It wasn’t exactly a barnburner, but Friday night featured a pair of dominant performances at the East Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Kickoff Classic at Scotlandville Magnet High School.
Madison Prep made quick work of Mentorship Academy, and host Scotlandville crushed Capitol Charter.
MADISON PREP 36, MENTORSHIP ACADEMY 0: Madison Prep junior running back Quincy Banks hadn’t seen the playing field since his freshman season after sitting out last year, but it didn’t take him long to get reacquainted with his old stomping grounds.
It took Banks just three plays to break into the end zone, bouncing off the left tackle for a bruising 40-yard touchdown run on the inexperienced Sharks defense.
“I’ve been saying all the time that (Banks) may be the best kept secret in the state,” Madison Prep coach Michael Roach said. “A phenomenal back. ... He’s really going to be a guy that’s going to open some eyes this season.”
Banks described the feeling as “amazing” because it had been so long since he’d played. He finished the night with 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns on four carries.
Defensively, Madison Prep shut down the Sharks offense for minus-13 yards rushing in the first half, keeping them behind their own 25-yard line the whole time.
Things never picked up for Mentorship, which enters its second season of organized football.
The Chargers defense started cooking with fire in the second half, recovering a pair of fumbles on the Sharks’ first two offensive plays from scrimmage — one of which was brought back for a 30-yard touchdown on the first play following the break.
“Our defense played well,” Roach said. “There’s some adjustments that need to be made, but for a game like this with the score the way it was ... I’m just happy to come a way with the win.”
SCOTLANDVILLE 43, CAPITOL CHARTER 0: The second matchup of the evening was more lopsided, as the Hornets pounded the Lions during the early part of the game before finishing them off with a devastating air assault at the end.
Scotlandville quarterback Levi Lewis led all passers in the Jamboree with 95 yards and two touchdowns on 6 of 11 passing. Lewis’ performance was only made more significant by the fact that it was the first start of his career.
“(Lewis’) brother also played quarterback here, he was all state, and it looks like he’s on that pace too,” said Scotlandville coach Eric Randall. “He over threw some that I think he wishes he could have back, but overall, I thought he managed the game quite well for his first start.”
Scotlandville’s stable of running backs bulldozed their way for 163 yards on 14 carries, including a trio of touchdowns — all by different players.
The Lions defense had no answer for Scotlandville running back Delmas Holmes who averaged more than 11 yards per carry and tacked on the Hornets’ final touchdown of the night late in the second half.
Holmes’ night was a long time coming after having to sit behind current Tulane tail back Dontrell Hilliard last season, but Randall said this is Holmes’ time to shine for the offense.
“This is his senior go-round,” Randall said. “ I thought he played extremely hard, made the right decision and he protected the football, which is the most important thing.”