DENHAM SPRINGS — On a night when most Denham Springs students donned Halloween costumes, star running back Tyre Golmond made sure the party wasn’t crashed.
Golmond ripped off a 78-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, the emphatic answer Denham needed after Livingston Parish rival Walker, trailing by two touchdowns most of the night, had just cut the deficit to five points.
With that, the Yellow Jackets took a 19-7 win Friday to snap a three-game District 4-5A losing streak.
“We had to do something to break that momentum,” Golmond said of his game-turning run.
Denham (5-4, 1-3) got on the right side of the 4-5A ledger after losing its first three league games by five combined points,turning back a Walker team that has now lost four straight after going 5-0 in nondistrict action.
The Yellow Jackets mostly did it without senior quarterback Torez Kinchen, who left in the first half with what coach Dru Nettles called a broken collarbone and did not return.
Defensive end Caleb Roddy had another big night, registering two sacks, four tackles for loss and batting down a pass.
But it was Golmond who put the Yellow Jackets over the top.
Walker trimmed the Denham lead from 12-0 to 12-7 when Tristan Taylor barreled into the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 2 with 11:20 left.
On the next play from scrimmage, Golmond shedded a Walker linebacker about 5 yards beyond the line of scrimmage, then outraaced a defensive back down the left sideline for the 19-7 lead.
“I hate that something like that happened because our defense played well enough to win,” Walker coach Brandon Lawley said.
Golmond finished with a season-high 215 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries as the injury to Kinchen forced the Yellow Jackets into a run-heavy offensive attack.
“We put it on our offensive line at halftime,” Denham coach Dru Nettles said. “We challenged our offensive line and our defense and told them you’ve got to go get it.”
The win likely clinched a return to the playoffs for the Yellow Jackets entering their final regular-season game next week at Scotlandville. Walker needs an upset of Zachary to avoid going winless in district for the fourth straight season.
Taylor (16 carries, 71 yards) combined with Jalen Hills (five carries, 83 yards) to lead a Walker ground game that accumulated over 200 yards.
But 95 yards in penalties and a pair of turnovers in Denham territory helped keep the Wildcats off the scoreboard until the fourth quarter.
When the score finally came, Golmond had the answer.
“The talent and the team is here,” Nettles said. You earn your victories, and our guys earned this one here tonight.”