RALLY POINTS: Rough Riders rally by Black Knights late for 33-31 Red Stick Bowl win

Peter Silas Pasqua
St. Amant’s Marvin Martin Jr. blocks Clinton’s Wendell Beckwith and St. Michael’s Ryan Bruno in the third quarter of the Rough Riders’ 33-31 victory over the Black Knights at the eighth annual Red Stick Bowl Saturday afternoon at Olympia Stadium.

BATON ROUGE - The Rough Riders scored the deciding points  in the closing minutes when they executed an 88-yard hook and lateral for a 33-31 victory over the Black Knights in the eighth annual U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl Saturday afternoon at Olympia Stadium.

The Black Knights took multiple digit leads three times in the affair but the Rough Riders scored 14 unanswered points in the final frame for victory in the All-Star game composed of seniors from the metropolitan area.

The touchdown winning play came when St. Michael quarterback Jeremy Meyers tossed a short pass to Catholic’s Jovhan Jilbert who lateraled the ball back to Woodlawn’s DeMarcaze Givens. Givens did the rest racing down the right sideline to paydirt.

Local players on the Black Knights’ squad included Dutchtown’s Grant Auzenne, John Williams and Telfrey Gaines; St. Amant’s Marvin Martin Jr. and Christian Jenkins and East Ascension’s Q’Dareus Lomas. East Ascension defensive coordinator Jason Brown served as an assistant and former East Ascension head coach Van Lambert was the Black Knights’ honorary coach.

Playing for the Rough Riders were Donaldsonville’s Bryant Dunn and Dwight Wright and Ascension Catholic’s Frankie Sotile III. Donaldsonville head coach Terence Williams served as an assistant.

Redemptorist’s Deuce Coon had five catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Rough Riders, while Live Oak’s David Bell completed 10-of-19 pass attempts for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

The Black Knights were led by Central’s Will Briscoe, who was 8-of-17 for 152 yards and a score. Christian Life’s Kevin Wright caught three passes for 77 yards with one TD.

Auzenne provided the only points of the first quarter with a 38-yard field goal.

Coon came down with a 20-yard touchdown reception from Bell with 8:25 left to play in the first half but St.?John’s Casey Toussant blocked Trent Luecke’s extra point to leave the score 6-3.

Southern Lab’s Taurean Nixon returned the ensuing kickoff 65 yards and University’s Blake Hollingworth found Wes Briscoe in the end zone from 24-yards out. Auzenne’s kick put the Black Knights ahead 10-6 with 7:58 left in the half.

Will Briscoe did it himself on the next possession scoring from 1-yard on a quarterback sneak. Auzenne’s kick made it 17-6 with 2:14 left in the half.

But the Rough Riders weren’t through and Meyers ran in from 3 yards out to cut it to 17-12 at halftime.

Tara’s Earnest Gardner intercepted Bell in the third quarter and returned it 80 yards to pay dirt. Capitol’s Frankie Jackson ran in the conversion to put the Black Knights ahead 25-12.

Istrouma’s Adrian Bell put the Rough Riders on the board late in the third quarter when he turned a catch from Meyers into a 20-yard score.

But the Black Knights answered when Will Briscoe connected with Wright for a 39-yard touchdown.

Bell hit Coon for the second time for a score with less than eight minutes remaining on a 46-yard bomb down the right sideline to cut it to 31-26.

Coon was named Most Outstanding Skill Player for the Rough Riders, while Istrouma’s Jarvis Kleinpeter was named Most Outstanding Defensive Player/Interior Lineman.

Will Briscoe was named Most Outstanding Skill Player for the Black Knights, and Parkview Baptist’s Orrin Fontenot earned Most Outstanding Defensive Player/Interior Lineman honors.

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Dutchtown defensive lineman John Williams and Telfrey Gaines joined East Ascension’s Q’Dareus Lomas to form a formidable front for the Black Knights.