The Port Allen Pelicans defeated the Donaldsonville Tigers 41-14 to move on to a 6-2 record, bouncing back after losing in a blowout to St. Charles in the prior week.
Pelicans head coach Guy Blanchard said the team is not accustomed to losing two games in a row and did not expect the team to lose this game.
“Last year we never lost two games in a row and that’s one thing we talked to our kids about… responding to adversity, and we responded well,” he said. “Our seniors finally stepped up and took accountability in the program and they kept the team focused and made sure we had what we needed to have to be ready.”
At halftime, the Pelicans were up 20-6, a lead that could have been more if not for two dropped passes in the end zone and a turnover towards the end of the half.
However, the Pelicans started off the second half with a bang as junior wide receiver Kyle Moore returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
According to Blanchard, the team prides itself on special teams.
“We pride ourselves on special teams and we always want to be there and be really good on special teams. I am proud of them and they did a great job in that aspect,” he said.
Perhaps the most concerning part of the game came late in the third quarter when 4-star prospect Darian Claiborne had an injury scare when he landed awkwardly after being tackled during a quarterback scramble. After getting checked out by trainers, Claiborne rose up and received cheers from the crowd.
“I knew he was going to be fine when he told me what happened. He is the heart and soul of this team. He is a tough kid and I knew he would respond,” Blanchard said.
Claiborne sat out a series and returned at the start of the fourth quarter. On that drive, he scored the Pelicans last touchdown connecting on a 51-yard strike to DJ Franklin, making the score 41-6.
Coach Blanchard said that he believed that this was a team win for the Pelicans.
“It is a team victory. We finally put together a good game. Everybody stepped up and everyone made plays which we needed to happen.”
As far as getting better as the season gets closer to the playoffs, Guy Blanchard said the Pels need to eliminate mistakes.
“If we cut down on mistakes and turnovers, we are going to be a heck of a team. We control our own destiny. If we win, we’re in,” he said.
Port Allen faces E.D. White at home Friday night as they continue in their quest to the playoffs.
The Pels will also celebrate Senior Night for the final game of the 2012 PAHS upperclassmen. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.