Brusly’s defensive unit just wasn’t enough to stop the tough Plaquemine run-game Friday night as the Green Devils defeated the Panthers 30-20 in Plaquemine.
“Plaquemine had a good game plan, and we contributed to it,” said Brusly head coach Erik Willis.
Julius Maracalin, Plaquemine’s senior running back, assisted the Green Devils in their success.
“He ran the ball 35 times, and we stopped him about 30 times,” said Coach Willis. “We just gave him too many opportunities, and we didn’t stay on him the whole game.”
Plaquemine’s quarterback D’Morea Wicks scored the first touchdown of the game just before the end of the first quarter. With just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter, quarterback Blake Manola had a long carry from Brusly’s 45-yard line to Plaquemine’s 8.
While at the 8-yard line, a lightning delay paused the game for two hours with Plaquemine leading 7-0. When the game resumed, Brusly was unable to push their way into the end zone.
At the beginning of the second quarter, a 19-yard connection from Manola to Kwanston Adkins tied the score 7-7, but Plaquemine came roaring back with a 50-yard rush by Wicks which brought the Green Devils to the Brusly 20-yard line. Wicks was able to score another touchdown for Plaquemine during the drive, bringing the Green Devils back into the lead, 14-7.
After Brusly’s drive was stymied by penalties and Plaquemine’s defense, the Green Devils gained possession of the ball again, but Brusly defensive back Carlsel Alexander intercepted a Wicks pass at the Green Devils’ 19. Manola scored another touchdown for Brusly tying the game for the second time, 14-14.
In the third quarter, Plaquemine’s Julius Maracalin scored on 65- and 80-yard rushing touchdowns for the Green Devils, building their lead to 27-14.
After a Brusly lost fumble, Plaquemine’s Austin LeJeune tacked on another three points with a 23-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
The final touchdown of the game was scored by Brusly’s Darien Cobbs.
Brusly’s defensive line stayed on the field longer than Coach Willis would have liked, according to Willis.
“They just wore us down,” said Willis.
He said that Plaquemine was the better team that night.
“We have to learn how to get ready to play,” said Coach Willis. “We need to get tougher as a football team and learn to accept all challenges. We need to play hard when we play opponents that are better than us.”