Written by Kyle Valdez
Despite trailing 21-0, the visiting Warren Easton Eagles staged a heroic comeback to win their season-opener over the Scotlandville Hornets 42-28 in Baton Rouge.
In muddy conditions, Scotlandville found a rhythm right away, whereas Warren Easton was off-balanced for most of the first half. The Hornets jumped out to a 14-0 advantage during the second quarter after C’Zavian Teasett found John Hubbard for a 60-yard touchdown reception. Teasett ran the ball into the end zone for his second rushing touchdown to make the score 21-0.
A Jierra Johnson 2-yard endzone rush for Easton cut the lead to 21-8. With Scotlandville in possession, and the half seemingly tucked away, Easton found the spark they needed: Scotlandville fumbled the ball inside their 10-yard line with 15 seconds left in the half. Johnson made the Hornets endure another touchdown run, cutting the lead to 21-14 entering intermission.
The Eagles’ momentum never stopped for the remainder of the night. Dominant clockwork and a continuous attack from Fred Robertson and Jay Gordon.
Easton head coach Jerry Philips addressed the offense, “I’m not ashamed to tell people that we’re going to run the ball this year. People are used to seeing Easton with the high-flying offense and throwing the ball around. We can still do that, but I’m an old guy school guy and that’s what I like.”
Fred Robertson totaled 100 yards on the ground for the night, as well as scoring the final touchdown for Easton to put the nail in the coffin.
Easton looks like they will be one of the powerhouses in 4A once again with a slew of talent to go with an experienced head coach like Jerry Phillips.
Next week, Scotlandville’s tough schedule continues as they travel to face Edna Karr. Warren Easton returns to Baton Rouge to face Catholic High.
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