Many edges Kinder, 16-13, to win Class 2A football championship

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Many Tigers - 2020 Class 2A champions

NATCHITOCHES – One year removed from a 56-17 loss to Ferriday in the state finals, the Many Tigers are back on top of Class 2A for the first time since 2014 by defeating a familiar foe.

Many edged Kinder in the first game of the LHSAA Prep Classic by a score of 16-13 on Sunday evening at Turpin Stadium.

The Tigers and Yellowjackets battled for the third time for the 2A State Championship since 2013 with the Many Tigers taking the past two after losing the 2013 championship to Kinder, 34-20.

The previous two championships were in New Orleans but this one on the campus of Northwestern State University had a different feel.

“We loved going down to the Dome playing under the lights, eating gumbo and beignets,” Many coach Jess Curtis said. “But we’re so happy to win here. It’s like a second home. I graduated from here and it’s right down the road. It’s special to win our second state championship right now in front of our people.”

In game of ruled by defense, it was fitting that the outstanding player of the game was freshman safety Tylen Singleton who made the play of the game. His 23-yard interception return for a touchdown with just nine minutes to play to put Many up 16-7 enough to hold on to victory.

“I was ready for it. I saw right where he was going with it,” said Singleton.

Both teams were held to under 200 yards in total offense. Many ran 56 plays for a mere 164 total yards in victory.

“We know how special our defense is, and they showed it today by keeping us in the game,” Kinder head coach Brett Fuselier said. “We stayed out their all day on defense but we always have the mentality, ‘it’s our job to keep them all the scoreboard’.”

Many’s defense was even more dominant, holding Kinder to 37 offensive snaps. The Yellowjackets also hurt themselves 12 penalties for 79 yards including several flags that wiped out big plays and helped kill drives.

Kinder scored on their first offensive play and last offensive play, opening with a 59 yard-touchdown run by Tylan Ceasar to take a 7-0 lead but not scoring again until Griffin Cooley’s six-yard run with just over two minutes to play.

“I sure wish we could review holding,” Fuselier said in a game his team had a touchdown and a couple first downs wiped out due holding penalties. “We had every reason to fold up the tent but fought to end, and we’re an onside kick recover away from going and winning this game.”

Many took a 9-7 advantage into the locker room thanks to a pair of second quarter scores. A one-yard quarterback keeper by ZeQuarrius Rhon cut the kinder lead to 7-6. Trotter Lafolle earned redemption for a missed point after kick by making a 32-yard field goal with 35 seconds left in the first half.

“I have so much respect for Kinder. That program is unbelievable, and Brett Fuselier is doing such an incredible job. It’s his fourth time here. Physicality is what they bring,” Curtis noted.

Many completed a perfect 8-0 season.

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