PRIDE — Going into Friday’s District 6-2A regular season finale, Northeast coach Dave Masterson was concerned his Vikings might underestimate Redemptorist because of the Wolves’ record.
His fears were realized as the Wolves capitalized on key plays and an opportunistic defense to forge a 19-14 over Northeast in a 6-2A contest.
“It’s real tough, it’s heartbreaking for our young men,” said Masterson. “They played harder than we did. They wanted it more than we did, it’s that simple.”
Redemptorist finished the regular season 2-8 and 1-4 in 6-2A.
A victory over the Wolves would have tied Northeast with East Feliciana for the 6-2A title, but instead the Vikings will have to settle for a second-place tie with Episcopal. Masterson’s squad dropped to 7-2 and 3-2.
“This win was pretty big for us,” Redemptorist coach Terence Williams said. “I’m so proud of these guys. They never gave up. We have a young group and many of them were thrust into the varsity limelight. We’ve been fighting for 10 straight weeks, and it paid off with this win.”
From the start, the Wolves seized the upper hand, driving 75 yards in 11 plays with Tyler Mason scoring on a 49-yard pass from quarterback Michael Williams. The point-after failed and the Wolves led 6-0.
On their first series, the Vikings lost a fumble and were called for face mask, giving the Wolves a first down at the Northeast 40. Seven plays later, running back Kaleb Battle pushed it in and the point-after kick pushed the Wolves’ lead to 13-0.
Northeast took advantage of a short punt and completed a two-play, 25-yard drive with running back KJ Robinson punching it in from 4 yards out and then scoring on the two-point conversion, moving the Vikings to within 13-8 before halftime.
Midway through the third quarter, Redemptorist stretched its lead to 19-8 when Williams hit Mason, who made a juggling catch and scored from 30 yards out and the ensuing point-after kick was blocked.
Northeast went on a 10-play, 65-yard drive with quarterback Marqueon Minor tossed a 39-yard scoring pass to Andre Snowden, but the two-point try failed, making the score 19-14 with 9:43 remaining.
Northeast had several more possessions but could never seriously threaten the Wolves.
“The ball bounced our way tonight, and we’re looking forward to playing next week on the road,” said Williams. “Our kids proved they can do it on the road tonight.”
Masterson said, “There’s no underestimating opponents from here on out. We have to put this one away, learn from it and from here on out, everybody we face will be fired up and everybody’s good.”