STONEWALL — No. 7 North DeSoto dominated the first half against No. 10 Edna Karr on Friday night.
The Cougars had a much bigger, better second half, pulling away for a 34-13 Class 4A second-round victory over the Griffins.
Karr advances to the quarterfinals for the fifth straight year and also hopes to make a fifth straight trip to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Neville will provide the opposition.
The Cougars (8-3) won their sixth straight while North DeSoto finished its season at 9-3.
Sophomore quarterback Aldon Clark heated up and found his playmakers in the second half, completing 9 of 23 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown.
“We expected a tough battle,” Karr coach Nathaniel Jones said. “North DeSoto is a good football team. But we got things going in the second half and we kept the momentum.”
In the first half, the Griffins defense slowed down the Cougars’ high-powered offense. Karr’s only first-half score came on a 65-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Brennan Lewis.
North DeSoto responded with a clock-eating 80-yard drive on 12 plays that tied the score at 7 in the second quarter.
Karr quickly took the lead and the momentum in the third quarter.
A 51-yard pass play from Clark to Fred Jordan was the big play, and Nyjer Refuge scored from 3 yards out. That gave Karr the lead for good at 14-13 with 10:07 left in the third quarter.
Clark hit the Griffins secondary again when he found Jordan behind the defense for a 27-yard touchdown with still 7:28 left on the third-quarter clock.
Refuge, who was the game’s top rusher with 95 yards on 13 attempts, added a 2-yard run before the third quarter was over as Karr kept rolling with a 27-13 advantage.
Clark closed out the scoring with a 10-yard keeper early in the fourth quarter.
PLAQUEMINE 43, LUTCHER 28: Plaquemine High School was faced with the task of beating an opponent for the second time in the same season Friday night — in a road playoff game no less. But the top-seeded Green Devils passed with flying colors as they led wire-to-wire against district 6-4A rival Lutcher High School to make a return to the Class 4A quarterfinals.
Austin Mitchell only had 11 carries on the night, but he made each one count. The Plaquemine junior was a big part in the Green Devils’ 419 rushing yards, leading the way with 165 and four touchdowns, starting with a 68-yard score on the fourth play of the game.
“It feels great to do this in the playoffs,” said Mitchell, who followed his first big run with a 12-yard score to put PHS 14-0 in the first quarter. “My team needed me, and I made big-time plays like coach always tells me to do.”
On the Green Devils next possession, Mitchell followed his first big run with a 12-yard score to put PHS 14-0 in the first quarter.
Trailing by as much as 21 points late in the third quarter, Lutcher pulled with eight points with nine minutes left in the game on a 6-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jontre Kirklin.
However, Plaquemine answered right back with Mitchell’s fourth rushing touchdown of the game to seal the Bulldogs’ fate.
NORTH WEBSTER 21, CHURCH POINT 16: Devin White helped alter momentum with a pair of touchdowns during an eight-minute span in the third period as North Webster eliminated No. 2-seeded Church Point in a regional playoff football game.
No. 15 seeded North Webster (9-3) trailed Church Point 10-7 at halftime.
White, a 235-pound junior, rushed 26 times for a game-high 179 yards and three touchdowns. Teammate Lyntravious Gipson added 94 rushing yards on 21 attempts.
White scored the game’s first TD when he ended a 47-yard drive with a 14-yard run in the first quarter.