CLINTON — East Feliciana broke open a close game with a 28-point second quarter Friday and rolled to a 50-19 Class 2A playoff win over Oakdale.
The win pushed the Tigers’ record to 8-3 heading into a showdown with District 6-2A rival Northeast (9-2), a 24-15 playoff winner over Pickering, at the Clinton Middle School Field next Friday.
East Feliciana lost to Northeast 16-14 earlier this season and tied with the Vikings for the 6-2A title.
Leading 8-7 after the first quarter, the Tigers scored on four straight possession to cruise to a 36-7 half-time lead.
East Feliciana took advantage of great field position, scoring first with 6:59 remaining on a 24-yard run by Treylan Dunn and a 2-point conversion. Oakdale answered with a 28-yard scoring pass from Mason Jordan to Darion Dunn to tighten the score to 8-7.
East Feliciana put together a nine-play, 53-yard scoring drive with fullback Leslie Taylor bursting in from 2 yards to make it 14-7. After stopping the Warriors, the Tigers got the ball at their 9, but a 71-yard run by Taylor and a 20-yard scoring run by Dunn pushed the score to 22-7.
After forcing an Oakdale punt, the Tigers again struck quickly on a 50-yard scoring pass from quarterback Kavon Moore to Kamaron Irvin. The successful conversion put East Feliciana ahead 30-7. They added another TD before the half on 25-yard pass from Moore to Christopher Chaney.
“We knew they had the ability to score anytime they touched the ball and we kept it tight in the first quarter, but in the second quarter we couldn’t keep up with anyone because of their speed,” said Oakdale’s third-year coach, Randall Gordon. “We have played a lot of good teams this year including No. 1 and No. 2 in Class 2A and (East Feliciana) can play with anyone.”
Oakdale was able to cut into the lead early in the second half with a 30-yard TD pass from Jordan to Dunn for a 36-13 score. But the Tigers kept up the pressure with a 30-yard TD run by Dunn as the third quarter ended and a 3-yard burst from running back Tyriece Flowers that was set up by a 94-yard interception return by defensive back Timothy Thompson in the fourth quarter. The Warriors added a final 3-yard TD pass from Jordan to Joey Linder.
“They were a good team, and we were able to get some good runs on them early and our offensive line did a good job of protecting and blocking,” East Feliciana coach Cedric Anderson said. “Our goal from day one was to get better each week and I’m happy to say I’ve seen progress every week,” Anderson said. “Hopefully, we’ll find something to work on to keep building this week.”