Written by Kyle Valdez
The Edna Karr Cougars dominated the first three quarters en route to a 45-20 blowout victory over Warren Easton Saturday night.
The annual matchup of Karr versus Easton, now titled the "Don Wattigny Classic," now has the same fate for eight straight meetings: Karr reigning victorious.
This year's matchup highlighted a new playmaker under center for Karr. After two years behind Leonard Kelly, AJ Samuels made his debut as a starter. The sophomore threw for 293 yards and four touchdown passes on 15-21 passing.
Samuels' first pass of the night was intercepted by Easton's Wallace Foster. Once Karr got back on offense, Samuels dialed in. He found Tank McCath for a 42-yard touchdown pass to get the offense going.
Head coach Brice Brown discussed his quarterback's play, "Offensively, I'm happy the way AJ handled the game. He had some mistakes, but he kept poised and maneuvered around in the pocket well. We're going to work on some stuff and clean things up."
To begin the second half, Karr defensive end Jonathan Bax returned a fumble 21 yards to stretch the Karr lead to 26-7. The next Karr drive resulted in Samuels finding receiver Destyn Hill for a 6-yard touchdown reception to give Karr a 33-7 lead. Karr had full control of the game by that point.
Kevin Marigny, Khamani Simmons, Dany'e Brooks, Chris Vasquez also accounted for touchdowns for the Cougars. Junior Aaron Anderson played a significant role on offense. Just as important as the offense, Karr's defense dictated the flow of the game. Junior linemen Tygee Hill and Troy Morgan were a force all night. Cornerback Destin Refuge intercepted a ball before the half to give the Cougars an additional possession.
Karr will have little time ahead of a big Week 2 matchup against Catholic High Baton Rouge.Due to incoming Hurricane Delta, Karr now has just three days between games (opposed to a scheduled four days). Head coach Brice Brown is optimistic about the matchup.
"We're not going to go backwards. We're not going to think about losing to Catholic last year. We have a short week, so we're going to celebrate this one tonight, clean some stuff up tomorrow in film. We'll do our regular Monday, and have two days to prepare for Catholic. It's all about execution."
Warren Easton will look to rebound against 5A power East Ascension.
"We looked like a team that only had shoulder pads on for four or five days, " said Easton head coach Jerry Phillips. "Give us two or three more weeks and we'll be good."
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