There’s something to be said for consistency. The play of quarterback D’Morea Wicks offered another example of why seventh-ranked Plaquemine High is so consistent.
Wicks ran for a game-high 160 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns, including a 12-yard TD run on fourth down in the fourth quarter as Plaquemine ousted Lutcher 28-14 in a crucial District 6-4A game played Friday night at Canova Stadium.
The Green Devils scored a touchdown in each quarter and held the Bulldogs scoreless in the second half.
“In the first half, there were some plays where we kind of beat ourselves,” Wicks said. “But in the second half we picked it up a lot. We took our time to make the right reads and just made the plays.”
Wicks also completed 6 of 10 passes for another 70 yards as the Green Devils (7-1, 2-0) set up a District 6-4A title showdown in Week 9. PHS travels to play St. Michael the Archangel (7-1, 2-0) on Friday at Louisiana Leadership’s Doug Williams Stadium. Lutcher is 4-4, 1-2.
“Lutcher-Plaquemine has turned into a pretty healthy rivalry. We kind of got after each other,” Lutcher coach Tim Detillier said. “But they’re just a little bigger, faster and stronger. And they had a good game plan.
“They wanted to keep it away from us. They did good. We battled them. We had our chances to make plays, but we didn’t make the plays. I take my hat off to them (Plaquemine).”
Lutcher’s sophomore quarterback Jontre Kirklin also made plays, completing 10 of 24 for 154 yards. He scored one TD and passed for another. Interceptions by Todd Harris and Jeremy Battiste in the second half helped the Green Devils wrap up the win. Battiste’s came in the final minute after the Bulldogs drove to the PHS 10.
Austin Mitchell (10 carries, 58 yards) and Preston Russ (15-56) also helped Plaquemine roll up 325 rushing yards. Al’Dontre Davis had four catches for 89 yards for Lutcher.
Plaquemine dominated the first quarter. Wicks’ 19-yard gallop picked up a key first down on the game’s opening drive. The PHS quarterback later scored on an 8-yard run to cap the 10-play drive that made it 7-0.
Lutcher didn’t get a first down until the second quarter. But the Bulldogs mounted a key defensive stand to snuff out a 16-play Plaquemine drive. Wicks’ pass to Wayne Toussant on fourth-and-2 fell incomplete at the LHS 8.
The Bulldogs offense got going in the second quarter. However, the major factor in Lutcher’s first TD drive was four straight penalties against Plaquemine, including back-to-back unsportsmanlike penalty calls. Those penalties gave the Bulldogs a first-and-goal, leading to a 3-yard TD run by Kirklin with 6:54 left in the half. The PAT kick was off the mark, leaving Plaquemine with a 7-6 lead.
The Green Devils countered with another 10-play scoring drive. Wicks scored again, this time on a 2-yard run, to make it 14-6. There was enough time for another Lutcher score. Davis caught passes of 17 and 35 yards from Kirklin. Gregory Clayton snared a 10-yard TD pass. Destin Porter’s two-point conversion run tied it 14-14 with 37 seconds remaining.
“We had more opportunities in the first half,” Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano said. “We had some dropped pass and could have scored again in the first quarter. But I’m just proud of the team for the way they battled back in the second half.”
In the third quarter, Wicks and the Green Devils went on a 93-yard drive. A 22-yard pass from Wicks to Joe Keller helped set up a 9-yard TD run by Tyler Wesley that made it 21-14 with 4:31 left in the third quarter.Another 10-play drive ended with Wicks scoring the final TD with 7:16 left in the game.