The Plain Dealing Lions overcame a slow start and four turnovers to defeat the Grambling Kittens 28-14 Thursday night in Plain Dealing.
Plain Dealing improved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in District 1-1A. Grambling dropped to 2-5 and 1-1.
Plain Dealing had three turnovers in the first half but still led 14-8. The Lions had only five turnovers all season coming into the game.
Keldrick Carper returned the opening kickoff 73 yards for a touchdown but Grambling rallied and led 8-6 at the end of the first quarter. The Lions didn’t reach the end zone again until Logan Allen hit Isaac Jacobs for a 14-yard score. Carper’s two-point conversion catch from Allen made it 14-8 in the second quarter.
“We moved the ball well all night and we played well on defense all night,” Plain Dealing coach Coy Brotherton said. “Our drives kept ending in turnovers. I don’t think anything sparked us. We were just finally able to sustain a drive and put it in the end zone.”
The Lions got some breathing room when Desean Morris scored from 10 yards out in the third quarter. They extended the lead to 28-8 in the fourth quarter on a 15-yard pass from Allen to Jacobs after recovering a fumble at the 15. Grambling scored late in the game for the final margin.
Allen completed 23 of 35 passes for 295 yards with one interception. Jacobs had a big night, catching 10 for 150.
Bijan Mitchell led the defense with 12 tackles. Herbert McCauley had 8.5 and Ryan Penwell five, including four behind the line of scrimmage. Penwell also forced two fumbles. Jaylyn Woods, Jarred Harris and Shavolyea McKinney recovered fumbles.
Plain Dealing travels to Ruston next Friday to play Cedar Creek. The Cougars (1-5) played Haynesville Friday night.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org