AMITE — History and pop culture have a wealth of dynamic duos.
Some prefer the likes of Lewis and Clark over Batman and Robin. But if you’re a football fan you’d have to appreciate Livonia High quarterback Cee Jay Powell and running back Patrick Queen.
The duo combined to run for 380 yards as Class 4A Livonia claimed a 38-26 victory over second-ranked Amite of Class 3A in a nondistrict game played Thursday night at AHS.
“I’ve got to give credit where credit is due,” Amite coach Zephaniah Powell said. “Their offensive line took us and moved us. And those guys did a good job running through the holes.
“Our goal is always to run the ball. But when we fell behind that took us out of our game. Hats off to them (Livonia).”
Cee Jay Powell ran for 205 yards on 20 carries and scored three touchdowns in the rematch of last year’s Class 3A state title game also won by Livonia.
In addition to scoring runs of 43, 5 and 41 yards, the Livonia quarterback also had a 71-yard that set up another score. Queen was the workhorse with 175 yards on 29 carries.
It was the fourth straight win for the Wildcats (4-1). Elijah Walker ran for 109 yards and completed 10 of 17 passes for 193 yards to pace Amite (3-2).
“We heard Amite had a history of defense,” Cee Jay Powell said. “They always talk about their noseguard and their line and we were up for the challenge. Hats off to our O-line.”
Queen added, “I just ran through the holes that were there. It all came down to us working hard and doing the things we’ve practiced. We executed.”
There was no shortage of action or big plays in the first half.
Livonia scored on its first drive. The 10-play, 90-yard drive ended with Powell throwing a 48-yard TD pass to Darryl Rogers with 4:06 left in the first quarter.
Amite repeated that feat less than two minutes later. The Warriors’ Walker connected with Devonte Smith on a 48-yard scoring play at the 2:30 mark. A missed PAT by Amite left Livonia with a 7-6 lead.
The repeat-after-me theme carried over into the second quarter. Cee Jay Powell ran 43 yards for a TD. The LHS quarterback raced up the middle of the field to score on the first play of the second quarter.
Livonia led 14-6 for a little over three minutes. That’s when Amite’s Walker countered with a 39-yard TD run around end.
It was a 14-12 game until Livonia drove into the AHS red zone in the final two minutes. Bryce LeBlanc’s 19-yard field goal gave the Wildcats a 17-12 lead with 1:09 left in the half.
The Wildcats opened the second-half with a 12-play, 45-yard drive that ended with Cee Jay Powell’s 5-yard TD run that made it 24-12. The LHS signal caller’s 71-yard set up a 3-yard TD run by Barrick Slaughter that made it 31-12.
Smith caught a 67-yard TD pass from Smith late in the third quarter. The two-point PAT made it 31-20, but the Warriors got no closer.
“For the second straight week we got off to a fast start,” Livonia coach Guy Mistretta said. “That was huge. This is a big win, especially as we get ready for district.”