St. Jude closed out its regular season in style, with a 52-0 thrashing of Autaugaville on senior night. Seniors scored all eight Pirate touchdowns, highlighted by three rushing scores for Kasai Farris and a 294-yard, three-TD performance by quarterback Tony Minnifield.
It was the first shutout of the season for St. Jude (6-4). John Hawkins and Jalen Rackley each had two scores, while Thomas Dentson returned an interception for the other touchdown. The Pirates begin postseason play with a matchup against Keith next week.
Farris finished with 12 carries for 161 yards, and rushing touchdowns of 5, 73 and 3 yards. He also added an interception on defense.
“I was very proud of not just my performance, but my team’s performance,” Farris said. “It was possibly my last home game on this field. I’m glad we went out with a bang. I’m hoping this gives us the confidence to move into the playoffs with some intensity.”
Head coach Wade Manora has relied on Farris all season, and he expects that to continue as the team prepares for the playoffs.
“He’s a tough, hard-nosed kid,” Manora said of Farris. “He plays hard every play. We expect that from him. That’s what he’s been doing all year, so we’re just going to keep riding him throughout the playoffs.”
Minnifield opened up the scoring with an 83-yard bomb to Hawkins. Later in the game, the two connected again, with Minnifield hitting the streaking wide receiver in stride down the right side for a 79-yard strike.
“We’ve been working on that all year,” Minnifield said. “This game, we came out, and we perfected what we’ve been trying to do.”
Hawkins led the team in receiving with four catches for 162 yards.
Autaugaville (3-7) ended its season with the loss. Quinterrius Curry, Alister Hopson and Travis Wilson all recovered fumbles on defense, but the Eagles had four turnovers of their own.
“We didn’t show up tonight,” head coach James Brothers said.
St. Jude now turns its attention to the playoffs and next week’s matchup with Keith. Farris likes his team’s chances going into the postseason.
“I think we definitely are prepared,” he said. “We’ll have a hard week of practice, and I think we’re very capable of going deep into the playoffs.
“What’s the furthest we’ve been, the third round? I’m hoping we break that this year. It’s a new team, a new mentality. I’m hoping we just go out there and win it all.”