Livonia’s trump card is a Queen.
Junior running back Patrick Queen scored five touchdowns and had 371 yards of total offense to lead Livonia to a 41-21 victory over St. Michael the Archangel on Friday night at Louisiana Leadership’s Doug Williams Stadium.
St. Michael played well early as the two teams were tied at 14 at halftime.
Queen scored three touchdowns in the second half and Livonia took control by outscoring the Warriors 19-0 in the third quarter. Livonia improved to 6-2 and 2-1 in District 6-4A. St. Michael dropped to 2-6, 1-2.
“Queen really played well,” Livonia coach Guy Mistretta said. “We kept feeding it to him. Our quarterback Cee Jay Powell is really quick and he ran well.”
Queen rushed 29 times for a career-high 291 yards. He scored on runs of 2, 4, 20 and 21 yards and had an 80-yard kickoff return TD to complete the scoring with 10:01 remaining in the fourth quarter. Queen has 1,238 rushing yards on the season with 17 TDs.
“Queen is tough and a very good player,” St. Michael coach Paul Varnado said. “He must be very tired. We’ve got some things to shore up on defense.
“That was the best we’ve played this season in the first half. We got some stops against defending state champion Livonia.”
Livonia drove 80 yards in six plays to open the scoring. Powell had a key 52-yard run. Queen scored on a 2-yard run and ran for the two-point conversion.
St. Michael came back with a four-play, 61-yard drive. Jace Brown scored on a 10-yard run and Brett Ross added the PAT to cut the Livonia lead to 8-7 with 3:50 left in the first quarter.
Livonia drove 78 yards in eight plays. Queen’s 41-yard run set up his 4-yard scoring run.
Livonia’s next two drives ended in the red zone. Bryce LeBlanc missed a 25-yard field goal, and Powell fumbled on a fourth-down run. Zachary Tolbert made the fumble recovery for SMHS.
St. Michael tied it up on junior quarterback Treylan Sibley’s 6-yard run with 1:13 remaining in the first half.
Livonia scored on its first four possessions of the second half. Livonia put together drives of 71, 70 and 30 yards. Powell put Livonia up for good at 20-14 with a 14-yard run around right end with 9:16 remaining in the third quarter.
Queen capped the next two drives with runs of 20 and 21 yards. The second run he hurdled a defender and bounced outside to put Livonia up 33-14.
St. Michael faced a fourth and goal early in the fourth quarter. Sibley rolled out and tossed a 2-yard scoring pass to Jeremiah Campbell, who also had three tackles for losses.
Powell added 93 yards rushing on 15 carries.
Brown led St. Michael with 60 yards on 15 carries. Sibley added 45 yards on 18 tries and completed 15 of 20 passes for 169 yards. Clarence McGarner (29 yards) and Donald Johnson (58 yards) had four catches each for St. Michael.
Livonia’s Barrick Slaughter had a third quarter interception.
He added 37 yards rushing on four tries. Livonia tallied 413 rushing yards on 50 tries.