Fireworks flashed throughout the Gretna sky around 9:50 p.m. Saturday, but that was long after fireworks lit up the field at Hoss Memstas Stadium.
Karr (2-3) defeated Helen Cox (1-4) 52-34 in a nondistrict game that had the scoreboard lighting up as much as the sky was.
Karr quarterback Aldon Clark was 8-of-15 for 194 yards and had five carries for 58 yards with three total touchdowns. Dejon Richardson added 12 carries for 127 yards and three touchdowns of his own.
“You want to get better each week, and that’s what we try to look to each week is that we get better,” Karr coach Nathaniel Jones said. “We’ve played some good teams, and we understand that, but we just want to get better every week.”
Both teams came out firing in the second quarter, combining for 56 points in a back-and-forth period that took nearly an hour and a half to complete. At the end of the first quarter, the score was tied 7-7. By halftime, Karr’s lead ballooned to 46-20.
Thirty-nine points in a quarter may sound like an offensive onslaught, but the Karr defense made several plays to contribute to their explosive second-quarter performance. Karr defensive lineman Saron Bynes recovered a fumbled handoff and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown. Two possessions later, Karr defensive back Jarren Keifer intercepted a deep pass by Cox quarterback Dion Ray.
Five plays later, Richardson ran 11 yards for a touchdown, giving Karr a 46-17 lead.
“We have to stop shooting ourselves in the foot, and you can’t do that against a playoff team like Karr,” Cox coach Willie Brooks said. “We’re a good team — I know we are — we just have to play like it.”
Karr began to take control of the game in the second quarter after they it needed three plays to march 44 yards, culminating in a Rayce McMath 13-yard touchdown catch. Karr recovered an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, then went 46 yards on seven plays with Richardson scoring a 9-yard touchdown to end the drive. After missing both extra-point attempts, Karr led 26-10.
Richardson (135) and Simmons (115) both had over 100 yards of total offense by halftime and Richardson had touchdown runs of 24, 11 and 9 yards in the second quarter alone.
“(Richardson) is one of our seniors and he started for us as a freshman,” Jones said. “He’s had his ups and downs throughout his career, but we need him to be a big-time senior for us this year and make plays for us.”
Cox got their first points of the game after defensive lineman Arlington Jamison recovered a Karr fumble on the 1-yard line. The Cox offense then commenced to drive 99 yards on 11 plays with Ray running in a 9-yard touchdown to cap the drive and tie the score at 7.
Dion Ray — a UL-Lafayette commitment — finished 26-of-42 for 309 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also added 16 carries for 123 yards and another touchdown.