It’s time to add one more chapter to the legend of the battle of Algiers.
After trailing by four points with less than five minutes remaining, Landry-Walker roared back with a 20-point fourth quarter to take an improbable 38-35 victory over Westbank rival Karr in a nondistrict game Friday at Behrman Stadium.
“The battle of Algiers is always special, and I’m proud of my teammates and the way we fought,” Landry-Walker quarterback Keytaon Thompson said. “Coming out of halftime, we told ourselves to keep fighting and we would eventually break through.”
Karr (0-2) had the ball with five minutes left in the fourth and had an opportunity to run the clock out with a 28-24 lead, but Landry-Walker defensive lineman Kenneth Harton dropped back into a zone and picked off Karr’s Aldon Clark with 3:25 left.
On the next play, Thompson ran through several Karr defenders for a 38-yard touchdown to give his team its first lead at 32-28.
Clark came out and threw an interception on the following possession to Landry-Walker safety Mike Lee, and Charging Bucs running back broke an 88-yard touchdown run to bring his team from being down four points to leading 38-28.
“That game was unbelievable,” Landry-Walker running back Tevin Bush said. “We just never stopped believing, and we finally broke through on that fourth quarter.”
Karr held on to a 7-6 lead for just about the entire half, but the Cougars offense came to life in the final five minutes and separated themselves from the Charging Bucs (1-1).
The Cougars started things by taking advantage of a short field and completing a six-play, 37-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown run by running back Santee Marshall. Karr followed that with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Clark to Kenneth Simmons to increase the Cougars’ lead to 21-6 heading into halftime.
Landry-Walker started the half behind by two scores, but that didn’t last long after Thompson broke runs of 11 and 39 yards to put Bush in position for a 16-yard touchdown 90 seconds into the third quarter.
Two possessions later, Bush scored his second touchdown on an 11-yard run with 3:52 left in the third, but Landry-Walker missed two-point conversions on both scores, making the score 21-18.
Thompson completed 13 of his 25 passes for 227 yards and added 13 carries for 138 yards and scored three total touchdowns. Bush also added 112 total yards and two touchdowns.
Karr moves on to a big matchup against Brother Martin on Friday at Tad Gormley, and Landry-Walker will be playing the next day at Gormley against St. Augustine.