Raiders roll, but Knights do not roll over

SOLOMON FOR SIX: Huntington’s John Solomon scored on a 14-yard run Thursday night as the Raiders put away Woodlawn’s Knights at Independence Stadium. (Photo by KEVIN SHANNAHAN, Journal Sports)

By JERRY BYRD JR., Journal Sports  

It wasn’t much of a surprise when Huntington’s high-powered offense jumped out to a 14-0 lead Thursday night against Woodlawn. The Raiders used a 22-point second quarter to pull away from the Knights and win the District 1-4A contest 50-28 at Independence Stadium.

The Knights have struggled on offense this season, especially in the red zone.

However, Woodlawn head coach Thedrick Harris has preached to his players about being in a “dog fight” and how to respond appropriately.

Knight quarterback Isaiah Kennedy and wide receiver Joshua Dodson listened.

The two connected twice in the first half, the first time on a speed sweep pass. Dodson made his way through the Huntington defense for a 63-yard touchdown run. That Dodson score put the Knights on the board after a Preston Summage 35-yard reverse gave Huntington a 14-0 lead.

Huntington’s first touchdown came on a 22-yard touchdown pass from the state’s No. 2 passer, Kamron Evans, to Jarvis Davis with a little over nine minutes left in the first quarter.

On Woodlawn’s next possession after their initial score, Kennedy found Dodson again – this time he was behind the Huntington secondary — for a 75-yard touchdown pass, which tied the game at 14. 

“We were just telling them that we’re hurting ourselves right now,” Evans said when asked about what the Raiders were saying about the Knights tying the game. “We just have to pick ourselves up and the score is going to take care of itself.” 

Evans made good on his message, finding Tre Carter for a 30-yard touchdown pass with just under 10:00 left in the half.

A special teams miscue by Woodlawn gave Huntington possession at the Woodlawn 9. After a penalty, one of 22 combined in the first half alone, Huntington’s John Solomon ran the ball in from 14 yards out.

Huntington’s Deontrell Jackson intercepted a pass to give the Raiders a chance to pull away even more. Evans took advantage of it, completing back-to-back passes for 49 yards to set up Solomon’s second touchdown of the quarter, this one from 12 yards. 

The third time for Woodlawn’s Kennedy and Dodson was a charm – and another touchdown pass – this one from only 37 yards.

Huntington led 36-20 at the half.

Both teams traded touchdowns and two-point conversions in the third quarter. Huntington’s Evans found Kenton Brossett for a 39-yard touchdown pass and Jamarion Mims added the two-point conversion on a run up the middle.

Woodlawn answered with a five-yard touchdown run by Kennedy with 54 seconds left in the third quarter.

The last score of the game came on a 27-yard reverse by Tre Carter. The two-point conversion failed.

On the ensuing kickoff, a fight broke out along the Huntington sideline. Two players for each team were ejected, and play resumed without incident. 

An emotional Huntington coach Steve Dennis was not happy with the Raiders’ lack of focus.

“I’m completely disappointed with the sloppiness we played with tonight and that is something that we will go in and fix this week,” he said. “We had four or five procedural penalties on kickoffs. Those are just things that are sloppy. We can’t play at the level we’re trying to get to doing that.”

A bright spot was the play of the offense, led by Evans.

“I thought the offense played really well tonight,” Dennis said. “Any time you score that amount of points you are executing and doing things well on that side of the ball.”

As far as Evans’ assessment?

“I felt like I did good,” Evans said. “I could have done better. I missed on some throws and we had three touchdowns called back.”

Huntington (5-2, 4-0, 1-4A) will go on the road to face an undefeated North DeSoto squad next week. Woodlawn drops to 2-5 and will take on Bossier (0-7) next Friday night. 

Contact Jerry at  sbjjerrybyrd@gmail.com

Huntington 50, Woodlawn 28

Score by quarters

Woodlawn | 8 | 12 | 8 | 0 | – 28

Huntington | 14 | 22 | 8 | 6 | – 50

Scoring summary

H – Jarvis Davis 22 pass from Kam Evans (Michael Casey pass from Evans)

H – Preston Summage 35 run (pass failed)

W – Joshua Dodson 63 pass from Isaiah Kennedy (Anthony Bryant run)

W – Dodson 75 pass from Kennedy (run failed)

H – Tre Carter 30 pass from Evans (Evans pass)

H – John Solomon 14 run (pass failed)

H – Solomon 2 run (Solomon run)

W – Dodson 37 pass from Kennedy (run failed)

H – Kenton Brossett 61 pass from Evans (Jamarion Mims run)

W – Kennedy 5 run (Kennedy run)

H – T. Carter 27 run (run failed)