PLAQUEMINE - With time winding down in the fourth quarter, Plaquemine sophomore fullback Julius Maracalin rested on one knee along the home sideline at Andrew Canova Stadium.
Perhaps he deserved a little rest.
Maracalin book-ended a bevy of big plays with a pair of 60-yard touchdown runs, and the Green Devil defense forced five turnovers to remain unbeaten in District 6-4A play with a 37-0 win over Broadmoor.
Maracalin led Plaquemine (3-3, 2-0) with 205 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries. Junior running back Hakeem Deggs churned out 109 rushing yards on seven attempts, including a 66-yard rushing score, as Plaquemine outgained Broadmoor 419-152 on the ground.
“Julius still has a lot to learn, he’s very young and he’s very raw at that position,” said Plaquemine coach Bob Howell. “But he’s a very powerful young man with running back speed, and we’re certainly happy to have him.”
The Buccaneers (3-3, 1-2) struggled to a find rhythm on offense for much of the game. Broadmoor finished 0-for-3 on fourth-down conversions and lost five fumbles that led to three Plaquemine touchdowns.
The Green Devils sacked Buccaneers quarterback Josh Rogers four times and held the junior signal-caller to 17 passing yards and 31 rushing yards on 13 carries.
Running back Devontae Thomas led the Buccaneers with 56 rushing yards on 11 attempts.
“I didn’t do a very good job getting the kids ready to play tonight, it’s that simple” said Broadmoor coach Rusty Price.
“Whatever could go wrong did go wrong, and it seemed to affect our confidence.”
Broadmoor’s first six possessions resulted in four fumbles, one three-and-out and a turnover on downs. Despite failing to complete a pass for the entire game, the Green Devils capitalized on early Broadmoor mistakes, building a 24-0 lead in the second quarter with three touchdowns in less than five minutes.
A Broadmoor fumble gave the Green Devils possession at the Buccaneers 42-yard line in the second quarter. Maracalin found room up the middle for 13-yard run before Deggs took a sweep handoff and broke loose down the sideline for a 66-yard touchdown run.
After a Broadmoor turnover on downs, Maracalin found room on the outside on toss play and spun away from a tackler for a 60-yard score.
“We were able to find a few seams where we could work our option game,” Howell said. “And we were real fortunate that our running backs broke some tackles and made some great plays.”
The Green Devils recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff to regain possession at the Buccaneers 33. Quarterback Ricky Aro turned an option play into a 29-yard gain, setting up a 4-yard scoring run by Maracalin that put Plaquemine ahead 24-0.
Junior running back Myron Jack increased the Plaquemine advantage to 30-0 with a 45-yard touchdown run in the third quarter before Maracalin struck again in the fourth quarter with his second 60-yard rushing score.