Benton quarterback Garrett Hable ran for two scores and the Tigers got a 50-yard fumble return for a score by Sam Simmons to get past Rayne 28-14 Friday in the second round of the LHSAA Class 4A state playoffs.
The Tigers (10-2) grabbed their first lead of the game at the 5:16 mark of the second period when Hable scored on a 3-yard touchdown run, giving them a 14-7 advantage.
Rayne (10-2), the seventh seed out of District 3-4A, suffered its second loss of the year as it couldn’t overcome the 10th-seeded Tigers, representing District 1-4A.
Benton extended its lead on the initial drive of the second half when Jermaine Stewart, in punt formation, took the short snap and ran it into the end zone from 40 yards away to extend the lead to 21-7 at the 9:54 mark of the third quarter.
Rayne got closer in the third quarter when Winbush scored on a 13-yard scoring run to trim the deficit to 21-14.
The Tigers answered right back, however, as Hable kept in a quarterback draw, and scored on his second run of the game, this one from 33 yards away, to make the score 28-14 with 11:18 remaining.
Parkway 26, Central 14: At Baton Rouge, Parkway (11-1) came from behind to defeat Central in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs at Central High Stadium Friday night.
On Parkway’s opening drive, quarterback Justin Rogers tossed a 42-yard bomb to running back Robert McKnight for a touchdown.
“We had man coverage with their strong safety on our guy,” Rogers said. “And I’ll take our guy any day.”
Central (7-5) quickly responded with a six-yard touchdown run from freshman quarterback Sam Kenerson. After a scoreless second quarter, Parkway went into halftime with a 7-6 lead.
Central opened up the second half with an 89-yard kickoff return by defensive back Jearmiah Ward to lead 14-7. Parkway responded with an 8-yard touchdown run from McKnight, but trailed 14-13 after a missed extra point.
On the following kickoff, Parkway attempted an onside kick of its own. But an offside penalty would negate the play. Then after regaining possession, Parkway would have an 89-yard touchdown run from Rogers called back due to a block in the back call.
“There were things that maybe could be called or maybe could have been let go,” Parkway coach David Feaster said. “Unfortunately, they just came at terrible times for us. It took away some big plays.”
Parkway reclaimed the lead 19-14 in the fourth quarter when linebacker Tony Beckwith returned a Central fumble 84 yards for a touchdown. Parkway capped off the win with a touchdown pass from Rodgers to receiver Jaylen Brown.
St. Charles 21, Calvary 0: At LaPlace, three short touchdown runs by three different Comet (11-2) backs finished off the Cavaliers at 8-4 in the Division III state playoffs. Kordavion Washington ran 17 times for 103 yards, while Cade Hart completed 18-of-29 throws for 183 yards with one interception.
Minden 35, Livonia 8: At Livoina, quarterback Antonio Rivette found Tavarius Edwards three times for scores to lift the Tide past the Wildcats (8-5) in the road contest. Edwards scored from 24, 16 and 9 yards, while Rivette added a 1-yard TD run and Kolby Jackson scored from 5 yards out for the Crimson Tide (11-1), who move into the LHSAA Class 4A state quarterfinals.
Evangel 28, St. Paul’s 21: At Covington, the Eagles (10-2) gave up more points than they’re accustomed to, but still managed to advance to the LHSAA Division I quarterfinals. They’ll meet top-seeded John Curtis in New Orleans.
McDonogh #35 38, North DeSoto 8: At Baton Rouge, the Griffins (8-4) simply ran into too tough a foe in this LHSAA Class 4A state second round contest against the Roneagles (11-1).
Kaplan 8, North Webster 0: At Kaplan, the Kninghts (7-5) came close to knocking off the undefeated Pirates (12-0) in this Class 3A contest but couldn’t get on the scoreboard.
Many 49, West St. Mary 0: At Baldwin, the Wolf Pack (4-7) found out what it’s like to go up against a championship-caliber club in the Tigers (12-0), who move into the Class 2A state quarters to meet 24-seed West St. John.
Plain Dealing 14, Oberlin 6: At Oberlin, The Lions (6-6) found the road trip to their liking against the Tigers (9-3) and advance to the Class 1A quarters to meet No. 5 Oak Grove.
Cedar Creek 43, Covenant Christian 0: At Houma, shutouts are hard to come by in the playoffs, but the Cougars (8-4) managed to put one on the Lions (9-2) and move into the Division IV semifinals.
Jimmy Watson, Steve Peloquin and Preston Guy contributed to this report