Cohen dominates on the ground to defeat Sci Academy

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Run, run, run away.

After losing three out of the first four games, the Green Hornets are now on a 3-game win streak.

Led by their Wing-T offense, Cohen amassed over 350 rushing yards to beat Sci Academy, 34-12, at Joe Brown Park on Friday night.

It was the first district game of the season for Cohen (4-3, 1-0), who dominated on defense, allowing just 11 rushing yards and one offensive score in the game.

While Cohen passed only once in the game, which came on a trick play that resulted in an incomplete pass, Sci Academy (1-6, 0-2) had no answer for Cohen’s rushing attack.

Head coach Benjamin Powell talked about the team’s tough start to the season, but how they’ve been able to turn things around. “We’ve kind of been building momentum over the last month,” Powell said.

“The first part of the season we played tough games. We took it on the chin against Pearl River and lost a tough one against Springfield. But the last month we’ve really started to gel as a team and are getting better on defense. Our fundamentals have been on point. Right now, if you look at the stats we have the two top running backs in Orleans Parish.”

Running backs Clay Essex and and Jamel Green were a 1-2 punch throughout the contest, combining for 43 carries, 187 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Green had the first touchdown of the game, scoring on a 2-yard run in the first quarter, which came after a Myron Thomas forced safety. Thomas got after the quarterback, finishing with two sacks in the game.

“That was probably the best defense we’ve played. We had a scout team that was there to help us mimic their quarterback, because he’s a champion, so it was kind of hard to maintain him,” Thomas said.

The Green Hornets lead 10-0 early on, but Sci Academy did respond.

Following Green’s touchdown, Rondell Brown returned the kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown of his own. However, the PAT was blocked.

The Nautilus held Cohen to a three-and-out on their next drive and then took the lead, scoring this time on a 54-yard touchdown catch by Daurance McClendon. Quarterback Darryl Montgomery’s pass was intended for Lazarus Clements, who missed the catch, but the ball was tipped to McClendon who made the grab took it up the sideline for points.

Sci Academy lead 12-10 at this point but would be shut out the rest of the way.

Green scored on a 9-yard run in the second quarter, capping an 8-play 56-yard drive to put the Hornets back on top for the rest of the night. Green finished with 21 carries for 83 yards and two touchdowns.

Cohen lead 18-12 at halftime.

On a drive that started at Sci Academy’s 34-yard line, Clay Essex scored from four yards out to extend the lead to 26-12 with 2:20 left in the third quarter. The two-point conversion was successful.

Essex lead the team with 22 totes for 104 yards and one touchdown.

“It’s a blessing,” Essex said. “Without the players and the scout team we have it wouldn’t be like this. We probably would have lost to them and the score would be opposite, but tonight we walked out of here with a win.”

The Nautilus next possession ended in a punt, but the punt was muffed and recovered by Spencer Johnson Jr. to give them good field position. Sci Academy couldn’t take advantage, forced to punt after another three-and-out.

Coach Powell gave credit to Sci Academy’s quarterback after the game. “Number 2 (Darryl Montgomery) is awesome. He’s probably the best quarterback in our league, especially from a dual threat standpoint. So, to kind of keep him in check makes us feel good the rest of the way,” Powell said.

Montgomery completed just 9-of-22 passes for 98 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also added 4 runs for 16 yards.

The interception came in the late in the fourth quarter by Clifford Washington.

Washington also had huge 89-yard touchdown run to start the fourth quarter, putting the game out of reach.

The Green Hornets shut things down in the second half, allowing just one first down and zero points to close out the win.

Cohen will continue district play next week at KIPP Renaissance, while Sci Academy will host Livingston Collegiate Academy.

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Jordan Liuzza

Jordan Liuzza

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Born at East Jefferson Hospital, Jordan Liuzza is a Louisiana native who grew up in Metairie, before moving to Destrehan after Hurricane Katrina. Jordan graduated Destrehan High School, class of 2012, and thereafter graduated from LSU, class of 2017, with a B.A. in Communications. Growing up in Metairie, Jordan played park ball at Johnny Bright Playground. At Destrehan High School,…

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