In his three-plus years as head coach, Plain Dealing’s James Thurman has seen his Lions turn in some outstanding performances.
But he said none were better than one the Lions turned in Friday night in a 58-6 rout of the Ringgold Redskins in a District 1-1A opener at Plain Dealing.
Plain Dealing led 52-6 after a long first half. The second half didn’t start until 9 o’clock.
The Lions ended a two-game slide, improving to 2-2. Ringgold dropped to 0-4.
“I told the kids, without a doubt — I don’t care if it was Ringgold or who it was — we have not looked that good since I’ve been here so I’m really proud of them. Without a doubt, that’s the best we’ve played since I’ve been at Plain Dealing. That’s the best overall team game we’ve put together.”
Thurman decided to open up his offense a little more than usual against Ringgold. Artavious Washington-Carper threw multiple touchdown passes. That helped the running game, which was also effective.
Ringgold actually got on the board first, intercepting a screen pass and returning it for a touchdown.
But it didn’t take Plain Dealing long to get going.
“We just started clicking,” Thurman said.
The Lions’ special teams got in on the fun when TJ McCauley returned a punt for a TD. The defense also scored. Dekevion McGee scooped up a lateral that was basically a backwards pass and went the distance.
The defense also sacked the Redskins quarterback multiple times with Thurman putting the total at around 10.
“The defense played lights out,” he said.
Plain Dealing plays its final non-district game Friday at Northwood’s Jerry Burton Memorial Stadium against Class 3A Green Oaks. The Giants (2-2) defeated Mansfield 19-16 Thursday night.