Sometimes a team just needs to hit the reset button at halftime.
That was the case with No. 1 Plaquemine on Friday night as it erupted in the second half to defeat No. 9 South Terrebonne 33-22 in the quarterfinals of the class 4A nonselect playoffs. It’s the first time since 1961 the Green Devils have made it to the semifinal round of the playoffs.
After the first Green Devil drive, the Gators dominated the half. Plaquemine looked stunned on its own turf.
But Plaquemine running back Austin Mitchell took the handoff out of the read option and as he ran away from the South Terrebonne defenders, so did the Green Devils with the game.
The score cut the deficit to 14-12, but the momentum had swung in favor of the Green Devils.
On the next play, South Terrebonne muffed the short kickoff right into the hands of Plaquemine. The field position wouldn’t really matter, though, as Mitchell was off to the races again on the first play of the drive. His 34-yard touchdown run gave the Green Devils the momentum they needed.
KINDER 42, SPRINGFIELD 14: Reigning Class 2A state champion Kinder extended Louisiana high school football’s longest current winning streak to 24 games Friday night, defeating Springfield in the Class 2A quarterfinals.
The second-seeded Yellow Jackets (13-0) set a dominating tone early when senior wide receiver Wallace Burns rumbled for a 66-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.
Led by sophomore running back Taylor Johnson’s 279 yards and four touchdowns, the Yellow Jackets dominated the line of scrimmage most of the game, mercilessly rushing for 441 yards.
Johnson’s first touchdown run came on a 75-yard scamper midway through the first quarter.
The No. 7-seeded Bulldogs (9-3) responded with a 51-yard kickoff return by senior quarterback Milan Love, who then hit sophomore Damariae Claiborne for a 28-yard touchdown pass a few plays later, cutting the lead to 14-7.
CALVARY BAPTIST 45, RIVERSIDE 13: Defending Division III champions Calvary Baptist will have another chance to defend its title.
Shun Brown led the Cavaliers (12-1) with 115 rushing yards and two first-half TDs and two catches for 27 yards as they defeated Riverside on Friday night.
Brown’s first score was a 71-yard touchdown he ran in untouched.
Orlando Bradford added 191 yards on 28 attempts and two TDs of his own while Trevor Stevens pitched in a 43-yard field goal for Calvary Baptist.
Calvary Baptist quarterback Shea Patterson completed 7 of 11 passes for 92 yards.
For Riverside (12-1), Herb McGee caught eight passes for 90 yards and Tyler Gauthier caught six passes for 72 yards and one TD.
Calvary’s Jacory Fuller intercepted two passes.