PLAYOFF REPORT: Second half rally pulls Farmerville past St. John

Michael Jacobs
NEXT PLAY…SJHS Eagles Dakota Smothers (63) and Jude Barker (6) check their armbands for the next play from the playbook. Smothers and his line mates controlled the line in the 42-34 playoff victory Friday night, while Barker caught a 40-yard TD pass late in the game to increase the final scoring margin.

The 300-mile ride to Plaquemine apparently had little effect on Farmerville. The 2A powerhouse from Union Parish defeated District 7-2A runner-up St. John 22-2 Friday night in the second round of playoff action at Andrew Canova Green Devil Stadium.

The win ended the season at 7-4 for St. John under first-year coach Tut Musemeche.

A rugged Eagle defense held back the Farmers the first half, but the Farmers plowed their way past St. John after three touchdowns in the second half.

St. John took a lead over their Union Parish foes in the second quarter when the Eagles forced Farmerville quarterback Cordarius Nation to throw the ball away in the Farmer end zone, resulting in a safety and 2-0 advantage for SJHS.

Farmerville (10-1) took the momentum the second half when Nation connected with running back Ladarian Brown for an 8-yard touchdown.

Brown scored two drives later on a 34-yard scamper, which was followed by a Jaquinton Braggs two-point conversion carry that put the Famrers ahead 14-2 late in the third.

A reverse around the left side by receiver Carl Pearson for a 29-yard TD stretched the Farmerville lead to 22-2 in the fourth quarter.

St. John quarterback Josh Johnson carried 13 times for 58 yards, but had three fumbles and two interceptions.

Farmerville, which won its 10th consecutive outing, will face Calvary Baptist in the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, District 7-2A champion Donaldsonville ended its season Friday night after a 26-7 loss against Loyola Prep in Shreveport.

The Tigers ended their season 10-1 under coach Gary Adkins.

In class 3A, District 9-3A runner-up Lutcher routed St. Louis Catholic 40-10 to advance to the quarterfinals at Amite (11-0). The District 9-3A champion St. Charles Catholic ended its season after a 27-14 loss to Redemptorist, who will now host cross-town rival Parkview Baptist in a rematch of the RHS upset win in regular season.

In a Class 1A contest of local interest, Mangham – which eliminated White Castle last week – blanked Gueydan 26-0. The Dragons face Delhi Charter in the quarterfinals next week.

For more on the St. John game, see this week’s edition of Post/South, available at newsstands Wednesday.