The Episcopal Knights scored on the opening kickoff and didn’t look back on the way to a 34-13 win over the Port Allen Pelicans Thursday night in Baton Rouge.
Senior Austin Jemison outran the Pelican’s for a 91-yard touchdown 18 seconds into the game and the offense rushed for over 250 yards.
“We gotta execute every play, every down,” said Port Allen head coach Don Gibson. “We can’t execute sometimes. That’s the thing we have to learn as a football team. We have to learn how to execute every play and how to play hard every play.
Physically, they outmatched us,” Gibson continued. “They came out and said physically, that we were going to bring it to you guys and we didn’t answer the bell. We gotta get more physical. That’s nothing new. We know we have to get out there and match that kind of intensity.”
After Jemison’s touchdown, Port Allen (1-6, 0-3) responded on the ensuing possession with a seven-play drive capped by Jeremiah Dehon’s screen pass to Edward Wilson that went 40 yards for a touchdown with the Pelicans facing third-and-21.
The Knights (5-2, 4-0) chewed up the clock on their next possession with a 13-play drive that ended with Brandan Garrido’s 1-yard run. The drive took 6:57 off the clock and Episcopal led 14-7 with 1:44 left in the first quarter.
Port Allen was in the midst of a productive drive following a 25-yard run that placed the Pelicans on the Knight 37-yard line. The drive ended after Episcopal recovered a fumble. The Knights capitalized eight plays later on Kolin Bilbrew’s 7-yard run that sent the home team into halftime with a 27-7 advantage.
Port Allen scored in the fourth quarter on an 11-yard pass from Dehon to Tyran Williams.
Dehon completed 6-of-10 passes for 89 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Wilson carried the ball 17 times for 113 yards and caught three passes for 39 yards and a score.
The Pelicans were without several playmakers due to injury, which included Jacoby Howard, Marcus Joseph, and Le'Kelvin Battiste.
“That’s part of the game,” Gibson said. “Of course we’d love those guys out there, but we gotta keep going. You have to keep playing. I’m not here to make any excuses. My job is to keep coaching and get these guys better and that’s what we’ll do. I know where we’re at as a football team. It’s a lot of young guys out there. In the end, nobody is going to feel sorry for you, you have to go out there and play football.”
Port Allen will be at home next Friday against East Feliciana in a district matchup.