Video: Karr rolls over McDonogh 35 to win on homecoming

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NEW ORLEANS – On a night where Edna Karr was already celebrating, the end of their game was one more thing to cheer about.

Leonard Kelly threw four touchdown passes all in the first half, two of them to Michael Corner, and the Karr Cougars defeated the McDonogh 35 Roneagles 35-6 on their homecoming night.

The Cougars (6-0) got a big night from Kelly, who finished 11 of 15 passing for 168 yards in addition to his 4 touchdowns. Corner was a big key as well with 3 catches for 76 yards and the pair of touchdowns. Karr was able to pull their starters at halftime as they had already built a 25-0 lead.

“Leonard came out throwing the ball really well in the first half,” said head coach Brice Brown. “When he’s throwing the ball like that we’re tough to beat.”

The Roneagles (3-3) couldn’t get anything going on offense in the first half as they failed to pick up a first down, complete a pass and had negative rushing yards. Though they improved in the second half, it was far too late.

“You would’ve thought we were playing the Saints tonight,” said head coach Wayne Reese. “(Karr) has a whole lot of depth and they look like another state championship team. Hopefully we can come together because our next game is district. I think we did alright the second half. I think we’ll be alright.”

Karr started things off with a 75-yard drive that culminated with a 29-yard fade rout from Kelly to Corner to put the first points up on the board. Kelly found Corner for another touchdown from 18 yards out later in the first to stretch the lead to 14.

Kelly began spreading the ball further in the 2nd quarter as he found Khalfani Simmons for a 16-yard dart to continue the offensive run.

After fumbling the ball deep in Roneagles territory, the Cougars were able to get the ball back and Ahmad Antoine took off running from the Roneagles 45-yard line and found his way in the end zone. Kelly later managed to squeeze a ball between two defenders to Dayln Hill for a 23-yard touchdown later in the 2nd to finish Karr’s offensive bombardment.

Dhaz White’s two-yard run with 40 seconds remaining in the game were the only points the Roneagles were able to muster.

The game was also significant as coach Brice Brown was awarded with two tickets to this year’s Super Bowl in Atlanta. Brown received the award from the NFL in recognition for his accomplishments as a high school coach. Even more special was who was presenting Brown with the award: Saints running back Alvin Kamara, who attended the game.

Add in a victory and a homecoming, and Karr had a pretty magical evening.

“It all feels special,” said Kelly. “Honestly this whole evening had me feeling like this team can go very far and take home another title if we keep playing the way we did tonight.”

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