West Feliciana snapped a streak of two straight scoreless games and thanks to early scores from the defense and special teams, the Saints took down the Brusly Panthers 41-14 Friday night in Brusly.
A fumble recovery in the end zone and a punt return for a touchdown in a three-minute span jump started the Saints’ offense and propelled them to the win.
“We can’t spot a team like that 20 points,” said Brusly head coach Hoff Schooler. “We can’t let them score two defensive touchdowns. You just can’t give a good team like that too many opportunities.”
Brusly (3-2, 0-2) faced a third-and-11 from its own 7 late in the quarter and the Saints’ defense forced a fumble that dribbled into the end zone and was recovered by Khiry Morrison for the score. The touchdown put West Feliciana (2-3, 1-1) ahead 7-0 with 3:57 remaining in the opening quarter.
After the West Feliciana defense forced a punt, Clayton Howard returned the punt 47 yards for a score that put the Saints ahead 13-0 with less than one minute remaining in the first quarter.
West Feliciana took a 20-0 advantage with 9:11 in the second quarter when Howard escaped the Panther defense for a 38-yard touchdown run.
Nick Penell’s 1-yard touchdown run cut the West Feliciana lead to 27-14 less than a minute into the fourth quarter.
Brusly trailed by two scores when Norman LeJeune intercepted a pass inside the Saints’ 20-yard line, but was called for pass interference that negated the interception.
West Feliciana put the game out of reach on Howard’s third score of the night, a 17-yard run with 4:54 remaining in the game.
Keandre Bynum led the Panthers with 98 yards on 13 carries and one touchdown.
Brusly continues district play with a road game against University High (5-0, 1-0) this Friday.