Successful playoff teams usually are flexible. Fifth-seeded Scotlandville has that part down.
The Hornets flexed their muscles and managed to bend but not break while notching a 40-14 victory over No. 28 Sam Houston in their first-round Class 5A playoff game at SHS on Friday night.
“It was ugly, but sometimes in the playoffs ugly is good,” Scotlandville coach Robert Valdez said. “It buys you another week of practice and another opponent.
“That (Sam Houston) is a good football team. They stayed true to what they do. They were big, they were physical and they played extremely hard. But my hat goes off to my kids. They met the challenge.”
With the victory, the Hornets (10-1) advance to play No. 12 Mandeville (8-3), a 41-24 winner over Thibodaux.
Trenton Charles led the Hornets, rushing for 184 yards on 14 carries with three touchdowns. He scored 22 seconds into the game to open the scoring and with 1:15 remaining to close it out.
Levi Lewis completed 9 of 16 passes for 184 yards. Marcus Stokes added 46 yards on eight carries and scored two TDs. The Hornets also were penalized 12 times for 120 yards.
Blair Guillory led Sam Houston (5-6) with 148 yards on 13 carries and one TD. Quarterback Devonte’ Deboest had a rushing TD but was intercepted three times. Scotlandville’s Kelvin Joseph had two of the interceptions, including a pick-six in the third quarter.
“We felt like we could move the ball, and we did,” Sam Houston coach Vaughn Eggleston said. “We didn’t capitalize on some of the opportunities we had. We had to take a few chances that didn’t work. The turnovers hurt, but we played hard. We played hard all year.”
Scotlandville scored first on a 57-yard run by Charles.
“I saw on film that I’d be faster than them,” Charles said. “So I tried to use my speed, and the offensive line opened up the holes for me.”
The Hornets extended their lead on the last play of the first quarter. A 33-yard pass from Lewis to Torrez Williams set up a 2-yard TD run by Stokes. Lewis’ two-point conversion pass to Chris Johnson made it 14-0.
There were more big plays. Sam Houston had the next one: a 44-yard TD run by Guillory, who took over as lead running back a week after 1,700-yard rusher Trevontai Thompson went down with a broken collarbone. Guillory’s play came after an offside penalty against Scotlandville prompted the Broncos to go for it on fourth down rather than punt.
Charles countered. The sophomore scampered 64 yards to give Hornets a 20-14 with 7:25 to go in the half.
Guillory took his turn, running for 53 yards to set up a 1-yard TD run by Deboest. The Broncos were within 20-14 with 5:10 left in the first half.
Sam Houston drew a flag on the ensuing kickoff, and that gave Scotlandville a possession at the SHHS 42. Stokes took the lead role this time with runs of 18 and 12 yards. He then scored on a 2-yard run to send the Hornets into the locker room with a 28-14 lead.
The half ended with Joseph intercepting a Deboest pass. And Joseph picked up right where he left off in the third quarter. He returned his second interception 43 yards for a TD. The Hornets led 34-14 with 8:15 to go in the third quarter.
“I kept jamming the receiver,” Joseph said. “I knew it (ball) would be there eventually, and when I got it, I took it in.”
Sam Houston drove to the Scotlandville 11, but turned the ball over on downs. The Broncos held the ball for more than nine minutes, starting late in the third quarter before turning the ball over on the Hornets’ 9. SHHS ran 36 offensive plays without scoring in the second half.