East Feliciana had one more big play than McKinley.
Kamaron Irvin hauled in an 18-yard touchdown pass from Kavon Moore with 1:52 remaining to give East Feliciana a 20-19 victory over McKinley and close the East Baton Rouge Parish Kickoff Classic jamboree games Friday at Broadmoor.
“We played well, and I commend my kids on stepping up to the challenge,” EFHS coach Cedric Anderson said. “There were a lot of plays both ways and two pretty good teams going at it.”
Madison Prep and Belaire also collected victories Friday. The schedule was shuffled late Thursday after the LHSAA ruled Mentorship Academy couldn’t compete because of membership questions.
The jamboree was changed to include three 12-minute games before McKinley and East Feliciana took the field for their special rivalry. McKinley coach Robert Signater coached at East Feliciana, the forerunner of ESHS, and Anderson was the assistant coach who succeeded him.
Euric Larvinette completed 7 of 10 passes for 132 yards and two TDs for McKinley. Moore was 5-of-8 for 188 yards and two TDs.
“I think they just wanted it a little bit more at the end,” Signater said. “They got their two-point conversion and scored at the end when they needed to.”
The two first-half touchdowns were scored in a span of 36 seconds. McKinley drove 70 yards in eight plays. Larvinette’s 33-yard pass to Lil John Lewis was the big play. Larvinette hit Taurus Wilson on a crossing pattern that gave the Panthers a 6-0 with 2:47 left in the first half.
East Feliciana didn’t need a scrimmage play to counter. Ge’Montae Franklin returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to tie it.
Larvinette’s second TD strike to Wilson — this one a 30-yarder — staked McKinley to a 13-6 lead with 8:25 left in the second half. The Tigers answered a minute and a half later when Justin Beckwith, brother of LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith, raced to the end zone with a 73-yard pass from Moore.
Christopher Chaney’s two-point conversion run made it 14-13. McKinley scored once more on a 8-yard run by Marcus Hills with 4:48 left to set up the final drama.
MADISON PREP 20, BROADMOOR 0: The Chargers took the lead with two big plays by Brian Savoie in the first four minutes.
Edwin Kleinpeter tossed a 33-yard scoring pass to Savoie with 10:55 remaining in the 12-minute game. Three plays later, Broadmoor punted and Savoie returned the kick 71 yards for a score that made it 13-0.
Broadmoor had the game’s longest possession. The Bucs held the ball for nearly six minutes. But the Chargers’ Everette Richard recovered a fumble and returned it 28 yards.
Quincy Banks, who ran for 50 yards on five carries, scored on a 1-yard run with 22.2 seconds left to complete the scoring. Kleinpeter completed all four of his passes for 50 yards, while Deonte Matthews led Broadmoor with 12 yards on three carries.
BELAIRE 0, MADISON PREP 0: The big story in this one was penalties. The teams combined for 110 yards’ worth in just 12 minutes of action, a fact that was not lost on MPA coach Michael Roach.
“I thought we played really well against Broadmoor,” Roach said. “Against Belaire, I think the fact that we didn’t scrimmage last week really showed later on. A lot of the penalties were silly things.”
Belaire drove to the MPA 6 early in the game, but the drive short-circuited after penalties. Madison Prep had a chance to score in the final minute. Keyonne Hawkins’ 39-yard field goal try was off the mark.
Kleinpeter passed for 63 yards, completing 6 of 8 passes for Madison Prep. DaQuan Hicks ran for 20 yards on five carries for Belaire.
BELAIRE 8, BROADMOOR 0: Belaire got a TD with 5:20 left in its final game with host Broadmoor. A 4-yard TD run by Hicks capped a nine-play, 81-yard drive.
Hicks ran for 56 yards on five carries for the Bengals, who made first-year coach Claude Coleman smile.
“I saw pretty much what I expected to see,” Coleman said. “We’re going to be solid on defense and when you’ve got that you give yourself a chance to win. I’m pleased with the effort and I think we’re going to continue to improve and surprise some people.”
The news wasn’t all bad for Broadmoor. The Bucs drove to the Belaire 25 late in the game.
“We’re playing a lot of young kids, including four freshmen out there,” Broadmoor coach Elliott Wilkins said. “Tonight was Friday night lights for the first time. We’ll learn from it.”