Lumberjacks open with shutout

Published 11:49 pm Friday, September 1, 2017

COVINGTON — The Bogalusa Lumberjacks traveled to Covington to play the Northlake Christian Wolverines Friday night in the first game of the season. In a spectacular showing by the Lumberjacks’ defense and offense, Bogalusa defeated Northlake 30-0.

Jay Baham led the Lumberjacks’ offense to five touchdowns, while the defense managed two interceptions and recovered two fumbles by the Wolverines.

In their first drive of the game, Baham handed off to Diante Lenoir at the 1-yard-line for the first touchdown of the game. Baham missed the extra point, which put the score at 6-0. At the beginning of the second quarter, Baham partnered with Lenoir again with a handoff from the 21-yard-line as he scored the Lumberjacks’ second touchdown. Baham’s kick again fell short, which left the score at 12-0.

On defense Cordell Alexander stopped the Wolverines’ advance when he intercepted a pass from Nick Morman intended for Rahsaan Duke. With two minutes left in the half, Baham passed to Lenoir from the 13-yard-line into the end zone for a touchdown. The Lumberjacks attempted a two-point conversion with a pass to Issac Carson, but Carson was held by the Wolverine line at the 2-yard-line, which put the score at 18-0 at the half.

The Wolverines started off the second half with a 40-yard drive downfield. Duke fumbled a pass from Devon Tott, which was recovered by a host of Lumberjacks. Back at the helm, Baham and the Lumberjacks drove from their own 15-yard-line for seven plays. A pass from Baham at the Wolverines’ 32-yard-line found Lenoir waiting in the end zone, which claimed another touchdown for the Lumberjacks. The point-after attempt was blocked and the scoreboard read 24-0 in favor of the Lumberjacks.

The final touchdown of the game came with just shy of four minutes left on the clock. In their first play after a turnover on downs by the Wolverines, Baham passed to Ian Lopez from the 46-yard-line. Lopez caught it and dodged through the Wolverines’ defense for the touchdown. The extra point kick went wide and the final score was 30-0.

Next week, Bogalusa hosts Chalmette in their second game of the season.

Sports correspondent John Glover wrote this story.