LIVONIA — Rain poured steadily for most of Friday’s District 6-4A clash between Livonia and Woodlawn, but Cee Jay Powell and Javin Myers delivered the lightning.
The Livonia senior quarterback and Woodlawn receiver Javin Myer drew thunder on their rushing attack, but Myer struck at the most crucial time.
Powell made waves with three Livonia touchdowns in the first half, while Myers bolted for two touchdowns and in a 20-19 come-from-behind victory over the Wildcats.
The Panthers (6-4- 4-1) claimed the runner-up spot in 6-4A, while Plaquemine sealed the district title in a 53-18 rout over Belaire. The Wildcats slipped to 7-3 and 3-2.
Myers powered Woodlawn with 20 carries for 168 yards.
He scored the game-winning touchdown on a 12-yard scamper with 4:02 in the fourth quarter. His run came after the Panthers elected to forsake Hassan Chabayta’s successful 43-yard field goal after officials flagged Livonia 10 yards for roughing the kicker.
Myers started the Woodlawn comeback from a 19-0 deficit when he broke through several Livonia defenders for a 41-yard run with 5:54 left in the first half.
“Our run game has been our bread and butter all year for us,” Woodlawn coach Daniel Luquet said. “Javin is unbelievable. People don’t know who Javin Myers is yet need to start learning and start watching some of our games.
“We knew we had to run the football, and we knew that as early as Monday when we started hearing about the weather,” he said. “But that’s our strength and that’s Livonia’s, too.”
Woodlawn cut its deficit to 19-13 in the final second of the first half when Jamari Nelson connected with Taj Sullivan on a 39-yard scoring pass.
Most of the first half belonged to Livonia, which scored on a Powell 84-yard sprint less four minutes into the game. LHS fell short on a two-point conversion attempt.
Powell, who carried 14 times for 168 yards, stretched the lead with two touchdowns early in the second quarter. He scored one play after a punt gave the Wildcats possession at midfield.
The Wildcats grabbed the ensuing kickoff at the 14-yard line just before it went out of bounds. He ran the ball for a 14-yard TD two plays later.
Livonia mounted a drive in the final minute of the game, but Powell’s was intercepted by Woodlawn linebacker Dillan Whitehall to wash way the Wildcat comeback hopes.
The win likely gave Woodlawn home field advantage for the first round of playoffs, while the loss will probably send Livonia on the road for the first week of playoff action.
“This was a tough one,” Livonia coach Guy Mistretta said. “The field goal was a tough call to deal with, and turning the ball over when you’re trying to make a comeback all hurt.
“A game like this in this type of weather … you can never tell what will happen even on really basic plays,” he said. “This one is really tough to swallow at this point in the season.”