Taking care of business

PETER SILAS PASQUA news@postsouth.com
Plaquemine's Jacquale Smith (43) is congratulated by D'Quincy Buggs and Orlando Batiste after an interception in the first quarter of the Green Devils' 57-6 District 6-4A victory over Belaire on Friday night. Smith also had a sack. 
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Plaquemine amassed over 400 yards of total offense, forced four turnovers and scored on their first seven possessions on the way to a 57-6 District 6-4A victory over Belaire on Friday night at Andrew Canova Stadium.

The Green Devils (6-3, 5-0), currently No. 14 in unofficial power rankings, outgained Belaire 401-94 in total yardage with 342 of it coming on the ground to win their sixth straight and set up a showdown at undefeated Lutcher (8-0, 5-0) for the outright district championship in the regular season finale. Plaquemine won the turnover battle 4-1 and ran five less plays than the Bengals' 41.

"We took care of business," Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano said. "Everybody had fun and I want to congratulate the seniors. We got a shot now (at the district championship.) The pressure isn't on us. It is on them. Not many people outside of this circle believe in us but we have proven we can win six it a row and it only takes five to win a state championship."

Hakeem Deggs scored three touchdowns for Plaquemine. He rushed for 51 yards and two scores on three attempts and caught a 20-yard touchdown reception.

Green Devil quarterback Rickey Aro also rushed for two touchdowns and 70 yards on four attempts and completed both of his pass attempts for 59 yards and one touchdown.

Myron Jack added 52 yards rushing and one touchdown on three attempts. He also had a fumble recovery and sack.

Brandon McClay rushed for two touchdowns and 27 yards on four attempts, D'Morea Wicks added 45 yards on four carries and Davaughn Batton had 41 yards on eight totes.

Jaquale Smith had an interception and sack and Justin Stewart and Jeremy Battiste each had interceptions. Jaron Hooks caused a fumble to go with a sack and two tackles for loss and Davon Godchaux had two quarterback hurries.

Brennan Boudreaux was 3-of-5 on point after touchdown kick attempts and Kennon Asberry and Cody Brooks each scored two-point conversions.

Jeremy Barnes had 114 yards and the lone touchdown for Belaire (0-7, 0-5) on 13 attempts. Bengal quarterback Tyler Woods was 2-for-14 for 13 yards and three interceptions.

Aro found Deggs wide open in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown on the Green Devils' opening possession after a 39-yard completion to Joseph Jordan. Boudreaux's kick made it 7-0 with 9:49 left to play in the first quarter.

Smith intercepted Woods on the next possession after Hooks' tackle for a 5-yard loss and three plays later Jack went off right tackle for a 44-yard touchdown. Wicks passed to Asberry on the conversion to make it 15-0.

Jack recovered a fumble caused by Hooks on the next offensive play and Aro went around right end one play later to put Plaquemine ahead 21-0 with 6:31 left in the first.

Stewart rumbled 46 yards on an interception return of Woods on the next series to set up Deggs' 7-yard touchdown run two plays later. Brooks ran in the conversion from the wing slot on a direct snap from center Derek Sanchez to increase the lead to 29-0 with 35.7 seconds still remaining in the first period.

Hooks sacked Woods for a 9-yard loss and dropped Barnes for a 4-yard loss on the next series and Aro matriculated 53 yards up the middle three plays later for a touchdown before connecting with Deggs on the conversion to make it 37-0 with 7:55 left to play in the second quarter.

McClay's 3-yard run capped the Green Devils' next 4-play, 46-yard drive after a 28-yard run by Deggs and Boudreaux's kick increased the lead to 44-0 with 3:08 left to play in the first half.

Deggs' 16-yard run on the first play of Plaquemine's next possession as time expired in the first half made it 50-0 at halftime after sacks by Smith and Jack for 12 and 5 yards on the previous possession.

Barnes' 67-yard touchdown run on the opening possession of the second half prevented a shutout.

The Green Devils, playing mostly reserves in the second half, drove to the Belaire 4 three possessions later behind Wicks' 23-yard run but fumbled. McClay's 9-yard capped Plaquemine's next 5-play, 53-yard drive and Boudreaux's kick reflected the final tally.

Battiste intercepted Woods on the next possession before a 20-yard run by Tyler Wesley and 15-yard gain from Darion Parker on the Green Devils' final possession.

Plaquemine travels to Lutcher, currently No. 3 in unofficial power rankings, on Friday night for a winner take all showdown for the district championship at the Dawg Pound.