KENTWOOD - First place in District 7-1A was on the line Friday night and Kentwood High came away with a 32-13 win over Christian Life to claim the lead role.
Despite having fewer first downs and total yards gained, Kentwood (7-2, 4-0) forced two late turnovers to claim the victory over CLA (6-3, 3-1).
The Kangaroos held a 13-6 lead at the half, after a strong first-half performance from Harlan Miller.
Miller, who finished with 23 carries for 141 yards and three touchdowns, scored on a 90-kickoff return, followed by a 9-yard touchdown run, both in the first quarter.
Christian Life’s Trey Fisher connected with Dewayne Carral from 11 yards out in the third quarter to give the Crusaders its first touchdown.
With the game tied at 13-13 heading into the fourth quarter, Kentwood scored off of two turnovers.
Jarron Moore returned a fumble 23 yards for a touchdown, while Leslie Collins added a 91-yard interception return. The turnovers, and a 1-yard TD gave the Kangaroos the edge.
LIVONIA 28, CHURCH POINT 6: In Livonia, the fifth-ranked Wildcats led by running back Mark Lewis, handed Church Point its first District 5-3A loss of the season.
Lewis, who leads area Class 3A rushers, put Livonia on his back by rushing for 224 yards on 25 carries and two TDs.
Livonia (7-2, 3-1) gained 443 yards on offense and held Church Point (7-2, 3-1) to 271 total yards.
The Bears led 6-3 after a 3-yard Devin Landry touchdown run in the second quarter.
But Livonia stormed back scoring 25 unanswered points. Lewis scored twice in the third quarter from 4 and 16 yards respectively.
In the fourth quarter, Darius Hammond caught a 71-yard touchdown pass from Livonia quarterback Mason Torres.
Torres ended the night with 210 passing yards on eight completions.
For Church Point, Landry rushed for 59 yards on 11 attempts. With his performance, Lewis has 1,385 yards and 24 touchdowns.
DONALDSONVILLE 32, BRUSLY 26: In Brusly, quarterback Devon Breaux led the Tigers to victory in District 7-3A.
Breaux came into the game leading all Louisiana passers with 2,185 yards on the season. The Tulane commitment completed 15 of 22 passes for 237 yards.
Quarterback Jay Christophe scored all four TDs for Brusly (5-4, 2-2), including three in the first half from 4, 1 and 1 yards respectively.
For Donaldsonville (4-5, 2-2), Beaux tossed an 87-yard touchdown pass to Leondre James, followed by a 1-yard Breaux run, to cut Brusly’s lead to 20-16 at the half.
James finished with five catches for 124 yards.
Touchdowns by Breaux and Christophe in the third quarter brought the game to a 22-22 tie heading into the fourth quarter.
With 5:15 remaining in the game, Breaux threw a 20-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Tre Brown.
Both schools finished with more than 300 yards of total offense. Brusly running back Brendon Alexander led all rushers in the game with 15 carries for 121 yards.
BAKER 64, SOJOURNER TRUTH 26: In Baker, the Buffaloes came away with their second win of the season despite playing without 11 players who were suspended for their roles in an Oct. 14 altercation with Parkview Baptist.
Baker (2-7) gained 16 first downs and 434 yards in the nondistrict game, while holding Sojourner Truth (1-7) to just four first downs.
Baker scored three consecutive touchdowns in the first quarter, including a 2-yard Germal Labostrie score.
Labostrie rushed for three touchdowns on the night.
The Jaguars kept the game close heading at halftime with scores from Khalil Smith and Byron Jarrow.
However, the second half belonged to Baker as the Buffaloes went on to score 34 points, capped off by a 60-yard reception from Treylon Anderson to Andrew Cummings. Anderson accounted for three touchdown passes.
POINTE COUPEE CENTRAL 38, CATHOLIC-POINTE COUPEE 22: In LaBarre, Pointe Coupee Central led an offensive charge and got a strong performance from its defense in the teams fourth win in District 6-1A.
Pointe Coupee Central (4-4, 4-2) gained 478 yards of offense, 367 of which came in the passing department.
Their defense held Catholic-Pointe Coupee (2-7, 2-4) to 192 yards.
Cole Frey and Forest Cazayoux scored all three of the Hornets touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough against Pointe Coupee Central’s passing attack.
It was the fourth straight win for PCC. The game featured 22 penalties that accounted for 202 yards.