It wasn’t THAT long of a trip for the Many High School football team to drive south on U.S. 171 to play at DeRidder Friday night.
But the Tigers went long distance again and again and again after they arrived, dominating the Dragons 61-26 in a non-district matchup that turned into a mismatch.
Many (1-1), ranked No. 3 in the state Class 2A top 10 poll, scored on plays of 84, 98, 44, 25, 34, and 32 yards – adding a couple more touchdown runs of 12 and 11 yards. The Tigers were in command for good midway through the first half against their Class 4A hosts (0-2).
The game was expected to be one of ball control with both teams relying on a ground-and-pound approach. It did not disappoint.
Neither did Many senior running back London Williams and the Tigers’ offensive line. Williams collected five touchdowns and outgained DeRidder by himself, 280-240, getting his rushing yards on 17 carries. That’s an average of 16.5 yards every time he ran the ball.
A 12-yard touchdown run by Jeremiah James and an 84-yard lightning bolt from Williams, along with a pair of two-point conversions, staked the Tigers to a 16-0 first-quarter lead.
After a short DeRidder touchdown run, Many’s Jayvion Smart returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards to vault the visitors ahead 24-6. Williams tallied again, from 18 yards out, on the next MHS possession, and the Tigers executed their fourth straight two-point conversion for a 32-12 advantage.
The Dragons answered with a touchdown, but missed their third straight conversion try and were then stung again by Williams, this time from 44 yards out.
By halftime the score was Many 38-12, with Williams already accounting for 200 rushing yards on 11 carries including his first three touchdowns.
Early in the third, Williams housed one from 25 yards out. The undaunted Dragons got a drive going and scored for a third time on a short touchdown pass to the tight end, moving the score to 46-18.
Williams got his final touchdown early in the fourth quarter from 34 yards out to move Many in front 54-18. The Dragons continued to play hard and got across the goalline again on a 53-yard touchdown run.
After multiple substitutions, the Tigers lit up the scoreboard once more as freshman Sylvonte Aldredge dashed in from 11 yards outs to make it 61-26.
After the game, Tigers head coach Jess Curtis was extremely happy.
“We’ve got great kids, that committed to playing four quarters of Many football. Now it’s on to next week.”
Curtis was also complimentary of DeRidder coach Brad Parmley, a Many player in the 1990s, and the Dragons, calling them “first class and a very good football program.”
The Tigers stay close to home next Friday night, this time heading north up U.S. 171 to Stonewall for a contest at North DeSoto. Many is home again on Sept. 24 when Tioga comes to John W. Curtis Stadium.
M: Jeremiah James 12 run (two-point conversion good) 8-0
M: London Williams 84 run (two-point conversion good) 16-0
D: 2 run 16-6 (conversion failed)
M: Jayvion Smart 98 kickoff return (two-point conversion good) 24-6
D: 3 run (conversion failed) 24-12
M: Williams 44 run (two-point conversion good) 32-12
M: Williams 34 run (conversion failed) 38-12
D: 5 pass (conversion failed) 38-18
M: Williams 25 run (conversion failed) 46-18
D: 53 run (two-point conversion good) 46-26
M: Williams 34 run (two-point conversion good) 54-26
M: Sylvonte Aldredge 11 run (kick good) 61-26
London Williams 17-280 , 5 TDs
Jeremiah James 12-106, 1 TD
Tackett Curtis 1-36
Sylvonte Aldredge 2-17, 1 TD
Many 449, DeRidder 240
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