It was a tale of two games Friday night at Memorial Stadium for the 2011 Coca-Cola Kick-Off Classic.
Scotlandville took advantage of many mistakes made by Southern Lab en route to a 38-6 win, while Istrouma controlled the ground game and powered to a 22-0 win over Capitol.
In the first game, Scotlandville jumped out to a 2-0 lead when a snap sailed over Kittens punter Murphy Nash III and out the back of the end zone.
After getting the ball back on the punt, the Hornets added a touchdown when quarterback Kimani Smith found junior Larry Clark over the middle on a third-and-long. Clark outran the Southern Lab secondary for a 69-yard touchdown. Smith converted a two-point conversion to make the score 10-0.
“We had some big plays,” Scotlandville coach Ken Hilton said. “I thought it was a good effort. The kids had a good showing for their first game.”
Scotlandville took a 19-0 lead with only 30 seconds left in the first half, but Hitlon’s defense committed three straight 15-yard penalties to give Lab the ball at the 10-yard line. As time expired, Kittens quarterback Deonte Short lobbed a pass into the hands of tight end Kameryon Brown for the score.
“The penalties are the one thing that we need to clean up,” said Hilton. “I don’t even want to know how many yards we lost from penalties.”
A failed two-point attempt set the halftime score at 19-6 in favor of Scotlandville.
The Hornets held Southern Lab to a quick three-and-out inside the Kittens’ 20 and once again the snap to Nash III went over his head for a third safety.
On the ensuing punt, Dontraill Hilliard made it to the end zone from 57 yards out, putting the Hornets up 28-6.
After another Southern Lab three-and-out, the snap did not connect with Nash III for a fourth safety. Hilliard answered with a 57-yard return. The two-point conversion capped the scoring.
“We just had a lot of mental mistakes,” Lab coach Nick Mitchell said. “That’s the territory that comes with a young team.”
In the nightcap, Istrouma senior running back Ron Clark led the way with 117 yards on 12 carries to give first-year head coach Johnny Felders’ Indians the win.
“Ron trusted his line and found the holes,” Felders said. “He showed some tough, hard-nosed running ability.”
On their second possession of the first half, the Indians handed the ball to Clark five straight times, and he ran over and around Capitol’s defense for 44 yards. The next two handoffs went to Thomas Alexander, who took the first carry 14 yards before breaking off a 24-yard touchdown run.
Thomas also punched in the two-point conversion to give the Indians an 8-0 halftime lead.
Thomas complemented Clark’s performance with 65 rushing yards on only three carries
“We couldn’t stop their offense,” said Capitol coach Damieon Mills. “They just gave the ball to those two backs and ran it down our throat.”
Istrouma quarterback Marquise Kaigler rolled to his left early in the second half and found senior receiver Corey Whitfield 32 yards down the field for a touchdown.