Tara High School got into the win column for the first time this season as the Trojans scored in every quarter to take a 29-8 victory over Northeast Friday night at Olympia Stadium.
Tara (1-2) played turnover-free football for the first time this season, although 15 penalties for 121 yards was the one drawback from this performance. Tara had four turnovers in both of its previous losses to East Ascension and West Feliciana.
“A win is a win, and we’ll take it,” Tara coach Ron LeJeune said. “It was a sloppy game with so many penalties. Turnovers killed us in our two losses, and I was proud that we didn’t do that tonight. We’ve got to get in the film room and correct our mistakes as we face a big challenge next week against Lutcher.”
Northeast (1-2) was limited to four first downs. An 80-yard scoring pass from Ronnie Davis to Jalen Snowden with 4:08 remaining in the game accounted for more than half of the Vikings’ total offense. Davis ran for two points for the final margin.
“Tara had a great game plan for us on both sides of the ball,” Northeast coach David Masterson said. “Ron LeJeune really had his team prepared. We didn’t protect very well for our quarterback, and we couldn’t get the running game going. We’ve got to continue to work to get better.”
Tara quarterback John Washington passed for 62 yards on the first series of the game as Tara led 6-0 with 8:35 remaining in the first quarter.
Tara’s Aaron Wright added scoring runs of 3 and 11 yards, and Tyrick Nelson had a 29-yard run with 5:41 remaining.
Place-kicker Tahseen Qasem hit two-of-three PATs and nailed a 29-yard field goal with 6:45 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Tara’s rushing attack heated up in the second half. Tara rushed for 171 yards on 47 carries.
Leading the charge was Nelson with 138 yards on 15 carries. Wright added 39 yards on eight tries.
Washington completed 11-of-16 passes for 155 yards.
Stevenson had three catches for 75 yards and Wright had four catches for 47 yards.
Northeast had seven punts and two turnovers.
Tara’s Clemmette Harrell had a first-half interception. A late fumble recovery set up Tara’s last score, a one-play drive on Nelson’s 29-yard run.
Northeast’s defense forced Tara to punt four times in the first half. Tara had just one punt in the second half. Dominick Yates had two sacks and Stephan Williams one for Northeast in the first half.
Tara’s first scoring drive covered 76 yards in seven plays play. Washington, who connected on his first five passes, found Stevenson for the 62-yard score.
Nelson had runs of 31 and 22 yards on Tara’s second-scoring drive. Wright scored on his 3-yard run.
Snowden had five catches for 127 yards to pace Northeast. The Vikings rushed for just 15 yards on 22 carries. Just 11 carries resulted in positive yards.