Sterlington 49, W.L. Cohen 0
Seeing his most extensive action since Week 1, senior C.J. Colvin ran for the game's first touchdown and returned two kicks for scores as Sterlington routed W.L. Cohen College Prep 49-0 Friday night in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.
Sterlington (9-2), the No. 4 seed, will be at home again Friday night against No. 13 Church Point (8-3), which defeated defending state champion West Feliciana 28-6 in the opening round.
Encountering minimal resistance, the Panthers were in control from start to finish against the 29th-seeded Green Hornets (6-5) from New Orleans. In a game in which the two teams combined for only one pass and completed none, Sterlington scored on all four of its full first half possessions to put the game away by halftime.
Cohen was down 14-0 before picking up the first of its six first downs.
After forcing the Green Hornets into an empty possession to start the game, the Panthers moved 60 yards on eight plays. Colvin opened the scoring with a 5-yard run and Jacob Green added the first of seven PATs to give the hosts an early 7-0 lead.
Cohen went three and out on its next series, setting the stage for Colvin's 85-yard punt return, which doubled the margin to 14-0 Colvin scored on three of his four touches against the Green Hornets.
Cohen was able to generate a couple of first downs on its third series before punting the ball away.
Taking over at the 21, the Panthers again struck quickly as fullback Jordan Townsend broke away for a 73-yard touchdown run. Townsend's longest run of the season pushed the spread to 21-0 with 10:08 to play in the half.
Sterlington widened the difference to 35-0 at the midway point on Hayes Crockett's 2-yard run and Dallas Reagor's 19-yard scamper.
Colvin returned the second half kickoff 95 yards and Zach Crain added a short touchdown run to conclude the scoring.
Townsend (6 carries, 141 yards, 1 TDs) and Reagor (9-101-1) both eclipsed the 100-yard mark as the Panthers rushed 29 times for 300 yards.
Cole Jones set the tone defensively for the Panthers with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery. Seth Temple was next with nine stops, followed by Colby Rivera with eight tackles, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble, Willie Holloway with eight tackles, Bryce Still with seven tackles and two stops for negative yardage; and Dorian Eddins with seven tackles.
Note: Sterlington won its first round playoff game for the seventh consecutive year. ... Injured in Week 1 for the second straight season, Colvin's presence gives the Panthers a deep threat just in time for the playoffs. ... Twenty-four different Panthers contributed to the tackle chart.