St. Augustine wears down Landry-Walker, 44-6
St. Augustine wears down Landry-Walker (Ken Trahan)
NEW ORLEANS – On a warm afternoon, the team that possessed the football most would have a big advantage.
St. Augustine turned to a dominant, physical running game and a relentless pass rush to overwhelm Landry-Walker 44-6 at Tad Gormley Stadium Saturday afternoon in a game heard live on 106.1 FM NASH ICON.
The Purple Knights simply wore down the Chargin’ Bucs, rushing for 314 yards and accumulating 484 yards of total offense while the St. Aug defense sacked Landry-Walker quarterbacks six times, including two by Byron Turner.
St. Augustine took the opening kickoff and drove 71 yards in 14 plays with Mahmoud Bailey scoring on a one-yard run to make it 6-0 after a missed extra point with 7:33 to play in the first quarter.
The lead grew quickly as the Purple Knights blocked a punt by Kenneth Rivarde of an Eric Barnes punt and Byron Turner recovered in the end zone for a touchdown to make it 13-0 with 5:53 to play in the quarter.
Landry-Walker took advantage of a muffed punt to get on the board, driving 40 yards in six plays with Justin Hudson hitting Ramon Coleman on a 24-yard touchdown pass to make it 13-6 with 2:20 to play in the first quarter.
The second quarter was all Purple Knights.
St. Aug drove 84 yards in 10 plays with Kendell Sampson scoring on a four-yard run to make it 20-6 with 11:26 to play in the first half.
On their next possession, the Purple Knights went 53 yards in seven plays with Bailey scoring on a six-yard run and it was 26-6 with six minutes left in the half.
In the final minute of the half, Sampson connected with Jaheim Walters on a 40-yard touchdown pass to give St. Aug a 32-6 lead at halftime. The score was set up by an interception by Tahj Adams
The Purple Knights scored on their first possession of the second half as Sampson hit Menphis commit Khi Mathieu on a 31-yard touchdown pass to make it 32-6 with 7:36 to play in the third quarter capping a six play, 36-yard drive.
St. Aug concluded the scoring in the fourth quarter when Sampson hit Javon Nicholas on an 18-yard touchdown pass to account for the final margin.
Sampson was superb, completing 15-of-20 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns and he rushed for a fourth score. Keilon Pritchett rushed nine times for 111 yards while Bailey carried 13 times for 116 yards and two scores.
Hudson was 6-of-13 for 139 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Chargin’ Bucs (1-1).
St. Augustine (2-0) returns to action next Saturday night at 7:30 against John F. Kennedy at Tad Gormley while Landry-Walker has a very tough assignment against John Curtis Friday night at Behrman Stadium.
SA 13 19 6 6 — 44
LW 6 0 0 0 — 6
SA—Mahmoud Bailey, 1-yard run (kick failed) 6-0
SA—Byron Turner recovers blocked punt in end zone (Jaron Marks kick) 13-0
LW—Ramon Coleman, 24-yard pass from Justin Hudson (run failed) 13-6
SA—Kendell Sampson, 4-yard run (Jaron Marks kick) 20-6
SA—Mahmoud Bailey, 6-yard run (kick failed) 26-6
SA—Jaheim Walters, 40-yard pass from Kendell Sampson (kick failed) 32-6
SA—Khi Mathieu, 31-yard pass from Kendell Sampson (kick fails) 38-6
SA—Javon Nicholas, 18-yard pass from Kendell Sampson (kick failed) 44-6
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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, CCSE CEO Ken Trahan has been a sports media fixture in the community for nearly four decades. Ken started NewOrleans.com/Sports with Bill Hammack and Don Jones in 2008. In 2011, the site became SportsNOLA.com. On August 1, 2017, Ken helped launch CrescentCitySports.com. Having accumulated national awards/recognition (National Sports Media Association, National Football…