WATSON - Live Oak could only hang with Scotlandville for so long.
Behind a balanced offensive attack and a stifling defense, the Hornets bulled through the Eagles 47-15 Friday night at Live Oak High School.
“I’m disappointed in the turnovers, especially there in the first half,” Scotlandville coach Ken Hilton said. “We’ve got some stuff we’ve got to clean up, but it’s always good to get the win. Defensively, we played a much better game than we’ve been playing.”
The Eagles mustered only 56 yards rushing on 22 carries, something Live Oak coach David Dykes said played a major role in the Hornets’ loss.
“We had a lot of trouble running the ball early,” Dykes said. “That killed us. When we can’t run the ball, they can put some guys back in coverage. Then it’s tough to throw against them.”
Scotlandville didn’t have much trouble against the Eagles defense. Kimani Smith connected on 15 of 23 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Larry Clark caught nine passes for 173 yards and a touchdown.
The Hornets wasted no time scoring as Smith, along with Hilliard, led a 10-play, 63-yard drive to open the game. Smith found Kajandre Domino in the end zone from 8 yards out to put Scotlandville up 7-0.
Four minutes later, Smith scored on a 16-yard run. Hilliard’s extra point pushed the score to 14-0.
Live Oak’s only glimmer of hope came with 9 minutes left in the half. Eagles defensive back Drew Landry stepped in front of an errant pass from Smith and returned the ball to the Hornets’ 4-yard line. Two plays later, LeBlanc hit Wesley Howard for a 4-yard touchdown. John Crutchfield made the extra point to pull the Eagles within 14-7.
The Hornets answered five minutes later when Hilliard barged in from 1 yard out to give Scotlandville a 21-7 lead.
On their next drive, the Hornets only needed 19 seconds to score. Clark caught a 17-yard touchdown pass one play after hauling in a 49-yard strike. Hilliard’s extra point gave the Hornets a 28-7 lead.
Any chance of a comeback was quickly quelled as Scotlandville scored just four minutes into the second half on a 1-yard scamper from Hilliard. He missed the extra point, however, leaving the Hornets’ lead at 34-7.
The teams were quiet for the remainder of the third quarter. Just seconds into the fourth, receiver Kajandre Domino pulled in a highlight reel 34-yard touchdown catch between two defenders from backup quarterback Darien Williams. Hilliard made the extra point this time to give Scotlandville a 41-7 lead.
“He makes plays,” Hilton said. “He always makes plays, and that was big for us.”
Hilliard scored again for good measure with 10:49 left to jump the lead to 47-7.
Live Oak scored last when LeBlanc spotted wideout Beau Forrest in the end zone for a touchdown with 7:32 left, pushing the lead to its final margin.