Written by Kyle Valdez
Plaquemine High scored the first points of the night by strictly handing off to their running backs. Moments later, on Istrouma's first play from scrimmage, Plaquemine intercepted a pass to set themselves up inside the opposing 20-yard line. Unfortunately for Istrouma, the sequence of the opening two drives was an accurate foreshadowing for the remainder of the game.
Riding a two-game win streak, the Plaquemine Green Devils jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first six minutes to set the pace. Plaquemine’s run attack and defense were too much for Istrouma to handle as the Green Devils ran away with a 52-27 victory.
Sophomore quarterback Devin Butler threw just five passes all night but used his legs and let his backs do their job. Kobe Major led Plaquemine with 148 yards on 25 carries, and Devan Luke added 124 yards from the ground on just 13 carries.
Equally crucial to Plaquemine’s victory, the Green Devil defense kept Istrouma off-balance all night. Anytime the sense of a comeback was looming, big plays by Plaquemine’s secondary shut down any hope. The playmaking of Colbi Dennis altered the outcome: a forced fumble by stripping Istrouma back Le’veon Moss and reeling in a pick-six in the third quarter. The interception by Travis Pitcher Jr. was a tone-setter.
“We had to come out and play hard all night,” Pitcher Jr. said. “We know [Moss] is a prospect, but we had to try to lock him up as hard as we could. We all had to step up. We have younger players stepping up, people are hurt. It’s just a team thing.”
Plaquemine will finish their season with matchups against Broadmoor and Tara. Istrouma, the #14 team in Class 4A entering the week, will look to regain their footing next week against St. Michael's.
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