It seems like the Landry-Walker offense is rolling at the perfect time in the season.
After being held to 20 points or less in three of the first four games of the season, the Charging Bucs reeled off at least 30 points for the third time in the past four weeks in a convincing 33-5 win over Helen Cox in a District 8-5A game Thursday night at Behrman Stadium.
The one game Landry-Walker (6-2, 4-1 in 8-5A) was held under 35 came in a win against John Ehret, one of the better defensive units in the New Orleans area.
“I think we’re hitting our stride at the right time going into the playoffs,” said Landry-Walker quarterback Keytaon Thompson, who finished 6-of-12 for 99 yards, with 27 rushing yards, and two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing).
“We’re getting better every week as an offense, and as my ankle injury keeps getting better, hopefully, we can also keep getting better.”
The Cougars (3-5, 1-4) tried to open the second half with some trickery, but the ploy came back to bite them.
Cox tried an onside kick to open the second half in an attempt to catch the Charging Bucs off guard, but instead the ball bounced into the hands of Landry-Walker receiver Devonta Cooper, and the senior ran 50 yards for a touchdown to open the second half.
Tevin Bush added a 28-yard touchdown run later in the quarter, but Landry-Walker missed both extra points, giving them a 26-3 lead with 3:49 left in the quarter. Thompson threw his first touchdown pass of the game on a 22-yard slant to Kahlil Williams on the last play of the third quarter to put the Charging Bucs up 33-3 going into the final period.
Bush eclipsed 100 yards for the second consecutive week with seven carries for 108 yards and a touchdown.
“As an offense, we always go out there with the mentality that we want to score every time we get the ball,” Bush said. “We’ve just started playing together a lot better the past few weeks, and we need to get even better going into the playoffs.”
Landry-Walker’s only loss of the season came on Sept. 25 at Chalmette when the Charging Bucs were without Thompson because of an ankle injury.
The Owls square off in a huge District 8-5A matchup against Ehret on Friday, and if Ehret were to take down Chalmette, that victory would put Landry-Walker — the No. 10-ranked large school in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 — in a three-way tie atop the district standings with Chalmette and Ehret.
“We have to worry about what we can control, but, of course, we hope things go our way in that game,” Landry-Walker coach Emmanuel Powell said. “As a team, we just have to worry about doing the things that make us better and let everything else handle itself.”
Helen Cox started the game by going on a 20-play, 71-yard drive that was extended by a roughing the punter penalty and chewed away for nearly the entire first quarter before Dwight Dorsey kicked a 21-yard field goal to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead with 1:38 left in the period.
The Charging Bucs quickly responded, though, with touchdown runs of 10 yards by Kaleb Anderson and 1 by Thompson in the second quarter to take a 14-3 lead into halftime.