Shreve rallies to stop Southwood running game, snags homecoming victory

GROUND GAME:  Captain Shreve running back Jamarlon Otis (23) takes a handoff during the Gators’ victory against Southwood on Friday night. (Photo by KEVIN PICKENS, Journal Sports)

By SCOTT ANDERSON, Journal Sports

Southwood was in a rush to get to halftime Friday night. But Captain Shreve rallied in the second half for a 29-26 victory on homecoming at Lee Hedges Stadium.

The Cowboys ran the ball 29 times for 158 yards and threw just three passes in the first half as they took a 12-7 lead into the locker room at the half.

Southwood’s two quarterbacks — Corinthian Walters and Dentonion Arkansas — ran all but one of the rushing plays and scored Southwood’s two first-half touchdowns, Walters from 8 yards out and Arkansas from 14 yards. Both 2-point conversions failed.

But Shreve slowed the Southwood rushing attack somewhat in the second half.

“I’ve got the best defensive coaches in Louisiana,” Shreve head coach Adam Kirby said. “I had no doubt in my mind that they were going to get it turned around. I am very proud of those coaches and those kids for adjusting on the fly.”

Shreve quarterback Kenyon Terrell came alive in the second half, running for 149 of his 191 yards in the second half, and two of his three touchdowns.

He also was 5-of-10 passing for 32 yards and one interception.

Jayden Edwards ran the ball 18 times for 107 yards and a touchdown for the Gators. Jamarion Otis added nine carries for 65 yards.

“Us being able to run the football and control the whole clock in the second half, that felt good,” Kirby said.

The Gators hurt themselves with turnovers and penalties throughout the game. Shreve was called for 10 penalties for 95 yards and turned the ball over three times — one interception and two lost fumbles.

“That’s just the kind of kids we’ve got,” Kirby said. “One play won’t lose you the game. One play won’t win you the game. Bad things happen in every football game. You’ve got to overcome them.”

Southwood showed its game plan early with an opening 15-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. The Cowboys’ quarterbacks ran the ball the entire night. Walters ran 35 times for 206 yards and two touchdowns, and Arkansas had 15 carries for 109 yards and two TDs.

Walters threw the ball just twice in the first half, completing one for 13 yards.

Walters also had a 68-yard touchdown run called back on a holding penalty.

Southwood head coach Jesse Esters had a simple message for his team after the loss.

“Two simple words — fight on,” he said. “Fight through it.”

Both coaches said the game showed the progress their players were making this year.

“We knew what we had coming back this year,” Esters said. “Our team may not be as strong as our coaches want, because we have a high standard. When our team learns to meet our high standards, nobody in the state will beat us.”

“I think we showed tonight that we’re taking steps in the right direction, and we’re growing,” Kirby said of his team.

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Captain Shreve 29, Southwood 26

Score by quarters

Southwood | 6 | 6 | 14 | 0 | – 26

Shreve | 0 | 7 | 14 | 8 | – 29

Scoring summary

S – Corinthian Walters 8 run (run failed)

S – Dentonion Arkansas 14 run (run failed)

CS – Kenyon Terrell 2 run (John Chance kick)

S – Arkansas 43 run (run failed)

CS – Kenyon Terrell 22 run (Chance kick)

CS – Jayden Edwards 3 run (Chance kick)

S – Walters 38 run (Walters run)

CS – Terrell 10 run (Jamarlon Otis run)

Individual leaders

Rushing

Southwood (50-315) – Walters 35-209; Arkansas 15-109.

Captain Shreve (41-374) – Terrell 13-191, Edwards 18-107; Otis 9-65; Kevan Thomas 1-11.

Passing

Southwood (1-6-0-13) – Walters 1-3-0, 13 yards; Arkansas 0-3. 

Captain Shreve – Terrell 5-10-1, 32 yards.

Receiving

Captain Shreve – Keaton Flowers 2-18, Cam Wilson 2-7, Walker Bolton 1-7.