Sophomore quarterback Peyton Stovall accounted for 276 total yards as the Haughton Buccaneers defeated the Franklin Parish Patriots 54-30 Friday night in a non-district game in Winnsboro.
Haughton improved to 5-1. Franklin Parish, a member of District 2-4A, dropped to 3-3 with its third straight loss.
The Bucs never punted in the game. They scored on every possession except one, a drive that ended on an interception just before the end of the first half.
With the starters playing three quarters, Haughton rolled up 409 yards total offense. The Bucs averaged 10.2 yards per play on 40 plays.
“We played well on offense, got ahead early,” Haughton coach Jason Brotherton said. “They made a little run at us there late in the second quarter. Then we got a couple of stops finally. They scored one late to make it look a little closer than it probably was.”
Haughton was coming off two big District 1-5A games against Byrd and Evangel Christian. The 128-mile trip to Winnsboro is by far the longest the Bucs will have in the regular season.
“We were worried about it,” Brotherton said. “We had a bad week of practice. We were kind of out of our element, a team our kids knew nothing about after two big games. We were kind of worried about that letting down factor but they played well.”
Stovall continued his outstanding season, completing eight of 10 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 93 yards on just six attempts and scored on a 1-yard run.
Keyshawn Davis gained 76 yards on 14 carries. He had touchdown runs of 1 and 7 yards.
Tristan Sweeney had three catches for 83 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown catch. CJ McWilliams caught five passes for 59 yards.
Stovall’s other TD pass went to Matthew Whitten for 13 yards. Carter Jensen’s third PAT gave the Bucs a 21-0 lead.
Xander Morris scored Haughton’s first touchdown on a 3-yard run. Sean Hardison ran 17 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.
Thanks to the Patriots’ second-quarter surge, it was still a game at the half with the Bucs leading 28-16. But Haughton scored two touchdowns in a five-minute span of the third quarter to blow the game open. The second of those was an interception return for a touchdown by Jonathan Stephens.
Haughton, which is 1-1 in District 1-5A, hosts Captain Shreve on Thursday. The Gators (5-1, 1-1) defeated Parkway 23-2 Thursday night.
Brotherton’s brother, Coy, will be on the opposite sideline. The former Plain Dealing head coach is the Captain Shreve offensive coordinator.
“That’ll be fun,” Jason Brotherton said. “My mom and dad will be stressed out.”
Brotherton was at the Captain Shreve game and he also saw the Gators play one other time this season.
“They’re good,” he said. “They’re explosive on offense, score a lot of points. Both running backs are good. They’ve got big receivers. Their O-line is the biggest around here. They’re huge up front. They’re defense is pretty good. They’re the real deal. We’ll have to play well to beat them. We’re excited it’s at our place. Typically we play a little better there. So we’re hoping that if we play well it will be a good game.”