HAYNESVILLE - No. 14 Christian Life came up just short of upsetting No. 3 Haynesville, as the Golden Tornado edged out the Crusaders 31-29 Friday night in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs.
For Haynesville, DeMarcus Jackson, who finished with 97 yards, scored from 5 yards out to put Haynesville ahead early.
Not to be outdone, Jerrell Richardson countered Jackson’s score with a 19-yard run. Richardson carried the ball 18 times for 118 yards.
In the second quarter, it was Jackson again for the Golden Tornado, this time scoring on a 55-yard run.
The lead didn’t last long as Christian Life’s Frank Bartley scored on a 5-yard run.
With the two teams fighting for the lead, Hayesville went into the half up 19-17.
To start the second half, Trey Fisher connected with Bartley on a 79-yard touchdown pass, but Jackson answered once again, fielding a Christian Life punt and returning it 58 yards for the score. Following the return, Trevor McGee scored on a 53-yard run.
Haynesville advances to the quarterfinals to host No. 11 St. John.
BREAUX BRIDGE 31, SALMEN 7: In Slidell, Randall Menard threw three touchdowns to Travin Dural, while Adrian Menard ran for 139 yards as Breaux Bridge advanced.
Menard racked up 139 yards on 12 carries as Breaux Bridge (11-1), the No. 4 seed, ran 35 times for 192 yards and scored the game’s first 31 points.
Dural only had three catches for 45 yards but scored on each grab. Randall Menard finished 7-for-15 for 138 yards.
Josh Faulk ran for an 8-yard touchdown in the first quarter and Randall Menard and Dural hooked up for touchdown passes of 10 yards and 28 yards in the second quarter to take a 21-0 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Randall Menard found Dural for a 7-yard touchdown and Kagan Breaux added a 27-yard field goal to give Breaux Bridge a 31-0 lead.
Chris Thomas broke off a 67-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to provide the only scoring for Salmen (7-5), the No. 13 seed.
Thomas led Salmen with 145 yards on 23 carries and had two catches for 14 yards. He was clearly the bulk of the offense as Salmen totaled just 167 yards of offense and turned the ball over twice (one fumble, one interception).
Breaux Bridge advances to play at Alexandria, a 40-27 winner over Assumption.
AMITE 22, WESTLAKE 13: Reggie Porter threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Amite topped Westlake.
Porter fisnied with 112 yards passing, with his two scoring throws going for 73 yards to James Oden and 23 yards to Josh Gibson. Porter’s 21-yard run in the fourth quarter sealed the win.
Amite will next face Eleanor-McMain in the quarterfinals. McMain beat Livonia 57-50 on Friday.
RAYNE 30, BOSSIER 12: In Rayne, the No. 26-seeded Wolves advanced to play No. 2 St. Charles in the quarterfinals.
For the second straight week, Rayne’s defense played well, allowing 180 yards of total offense to Bossier. The Wolves defense also caused four Bearkats fumbles.
Bossier’s Breon Morris returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for the score.
From that point, Rayne went on a 24-0 scoring run. Trent Duhon scampered down-the-field on a 55-yard score, followed by a Clerance Leger 1-yard run to start the second quarter.
Rayne went into the half with a 17-6 led.
Morris responded again in the third quarter, this time on an 18-yard run to cut the deficit to 24-12.
But Leger ran it again in from 1 yard out to put the game away.
Duhon led the Eagles with nine carries for 94 yards, while Jalen Williams added 54 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown.
JENNINGS 35, EUNICE 19: In Eunice, the Bobcats recorded more first downs and had more total yards, but it wasn’t enough to surpass Jennings.
For Jennings, Tre Richardson put the Bulldogs on the board with a 15-yard run in the first quarter.
Following Richardson’s score, Jennings blocked a Eunice punt and ran it in for a touchdown.
In the second quarter, Eunice quarterback Trenon Trosclair, who went 14-of-19 for 164 yards, scored from 1 yard out to cut Jennings lead to eight.
But, Richardson answered with a 7-yard run to give Jennings a 21-6 lead at the half.
Both teams went back-and-forth in the second half, but two second-half scores from Dylan Lavergne ended the threat for Jennings.
Lavergne finished with 20 carries for 112 yards on the ground.
Jennings will play No. 16 Marksville in Class 3A quarterfinals play.
WESTMINSTER 16, KENTWOOD 15: In Kentwood, Josh Devillier scored the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter as No. 10 Westminster advanced to the quarterfinals to play No. 2 Vermilion Catholic.
Kentwood jumped out to a 7-0 lead after a 14-yard touchdown run by Leslie Collins, but Westminster came back tackling Jaquavis Diamond in the endzone for a safety.
In the second quarter, Thomas Kemp scored from 1 yards out for the Crusaders to give Westminster a 9-7 lead at halftime.
To start the second half, Harlan Miller ran 15 yards for a touchdown, as the lead changed hands once again.
Kentwood had 12 first downs and totaled 200 yards, while Westminster added 13 first downs with 247 yards.
VERMILION CATHOLIC 56, ST. EDMUND 14: In Abbeville, the No. 2 seeded Vermilion Catholic Eagles continue to soar, as they scored 56 points for the second straight week to beat St. Edmund.
Vermilion Catholic led an offensive charge, gaining 515 total yards (9.4 yard per play average), led by Jacoby Davis, who rushed for 254 yards on 23 carries and three touchdowns.
The game was close for the majority of the first quarter until quarterback Aaron David, who passed for 257 yards, connected with Dustin Desormeau with 29 seconds left to put the Eagles ahead 7-0.
Vermilion Catholic pulled away in the second quarter, scoring 28 points - including a 43-yard touchdown reception by Emile Chiasson from David.
St. Edmund got a big contribution from David Lafleur. Lafleur rushed for 133 yards and passed for 118. Lafleur threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Adam Clause in the third quarter.
Vermilion will play Westminster in the quarterfinals.