Pooka Williams rushed for 307 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the 10th-seeded Hahnville Tigers to a 38-27 victory over the 2nd-seeded Covington Lions in Class 5A quarterfinals at Hahnville.
Williams has rushed for over 900 yards in 3 playoff games so far this postseason.
Hahnville (11-2) advances to the semifinals where they will play at Acadiana.
Covington’s unbeaten season ended at 12-1.
“I wanted to prove something tonight,” said Williams. “He (Devin Brumfield) won the rushing title and I wanted this badly.”
Brumfield rushed 35 times for 269 yards and 4 touchdowns in a losing effort.
“We got really good quarterback play and the defense played great,” Tigers coach Nick Saltaformaggio said. “Anthony is a special running back. We needed Jha’Quan to help on offense and he did.”
Jha’Quan Jackson had 87 yards rushing on 16 carries and 3 touchdowns at quarterback for the Tigers.
“My performance helped take some of the heat off of Pooka,” said Jackson. “Pooka and I have talked football every day and about getting to the Dome. But we are taking it one game at a time.”
The Lions trailed 24-13 in the fourth quarter. Brumfield scored on a 1-yard touchdown run and added the two-point conversion to make the score 24-21 with 6:09 left in the game.
The Tigers answered right back when Williams scored on a 39-yard touchdown run to go ahead 31-21 with 3:39 left in the game.
Hahnville's Hunter LeBlanc then intercepted Joshua Alfaro to ice the game with 2:55 remaining. Williams increased the lead to 38-21 on a 25-yard touchdown run with 1:49 to go.
Brumfield scored on the game's last play for the final points.
“We missed opportunities in the passing game,” Covington coach Greg Salter said. “Joshua sprained his ankle and had trouble getting his back foot set. We missed a lot of plays that we made throughout the season. They capitalized when they had chances and we didn’t. We had them facing third down but couldn’t get them off of the field.”
The Tigers rushed for 396 yards and had 406 yards of offense.
Covington rushed for 256 yards and had 364 yards of offense. The Tigers defense sacked Alfaro five times.
The Lions took the opening possession and drove 77 yards in 8 plays taking 3:40 off of the clock. Devin Brumfield capped off the drive with a 9-yard touchdown run. Austin Firmin added the extra point to give Covington an early 7-0 lead.
Jha’Quan Jackson scored the first of his two touchdowns in the first half for Hahnville on a 25-yard scamper. Thomas Rasco’s extra point tied the game at 7-7 with just 26 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
The Tigers grabbed their first lead of the game on Williams' 8-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-7 with 8:08 left in the first half.
Pooka Williams had two long touchdowns of 69 and 74 yards called back due to offensive holding.
The Tigers faced fourth down and 1 at their own 23 with 2:05 left in the half. Jackson sneaked for the first down and Hahnville was able to run out the clock.
Covington had 129 yards rushing and 178 total yards in the first half. Hahnville had 181 yards rushing and 191 total yards.
Williams had 99 yards rushing and Jackson had 84 yards. Brumfield led the Lions with 127 yards on 16 carries as each team had only four possessions in the first half.