The LCA Knights had to quickly look ahead after losing its first game of the season against Ruston the previous week and focus on a team that is one of the most unconventional and toughest to prepare for in the Avoyelles Mustangs. Under head coach Andy Boone, the Mustangs are a very unique team to always go up against due to their Wing T offense and also the fact that they always try to onside kick and never punt in football games. It was a tough challenge for the Knights, but being that they won a string of four consecutive state championships and that they were a couple of plays short of a fifth straight title, the Knights are always up to the task led by former LSU All-American linebacker Trev Faulk as their head coach.
The Knights were ready for an onside kick attempt at the beginning of the game and then drove the football field 51 yards for the touchdown as Luke Aragona ran in for the score to make it 7-0. Then, after stuffing the Mustangs on four downs, the Knights took control of the ball and charged in for another score from their star junior quarterback Ju’Juan Johnson, who is one of the state’s top prospects for the Class of 2024 to give the Knights an early 14-0 lead.
The Mustangs would show why they are so tough to stop by keeping the football away from Johnson and the Knights offense by going on a 21 play drive that took eleven minutes off the clock and scoring a touchdown to cut the deficit at 14-6.
Comparison to the Mustangs drive that took about a quarter off the clock, all it took for the Knights was 30 seconds to score another touchdown as Johnson found Alonzo Ryes for the touchdown to extend their lead at 21-6.
The Mustangs answered again this time in the passing game when quarterback Nick Casugay threw a touchdown pass to Decareyn Sampson to make it a 21-12 football game. However, the Mustangs just could not stop the LCA offense as Jalen Noel scores a touchdown for the Knights giving them a 28-12 lead going into halftime.
In the second half, it was LCA’s defense that made a play with Knights safety Cooper Martin causing a fumble on Sampson and returning it 34 yards for the touchdown. From that point on, LCA would grab control of the football game with another score from its offense as Johnson ran in for his second score of the game giving the Knights a commanding 42-12 lead. The Knights would score one more time offensively with Noel’s second rushing touchdown of the game while Avoyelles’ star running back Carlos Bazert Jr. got going in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns to close the gap before the end of the game.
LCA would go on to defeat Avoyelles with a 49-28 final score. The Knights improve their record to 4-1 while the Mustangs fall to 3-2. This week, the Knights will travel on the road to face 3-2 Northside while the Mustangs take on the 3-1 Oakdale Warriors.
Check out all the photos that were taken during the LCA/Avoyelles football game by our very own Jason Saucier!