Replay: Warren Easton rallies past De La Salle in second half, 36-28

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Already without its starting quarterback, De La Salle was clearly challenged against an elite Warren Easton squad Thursday night. The Cavaliers then lost star running back Montrell Johnson to injury in the first quarter.

De La Salle still led much of the way, playing gamely. In the end though, Warren Easton simply had too much game.

Jacall Wynder scored on a 14-yard run with two minutes to play to break a tie and cap a gallant comeback as Warren Easton overcame De La Salle 36-28 at Tad Gormley Stadium.

The Eagles trailed twice by two touchdowns but rallied both times to win a spirited contest.

“We started slowly and had to settle down,” Warren Easton coach Jerry Phillips said. “We battled. We were scrappy. We got our act together at halftime and played a good fourth quarter, playing Warren Easton football. We made mistakes but we were able to overcome them. We will get better from this and we will have to get better.”

Wynder rushed 11 times for 67 yards and two touchdowns while senior quarterback Dayshawn Holmes had 20 carries for 71 yards and two touchdowns and passed for a third score.

The Cavaliers wasted no time jumping on top.

On the first play from scrimmage, Cole Milford hit Richon Porter down the middle of the field, Porter shook a tackle and raced 75 yards for a score to make it 7-0 just 19 seconds into the game.

The Cavaliers expanded the lead to 14-0 as freshman running back Patrick Martin, who took over for injured star Montrell Johnson, took a handoff and passed 24 yards to Nixon Bernard for a touchdown. Johnson went down in the opening quarter with an shoulder injury and did not return. De La Salle coach Ryan Manale said he fears it is serious and that Johnson may be out for the season.

Warren Easton awakened late in the first half, driving 67 yards in four plays with Wynder scoring on a 21-yard run and it was 14-6 after a failed two-point conversion attempt.

De La Salle expanded the lead when Milford raced 70 yards for a touchdown to make it 21-6 with 9:14 to play in the third quarter but the Eagles answered with a six play, 54-yard drive with Holmes connecting on a 16-yard touchdown pass to Casey Cain to make it 21-4 after Holmes ran in the two-point conversion.

Warren Easton pulled within a point when Holmes scored on a six-yard run to cut the deficit to 21-20 with 8:49 to play but Martin then ran five yards for a score and De La Salle led 28-20 with 6:52 to play in the game.

From that point forward, it was all Eagles as they wore down the tiring, depleted De La Salle defense.

Holmes raced 10 yards for a touchdown and Ashaad Clayton ran in the two-point conversion to tie the game 28-28 with 4:38 to play and then after getting a key defensive stop, Alred Luke returned a punt 50 yards to the De La Salle 19-yard line.

That set up the game winning touchdown, a 14-yard run by Wynder and Clayton ran in the two-point conversion to make it 36-28.

The Cavaliers had one last chance but senior Kobe Jones intercepted a Milford pass to seal a big win.

Milford, a sophomore, rushed eight times for 91 yards and a touchdown and completed 5-of-15 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown with the interception.

De La Salle had several players go down with cramps throughout the game and struggled to keep key players on the field. The Cavaliers lost starting quarterback Fisher Rojas to a knee injury in the spring.

“First of all, I told my kids how much I love them,” Manale said. “I love how they competed out there. With all of the guys going down, we had to put a bunch of different guys out there on defense, junior varsity guys in the second half and we got worn down. Hats off to my coaches and kids. They left everything on the field. Easton is a very good football team. I thought we had chances. We let this one get away. We had plays to make and did not make them but I’m proud we went toe to toe with them.”

Warren Easton is off next week after its scheduled game with St. Augustine was canceled. The Eagles will next face rival and three-time defending Class 4A state champion Karr on Sept. 21. De La Salle returns to action next Friday afternoon at Wenzel Field in Metairie against Country Day.

NOTE: The game was aired live on Crescent City Sports, Cox Sports Television and 106.1 FM NASH ICON.

Final
WE 0 6 8 22 — 36
DLS 7 7 7 7 — 28

1st Quarter
DLS—Richon Porter, 75 yard pass from Cole Milford (Ian Helmcke kick) 7-0 @11:41-1st

2nd Quarter
DLS—Nixon Bernard, 24 yard pass from Patrick Martin (Ian Helmcke kick) 14-0 @ 3:20-2nd
WE—Jacall Wynder, 21 yard run (run failed) 14-6 @ 2:00-2nd

3rd Quarter
DLS—Cole Milford, 70 yard run (Ian Helmcke kick) 21-6 DLS @9:14-3rd
WE—Casey Cain, 16 yard pass from Dayshawn Holmes (Holmes run) 21-14 DLS @ 4:06-3rd

4th Quarter
WE—Dayshawn Holmes, 6 yard run (run fails) 21-20 DLS @ 8:49-4th
DLS—Patrick Martin, 5 yard run (Ian Helmcke kick) 28-20 DLS @6:52-4th
WE—Dayshawn Holmes, 10 yard run (Ashaad Clayton run) 28-28 @ 4:38-4th
WE—Jacall Wynder, 14 yard run (Ashaad Clayton run) 36-28 WE @ 2:00-4th

Rushing:
WE 209
DLS 134

Passing:
WE 81
DLS 109

Total Yards:
WE 290
DLS 243

Sacks:
WE 2
DLS 2

Turnovers:
WE 1
DLS 0

Penalties:
WE 8 for 85 yards
DLS 9 for 83 yards

Individual Rushing:
WE—Ashaad Clayton 11 carries for 74 yards, Jacall Wynder 8 carries for 67 yards and 2 touchdowns, Dayshawn Holmes 20 carries for 71 yards and two touchdowns, Dekunta Mason 1 carry, -3 yards

DLS—Cole Milford 8 carries for 91 yards and 1 touchdown, Patrick Martin 13 carries for 25 yards
Richon Porter 2 carries for 16 yards, Kennith Vaughn 1 carry for 0 yards

Individual Passing:
Dayshawn Holmes 6-of-16 for 81 yards, 1 touchdown
Cole Milford 5-of-14 for 85 yards and 1 touchdown, 1 interception
Patrick Martin 1-of-1 for 24 yards and 1 touchdown

Individual Receiving:
WE—Alred Luke 4 catches for 36 yards, Ashaad Clayton 1 catch for 23 yards, Casey Cain 2 catches for 22 yards and 1 touchdown

DLS—Richon Porter 3 catches for 81 yards and one touchdown, Nixon Bernard 1 catch for 24 yards and 1 touchdown, Jharon Gilmore 1 catch for 5 yards, Patrick Martin 1 catch for -1 yard

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