Behind Percy Young, the Crescent City Pioneers pulled off their first win of the season Saturday afternoon — while Cohen’s losing streak continued.
Young scored both touchdowns and intercepted three passes as Crescent City improved to 1-4 with a 12-6 victory over Cohen College Prep at Tad Gormley Stadium.
The loss dropped Cohen, which hasn’t won since 2011, to 0-5. It was its 35th striaght loss.
Pioneers coach Sean Dumas, who took over the role a week ago, said the win was special for his team.
“It was a big day for my guys,” Dumas said. “They worked hard all week ... and they reaped the fruits of their labor.”
Young was the difference-maker in Saturday’s game. He scored on a touchdown run in the first half and clinched the win in the second half with an interception return.
He also intercepted two other passes.
“That kid is special, and he’s a humble kid,” Dumas said. “Hopefully he continues to work hard the rest of the season, and you haven’t heard the last of him.”
The Hornets recovered a fumble to stall Crescent City’s opening drive.
Cohen then lost its own fumble inside the Pioneers 5, but forced another turnover on the next play.
Malik Lopez then hit Jamon Mack for a 12-yard touchdown pass on the Hornets’ first play of the new drive to put Cohen up 6-0.
Young got the Pioneers on the board with a 14-yard run on a wide receiver reverse to even the score at 6-6 at halftime. The teams combined for five turnovers in the first 24 minutes.
Neither team could generate much offense in the second half. Not a single drive entered the red zone.
Young’s interception return for a touchdown with 10:36 remaining in the game broke the deadlock, and his final interception allowed the Pioneers to run off most of the remaining time.
“They played just as hard as we did,” Cohen coach Perry McCarty said. “We had more penalties than they did and we aren’t a good enough team to overcome those. If we have a 15-yard penalty, it’s pretty much a drive-killer for us. The kids fought as hard as they could, but we just shot ourselves in the foot one too many times. They made a couple more plays than we did.”