Tyriek Starks threw for two scores and ran for another as Warren Easton defeated Plaquemine 37-20 in a Class 4A regional playoff game at Joe Brown Park.
The Eagles will host McDonogh 35 next week in the quarterfinals.
“This game was a tribute to our offensive line” Eagles coach Tony Hull said. “When we got an opportunity to run it in the second half, we were successful.”
Easton had 200 of its 207 yards rushing in the second half.
Larry Barabino rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown on just seven carries — all in the second half.
“The offensive line opened big holes for us” Barabino said. “But our defense worked hard and played great in the second half.”
Plaquemine (8-4) had 294 yards of offense for the game but had just 107 in the second half.
Easton (11-1) with 10 straight wins, scored touchdowns on three of their first four possessions of the second half to break open a 14-14 halftime score.
“I feel like we lost all three phases of the game” Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano said. “Field position was huge in the second half. I thought we did a good job in the first half, but the second half was very tough.”
Starks completed 12 of 18 passes for 217 yards and an interception. Yoheinz Tyler caught four of those passes for 91 yards.
Austin Mitchell completed 14 of 27 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown for the Green Devils. He also rushed for 47 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
The Eagles finished the game with 424 yards of total offense with 338 coming in the second half.
The Eagles started quickly as Damien Tate returned the opening kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was missed as Warren Easton jumped out to a 6-0 lead with 11:47 left in the first quarter.
The Eagles appeared to get another touchdown on their next possession, but the play was ruled no play because of an inadverdent whistle.
The Green Devils stopped the Eagles and forced a punt. Plaquemine started on its own 5 and went 95 yards in 18 plays, taking 8:35 off of the clock. Mitchell scored on a 3-yard touchdown run. Brandon David added the extra point to give the Green Devils a 7-6 lead with 10:21 left in the first half. Plaquemine converted three fourth downs on the drive.
The Green Devils were forced to punt on their next possession, but Clyde Chriss fumbled and Plaquemine’s recovered at the Eagles’ 42. Seven plays later, Mitchell scored on a 5-yard touchdown run. David’s extra point increased the Green Devils’ lead to 14-6 with 1:32 left in the first half.
Easton finally got its offense going in the two-minute drill. Four plays and 56 yards later, Starks scored on a 7-yard touchdown burst. Starks also ran in the two-point conversion to tie the game at 14 with 41 seconds to go in the first half.
The Green Devils amassed 187 yards of offense in the first half while holding the high-powered Eagles to just 86 first-half yards. Plaquemine ran 34 plays in the first half to just 11 for Easton.