Lake Area New Tech came into Thursday’s game hoping to produce a highlight for what has been a tough season.
Class 4A Leopards were on the right track. They battled back from a 21-point deficit late in the fourth quarter but ultimately lost 35-28 to Episcopal in an afternoon game played at Pan American Stadium.
Episcopal tried a 32-yard field goal with 5:52 left in the game. It would have put the Knights (7-1) up by two scores. The kick was blocked and it gave new life to Lake Area (2-5), which trailed 28-21.
Quarterback Myron Junior tossed the second of his two touchdown passes, a 72-yarder to Kyron Sutton to tie the score at 28 with just over four minutes remaining.
Then T.J. Wisham scored on a 72-yard run that gave the Class 2A Knights the win. Wisham finished with 148 yards rushing, 68 yards receiving and four total touchdowns.
Junior sparked the Leopards’ comeback with a 22-yard touchdown run that cut the lead to 28-14 in the third quarter. He finished with 247 yards passing and two touchdowns. He added two rushing scores for 85 yards on 12 carries.
Wisham was the workhorse for Episcopal; gutting out tough yards on the Knights first two drives after halftime. On the ensuing possession quarterback Kade Edenfield found Wisham for a 68-yard touchdown pass. The score put Episcopal up 28-7 in the third quarter.
Lake Area played the second half with a since of urgency and pride, after wide receiver Erin Johnson left the game with a fractured vertebrae in neck.
DE LA SALLE 41, ST. JAMES 16: St. James did something that nobody had done for the past three weeks Thursday night: score against De La Salle. But it wasn’t nearly enough.
De La Salle (8-0, 5-0), ranked No. 2 in the LSWA Class 2A is off to its best start in school history, surpassing the 7-0 start in 1969. They got a pair on interception returns for touchdowns in the second half to pull away.
St. James (5-3, 3-2 in District 9-3A), ranked 10th, trailed just 13-0 at the half.
DeMarcus Williams threw a pair of touchdown in the second half for the Wildcats to become the first team to score on De La Salle since Oct. 2. His first touchdown was an 11-yarder to Arron McKinney and the second was a 40-yarder to Dontaze Costly.
ST. JOHN 36, ASCENSION CATHOLIC 28: In Donaldsonville, Gavin Landry ran for 182 yards on 35 carries and scored two TDs in District 6-1A action. Landry scored the game-winner on a 12-yard run with 1:46 remaining and run for a two-point conversion.
Landry also threw a TD pass for the Eagles (4-4, 2-2). Landon LeBlanc added 60 rushing yards and one touchdown.