CLINTON — With East Feliciana clinging to a 20-16 lead and less than two minutes remaining, Loreauville had the ball on its 23-yard line.
East Feliciana coach Cedric Anderson was looking for his defense to make a play.
He got one from his son.
Cedric Anderson Jr., playing defensive back, stepped in front of a pass in the flat and intercepted the ball, and the Tigers managed to hang on for the victory.
“We’ll take it, it’s a win and that’s all you can ask for at this point of the season,” said Anderson Sr. “That was a big play when we needed it.”
The victory improved the seventh-seeded Tigers to 8-4 and into a Class 2A playoff game next week against No. 2 Kinder, a 47-7 winner over Bunkie.
East Feliciana dominated the game with its running game, collecting 304 yards on 53 tries and two touchdowns. Ge’Montae Franklin led the way with 117 yards on 14 carries, while Treylan Dunn added 103 yards on 18 carries. Anderson’s offense had 379 yards as quarterback Carven Young completed 7 of 11 passes for 75 yards.
Loreauville could not seem to get much offense going, managing just 175 yards for the game. Quarterback Jared Henry led his team with 88 yards on 17 carries and passed for just 20 yards, completing 3 of 6.
“Looking at the film, we knew he was a good athlete and we had to stay in our lanes to be able to contain him,” said Anderson. “We had to get our kids to stay in their lanes and play assignment football. We executed a lot better this game and played better as a team.”
Relying mainly on the effective running game, East Feliciana jumped out to a 20-8 lead at halftime. On the second play of the second quarter, Chris Chaney bolted into the end zone on a 10-yard run, capping a seven-play, 97-yard march that was set up by a 65-yard run by Franklin for a 6-0 lead.
After Tredarius Carr recovered the ensuing onside kick, EFHS needed only four plays to go 49 yards, with Young hitting Jakalon Keller for a 32-yard scoring pass. Young hit Carr with the conversion and the home-standing Tigers were up 14-0.
Loreauville responded with an eight-play 67-yard drive as Henry bumped off tackle with a 15-yard scoring run and his two-pointer narrowed the score to 14-8.
But again East Feliciana responded with a 73-yard march, with Young bolting up the middle for a 1-yard TD and after the conversion try was no good, his squad led 20-8.
Loreauville took the second-half kickoff and moved effectively 68 yards down the field in nine plays, scoring on a 5-yard run by Henry. His two-point dash narrowed the score to 20-16, but his team wasn’t able to threaten again.
“It was tough, we’re not used to being out-manned like that,” said Loreauville coach Trent Delahoussaye, whose team finished 9-3. “They’re a great ballclub and very well coached.”