Warren Easton rode another prolific offensive performance in a 47-6 victory over District 9-4A rival McDonogh 35 at Pan American Stadium on Thursday night.
Easton quarterback Deshawn Capers-Smith completed 11 of 18 passes for 207 yards and four touchdowns with one interception (his first of the season) and added nine carries for 42 yards and another touchdown. Tyron Johnson — the class of 2015’s No. 2 receiver in the nation, according to ESPN, added five catches for 81 yards and three touchdown, all in the first half.
“(Johnson) does everything you ask of him, he’s a great kid,” Easton coach Tony Hull said. “He had a great first half and that was a big reason why we won this game.”
After a long Roneagles (1-5, 0-1) drive to open the second half ended in turning the ball over on downs, Easton (6-1, 2-0) threw a screen to Johnson on the first play, then faked one on the next play, which resulted in a 76-yard touchdown catch for Darrell Clark.
McDonogh 35 running back Darius May lost a fumble on the next drive, and Easton immediately pounced on the mistake, scoring a touchdown on a 23-yard run by running back Devin Glenn. Easton led 40-6 at that juncture.
“When you run a spread offense, you can’t ask your defense to always hold teams to zero points,” Hull said. “We stress to our guys that we want them to turn the ball over, and they did that tonight.”
Easton’s offense came out roaring, scoring on three of their first four possessions. The Eagles started it off with a seven-play, 49-yard drive that ended with Capers-Smith diving in from 1 yard out for a touchdown.
A Glenn fumble ended the next drive after one play. Easton needed only four plays to march 55 yards. Johnson’s 16-yard touchdown catch made it 13-0.
The next Easton drive went 57 yards in five plays and ended with Johnson catching an 8-yard touchdown, his second of the first half, giving Easton a 20-6 lead.
“It’s really big for us to get out to quick starts,” Hull said. “This was a rivalry game against a team that was going to scrap and give us their all and it was really important for us to jump on them early.”
After Easton’s high-flying start, both teams’ offenses came to a screeching halt in an ugly second quarter. By halftime, there were a combined 20 penalties, five sacks, two turnovers (both by Easton), six punts and one player — Easton’s Craven Morris — ejected.
“We need to be more consistent,” Johnson said. “We have to be on our jobs and don’t let the little mistakes slow us down.”
McDonogh 35’s only score came on a five-play, 64-yard drive that was capped by a bobbling 23-yard touchdown catch by Omar Spears. After missing the PAT, Easton led 13-6.