The dark night: Black Knights push past Rough Riders in 12th Annual U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl
BATON ROUGE - The Black Knights took an early lead but were forced to rally by the Rough Riders for a 17-13 victory in the 12th Annual U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl on Sunday night at Olympia Stadium.
Participating in the All-Star game for Baton Rouge metropolitan seniors from Iberville Parish schools were Plaquemine running back Julius Maracalin and offensive lineman DeMarcus Jenkins, White Castle defensive back Moses Young and offensive lineman Jared Little and St. John place kicker Tyler St. Germain.
The Rough Riders recovered the opening onside-kick but the Black Knights held. Deldrick Canty of Scotlandville and Antonio Williams of Live Oak combined to sack Layne Trahan of East Ascension on the ensuing possession but Turner Graham of Episcopal intercepted Jarrad Hayes of Central on the next.
The Black Knight took the lead on a 2-yard touchdown run by D'Vante Dotson of University with 3:56 left to play in the first quarter. St. Germain's point after touchdown kick made it 7-0. The Rough Riders were penalized for illegal defense on St. Germain's 30-yard field goal attempt to keep the drive alive.
DeAndre Darville of East Ascension recovered a fumble on the next possession for the Black Knights but St. Germain's 24-yard field goal attempt was wide following a 32-yard reception by Cameron Joshua of Dutchtown from Pointe Coupee Central's Altonio Johnson.
St. Germain's next attempt was true from 35 yards to make it 10-0 with 10:07 left in the first half following an interception by Euclid Michael of Catholic.
The Rough Riders finally answered with a 16-play, 78-yard drive capped by a 5-yard touchdown run from Morris Miller of Port Allen to cut it to 10-6 with 3:55 left in the second quarter.
Central's Donnie Lewis Jr. intercepted Trahan and returned it 71 yards for a touchdown to put the Rough Riders ahead 13-10 just before halftime.
Darville stiffed out a fake punt on the opening possession of the second half and three series later Trahan connected with Joshua for a 12-yard touchdown. St. Germain's kick reflected the final tall.
Lewis halted a Black Knight drive with a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter but the Rough Riders couldn't capitalize as Darville intercepted Hayes to virtually seal the victory.
David Brewerton of Livonia served as head coach of the Rough Riders and the Blacks Knights' head coach was Brett Beard of Woodlawn of Baton Rouge.