The Plain Dealing Lions committed 17 penalties on Friday night and a couple of players did a poor job of giving coach Coy Brotherton a postgame ice bath, but boy did the Lions look good in between the miss-steps during their 50-14 demolition of Ringgold.
Super talented Tray Harris threw a touchdown pass, caught one for a score and had a 77-yard score called back. Lions quarterback Logan Allen ran for two scores and passed for three more in vaulting his team into the second round of the LHSAA Class 1A state playoffs next Friday at undefeated Basile (10-0), which eliminated Plain Dealing from the 2012 playoffs.
“We played pretty sloppy. I’ll have to add up the penalties, but I’m sure it was a lot,” Brotherton said. “But we got out of here injury free and we get another chance at Basile next week. We’re looking for a different result down there than we had against them last year.”
Harris averaged almost 24 yards per catch, despite having a his longest play of the night called back. He put the Lions (7-5) on the board on the first offensive play of the game when he found Isaac Jacobs streaking down the right sideline for a 51-yard score.
“Trey has been making plays for us for three years now, so we’re used to that. It was great to get our playmakers involved early,” Brotherton said. “It makes the rest of the game run smoother — and a lot of guys around him made plays too.”
That includes Keldrick Carper, who scored the Lions’ second touchdown on a 70-yard kickoff return. Plain Dealing’s lead was expanded to 22-8 on the first play of the second quarter when Allen found Harris for a 44-yard score.
“We were able to hit the big play, but the penalties just put us in second and third and long all night,” Brotherton said. “We hit the big plays because we had to get big first downs. We were so far behind the chains. I’d like to be able to run the ball better next week, but you can’t do that if you’re in second and long all night.”
Ringgold got a pair of scores in the first half both on Deandre Williams’ passes. He hit Isaiah Sipe for an 8-yard score and De’Aaron Bradley for a 25-yarder.
But Allen scored on a 10-yard run late in the first half to put the Lions in front 28-14 at the break.
“My guys were just getting open tonight,” Allen said. “I have a bunch of great receivers. We’ve been working out butts off all year to get another shot at Basile, so we want to go down there and get a win.”
Perhaps the strangest series of the game came late in the third quarter when Harris hauled in an Allen pass in the right flat, then ran away from the secondary for what was initially ruled a 77-yard score with a dead-ball penalty against the Lions. But on further review, the officials ruled the penalty came during live action and erased the touchdown. But two plays later Allen found Isaac Jacobs and the speedster went 33 yards for a 34-14 Plain Dealing lead.