This time it was the Tigers who came out victorious against their archrival.
In a rematch between the same teams from a year ago, Kentrell Maxie’s 5-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter proved to be the winner as the Many Tigers captured the school’s first state championship with a 22-15 win over Kinder in the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Class 2A state championship game Friday.
Trailing 15-14 and with Kinder having the ball inside the Many 30 late in the fourth quarter, the Yellow Jackets lost over 30 yards in penalties. The snap to punter Raul Barrera went over his head and he was called for an illegal kick, giving the ball to Many at the Kinder 25-yard line.
The Tigers stopped Kinder near midfield on the Yellow Jackets’ final possession to ensure the victory.
“It feels good,” Many coach Jess Curtis said. “It was a product of a lot of hard work and blood sweat and tears. It was a heavyweight fight. We knew this was going to be the type of game where we had to lay it all out on the field, and we did that tonight.”
Down 8-7 in the third quarter, Kinder (13-1) took the lead on a 3-yard touchdown run by Zach Rider, followed by a two-point conversion run by quarterback Welles Cooley to make it 15-8 Yellow Jackets.
Many (15-0) cut the lead to 15-14 after a 46-yard touchdown pass from Dias to Tabarius Garner, but the two-point conversion attempt fell short.
Named Most Outstanding Player of the Game for the Tigers, Dias completed only two passes, but they were both for touchdowns.
The Tigers took a 8-7 lead in the first quarter when Dias connected with Isaiah Smith for a 23-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion pass to Pqawn Williams.
Zach Rider was named Most Outstanding Player for Kinder.