CLINTON — The East Feliciana High band provided some postgame entertainment.
The Rolling Stones’ standard “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” wasn’t in the band’s repertoire. But perhaps it should have been.
On a night when neither team got exactly what it wanted, No. 10 Madison Prep got what it needed: a 37-20 District 6-2A victory Friday night.
MPA coach Michael Roach congratulated his team afterward and also challenged his players to get better.
“We’ve got a couple of guys out, and we started out sluggish,” Roach said. “All in all, I’m proud of the kids. We’re 5-0 and we’ve got to get ready for the next one, and it’s big. We had too many penalties and hurt ourselves. But the thing I liked was this: We put our foot on the gas when they came back on us.”
With the win, MPA is also 2-0 in 6-2A going into Thursday’s showdown at Northeast (4-1, 2-0).
Edwin Kleinpeter completed 17 of 26 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns to lead Madison Prep. He also ran for a TD. Brian Savoie had four catches for 106 yards with a TD in the game hosted by MPA at East Feliciana Middle School.
Tyrese Walker added 127 yards of offense and two TDs for the winners. Those totals helped offset the Chargers’ 15 penalties for 111½ yards.
Leslie Taylor rushed for a game-high 105 yards on seven carries and scored a TD for East Feliciana (2-3, 0-2). Taylor had a 67-yard run that set up his 4-yard scoring run in the fourth.
“We just need to make more plays,” East Feliciana coach Cedric Anderson said. “We stepped up and did some good things in the second half, but by then they had the lead on us.
“Madison Prep made a lot of big plays. We had trouble getting off the field on third and fourth down against them. We’ve got to go back to work and get better.”
Madison Prep led 30-6 with 4:22 left in the third quarter after Walker scored on a 12-yard run. East Feliciana lost quarterback Kavon Moore and Christopher Chaney to injuries but kept battling. Carven Young threw a 31-yard TD pass to Kamaron Irvin less than two minutes later. The duo connected again for the two-point conversion that made it 30-14.
The Tigers’ Tredarius Carr intercepted a Kleinpeter pass in the red zone. EFHS seized the momentum. Taylor ran for 67 yards and then scored to make it 30-20 with 8:39 to go.
Madison Prep answered on the next play when Walker took a short pass from Kleinpeter and raced 71 yards to the end zone to make it 37-20.
“Doing that was huge for us,” MPA’s Roach said.
Field position played a key role in the first half as the Chargers took a 15-0 lead. Madison Prep drove inside the EFHS 10 on its first drive before turning the ball over on downs.
The Chargers soon got points anyway. A snap sailed over the head of Chaney, the EFHS punter. It went out of the end zone for a safety. MPA led 2-0 after one quarter as both teams struggled to find consistency on offense.
Madison Prep got its groove back with a 14-play, 82-yard drive. An 18-yard pass from Kleinpeter to Savoie gave the Chargers first-and-goal at the EFHS 1. Kleinpeter bulled his way into the end zone on the next play to give MPA a 9-0 with 4:51 left in the half.
The Chargers closed the half with a big play. Walker took Kleinpeter’s short pass and dashed 65 yards down the sideline to give Madison Prep a 15-0 halftime lead.