Last Friday the Port Allen Pelicans’ football team traveled to West Feliciana where they were soundly defeated 40-12 in a game where all points were scored in the first half of the game.
The Pelicans had to manage without their starting quarterback, Alex Hebert, who suffered from a concussion during the week. Sophomore starting running back, DeMarcus Franklin, got the start at QB in place of Hebert. Franklin had 146 yards passing and 58 yards rushing.
“We did a really good job until we started making those inexperienced mistakes again,” said P.A. Head Coach Guy Blanchard. “It was amazing.”
In the first quarter, the Saints scored three touchdowns to the Pelicans’ one.
“We were in the game 7-6 and Franklin made his only bad decision of the night by throwing an interception for a touchdown,” said Blanchard. “It’s hard to believe, but we really didn’t play that badly. (West Feliciana) scored a touchdown from a kickoff return and another touchdown from a turnover. The score looks terrible, but those are three things that you never expect to happen in the game.”
In the second quarter, the Saints scored three more touchdowns to the Pels’ one.
“We had big play opportunities, but we dropped passes and fumbled the ball,” said Blanchard. “The score’s not indicative of how we played. I was proud of the kids for fighting. The intentions and efforts were there but the execution wasn’t. Our inexperience showed.”
Juwan Johnson had the most solo tackles of the game with 11 tackles. Morris Miller was named MVP of the week with 9 solo tackles.
“Defense made great adjustments and held them in check,” said Coach Blanchard. “We had a fumble at the 20, and they could’ve easily scored, but our defense stopped them. We were getting good plays, but every time something positive happened, it was followed by a mistake. That inconsistency has plagued us all year.”
Neither team scored during the third or fourth quarter, securing the 40-12 halftime score as the final.