KENTWOOD — Stuck in a tight game in the second half, Kentwood needed a big play to help overcome a sloppy night against Madison Prep.
Instead, the fourth-ranked Kangaroos got two.
Shyheim Carter connected with Tyrone Brumfield on a 47-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, and Jaleel Hampton followed with a 78-yard fourth-quarter interception return to help push Kentwood past the Chargers 20-6 in a key District 6-1A game Friday.
“It’s just tough,” said Kentwood first-year coach Jonathan Foster, whose team held a 7-6 lead after halftime.
“We had four turnovers, and usually you just can’t win when you make that many mistakes. We’re banged up. You get to Week 8 and you get shoulder injuries, ankles, things like that — nothing major, but you’re going both ways on this level. But I’ll tell you, I’m happy. I’d rather have an ugly win than a pretty loss.”
The Kangaroos (6-1, 2-0), ranked No. 4 in Class 1A, took a 7-0 lead on Carter’s 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Madison Prep (5-3, 1-2) answered when Charrol Brumfield hit Lydon Rash for a 37-yard score. The two-point conversion failed, leaving Kentwood ahead 7-6.
It stayed that way until Tyrone Brumfield’s third quarter score.
Madison Prep steps out of district play next week to visit Faith Academy in Mobile, Alabama.
Kentwood visits Christian Life.
“We’ve just got to clean up pass coverage and run defense, and hopefully we can get healthy for the stretch run,” Foster said.
WEST ST. JOHN 32, ASCENSION CATHOLIC 27: In Edgard, sixth-ranked West St. John had to come from behind to notch a key District 8-1A victory at home.
With ACHS (6-2, 2-1) clinging to a 21-16 lead, the Rams turned the tables courtesy of Lamar Boudoin, who returned a kickoff 75 yards for the go-ahead TD. A 7-yard scoring pass from Jermoine Green to Morrell Bartholomew gave WSJ a big enough lead to withstand another Bulldogs charge.
LIVONIA 21, VILLE PLATTE 0: In Livonia, Cee Jay Powell passed for 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Livonia, the sixth-ranked team in Class 3A, blanked District 5-3A rival Ville Platte (3-5, 2-1).
Powell hit Derrick Wells with a scoring pass in the first quarter and Stephen Guidry with a 79-yarder in the third period to give Livonia (7-0, 3-0) all the points it needed. Malcolm Dedrick added a 21-yard run to wrap up the scoring.
The Wildcats defense held Ville Platte to 124 yards and forced two fumbles.
ST. JOHN 54, EAST IBERVILLE 6: In St. Gabriel, Bryce Rivet had two TD catches while the Eagles rolled up 349 rushing yards en route to an easy win — its first of the season in District 8-1A.
Rivet scored on a 40-yard pass from Clay Payne in the second quarter and later added a 9-yard TD catch.
By then, however, the outcome had been decided. St. John (1-7, 1-2 in 8-1A) built a 41-6 halftime lead.
The Eagles got first-half touchdown runs from Brandon Noel, Gavin Landry, Bo Dearman and Gavin Prineaux. St. John hosts West St. John next week.
East Iberville (0-8, 0-3) managed 196 yards, including 177 through the air. The Tigers visit Ascension Christian next week.
BELAIRE 30, REDEMPTORIST 27: Redemptorist’s Michael Williams threw three touchdown passes and ran for 75 yards against Belaire. But it wasn’t quite enough.
The Bengals, who had minus-12 rushing yards and managed only 202 total yards won anyway, scoring on one touchdown run, two touchdown passes, three two-point conversions and a game-winning 71-yard kickoff return with 3:39 remaining in the nondistrict game.
Belaire (3-5) committed three turnovers.
Redemptorist (1-7) got a standout effort from Kaleb Battle, who ran for 64 yards and caught seven passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
DUNHAM 48, MENTORSHIP ACADEMY 0: Six different players scored TDs to power Dunham (4-4).
Chase Day had TD runs of 21 and 27 yards. Jyron Walker tossed a 4-yard scoring pass to Elliott Dunham and also scored on a 5-yard run for the Tigers, who won their third straight game. Harris McKay (22-yard run fumble return) and Tony Huey (55-yard interception return) also provided scores for the winners.
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 27, ASSUMPTION 7: In Napoleonville, Gage Corte ran for 100 yards and O’Shawn Henderson scored two touchdowns as the Terriers picked up their second District 7-4A win. Henderson caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from quarterback David Yancey and added a 2-yard run in the third quarter.
Corte opened the scoring with a first-quarter 60-yard touchdown run. Yancey completed 10 of 16 passes for 150 yards and two scores for Vandebilt (2-6, 1-1), which hosts Morgan City next week.
Assumption (2-6, 1-2) lost despite gaining 300 yards from scrimmage, including 235 on the ground. Daron Williams had 114 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 carries for the Mustangs, who visit E.D. White next week.