Denham Springs rolls over East Iberville

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Considerable improvement from young but experienced Denham Springs Yellow Jackets football team showed up big time Friday night.

Denham Springs under second-year head coach Brett Beard features a sleep if juniors with playing experience.

Many of them played with great emotion tonight in honor of teammate Remy Hidalgo who passed away last season. Beard and the Yellow Jackets had a good showing in the opening week against the Walker Wildcats and built on it in a 58-0 shredding of East Iberville.

With the rough couple of weeks for much of southeast Louisiana behind them, Denham Springs displayed a more sound and disciplined defense as well as an explosive offense they scored in a litany of ways.

The first play of the game had linebackers Jude Horne and Jed Cambre meeting in the end zone at the quarterback to start the game off with a safety. Two plays later, the Jackets had a two score lead in Reese Mooney’s 52-yard screen pass to Camron Eirick.

Denham Springs defense struck again on the next series with Jordan Reams coming up with a interception returned 25 yards to add to the onslaught.

Not to be outdone, the special teams of the Jackets also scored as Micah Harrison captured his first touchdown of the night with a 50-yard punt return. Then to round out the first quarter on a 3rd & 34, Mooney launched a 70-yard strike to Harrison to give the Yellow Jackets a 30-0 lead.

The area where Denham Springs wasn’t extremely successful was running the ball against a large East Iberville Tigers defensive line but Mooney was able to sneak in from the three to put the Yellow Jackets on the board in the second quarter.

Ray McKneely’s two-yard run and Camron Eirick’s 28-yard score in a screen pass to end the first half made it 51-0.

The third quarter saw the backups enter the game for Denham Springs along with a running clock.

Austin Gibson was able to recover a fumble in the end zone in the final period to cap the scoring.

Beard said he wanted his defense to play more soundly with more discipline this season, and that certainly was the case as his team cruised to a 2-0 start.

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