The big guys took turns beating up on lower classification opponents Friday night at the East Baton Rouge/Coca-Cola Kickoff Classic at Woodlawn High School.
Broadmoor turned in a near-flawless effort as it blanked Glen Oaks 22-0. Woodlawn came back in the nightcap, scoring all its points in the first half of a 30-0 shutout.
BROADMOOR 22, GLEN OAKS 0: For a while it appeared District 4-5A’s Broadmoor High could do no wrong as it shut down Glen Oaks of 7-3A.
Displaying what could have been mistaken for regular-season form, the Bucs scored on two of their first three possessions and added a defensive score early in the second half.
Broadmoor’s defense was a constant throughout both halves as it held Glen Oaks to two first downs and 9 yards of total offense.
“It was very good to see that (type of play) right out of the gate,” Broadmoor coach Elliot Wilkins said. “We’re trying to get the kids where they’re ready to play all the time. If we can get them all on the same page pushing toward the same goal, then we’ll be alright.”
Even Broadmoor’s special teams got into the act. Two of the Bucs’ kickoffs were unreturnable touchbacks, and the punt team downed a kick inside the GOHS 10 in the second half.
Broadmoor gave up a first down on Glen Oaks’ first series but then began pushing the Panthers backward. Cameron Morgan and Shane Burkes recorded sacks, and a poor punt left Broadmoor starting its first series at the GOHS 18.
Brodrick Dellihue capped the four-play drive weaving into the end zone from 7 yards out.
Broadmoor forced another punt and then moved 52 yards for its second score. Quarterback Earl Butler hooked up impressively with receiver Elisa Pryor three times to spark the drive.
The second time, Broadmoor faced 4th-and-8 at the GOHS 26, but Butler sent a rainbow pass to the left flag, where Pryor made a diving catch at the 2. Deonte Matthews scored two plays later, but an offensive interference flag on the two-point try pushed Broadmoor back to the 18. This time, Butler lofted a pass for the left corner that Pryor caught in stride giving Broadmoor a 14-0 lead with less than a minute to play in the half.
After downing Gregory Ramirez’ punt at the GOHS 6 early in the second half the Broadmoor defense found the end zone. On third-and-7 at the GOHS 9, Stadford Anderson’s fumble was scooped up by Burkes, who scored untouched.
WOODLAWN 30, BELAIRE 0: Woodlawn’s offense wasn’t clicking the way coach Brett Beard hopes it will by midseason, but it was still too much for Belaire to handle.
The Panthers got a boost when Ryan Williams ran back the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. Woodlawn added three more scores and a safety to take a 30-0 lead at the break.
“We’ve still got a lot to clean up,” Beard said. “We made some mistakes. We got a little lazy, which caused us to get too many holding penalties.”
We’re still trying to build a family, and learning to trust each other.”
Javin Myers’ 6-yard run put a cap on Woodlawn’s first drive of the night. Myers scored from 7 yards as the Panthers’ extended their lead to 21-0 after Belaire fumbled a punt snap at the BHS 7.
An intentional grounding penalty in the end zone forced a Belaire safety. After the kickoff, Woodlawn went 62 yards in 10 plays for its final score, a 16-yard pass from Charles Brooks to Courtlen Walker.