Written by Kyle Valdez
The three-time reigning 4A State Champion Edna Karr Cougars continued their postseason dominance with a blowout 51-14 win over 6-seeded Breaux Bridge. The win stretches the Cougars’ playoff win streak to 18 straight games and, more importantly, gives Karr an opportunity to make it to the Dome for the fifth straight year. Leonard Kelly, Aaron Anderson, and Destyn Pazon led the offense on Friday night at Behrman Stadium in New Orleans.
QB Leonard Kelly (offers from Nicholls St. and Northwestern St.) threw for 257 yards and 5 TDs on 15-17 passing. Receivers Aaron Anderson (Offers include Colorado, Miami, Virginia) and Destyn Pazon (Top offers include Alabama, LSU, Houston) both had huge nights. The insanely dynamic Anderson caught 6 passes for 152 receiving yards and 3 TDs. Pazon, the 11th ranked player in Louisiana’s 2021 class (per 247 ranking), caught 4 passes for 56 yards and a TD reception. Breaux Bridge had trouble stopping Karr all night.
In the first quarter, Karr took a quick 13-0 lead via a Leonard Kelly QB keeper and a 53-yard pass to Anderson. Just 30 seconds into the second quarter, Karr extended the lead when Kelly hit Anderson for another TD pass to extend the Karr lead to 19-0. Not to only credit Karr’s offense, but the defense set the tone early. Breaux Bridge had questionable play-calling to start the game, choosing to run the ball often. The Karr line contained Breaux Bridge’s dynamic playmakers in Tyrese Martin and Kavion Martin for a great portion of the night. Along with the line, CB Jamie “Greedy” Vance came up with a pick in the second half.
With 10:12 left in the second, Tyrese Martin found a hole, and took the kickoff all the way for 87 yards to put Breaux Bridge on the scoreboard. Karr responded with dominant play to close the half scoring two more TDs to put the halftime score at 32-7. Breaux Bridge opened the half with a 47-yard TD run from Kavion Martin to cut the lead to 32-14. However, the score would be Breaux Bridge’s final score of the night. Kelly would go on to throw 2 more TDs to Anderson and Mister Simmons, while RB Jaiwan Newman would add a TD run with 1:30 remaining in the game.
After the game, receiver Destyn “Fatt” Pazon talked about the big win, “Our main focus was to play hard, play smart, and play together. So as long as we did that, we would get the job done. We take it one game at a time, and we have an overall goal, which is Poydras St.”
Before the Cougars can make it back to Poydras St., they have one remaining task next week on the road. Next week, they travel 4.5 hours north for a state semifinal game against one of the state’s best: Neville High School. Neville carries a 10-2 record into the matchup with their only losses coming to two of the state’s best programs in West Monroe and St. Thomas More. Both teams have plenty of playoff experience and pedigree, the Neville-Karr matchup will be two of the state’s best teams squaring off.
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