Brusly tops PAHS, heading for playoffs

Tryve Brackin
Brusly High quarterback Chet Simoneaux (left, 12) and running back Darrius Jackson (right, 4) combined for 129 yards rushing and just enough offense to combine with the Panthers’ outstanding defense to defeat their parish/district rival Port Allen High Friday.

Brusly High’s defense turned in a stellar performance Friday night in a 14-7 victory over parish/district archrival Port Allen High, providing the Panthers with a 5-4 season record and a berth in the state playoffs.

“Our defense is playing outstanding football right now. We stopped a very fast Port Allen offense last night; and were it not for a couple of big, long yardage plays by Donaldsonville High the week before, we stopped a good non-district neighbor on defense. We get our offense under control and we could have some fun in the playoffs,” noted first-year BHS coach Erik Willis, a long time Plaquemine resident, former PHS standout and St. John High mentor in a Saturday interview.

Willis’ Panthers held a vaulted and talented Port Allen Pelican offensive attack to a mere 15 yards rushing and zero yards in the air to forge the 14-7 victory Friday in the 37th meeting of the Sugar Cane Classic for neighboring West Baton Rouge Parish prep football bragging rights.

The victory boosted Brusly High to a 5-4 season record and a 2-2 finish in the District 9-3A, good for a third-place finish behind champ St. Charles and runner-up Lutcher High. Port Allen fell to 5-3 overall and to a 1-3 showing in 9-3A ball. The Pels won all four of their non-district games, but beat only Plaquemine  High in district competition this season, falling to fourth place in the 9-3A.