Varnado’s comeback comes up short in loss to Berwick

Published 7:37 am Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Varnado’s Wildcats suffered a 30-23 loss to Berwick in a road game that took place Friday.

The Wildcats scored the game’s first points when James Williams connected with Armontee Kemp on a 57-yard touchdown pass. Kemp then hit the extra point to make it 7-0 just 1:40 into the game.

But Berwick scored the next 30 points, including 22 to end the first quarter.

Collin Louviere threw a 20-yard pass to Josh Carver and Louviere’s kick was good to tie the game at 7-7 with 5:45 left. It was his first of three touchdown passes of the first quarter.

Louviere threw his next touchdown pass to Kenan Jones. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful, keeping it a 13-7 game with two minutes remaining.

Louviere then had a touchdown pass to Carver. Louviere completed a two-point pass to Toby Everage for two with 11 seconds on the clock.

It was 22-7 after one quarter.

Berwick added one more touchdown in the first half on a 70-yard punt return by Larenz Clark with 10:11 left in the first half. Louviere completed the two-point pass to Carver to make it 30-7 at halftime.

The score remained 30-7 until the fourth quarter, when Varnado scored 16 unanswered points.

First, Errol Varnado returned an interception 80 yards for a score. Jadarrell Magee ran for the two-point conversion with 5:50 left.

He intercepted two passes. His first pick was a 35 yard return.

Nearly four minutes later, Kemp threw a 17-yard pass to Varnado for another touchdown. Magee ran in another two-point conversion with 1:59 to go, trimming the deficit to 30-23.

“We let them jump on us and then we had to fight our way back to get back in the game in the second half,” Varnado coach Scott Shaffett. You can’t fall behind like that. You have to keep yourself in range. The problem was that we allowed them to jump on us early, which causes a problem in the end.”

Defensively, the Wildcats forced three turnovers. They intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble. Varnado also had three sacks.

Ardaryl McGowan recovered a fumble for the Wildcats.

Andre Jones led the team in tackles with 12.

Offensively, Magee led Varnado’s rushing attack with 19 carries for 82 yards (4.3 yards per attempt).

Williams completed 7-of-17 passes for 88 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Kemp went 6-of-10 for 66 yards and he threw a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 69 yards (34.5 yards per catch).

Jones finished with six receptions for 52 yards (8.6). Varnado had two catches for 29 yards (14.5) and a touchdown.

Varnado is 1-2 this year and will attempt to even its record Friday with a home game against Catholic of Point Coupee.

Catholic is 1-2 and is coming off of a 27-0 victory against St. John.