Karr explosive, smothering in romp over rival Landry

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ALGIERS – Perhaps the winning formula for the Edna Karr Cougars is etched in stone.

Big plays from an array of talented offensive weapons and a suffocating defense are a constant each week.

In the “Battle of Algiers,” the formula worked to perfection for both the sixth time this season and the sixth consecutive time in this West Bank rivalry as the Cougars cruised to a 50-7 victory Friday night over Landry at Behrman Stadium.

Wide receiver/kick returner Aaron Anderson fashioned another sterling performance with six receptions for 134 yards and three touchdowns. His scoring plays covered 16, 60 and 25 yards.

Anderson, one of the area’s most sought-after recruits, was also key in the return game.

“He started off a little shaky but we changed up some schemes, getting him the ball in space, hitting the moving target and he does best with the ball in his hands,” said Karr head coach Brice Brown.

Anderson had lots of help. Jaylin Lucas, the transfer from Terrebonne High, turned in perhaps the most exciting play of the game with a first period punt return of 62 yards after initially dropping the ball. It set up a 16-yard Anterious Samuels to Anderson scoring toss for the first points of the evening.

At the 9:10 mark of the second quarter, Samuels avoided the rush and scrambled into the end zone from eight yards out. The conversion failed, leaving the Cougars with a 13-0 lead.

Karr took a 20-0 advantage into halftime after Samuels hit Anderson in stride on a slant pattern that turned into a 60-yard score.

Leaving no doubt on the night, Karr (6-0,1-0) took the second half kickoff and marched 82 yards in 10 plays. Lucas covered the final 33 yards after taking the option pitch from quarterback Anterious Samuels into the end zone. The Cougars led 28-0 after a successful two-point conversion.

An acrobatic interception by defensive back Johnathon Jordan set the stage for a three-yard touchdown run by Chris Vasquez to increased the bulge to 35-0 with 3:59 to go in the third.

“We’ve been lights-out defensively for the last couple of weeks,” beamed Brown. “It’s hats off to the defensive staff and of course the players for buying into the different schemes we’re putting in every week.”

After Karr tacked on two more scores, the Bucs avoided the shutout in the final stanza thanks to a 15-yard Brandon Edinburgh, Jr. to Gerald Martin touchdown pass.

Up next for Karr is another District 9-4A outing against Belle Chasse. Meanwhile, Landry (2-4, 0-1) will take on Helen Cox.

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