Team effort: Green Devils push past Brusly in rivalry after lengthy delay

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Plaquemine's Austin Mitchell leaps a Brusly defender on a reception in the third quarter of the Green Devils' 30-20 victory on Friday night at Andrew Canova Stadium. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua


PLAQUEMINE - Plaquemine Senior High School was already dealing with adversity as senior defensive lineman Davon Godchaux was not available with a knee injury when a lengthly lightning delay postponed the Green Devils' home opener for two hours and 10 minutes.

Despite the hurdles, Plaquemine defeated rival Brusly 30-20 on Friday night at Andrew Canova Stadium.

The Green Devils (1-1) outgained Brusly (1-1) in total yardage 380-232 and won the turnover battle 2-1.

"Brusly is a very good football team but we play good football teams every week," Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano said. "We have a tough schedule and just have to regroup and get better. I think both teams had a good game plan and we are just happy to come out on top."

Plaquemine senior running back Julius Maracalin totaled 257 yards on 36 carries with two touchdowns. Green Devil quarterback D'Morea Wicks only completed 3-of-9 passes but added 70 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 17 carries.

"It is a team effort but yes, Julius is a workhorse," Distefano said. "They did everything possible to stop him. They tried to make us throw the ball but the conditions weren't great to do that."

With the game tied at halftime, Maracalin took over with a 74-yard catch and run from Wicks and an 80-yard touchdown run.

Brusly quarterback Blake Manola was sacked three times in the second half and completed just 8-of-21 passes for 132 yards.

Justin Stewart, Malik Collins and Khalil Harris combined for an 8-yard sack before Jaron Hooks and Brian Jordan dropped Manola for no gain.

Chazz Edwards had an interception and Hooks had a fumble recover. Stewart and Harris also had another sack.

Plaquemine established the run on its first drive as Maracalin carried 12 times for 71 yards. Wicks' capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down.

Manola rushed for a 46-yard gain to the Green Devil 8 before the lighting delay.

When the game resumed, Plaquemine forced a turnover on downs but on the Panthers next possession Manola found Kwanston Adkins for a 20-yard touchdown to tie the game.

Wicks capped the ensuing possession with a 2-yard run to put Plaquemine back ahead. But Manola tied the score again with an 8-yard run after Carlsel Alexander intercepted Wicks on the Green Devils' next series.

Plaquemine hosts Woodlawn of Baton Rouge on Friday night at Andrew Canova Stadium.