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LHSAA roundups: Block gets first win of season in 46-34 victory

JONESVILLE — Raymond Plummer had a fumble recovery for a touchdown, a touchdown reception, and two key fourth-quarter touchdown runs as the Block Bears celebrated homecoming with a 46-34 win over the St. Mary’s Tigers for their first win of the season in the LHSAA District 3-1A opener for both teams Friday night.

St. Mary’s had the ball deep in Block territory in the first quarter before fumbling the ball. Plummer picked it up at the Bears’ 20-yard line and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown and Cameron Everett ran in for the 2-point conversion with 7:15 to go.

Trevor Vault threw two touchdown passes, the first for 27 yards to Dorian Bowman with 5 seconds left until halftime and the second for 26 to Plummer late in the third quarter. However, the Bears still trailed 28-22 after three quarters of play.

The Tigers scored their first four touchdowns on runs of 5 yards or less in what was a back-and-forth game until the Bears took over in the fourth quarter.

Austin Danzy scored on a 1-yard run with 10:11 remaining and Plummer scored on runs of 20 and 29 yards and added three 2-point conversion runs. St. Mary’s only points in the final quarter came on a 20-yard touchdown pass.

Block (1-5, 1-0) next plays at Logansport at 7 p.m. next Friday.

Sterlington 63, Ferriday 34

FERRIDAY — Ferriday’s offense moved the ball well and put up 34 points on a good Sterlington team. However, the Trojans’ defense didn’t make nearly enough plays to keep the Panthers out of the end zone or from taking a decisive 29-point victory in the LHSAA District 2-2A opener for both teams.

“It was one of those David vs. Goliath games,” Ferriday head coach Cleothis Cummings III said. “I expressed to them during the week that we had to face the challenge. We were just unable to stop the bleeding. We’re going to put it behind us and get ready for our next opponent.”

Ferriday (2-4, 0-1) plays at Oak Grove next Friday at 7 p.m.

Jena 35, Vidalia 8

JENA, La. — Charlie Smith had four touchdown runs, three of them in the second half as the Jena Giants actually had to rally to defeat the Vidalia Vikings Friday night in the LHSAA District 3-3A opener for both teams.

Vidalia took an 8-7 lead with 5:21 to go until halftime when Jontarious Townsend threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Darius Thompson and then to Sean Gatlin on the 2-point conversion.

Then Smith took over. He scored on a 42-yard run and a 46-yard run in the third quarter and added a 15-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter. He also scored on a 15-yard run early in the second quarter. Jeffrey Bell had a 72-yard touchdown run late in the ball game.

Vidalia (2-4, 0-1) plays host to Marksville at 7 p.m. next Friday.

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