Aldon Clark threw for 416 yards and four touchdowns to lead Karr Cougars to a 34-21 victory over Franklinton in a Class 4A semifinal at Franklinton.
Karr (9-4) will advance to championship game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and face Neville next Saturday at 3:30 p.m..
“I’m proud of the way my guys played tonight,” first-year coach Brice Brown said. “To advance to the title after all the adversity we faced this year is a testament to the program.”
Clark completed 21 of 37 passes with no interceptions. Racey Mcmath caught eight passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Kenneth Simmons caught nine passes for 127 yards and a touchdown.
“Aldon came out on a big stage and had a great game,” Simmons said. “He was sharp.”
The Demons (10-4) led 14-0, but the Cougars scored touchdowns on four consecutive possessions over the second and third quarters to take a 26-14 lead with 6:06 left in the third quarter. The four scores came in a span of just 8:40.
“Their receivers made plays and their quarterback made great throws to get the ball to them,” Franklinton coach Shane Smith said. “One game does not make a season. Our senior class made it to the quarterfinals three straight years. It speaks well for our commitment and effort from our program.”
The Demons rushed for 156 yards on 41 carries. Tahj Magee completed 15 of 24 passes for 150 yards.
Karr was held to 15 yards rushing on 23 carries thanks to five Franklinton sacks.
The Demons jumped out to a 7-0 lead when Tahj Magee hit Azende Magee with a 40-yard touchdown pass. Raif Branch added the extra point with 5:23 left in the first quarter.
Azende Magee increased the lead to 14-0 on a 34-yard touchdown run. The score was set up when Franklinton’s Rodney King recovered a fumble.
The Cougars scored two touchdowns in the final 2:46 of the first half to tie the game at 14-14. Smith connected with Simmons on a 13-yard touchdown pass. The score was set up when Clark converted a third-and-20 at their 10-yard line with a 69-yard pass to Mcmath.
The tying touchdown came on an untimed down on the last play of the first half. Diamante Woolridge scored on a 2-yard touchdown scamper. The play came after a holding call against the Demons. Smith hit Mcmath with the tying two point conversion.
Karr drove 89 yards in the final 1:03 of the half in nine plays.
Clark completed 15 of 28 first half passes for 262 yards. Mcmath caught five of those passes for 121 yards. Simmons caught seven passes for 105 yards.
Clark completed his first five passes of the second half including touchdown passes of 36 and 17 yards to Mcmath.
“That was our game plan,” Brown said. “We wanted to get the ball to our two best playmakers.”
Renaz Wilson scored on a 2-yard scamper to cut the deficit to 26-21 with 7:22 left in the game. But two plays later, Smith hit Kobe Jefferson on a 65-yard touchdown pass to increase the lead to 34-21.