WALKER — Denham Springs fell behind early but turned on the offensive afterburners to blitz past Walker 54-33 at Wildcat Stadium on Friday night.
Junior quarterback Torez Kinchen led the Yellow Jacket offense with 193 yards passing, a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions in the District 4-5A contest.
Freshman Tyre Golmond, who eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark last week, scored twice and had a game-high 124 yards on nine attempts for Denham Springs. Junior Robert Thomas added two TDs on the ground and had one touchdown reception.
The victory for Denham Springs eased the sting of two consecutive setbacks, including last week’s close loss to Zachary in a key district showdown.
Denham Springs coach Dru Nettles said his goal during the week was to help his team put last week’s loss in the past.
“We had a tough couple of weeks, and had a tough loss at home,” he said. “But we got better mentally as the week went on. We were a little out of sorts early in the game and our offense sputtered, but we settled in and played four quarters of football.”
Denham Springs (6-4, 5-1) entered the game at No. 20 in the state power ratings, and Nettles said his squad will now turn its attention to post-season play.
Walker finished winless on the season. Junior quarterback Terry Bozeman, who entered the game with 2,601 yards on the season, threw for 360 yards on 36-of-54 passing with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Walker coach Dwayne Severio said he was disappointed in the team’s record but was encouraged by the fact that the team will return 21 seniors and the school’s freshman team won the district title with a 7-1-1 mark.
Walker scored on its second possession of the game, surprising the Yellow Jackets by sustaining a nine-play drive that saw Bozeman complete passes to four different receivers.
Bozeman found sophomore receiver Jeffery Bell for a 7-yard gain on fourth-and-5 to keep the drive alive. Bozeman hit Bell again for a 16-yard pickup that led to a 5-yard touchdown run up the middle by junior Kyle Nevels.
After Walker’s scoring drive, Denham Springs began applying a heavy and steady blitz to Bozeman, who was sacked seven times in the first half alone.
Denham’s offense also produced 21 unanswered points in the second quarter, assisted by a fumble recovery and an effective blend of passing and running plays.
Kinchen put Denham Springs on the scoreboard with 10 minutes to play in the second period when he connected with Thomas for a 12-yard touchdown. The play was set up by a 43-yard completion to senior receiver Kyandre Brooks.
Golmond tacked on another touchdown with a 34-yard scoring run after the Yellow Jacket defense forced a three-and-out for the hosts.
Denham Springs got the ball back minutes later when senior Zach Stuart recovered a fumble at the visitor’s 41-yard line.
The Jackets needed seven plays to open a 21-7 margin at halftime as Kinchen completed a 22-yard scoring pass to senior Zach Mayo.