The first time Landry-Walker got the ball, the Charging Buccaneers served notice to Belle Chasse that it could be a long night for the Cardinals.
With quarterback Li’Jon Cordier leading the way running and passing, Landry-Walker drove 90 yards in 12 plays for a touchdown.
That began a one-sided first half for the Charging Buccaneers, paving the way to a 34-6 victory in a District 9-4A game Friday night at Behrman Stadium.
“We set the tone with that drive,” said Landry-Walker coach Emmanuel Powell, his team ranked No. 3 in Class 4A and 10th in the Advocate’s Super 10.
“We’re at home, and we’re on a quest to win the district. Our kids were very focused; that was the key. They know that in this district, anybody can beat anybody.”
One week after a dominating victory against rival and perennial power Karr, Landry-Walker (6-1, 2-0) took a 21-0 halftime lead and never looked back. The second time the Bucs got the ball, they went 68 yards in six plays, with Cordier scoring from the 2 with 2:30 left in the first quarter.
Landry-Walker later delivered a decisive blow when backup quarterback Keytaon Thompson, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, completed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Kaleb Anderson with just 9.7 seconds left before halftime.
“They were the better team, and they just took it to us,” Belle Chasse coach Stephen Meyers said. “They’re a good football team. They were very physical. This was our second consecutive physical game.”
Meanwhile, Landry-Walker’s defense was stifling, holding quarterback Andrew Hicks and the Cardinals (4-3, 0-2) to 77 yards rushing and 114 yards total. Hicks, who rushed for 146 yards on 28 carries last week against Warren Easton, was held to 64 yards rushing by Landry-Walker.
Leading the charge for the Charging Bucs was defensive end Tirrell Gilmore, who had nine tackles, six for losses and two sacks.
Gilmore was particularly effective as a pass rusher after the Bucs shut down the run and the offense had built an insurmountable lead, forcing Belle Chasse to pass and out of its game plan.
“Defensively, we wanted to take away their best man. That’s what we do every week,” said Gilmore. “We wanted to take away the counter (play), the trap. … We didn’t want any run plays against us.”
When the Bucs forced a punt at the start of the third quarter, they picked up where they left off in the first half. Getting the ball at its 43, Landry-Walker started the drive with the aid of an interference penalty on a long pass by Cordier, who also completed a 13-yard pass to Corlius Joseph to Cardinals’ 19. Two plays later, Cordier completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Joseph at the 7:52 mark.
The margin reached 34-0 when Cordier passed 10 yards to Tyrel Angram, a freshman, as Powell had long begun to substitute freely.
Belle Chasse’s touchdown came as the clock expired, a 3-yard run by Hicks, and they did not attempt the point-after kick. There was no point in that.
Cordier, a senior, led Landry-Walker with 64 yards and a touchdown on seven carries and 140 yards on 7-of-11 passing and two touchdowns.