Tigers get big district win over Vinton
By Chris Mueller
Will Smith scored three touchdowns and rushed for 163 yards on 15 carries leading the DeQuincy Tigers (4-3, 1-1) to a big 42-28 homecoming victory over district and parish rival Vinton Lions last Friday.
The victory snapped a three game losing streak for the Tigers. Two of Smith's touchdowns came in the fourth quarter - one a 10 yard run that broke a 28 all tie game. The winning score came with 6:56 remaining in the game. Smith put the game out of reach scoring another TD with 1:37 remaining in the contest on a two yard run. Smith had a 25 yard run on the previous play as he took control of the game with his feet after a rough night passing the ball. Smith was three of 11 for 21 yards and two interceptions. Xavier Guillory had a huge sack after a bad snap that caused the Lions to lose 10 yards and momentum on a Vinton drive late in the game
Special teams played a big role in the contest as Patrick Rogers electrified the homecoming crowd with an 80 yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the game. Sam Whatley returned a punt for 35 yards and another score that put the Tigers ahead 28-21 at the half. Cullen Irwin added four of five extra point kicks on the night to help the Tigers.
Smith added a one yard run at the end of the first quarter. Both teams scored three times in the quarter as it looked like each team would score every time they touched the ball. The Tigers defense came up big after the first quarter holding the Lions to only one more touchdown in the entire game.
Kaleb Buck had a nice 38 yard run in the first quarter for a touchdown and he added 71 yards on nine carries in the game. Trayson Lacour had three carries for 45 yards and Micheal Emigh had a couple carries for 26 yards.
The Vinton Lions (3-4, 0-2) played hard and had a great game plan that gave the Tigers fits all night. The Lions ran the double wing an offense that dates back to the 1930s to perfection. The Lions kept the game close, limiting the Tigers possessions with their clock burning running game. Vinton ran 73 plays to DeQuincy's 40.
The Tigers were without a couple of key players on defense with Adrian Gates and Jaylon LeDay sitting out due to injuries. Both players were sorely missed. The Lions were able to amass 364 yards on the ground with Tony St. Julien racking up 218 on 28 carries.