It took much longer than he expected it would, but Brice Brown finally got his first win as Karr’s football coach.
After starting the season with three tough losses, the Cougars jumped to an early lead and cruised to a 48-0 win in its District 9-4A opener against Riverdale at Behrman Stadium on Thursday night.
“Anytime you get a win, it’s good. I’m just happy with the way our guys competed,” said the first-year coach, who got a celebratory Gatorade bath from his team. “We had a rough pre-district schedule, but we just have to continue to get better.”
The Cougars (1-3, 1-0) came out on fire in the first quarter, scoring on their first two drives of the game with a 17-yard run by Tyrik Luckett and a 13-yard touchdown catch by Kenneth Simmons to jump out to an early 13-0 lead.
Riverdale’s defense started to make some plays and gave the Karr offense some trouble at the end of the quarter, but a short punt by Riverdale (1-4, 0-2) gave the Cougars the ball at the Rebels’ 23-yard line early in the second quarter, and Karr only needed six plays to make them pay.
Karr quarterback Aldon Clark ended the drive by connecting with receiver Rayce McMath from the 6-yard line with 9:29 left in the second for his second touchdown pass of the half, giving Karr a 20-0 lead that they took into halftime.
Clark — who came into Thursday leading the metro area with 987 passing yards — finished the game completing 13 of 22 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns.
“We had to get that win today. We just came out as a unit,” Clark said. “Those first three games of the year was tough on us, but we’re just happy to get coach Brown this win. He deserves it.”
After forcing a Riverdale three-and-out to start the second half, the Karr offense began moving the ball once again on the Rebels defense, marching 46 yards in seven plays before Luckett got his second score of the day on a 1-yard run.
Another short punt by Riverdale gave Karr the ball at the Rebels’ 16, and Clark struck on the first play of the drive with a touchdown throw to Tyrin Ralph, giving Karr a 34-0 lead with 9:13 left in the third quarter.
Luckett added one more touchdown run late in the third quarter and finished with 12 carries for 111 yards and three touchdowns.
While the Karr offense was able to move the ball at will most of the night, the Cougars’ dominant performance on defense was a major key. Karr only allowed two first downs in the first half and held the Rebels to 120 total yards of offense in the game.
“It’s exciting to be back, but I’m just happy to be back with my team,” said Karr defensive end and LSU commitment Andre Anthony, who finished with three tackles and a sack in his first game with Karr
Anthony had been ruled ineligible for the first three games of the season by the LHSAA.
“The defense played great,” Anthony said. “We were really patient and did our jobs.”