Golden Knights down rival DeQuincy

Published 6:00 pm Saturday, September 3, 2011

DEQUINCY — A 28-point first half went about as well as South Beauregard could hope.

That lead gave the Golden Knights enough cushion to ride out a scoreless second half in a 28-12 win over former district rival DeQuincy on Friday night.

South Beauregard head coach Shawn Demeritt was coaching against his former boss, first-year DeQuincy coach Carl Flanagan.

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“I’ve worked for three guys and I’m coaching against all three this year,” Demeritt said. “I’ve got a ton of respect for him. He’s a great coach and an even better person.”

The Knights, now in District 4-3A, went about eating up as much clock as they could (finishing with 267 yards rushing) and even though a few drives didn’t end in the end zone, the defense filled in the gaps, coming up with three turnovers.

Two plays after South Beauregard came up short on fourth-and-8 at the DeQuincy 18, Pryce Fontenot intercepted a pass, setting up Joe Ledet’s 1-yard score in the second quarter.

DeQuincy’s next two drives ended with safeties — one on a botched punt and the other when Jaleel Bridges was tackled in the end zone — before South Beauregard quarterback Zack Brady completed a jailbreak screen to Silas Whalley just before the half for a 32-yard touchdown.

“We shot ourselves in the foot a lot,” Flanagan said.

Ledet ran for 199 yards on 45 carries.

“He’s just a sophomore and he had an enormous night,” Demeritt said.

DeQuincy, which had 17 yards and no first downs on seven first-half plays, delivered a gritty second-half performance.

While the defense held South Beauregard scoreless, Bridges went about figuring out the Knights’ blitzing defense.

After Brandon Brown got a piece of a punt, Bridges led the Tigers on a 31-yard touchdown drive.

DeQuincy’s next drive stalled on fourth-and-goal at the 9, but South Beauregard was in a similar position, stalling on fourth-and-3 at the Tigers 13.

Bridges added another touchdown on a 7-yard pass to Tyler Burgess.

“No doubt, I’m extremely proud of the way they came out with a 28-point deficit and held them to no points,” Flanagan said.