A year after falling just short in the Class 2A title game, three rushing touchdowns by Taylor Johnson proved to be the difference for the Kinder Yellow Jackets as they defeated Mangham, 35-20 to capture the Class 2A Louisiana state football championship on Friday night.
A game that saw five scoring drives go at least nine plays, Kinder (14-1) go on the scoreboard on their opening possession on a 11-yard touchdown run by Johnson which capped a 10-play 64-yard drive.
Mangham (10-5) immediately answered with a 13-yard touchdown run by Abdulla Rhone to tie the game 7-7. Rhone’s touchdown run wrapped up a 14-play, 70-yard drive by the Dragons.
Up 13-7 after a four-yard touchdown run by Johnson, the junior running back took it in again for the Yellow Jackets, this time from six yards out to make it 19-7 as Kinder missed two consecutive extra point attempts.
Mangham would get as close as 26-20 in the third quarter on Jakarie Nichols second rushing touchdown, this time from one-yard out, but the Yellow Jackets extended their lead to 29-20 at the end of the third quarter on a 26-yard field goal by Raul Barrera.
The 2A title for Kinder is their first since the 2013 season while Mangham was seeking their first state championship since 1956.