DENHAM SPRINGS — Fontainebleau mostly controlled Friday night’s jamboree, running 38 plays to Live Oak’s 21 and moving the chains seven more times.
Two big pass plays on back-to-back downs swung the contest in Live Oak’s favor.
Covering 80 yards in those two plays to take a quick seven-point lead, the Eagles clipped Fontainebleau 7-6 in the nightcap of the Mears Sand & Gravel Jamboree at Live Oak.
“We’re a rhythm offense, and we’ve just got to get going,” Live Oak coach Brett Beard said. “We’ve got to have some confidence up front to know we can push people around when we want to push them around. We’ve just got to do it from the get-go.”
Other games Friday at Live Oak had Albany playing Pine to a 14-14 tie and Varnado beating East Iberville 39-0.
All three games featured two 12-minute halves.
LIVE OAK 7, FONTAINEBLEAU 6: The Eagles had managed only one first down (on a roughing the passer call in the first half) before Ryan Morris found wide receiver Nick Cacioppo running free on a crossing route with 6:26 to go.
Cacioppo converted the completion into a 55-yard gain, setting up Morris’ 25-yard TD strike to Will Higginbotham on the ensuing play.
“We just needed one big play to get everything started right there,” Cacioppo said.
Fontainebleau countered with a tackle-breaking TD reception by Austin Lambertson with 4:01 remaining, but a failed two-point try kept it a one-point game. The suddenly effective Live Oak offense then played keep away, picking up three first downs behind the hard running of Khaul Smith to run out the clock.
Fontainebleau ran 26 plays to Live Oak’s seven in the first half but was unable to find the end zone.
Senior quarterback Mason Blocker finished with 149 yards passing and 40 rushing.
ALBANY 14, PINE 14: The Hornets took possession with 5:31 to go and trailing by six, but a rash of penalites seemed to derail their hopes of completing a game-tying drive.
Instead, Albany continued to peck away until junior Cheyenne Labruzza went 25 yards on an inside reverse with 1:18 showing.
Coach Blane Westmoreland opted to go for two rather than kick the extra point, and running back Devin Wells was stuffed at the line to keep it a 14-14 tie.
“You never want to tie a ballgame, but we’ll take it in a jamboree,” Westmoreland said.
Labruzza, a wide receiver and defensive back, was the star of the night with four rushes for 70 yards and a 16-yard TD reception. He also saved a touchdown when he ran down return man Chris Gordon at the Albany 25 on the opening kickoff of the second half.
“It’s what I’ve told everybody since the day the kid walked on campus — he’s a special kid,” Westmoreland said. “He shows it every day in practice.”
Adarrius Berry led the run-heavy Pine offense with 10 carries for 47 yards and two touchdowns.
The Raiders are adjusting to life without LSU freshman Derrick Dillon, who had 4,930 yards of offense and scored 56 touchdowns the past two seasons.
VARNADO 39, EAST IBERVILLE 0: Senior D.J. Jefferson proved to be a triple threat for the Varnado offense, passing for 57 yards and one touchdown, rushing for 27 yards and, for good measure, chalking up 25 receiving yards. The Wildcats led 26-0 at the half.
Coming off back-to-back winless seasons, East Iberville will look to get on the winning track when the Tigers travel to face False River in their regular-season opener.