WALKER — Scotlandville quarterback Darion Williams threw touchdown passes on the team’s first two plays from scrimmage to set the pace in a 45-6 win over Walker Friday night.
The outcome of the District 4-5A finale for both teams was never in doubt as Williams got his team off to a lightning-fast start with TD strikes to senior Larry Clark and junior Dontrell Hilliard.
Williams, who entered the game with 1,080 passing yards on the season, added 307 more against Walker. He also had five touchdowns on 9-of-11 passing with no interceptions.
Scotlandville coach Eric Randall said Williams executed the game plan according to expectations.
“We wanted to see him throw the ball tonight, and that’s what he did,” Randall said. “He did a great job putting some touch on the ball and checking into good plays. He’s improved every week, and as we’ve added to our schemes, he’s done a good job of distributing the football and managing the game for our offense.”
Clark had three receptions for 139 yards and two touchdowns for Scotlandville (6-3, 4-1).
Freshman Reggie Cleveland led the Hornets on the ground with 67 yards on five carries, while Hilliard added 56 yards on eight attempts.
Randall said jumping on the opponent early is becoming a trademark of his team, and he’s not necessarily pleased about it.
“We wanted to jump on top of them quickly, and we were able to do that by executing well,” he said. “That’s something we’ve been doing for the last couple of years. But we would get up and then fizzle out. That’s not good, especially heading into the playoffs. You can’t play like that in the playoffs, because your opponent will be playing for 48 minutes.”
The Hornets stung quickly by scoring on their first two plays from scrimmage. Starting from their own 28 on the first series of the game, the Hornets spread their receivers out wide and went to work. Williams dropped back and heaved the ball to Clark, who sprinted past the secondary. Clark pulled the ball in and ran into the end zone untouched for a 72-yard touchdown.
After Walker went three-and-out, Scotlandville found success again on the next play from scrimmage. This time, Williams tossed a pass out in the right flats to Hilliard, who pulled the ball in and raced down the sideline past the Wildcat defense for a 70-yard touchdown.
Walker (2-8, 0-5) sought to avenge last year’s 48-6 loss to the Hornets, grab its first district win and close out the season on a winning note a week after falling to Livingston Parish rival Denham Springs, 50-14.
Walker coach Dwayne Severio said the Wildcats had more than 20 players unable to dress out for the final game.
“At this point in the season, everybody wishes they were at full strength. That’s just part of the game,” Severio said. “We blew some coverages early in the game and got behind, but our kids fought hard and gave it their best shot. I feel like our program is headed in the right direction.”
Walker got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter, driving 62 yards and taking advantage of two pass interference calls.
The Wildcats drove to the 1, where the Hornets pushed the hosts back 10 yards and forced a fourth-and goal situation.
Lockhart dropped back to pass and found senior receiver Sam Montgomery in the left corner of the end zone for the touchdown. Lockhart’s pass on the two-point conversion missed the mark.
The touchdown made the tally 18-6 and helped keep the Wildcats within striking distance.
But Scotlandville struck again through the air. This time, Williams tossed long to Cevon Cage over the defensive secondary for a 50-yard touchdown that expanded Scotlandville’s lead to 24-6.