BATON ROUGE – The Black Knights staged a late comeback to defeat the Rough Riders 17-13 in the 12th annual U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl Dec. 22 in a rain-soaked battle at BREC’s Olympia Stadium.
Dutchtown’s Cameron Joshua put the Knights ahead when he grabbed a 12-yard touchdown pass for a 17-13 lead.
The Black Knights – coached by University High coach Chad Mahaffey – overcame a 13-10 halftime deficit to pull past the Rough Riders.
A 5-yard scamper by Port Allen senior tight end Morris Miller put the Riders on the scoreboard in the second quarter. Central’s Dionne Lewis Jr. scored on a 71-yard interception return to put the Riders ahead 13-10 at halftime.
The Rough Riders were coached by Livonia’s David Brewerton, who led the Wildcats to their first-ever appearance to the Class 3A non-select state championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Port Allen assistant coach Mike Fouquier served on the Rough Rider coaching staff.
The Knights took the lead in the first quarter off a 3-yard run by University High running back D’Vante Dotson.
St. John’s Tyler St. Germain scored the point-after kick and a 35-yard field goal for the Knights. The field goal followed Euclid Michel’s interception of a pass by Rough Rider Darion Williams, a Southern University commitment who was intercepted three times.
Other local names featured in the bowl game for the Black Knights included Brusly defensive linemen Adam Morales and Montel Williams. Port Allen wide receiver Terrione Thomas was on the Rough Rider roster.
Other players from District 7-3A included Tee Sparrow, DB, and Tom Wing, Punter, of Parkview Baptist; Christian Walker, DB, of Glen Oaks; Tre Bailey, WR, of West Feliciana; and University High’s Brandt Broussard (WR), Bo Bankston (DB), and John Guidry (DL).
Other players of local interest on the Rough Rider roster included Class 3A All-State running back Russell Farris of Livonia, and teammates Tyler Nelson, who was listed as an offensive lineman, and linebacker Deonte Daye.