Punt returner Dwayne Williams started the Robert Valdez era at Scotlandville on the right track.
Less than three minutes into Friday night’s jamboree, the senior broke a 40-yard return for the first touchdown of Valdez’s tenure at Scotlandville, setting the stage for the Hornets’ 30-0 win over Glen Oaks.
“It set my tone for the whole day,” Williams said. “I already knew once the ball touched me and I was past the first person, it was already over with.”
Glen Oaks coach Donald Clark said Williams’ return was a devastating blow for the Panthers, who never developed much rhythm on the Hornets’ home field.
Scotlandville held Glen Oaks to 59 yards of total offense and didn’t allow a first down until five minutes left in the game. The Panthers put together a somewhat successful drive at the end of the game thanks to a couple of deep passes, but they stalled before reaching the red zone.
The Hornets offense never had such a problem, swiftly marching down field for much of the night.
Junior quarterback Levi Lewis completed 6 of 12 passes for 79 yards and and a touchdown, then ran for another score from 2 yards out.
Scotlandville’s ground game was effective as well. Junior running back Marcus Stokes battered his way through the Glen Oaks defense for 82 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.
“Stokes did a great job tonight of just putting his head down and hitting the hole,” Valdez said. “We want to be able to hit the hole hard, and I think he did a good job with that.”
NORTHEAST 30, TARA 8: Running back Quinshaw Kelly appeared virtually unstoppable in the first half against Tara, scoring long touchdowns on each of his first two carries of the game.
Kelly opened up the scoring when he took a pitchout 43 yards for a score. He then followed with a nearly identical 26-yard outside run on the next offensive series.
Kelly finished with 65 yards on four carries.
“(Kelly) opened up the game at quarterback, but then we moved him back to tailback,” Northeast coach David Masterson noted. “We wanted to see in this new offense if he could run at the quarterback position. But for his sake he’s better at tailback, and I think tonight he showed why.”
The Vikings jumped to a 30-0 lead by halftime, thanks to a 5-yard touchdown run by quarterback Marqueon Minor and a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown by safety Grovante Stewart.
Despite the way the Vikings controlled the first half, Tara fought back in the second to dominate play.
The Trojans held the ball for the majority of the second half and scored their only points on a 50-yard fake punt by punter Nick Scott. Trojans coach Cooter Mansur said Scott called the fake himself.
“He just saw they were all stacked on the line and thought he had a shot, but that’s something we shouldn’t do,” Mansur said. “It was a big play, and it gave us a little momentum and the kids got pretty excited about it, so I guess it turned out to be a positive.”