When Landry-Walker lost its only game in District 8-5A play to Chalmette earlier this season, both Kahlil Williams and Keytaon Thompson missed the game with injuries and both felt like they had to make up for missed time.
The junior tandem accounted for four of the No. 13-seeded Charging Bucs’ five touchdowns as Landry-Walker avenged the early season loss with a 34-13 win over No. 20 Chalmette in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs at Behrman Stadium Friday night.
The Charging Bucs (9-2) will travel to Shreveport next week to play No. 4 Byrd, which took down No. 29 Fontainebleau 40-9 on Friday night.
“Those guys had a huge impact tonight,” Landry-Walker coach Emmanuel Powell said of Williams and Thompson. “We’re just glad to have them both back healthy and playing well. They are a big part of our offense and our ability to make big plays.”
Chalmette (7-3) had success with its running game for much of the second half, with running back Masen Mitchell getting things going after he was held to only 47 yards in the first half.
Mitchell scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to cut the Landry-Walker lead to 21-13 with 2:05 left in the third quarter and the Owls had the ball at the Charging Bucs’ 1-yard line with the opportunity to tie the game in the fourth, but Landry-Walker’s defense stepped up with a huge play that shifted the game.
Mitchell was stuffed for a 5-yard loss on 4th-and-goal, which gave the ball back to Landry-Walker. Three plays later, Thompson found Williams on a slant and he raced 97 yards for a touchdown to put the Charging Bucs up 28-13 with 6:43 left in the game.
Thompson finished 10-of-22 for 242 yards and two touchdowns. Williams ended with five catches for 178 yards and a touchdown and added a 35-yard touchdown late to ice the game.
“At halftime, I told the team we can’t let down,” Williams said. “Keytaon threw me the 97-yard pass on the slant and I told him I wasn’t going to let him down.”
Thompson added, “(Kahlil and I) have great chemistry and we’ve been playing together since before we got to high school. He’s a great player, and we both wanted to make big plays tonight since we missed the first game.”
After running for 170 yards in the first meeting between these two teams, Mitchell had another big game against the Charging Bucs, but it wasn’t quite enough in the end.
The senior had 33 carries for 163 yards (116 in the second half) and two touchdowns in his last game at Chalmette, which made him the school’s all-time leading rusher.
“He’s the all-time rusher at a school that runs the ball, so that’s good for him,” Chalmette coach Jason Tucker said. “We just didn’t have enough on either side of the ball when it came down to it.”