High school football: Big plays help Plain Dealing upset St. Mary’s

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The Plain Dealing Lions upset the No. 4-ranked St. Mary’s Tigers 30-12 in a non-district game Friday night at Northwestern State.

The Lions improved to 2-1 with their second straight victory. Plain Dealing hosts Homer (0-3), a 40-16 loser to North Caddo Friday, in their District 1-1A opener this Friday.

According to Chris Salim of Inside Natchitoches Sports, the loss was St. Mary’s first at home since Oct. 17, 2013. Plain Dealing also avenged last year’s 54-6 loss to the Tigers.

Plain Dealing coach James Thurman figured the Tigers would focus their attention on All-State receiver Keldrick Carper as most teams do. That meant the other Lions would have to step up and they did.

Derreon Washington caught two long touchdown passes. The first was on a 44-yard halfback pass from Ar’tavious Washington for the game’s first score. The second was a 40-yarder from Matt Sullivan in the second quarter.

“We had Derreon Washington the backside,” Thurman said. “Our plan was if they gave him single coverage we were going to take advantage of it and we did.”

The Lions also took advantage of a fumble recovery inside the St. Mary’s 5. Shavolyea McKinney scored on a 4-yard run and Plain Dealing led 22-6 at the half.

There was no scoring in the third quarter. With Carper at quarterback, the Lions drove 58 yards for a TD early in the fourth. Carper went 5 yards for the score.

“We put the ball in Keldrick’s hands and ran some Wildcat stuff,” Thurman said. “He drove us down the field and punched it in for the final touchdown of the night.”

Carper, McKinney and Derreon Washington scored two-point conversions.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com