Live Oak is becoming a scoring machine this season.
The Eagles scored on their first seven possessions and defeated host Broadmoor 49-8 Thursday night.
It was Live Oak’s third time to score over 45 points and third time to hold an opponent under 10 points this season. Live Oak (3-2) of District 4-5A is averaging 46 points per game in its past four games.
Broadmoor (0-5) of District 5-5A has been outscored 111-8 the past two weeks by Livingston Parish schools Walker and Live Oak. The eight points are a season high for the young Bucs.
Live Oak first-year coach Brett Beard said his offensive line has been a key factor in the team’s success.
“It took a few games, but our offensive line is starting to get comfortable with each other and really play well,” he said. “We feel like we can compete with anybody. All I ask of my team is to go back to work and continue to get better.”
Live Oak scored 21 points in the first and second quarters. The Eagles held Broadmoor to one first down in the first half and started with good field position. Four of the scoring drives started inside the Broadmoor 40-yard line and special teams produced a punt return TD.
Sophomore Khaul Smith scored two second-quarter TDs on runs of 5 and 43 yards. Smith led the Eagles with 96 yards on seven carries.
Quarterback Ryan Morris passed 6 yards to Nick Cacioppo and Nathan Holliday added the PAT for a 7-0 lead with 7:32 left in the first quarter. The Eagles drove 32 yards in five plays as senior Will Higginbotham scored on a 2-yard run.
Broadmoor’s next series ended with an unusual punt play. The snap to quarterback and punter Tyler Woods was high.
Woods ran and got the ball and shook off two defenders to get off a low punt. The punt went straight to Junior Edwards, who scored on a 36-yard return as Live Oak led 21-0 with 2:47 left in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Live Oak drove 34 yards in five plays, 32 yards in one play (Dillon Wang run) and 54 yards in two plays. Smith had both runs in the third series.
Live Oak drove 38 yards in seven plays to take a 49-0 lead with 7:10 remaining in the third quarter. Markel Rudison scored on a 9-yard run.
Broadmoor’s Henry Williams scored on a 75-yard run with 1:28 remaining. Davante Palmer ran for the two-point conversion. Williams ran seven times for 125 yards.
“Live Oak is a well-coached team, and we want to be where Live Oak is in a few years,” Broadmoor coach Elliott Wilkins said. “We only have four seniors and are very young. The kids have got to learn to step up. We’ve got to find something to hang our hats on.”