Saturday night’s jamboree matchup between Karr and St. Augustine saw two old rivals going head-to-head with new coaches leading the way.
Fortunately for the Cougars, Karr coach Brice Brown experienced his first win as a head coach before St. Aug coach Al Jones could do the same as Karr took a 26-7 victory in the St. Augustine Jamboree at Tad Gormley Stadium.
“Coach Brown has been in our program a long time, and it’s good to get him a win his first time out,” Karr quarterback Aldon Clark said. “We came out and did a pretty good job of executing. We just have to sure a few things up before the real games start.”
After forcing a St. Aug punt to open the second half, Clark began to find his groove and began moving the Cougars offense down the field. He completed four passes in a row to move the Karr offense 55 yards before completing the drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kenneth Simmons.
Karr only needed three plays on its next possession before running back Santee Marshall burst through the Purple Knights line for a 39-yard touchdown to increase the lead to 19-7.
Clark completed 13 of his 21 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns, while also adding 44 rushing yards and a touchdown.
“We did a really good job in the second half. We just can’t come out slow like that to start off,” Clark said.
“We started speeding the tempo up in the second half, and that’s when we really started making plays.”
The Purple Knights had opportunities to answer the two Karr scoring drives, but the Cougars defense clamped down and ended both drives in their own red zone with fumble recoveries despite being in the shadow of their goal posts.
Both teams struggled to get things going early, but Karr was the first to find its way onto the scoreboard midway through the first half.
After a short St. Aug punt gave the Cougars the ball in Purple Knights territory, Karr needed only five plays to march 44 yards before Clark dove his into the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown that gave the Cougars a 7-0 lead.
That lead didn’t last long, though, because St. Aug running back Darrell Landry took the ensuing kickoff right through the middle of the Karr kick coverage team for a 90-yard touchdown that tied things at 7 with 3:50 left in the half.
Landry was the focal point for the Purple Knights offense most of the night, collecting nine total touches for 55 yards. LSU commitment and St. Augustine tight end Jamal Pettigrew also added six catches and 57 yards.