DENHAM SPRINGS — Football coaches like to stress the importance of playing hard for four quarters, but Denham Springs played so well for a half that the point became moot.
The Yellow Jackets were nearly flawless as they rolled to a 42-point halftime lead and coasted in the second half for a 49-14 win over visiting St. Michael.
Quarterback Torez Kinchen threw for 203 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Tyre Golmond ran for 110 yards and a touchdown, and also caught two passes for 59 yards and another score.
Neither played in the second half.
“Five weeks into the season, it’s a grind on these guys,” Denham Springs coach Dru Nettles said. “ Its big if you can get them some time, get off the field and rest those bodies.
“It was a good first half. We really executed well.”
Defensively, Denham Springs (4-1) limited St. Michael to one first down and 28 yards in the first half. Lineman Caleb Roddy, an LSU commitment, batted down two passes and had a sack before resting in the second half.
It was a sterling showing for a defense that played without two starters.
“We lost a defensive back, and our middle linebacker. Two other guys stepped in and played really well,” Nettles said. “To limit anybody to 28 yards in a half is an outstanding effort.”
St. Michael (1-4) settled down in the second half and scored twice in the third quarter. Quarterback Treylon Sibley keyed the Warriors’ attack. His 61-yard run set up the first score, and he finished off a 73-yard drive with a 1-yard run.
“Denham Springs is a very good football team. They showed that we’re a younger team. We‘ve still got a lot of growing to do,” St. Michael coach Paul Varnado said. “I told my guys we’ve still got half the season left, and we’ve got to fight hard.”
Denham Springs won the coin toss, and never looked back. The Jackets scored touchdowns on their first four possessions, all in the first quarter.
The Jackets went 80 yards in six plays on their opening drive to quickly take the lead. Robert Thomas turned a screen pass from Kinchen into a 47-yard score.
De’Juante Edwards 37-yard catch and run keyed a 64-yard drive on the Jackets second series. Kinchen then found Edwards on a crossing pattern for a 14-yard score.
Stephen Duplantis recovered a St. Michael fumble at the St. Michael 29 to set up a short drive for the Jackets next score. Jordan Paline’s 20-yard run made it 21-0 midway through the first quarter.
Edwards and Kinchen hooked up for another 14-yard score late in the quarter. The play capped an eight-play, 57-yard drive.
St. Michael picked up a first down on its first play from scrimmage, but didn’t get another until late in the half. By that time Golmond had scored on a 41-yard run to make it 35-0.
The Jackets finished off the half with Kinchen’s 53-yard scoring connecting with Golmond on a screen pass. Denham Springs finished the half with 375 yards of total offense while St. Michael was held to 28.