaining. The two-point conversion run failed.
“It was a great feeling getting the victory tonight,” said Capitol coach Johnny Duncan Sr. “I think we’re going to be much improved from last year’s 2-8 record. We’ve got a big freshman class (21) and had 38 players on the sidelines (Friday night). The boys have worked hard.”
Capitol’s Brandon Hill made a spectacular catch in the first half for a 32-yard gain. It appeared the pass was going to be intercepted, but Hill came down with the ball.
“Big-time players made big- time plays,” Duncan said of Hill.