LIVONIA — Injuries sidelined key players for both Crowley and Livonia, but Crowley made the most of star running back Ty’Von Griffin.
Griffin’s five touchdowns led the No. 2 seeded Gents to a 41-35 win over Livonia in the regional round of the Class 4A nonselect playoffs. Griffin finished with 255 yards rushing.
The Gents (12-0) will face Franklinton next Friday in the quarterfinal round.
Crowley worked past an injury in the first half to Pate Broussard, who was taken to a nearby hospital with a shoulder injury.
Griffin broke loose for a 92-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that broke a 21-21 tie.
“I just tried to keep my composure and keep the team motivated,” Griffin said.
The Gents trailed 21-14 at halftime after touchdown runs of 12 and 6 yards by Patrick Queen, but the Wildcat running back suffered a sprained ankle late in the second quarter that sidelined him the remainder of the game.
A Cee Jay Powell 11-yard keeper put the Wildcats ahead at the half.
“I can’t say enough about these guys and the way they came back against a team like Livonia,” Crowley coach Josh Fontenot said. “Livonia has been to the (Mercedes-Benz) Superdome the last two years, so we knew they wouldn’t give up easily.”
Sophomore quarterback Paul Dugar stretched the Crowley lead off a 13-yard pass to tight end John Maeceaux in the fourth quarter.
Griffin struck once more on a 36-yard run with 2:15 left on the clock.
The Wildcats cut into the deficit off a Powell 19-yard keeper with 22 seconds left in the game.
Livonia got one last chance in the fourth off an onside kick recovered by Nick DeRogers at midfield, but the Gents held back the Wildcats on a Powell pass at the final buzzer.
“Losing Patrick definitely hurt, but Griffin was just special,” Livonia coach Guy Mistretta said. “We were able to contain him to some degree in the first half, but I think it wore down our offense trying to fend off his onslaught in the second half.”
Broussard was 9-for-15 for 150 yards and two touchdowns.
Barrick Slaughter carried 12 times for 104 yards, while Queen ran 10 times for 100 yards.
Griffon scored off a 19-yard shuffle pass from Broussard 2:46 into the game. A Mikal Hebert kickoff return to midfield set up the TD.
Queen tied the game on Livonia’s first possession off a11-yard run. He broke loose for a 53-yard gain on the first play of the drive to put the Wildcats at the Gent 5, but a false flag sent Livonia back to the 10 before he scored.
Crowley pulled ahead of LHS on its next possession when Griffin took a Broussard pitch-off 43 yards to cap a six play, 1:40 drive.