LIVONIA — The term multi-purpose threat isn’t always used correctly. But it fits Plaquemine High sophomore Wayne Toussant to a T. Make that TDs.
Toussant scored three touchdowns and had the game-clinching interception to boost Plaquemine past ninth-ranked Livonia High 30-24 in a District 6-4A showdown played Friday night at LHS.
“He doesn’t get tired,” Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano said of Toussant. “We try to spell him a little bit on offense so he can get a couple of shots of water. Then he’s right back at it.
“Tonight it was a total team effort. All our running backs were in there and of course (quarterback) Austin (Mitchell). We had (safety) Todd (Harris) key on (Livonia quarterback Cee Jay) Powell and that was big. We knew what they wanted to do, we had to limit it.”
With the win, Plaquemine (4-3, 2-0) now shares the District 6-4A lead with Woodlawn (4-3, 2-0). The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Livonia (5-2, 1-1).
Mitchell shook off any ill effects of injuring his wrist in pre-game warm-ups by running for a game-high 164 yards on 17 carries. He also completed 5 of 9 passes for 76 yards, including 15-yard scoring strike to Toussant.
In addition to scoring on runs of 6 and 16 yards, Toussant had a clinching interception with 1:53 to go in the game. He also recovered a second-half fumble and rushed with 44 yards on nine carries.
“I thought Austin was the difference,” Livonia coach Guy Mistretta said. “We thought we had him bottled up and he still made some plays. Toussant … he did what we expected.
“The thing that hurt us was turnovers. We scored a couple of touchdowns, but we also had three turnovers in the second half.”
Patrick Queen led Livonia with 82 yards on 17 carries with one TD. Powell completed 10 of 14 passes for 104 yards and a TD but was limited to eight yards on 15 carries. Eight of Powell’s carries went for negative yardage. The senior came into the game with 945 rushing yards.
The Green Devils drove 76 yards in nine plays after the opening kickoff. Tyler Wesley scored on a 34-yard run, and Toussant ran for the two-point conversion with 6:40 left in the first quarter.
Livonia responded with an 11-play, 75-yard drive. Five plays garnered 10 or more yards for the Wildcats. The biggest was Powell’s 14-yard TD pass to Darryl Rogers with 2:05 left. Nick DeRogers caught the two-point PAT pass that tied it.
The Wildcats tried to make their own break with an onside kick. Kolby Johnson recovered at the PHS 48, but the drive stalled. Toussant later recovered a fumble that ended another Livonia drive.
However, the next big play belonged to the Wildcats. Barrick Slaughter intercepted a halfback pass intended for Mitchell and raced 63 yards for a TD.
Livonia led 14-8 with approximately a minute remaining in the half. Plaquemine had time for another drive. Mitchell ran for 14 yards to set up a 6-yard TD run by Toussant on the final play of the half. Tre’drain Favoroth’s PAT run sent the Green Devils into the locker room with a 16-14 lead.
Livonia scored first in the second half as Bryce LeBlanc’s 22-yard field goal produced a 17-16 lead.
Toussant scored the next two TDs. His 16-yard run came on a sweep around the right side.
Garrett Peavy recovered a Livonia fumble on the next scrimmage play that led to Mitchell’s pass to Toussant with 1:30 left in the third quarter. That play gave the Green Devils a 30-17 edge.
“I’ve got to keep getting better and hope it pays off for the team,” Toussant said. “With the ball in (my) hands, I have to do something special for my team.”
Queen led Livonia down the field on a fourth-quarter drive with runs of 15 and 13 yards. He scored on a 5-yard run that made it 30-24 with 9:18 remaining. The Wildcats got one more possession, which ended in Toussant’s interception.
“The atmosphere out here was great,” Mitchell said. “The team had to stick together and play hard on every play. This one is real big, but we’ve got to get ready for Woodlawn.”