No. 9 Green Devils pull away from Woodlawn

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Plaquemine's Kenny Dotson, Joseph “Joe” Keller, Jodeci Harris, Kevin Dotson and DaMarcus Jenkins block for Julius Maracalin against East Ascension earlier in the season. The No. 7 Green Devils host Jennings on Friday night at Andrew Canova Stadium. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

PLAQUEMINE - Plaquemine Senior High School controlled the clock with lengthy drives and pulled away from Woodlawn of Baton Rouge on Friday night at Andrew Canova Stadium.

The Class 4A No. 9 ranked Green Devils (2-1), under coach Paul Distefano, began taking control midway through the second quarter and never looked back on the way 44-19 victory over the 5A Panthers (2-1).

Plaquemine outgained Woodlawn in total yardage 537-154 with 423 of it coming on the ground. Green Devil quarterback D'Morea Wicks and running back Julius Maracalin provided 360 of those yards.

"This was a big win for us," Wicks said. "We stayed focus, even when we got tired. We got plays from all three phrases and did the little things, too. Little things lead to big wins."

Maracalin rushed for 238 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries, averaging 7.6 yards a run. Wicks added 122 yards on 11 attempts. He also completed 6-of-12 passes for 114 yards.

Juavon Brown led Woodlawn with 74 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Panther quarterback Charles Brooks completed 13-of-19 passes for 124 yards and one touchdown. He added 55 yards rushing.

The Green Devils cracked the scoreboard when Wicks connected with Austin Mitchell on an 11-yard touchdown in the right corner of the end zone. Austin LeJeune's point after touchdown kick put Plaquemine ahead 7-0 with six minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Woodlawn answered on Brown's 5-yard run to cap an 11-play drive but the Green Devils wasted little responding.

Maracalin jetted 75 yards up the center guard hole outracing Panthers for a 14-7 lead.

Brown would answer again with a 1-yard run but then Wicks quickly got on the act less than a minute later finding a seam off tackle and dashing into the end zone from 36 yards. LeJeune's kick made the score 21-13 with 2:03 before half. An unsuccessful onside kick by Woodlawn set up the Green Devils at the Panther 48 to begin the drive.

Wicks' 6-yard touchdown run opened the second half for Plaquemine. LeJeune's 37-yard field goal made it 31-13 early in the fourth quarter.

Cameron Lazare's 26-yard touchdown reception from Brooks cut it to 31-19 but Plaquemine wasn't finished.

Wicks added an 18-yard touchdown run before Tyler Wesley's 66-yard run to paydirt reflected the final tally.

The Green Devils moved up to No. 7 in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Poll this week and face 3A Jennings on Friday night at Andrew Canova Stadium.