The Port Allen Pelicans ended a two-game losing streak with a dominant 38-6 win over Friendship Capitol Friday in Baton Rouge.
Port Allen (2-7, 1-4) jumped out to a 24-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and cruised to the win.
“I thought we had a good gameplan in all three phases of the game,” said Port Allen head coach Don Gibson. “We had some success early and the kids fed off of that success and it led to a win.”
There was a welcomed site for the Pelicans as sophomore quarterback Jacoby Howard returned to the field from a knee injury he suffered in the Week 2 contest against Plaquemine.
“He got in there at receiver and he had some catches,” Gibson said. “It was good to see him out there running around and making plays.”
Jeremiah Dehon completed 9-of-14 passes for 179 yards and four touchdowns. Dehon’s favorite target on Friday was Le’Kelvin Battiste, who had four receptions for 85 yards with three of the catches going for touchdowns.
Edward Wilson was a force in the run game, racking up 177 yards rushing and a touchdown with another 48 receiving yards and a touchdown. Mekyle Franklin recovered two fumbles.
Heading into Friday’s game, the Pelicans were on the outside looking in of the playoffs. However, the win, coupled with the team’s strength of schedule, could catapult them into the Top 32.
“You’re not nieve to what’s going on,” Gibson said. “It’s great for our guys to have a chance to make the playoffs. We’re focused on getting a win over the Church Academy.”