Neither Landry-Walker nor St. Augustine left Sunday night’s jamboree pleased with their efforts at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Problem is, ready or not, the regular season starts next week.
While Landry-Walker won 13-7 its speedy and experienced offense suffered too many turnovers to take full advantage of St. Augustine’s secondary.
“We’ve got to hold on to the football, and we’ve got to do better with the penalties,” Buccaneers coach Emmanuel Powell said. “We’ve got to be able to pick up the blitz on offense. That’s something we’re going to go back to the drawing board on tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, the Purple Knights had their own issues, the way they started slow, allowing two early touchdowns. Quarterback Keytaon Thompson found Romalas Walker for a 40-yard touchdown, and on the next Landry-Walker possession, Thompson scored on a 14-yard option run.
St. Augustine, adjusting to life after nationally-recruited running back Leonard Fournette (now at LSU), trailed 13-0 at halftime.
“We’ve got to come prepared,” St. Augustine coach Cyril Crutchfield said. “A game is played for four quarters. In this situation, I felt like we played in the second half, but that wasn’t good enough.”
St. Augustine scored on its opening possession of the third quarter as quarterback Justice McCoy connected with receiver Stanley Morgan for a 13-yard TD.
Both teams are coming off playoff runs last season — Landry-Walker a surprise trip to the Class 4A state semifinals and St. Augustine, the top seed in Division I, a semifinal loser to eventual state champion Archbishop Rummel.
Walker, a senior, caught three passes for 124 yards. Fournette’s younger brother, Lanard, rushed eight times for 42 yards.
St. Augustine opens the season Saturday against McDonogh 35. Landry-Walker hosts South Lafourche.