Tale of Two Halves: Down 13-0 at Half, West Feliciana Rallies to win 14-13 over St. Michael

Last night, the St. Michael Warriors rolled into St Francisville for a matchup against the West Feliciana Saints. With St. Michael entering 5-0 and West Feliciana entering 4-1, 3-0 in-conference, this matchup was dubbed by some as the game that would decide the winner of the district. The first half started off well for St. Michael, outscoring WF 13-0, even though the Saints outgained the Warriors by nearly double. West Feliciana drove the ball down the field on multiple occasions, but couldn’t find the end zone on goal-to-go situations and turned the ball over on downs after their two best drives, including after a 26-yard catch and 4th and 27.

St. Michael quarterback Preston Sentino threw a pair of touchdowns in the first half, the first being a 33-yarder to Gavin Landry and the second being a short pass to John Martinez. The extra point was blocked after the Martinez touchdown.

West Feliciana ran a 2-QB system, and both quarterbacks threw an interception each in the first half.

West Feliciana came out hot in the second half, scoring on their first drive of the half. Joel Rogers played a number of positions last night other than quarterback, and was able to score on a handoff. Later in the quarter, Rogers scored on another handoff.

After the two-point conversion, the teams traded drives, with several punts resulting. With around 4:30 left in the 4th, St Michael punted from their own side of the field. However, a roughing-the-kicker call allowed the Warriors another chance, and after a lengthy drive that saw the Warriors move the ball to the Saints’ 9-yardline. With just 1 second left, St. Michael lined up to attempt the game-winning kick. The kick was blocked, and the Saints ran everywhere, celebrating, as the Warriors walked off after heartbreak.

Leading the way tonight was Joel Rogers, who ran for both touchdowns and 157 yards last night. Some other notable players tonight for West Feliciana were AD Washington, who caught multiple passes last night, Davon Allen, who was a menace on the defensive line and recorded multiple sacks, and Elstron Longs Jr, who ran for chunk plays and gained first downs time after time.

For St. Michael, John Martinez ran hard all night, and was a key element of the offense’s ability to move the ball down the field. Matthew Beall and Hudson Foreman, who recorded the interceptions off of the WF quarterbacks. And as noted earlier, Gavin Landry had the longest touchdown of the game, at 33 yards.

St. Michael will stay home next week for a matchup with McKinley (3-3),(2-2). West Feliciana will travel across the river to face Brusly (1-3-1),(1-2) next week.