East Feliciana served notice that it has definite designs on the District 6-2A championship.
In order to do so, the Tigers took a significant step in that direction, taking down the reigning league champions on their home field.
East Feliciana scored two plays into the game, built a double-digit halftime lead and never looked back in a 30-17 victory Friday over No. 7 Episcopal to spoil the Knights’ homecoming.
“That’s a big thing to come in here and win,” East Feliciana coach Cedric Anderson said. “Our thing this week was to start fast and finish strong. We had some lulls here, and they’re a good football team, and they’re going to make plays. Our kids knew Episcopal was a good team and ranked seventh in the polls. They focused this week and wanted to come out and play good football.”
Junior quarterback Kavon Moore was a catalyst for East Feliciana (4-2, 3-0), accounting for two of his three touchdowns in the first half. He completed 9 of 11 passes for 136 yards with touchdown passes of 24 and 32 yards to wideout Timothy Thompson, who caught three passes for 70 yards.
“This team’s going to learn from it,” Episcopal coach Travis Bourgeois said. “This is the first time we played a team with size and speed like that. It took us a little while to get adjusted to it, and we settled down a bit and kept fighting.”
East Feliciana gained 262 of its 398 yards on the ground with speedster Christopher Chaney carrying 12 times for 127 yards, including a 68-yard on his team’s first play from scrimmage to set up Tyriece Flowers’ 2-yard TD run.
Moore’s second TD pass to Thompson gave the Tigers a 30-10 lead at the 2:42 mark of third quarter following Treylan Dunn’s two-point run.
Episcopal (4-1, 0-1) didn’t go over 100 yards of offense until midway through the third quarter on David Wade’s 34-yard run and scored its first offensive touchdown with 2:48 left on quarterback William D’Armond’s 2-yard run.
The Knights wound up with 269 yards with Spencer Kleinpeter rushing for 63 yards on five carries and catching four passes for 56 yards. D’Armond completed 8 of 20 passes for 64 yards.
“Our defense played well, and they’ve been playing well all year,” Anderson said. “We rotate some kids through, and whoever’s making the plays gets to play.”
In what turned into a reoccurring theme during the first half Episcopal settled for a 24-yard field goal from Russ St. Romain to make it 22-10 after Spencer Kleinpeter’s 59-yard kickoff return to East Feliciana’s 8-yard line.
The Knights, who scored on Caden Dickinson’s 15-yard first-quarter fumble return and trailed 8-7, stalled at the Tigers’ 27, 26 and 16-yard lines in the first half after acquiring two possessions on Joseph Schwartzenburg’s fumble recovery and Brennan Folse’s blocked punt.
“Our offense has been inconsistent all year, and it came back to haunt us tonight,” Bourgeois said. “When you play a team like that and have opportunities to put points on the board and to keep coming and getting denied is kind of frustrating.”