War Eagles pound Blue Devils, 42-6
By Paul Keane
CARRIERE — Wayne County High School’s football team used a little trickery to start off Friday night’s game here against Pearl River Central, then pounded the Blue Devils into submission en route to a 42-6 win.
The victory improved WCHS to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in District 3-5A. The Blue Devils fell to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in league action.
WCHS used an onside kick that was recovered by Cadarius Pannell to start the game, allowing the offense to set up shop at the PRC 35-yard line. Four plays later, Freddy Jordan, Jr., scored from 3 yards out, and the Brandon McCary put through the extra point to make it 7-0 with 11:03 left in the first quarter.
“I thought the onside kick was big, and that it set the tone for the rest of the game,” Head Coach Todd Mangum said. “They came right back and scored, but that onside kick really set the tone for us.
“I have to give credit to Coach (Justin) Cooley and Coach (Kevin) Gandy. They saw something on film and in the locker room before the game, they brought up kicking the onside kick. That’s why you surround yourself with good coaches because they can talk you out of being hard headed at times.”
Mangum said the victory was just a good, old-fashioned solid football game for his squad.
“We had a balanced attack on offense and defense,” he said. “We didn’t play a perfect game, but we executed the game plan our coaches put together and came down here and picked up a big win. Now, we get ready for Laurel between the bricks. That one is going to be a pretty good game.”
After the War Eagles drew first blood, the Blue Devils put together their longest and most successful drive of the evening, marching 64 yards in 12 plays and 5:04, capping things off with a 1-yard touchdown run that made it a 7-6 ballgame with 5:55 left in the opening stanza.
WCHS responded right away, marching 70 yards in nine plays, with quarterback David Hodo hitting Rameik Wallace in stride on a 17-yard pass. The McCary extra point made it 14-6 with 3:05 remaining in the first.
The defense stopped Pearl River on a fourth down play, but the offense couldn’t put a drive together and WCHS was forced to punt. The defense held again, and a bad snap on a punt allowed the War Eagles to take over at the PRC 11-yard line.
On first down, Hodo bulled his way up the middle for a touchdown, with the McCary kick opening up a 21-6 lead with 9:40 left before the intermission.
The defense held again, as Pannell picked off a pass and returned it to the WCHS 44-yard line. Nine plays later, Hodo raced in from 9 yards out, and the McCary extra point made it 28-6 at halftime.
The War Eagles nearly scored on the opening drive of the second half, but a fourth-and-1 play at the Blue Devils’ 29 netted minus-1 yard, allowing the home team to take over at its own 30.
The defense held again, forcing another punt, and WCHS took over at its own 28-yard line. Seven plays later, Hodo executed a perfect fake, pulled the ball from Jordan and raced around right end for a 38-yard touchdown. The McCary kick made it 35-6 with 4:16 left in the period.
The next two possessions for the Blue Devils ended with fumbles. The first came compliments of Quinten Hogan, who recovered a fumble at the WCHS 40-yard line on the first play of the fourth quarter.
The second, and most deadly for PRC, came with 8:29 left in the game as Pannell scooped up a loose ball and raced 20 yards for a score. The McCary kick made it 42-6.
For the first time this season, an opponent rushed for more than 100 yards against WCHS, but it took 54 carries for PRC to gain 154 yards, an average of just under 3 yards per carry.
“We did a good job against their offense,” Mangum said. “It took them a lot of snaps to get those 100 yards, and we played well defensively tonight.”
The War Eagles rushed for 239 yards and passed for another 101.
WCHS 42, PEARL RIVER CENTRAL 6
SCORE BY QUARTERS
WCHS 14 14 7 7 — 42
PRC 6 0 0 0 — 6
WCHS — 11:03, Freddy Jordan, Jr., 3-yard run. Brandon McCary kick.
PRC — 5:55, 1-yard run. Kick failed.
WCHS — 3:05, Rameik Wallace 17-yard pass from David Hodo. McCary kick.
WCHS — 9:40, Hodo 11-yard run. McCary kick.
WCHS — 2:15, Hodo 9-yard run. McCary kick.
WCHS — 4:16, Hodo 38-yard run. McCary kick.
WCHS — 8:29, Cadarius Pannell 20-yard fumble return. McCary kick.
FIRST DOWNS: WCHS 23, PRC 14
RUSHES-YARDS: WCHS 38-239, PRC 54-154
PASSES: WCHS 9-14-0, PRC 2-8-1
PASSING YARDS: WCHS 101, PRC 3
FUMBLES-LOST: WCHS 0-0, PRC 3-2
PENALTIES-YARDS: WCHS 7-50, PRC 4-20
PUNTS-AVERAGE: WCHS 2-29.0, PRC 2-32.0
RETURN YARDS: WCHS 68, PRC 66
THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS: WCHS 4-of-7, PRC 4-of-14
FOURTH DOWN CONVERSIONS: WCHS 0-of-1, PRC 3-of-5
TIME OF POSSESSION: WCHS 19:31, PRC 28:29
Freddy Jordan, Jr., 18-94, David Hodo 9-86, Deon Smith 2-28, Chris Cooley 7-24, Schadarius Chambers 2-7.
David Hodo 9-14-0 101 yards.
Rameik Wallace 3-36, Dashon Philon 3-35, Direkus Harris 2-20, Reggie Stewart 1-10.
Jamal Powe 18, Tramond Lofton 15, Tyler Hopkins 13, Jacquan White 10, Denzel Bonner 10, Cadarius Pannell 10, Quinten Hogan 10, Chandler Pugh 9, TyRee Evans 8, Benito Jones 7, Quindarius Bivens 6, Clifton Jordan 4, Hunter James 4, Javonta McCann 4, DeAndre Gandy 3, DeCarlos Walker 3, Devin Paicely-Smith 2, Schadarius Chambers 1, Roy Arrington 1.
Clifton Jordan 1.
Jacquan White 1, Quindarius Bivens 1.
Quinten Hogan 1, Cadarius Pannell 1.
Cadarius Pannell 1.
Cadarius Pannell 1, Javonta McCann 1.
Jaguars fall hard at Silliman
By Sean Dunlap
CLINTON, La. -- Sometimes if it weren't for bad luck, there would be no luck at all.
Wayne Academy found that out the hard way as two interceptions and a blocked punt were returned for three touchdowns in the first four minutes of Friday's contest against Silliman Institute, and the Wildcats ultimately cruised to a 53-0 homecoming win over the visiting Jaguars.
In all, three punts were blocked by the Wildcats on the night, but that was just the beginning of Wayne's difficulties.
The Jags were held to only three first downs in the entire contest, were limited to seven rushing yards on 21 attempts and gained 30 yards through the air on a 4-17-3 passing performance between two quarterbacks.
The 'Cats, on the other hand, ran the football 14 times for 180 yards, went 5-9-1 passing for 82 yards and had an impressive 262 return yards in the lopsided victory.
Also, Silliman kicked off the football a total of four times within those first four minutes of the game. Wayne's first offensive series sputtered after junior quarterback Zach Hutchinson threw an interception that was returned 50 yards for a score with 11:26 showing on the clock. The point-after try was good and the Wildcats jumped out to a 7-0 lead.
Wayne went three and out on its next offensive series, and Hutchinson's fourth down punt was blocked and returned 27 yards for another touchdown with less than two minutes gone into the game. The PAT failed and Silliman moved out to a 13-0 advantage.
WA's third offensive series ended when Hutchinson threw his second interception of the game and saw it returned 57 yards for yet another Wildcats' touchdown at the 8:44 mark. The successful PAT gave Silliman a 20-0 lead and the Wildcats never looked back.
Silliman scored on its first offensive series of the game -- a four-play drive that was capped by a 22-yard touchdown run with 5:16 left in the opening frame. The PAT was good for a 27-0 bulge.
The Wildcats scored again in the first quarter on a three-play drive that ended with an eight-yard run into the end zone plus the PAT that set the score at 34-0 with less than two-minutes to play in the cycle.
The second quarter was spotlighted by turnovers for both teams as Hutchinson threw another interception as did Silliman quarterback Keon Brown. The Wildcats also fumbled the football, which was recovered by the Jaguars' Seth Roberson with seven minutes remaining before intermission.
Despite those turnovers, Silliman kept finding ways to score as the Wildcats returned a WA punt 47 yards for a touchdown with 5:54 left to play in the first half and then blocked a WA punt 43 yards for another six points with 2:59 showing on the clock in the second quarter. The Wildcats hit one of two PATs to set the lead at 47-0 going into the locker room at the mid-game break.
Silliman scored to start the third quarter on a three-play drive that was capped with a 50-yard touchdown pass across the middle of the field. The PAT failed and the final margin of victory was set for the Wildcats at 53-0. The second half of the contest featured a running clock.
A bright spot for the Jaguars came in the fourth quarter when senior defender Garret Dixon fell on a fumble to get control of the football back for his team late in the game.
Wayne had one of its lowest offensive production nights of the season against Silliman with sophomore Gunner West leading the way with four rushing yards on one carry. Matthew Landrum, from the tailback position, had nine carries for three yards while Dixon toted the football twice for two yards. Hutchinson rushed the football nine times for -2 yards on the night.
Hutchinson, before being injured in the second quarter, had a 3-11-3 throwing performance for 30 yards including all three completions to West. West, in taking the reins as quarterback, was 1-6-1 for five yards with that lone completion to receiver Steven Keane.
Defensively, Wayne was led by a pair of seniors as T.J. Russ and Dixon paced the Jags with four tackles apiece.
Freshman Caleb Strickland had a solid night with an interception as well as three tackles.
The loss dropped the Jaguars to 1-8 on the season with the season finale set for Friday, Oct. 24 on the road against Class AA District 4 foe Hartfield Academy.
SCORING BY QUARTER
WA 0 0 0 0 -- 0
SI 34 13 6 0 -- 53
11:26 -- SI, 50 yard interception return for touchdown. PAT. SI 7, WA 0.
10:05 -- SI, 27 yard blocked punt return for touchdown. PAT fails. SI 13, WA 0.
8:44 -- SI, 57 yard interception return for touchdown. PAT. SI 20, WA 0.
5:16 -- SI, 22 yard touchdown run. PAT. SI 27, WA 0.
1:49 -- SI, 8 yard touchdown run. PAT. SI 34, WA 0.
5:54 -- SI, 47 yard punt return for touchdown. PAT fails. SI 40, WA 0.
2:59 -- SI, 43 yard punt return for touchdown. PAT. SI 47, WA 0.
9:33 -- SI, 50 yard touchdown pass. PAT fails. SI 53, WA 0.
First Downs: WA 3; SI 8
Rushes-Yards: WA 21-7; SI 14-180
Passes: WA 4-17-4; SI 5-9-1
Yards: WA 30; SI 82
Fumbles-Lost: WA 1-0; SI 2-2
Penalties-Yards: WA 3-20; SI 6-65
Return Yards: WA 38; SI 262
Third Down Conversions: WA 1-of-8; SI 1-of-5
Fourth Down Conversions: WA 0-of-1; SI 0-of-0
Time of Possession: WA; SI
Rushing: Gunner West, 1-4; Garret Dixon, 2-2; Matthew Landrum, 9-3; Zach Hutchinson, 9-(-2).
Passing: Zach Hutchinson, 3-11-3, 25 yards; Gunner West, 1-6-1, 5 yards.
Receiving: Gunner West, 3-25; Steven Keane, 1-5.
Tackles: Garret Dixon, 4; T.J. Russ, 4; Seth Roberson, 3; Luke Mills, 3; Caleb Strickland, 3; Zach Hutchinson, 2; Braden Doss, 2; Kyle Sanderson, 1; Markus Kittrell, 1; Gavin Chapman, 1; Cody Brewer, 1.
Pass Break-Up: Garret Dixon, 1.
Fumble Recovery: Garret Dixon, 1; Seth Roberson, 1.
Interception: Caleb Strickland, 1.