Bogalusa struggles against Salmen

Published 11:03 pm Friday, September 22, 2017

Bogalusa struggled against Salmen and fell to the Spartans, 31-12, in Friday night’s game on homecoming night.

“We played terrible. We were lackadaisical. We didn’t have any energy, we were flat, we made tons of mistakes,” Bogalusa coach David Roberts said. “Unexcusable. Unexcusable. Too many penalties and just played overall bad. Now the defense, I don’t think played that bad to be honest with you. Defense played OK, but the offense was just terrible.”

Salmen had good field position early on and scored nine points on over its first three drives. The Spartans returned a punt to Bogalusa’s 34 after the Lumberjacks punted on their initial possession of the game. That led to Eddie Smith kicking a 22-yard yard field goal through the uprights to make it a 3-0 lead with 8:03 left in the first quarter.

Salmen began its next drive at its 45, but Bogalusa’s defense held tough. The third drive began at the 50 and the Spartans scored on a 5-yard run by Aaron Williams for a 9-0 lead after the missed extra point at the 10:50 of the second period.

Bogalusa countered on the ensuing possession when Diante Lenoir broke a tackle and cut right twice before going into the end zone for six. The extra point was wide, but the Lumberjacks were back in the game and trailed just 9-6 with 9:46 left in the first half.

Salmen went up double figures nearly four minutes later when Williams scored his second touchdown of the night, this time on a 31-yard run on the first play after a big punt return by Brayden Gabel. Smith hit the extra point to make it 16-6.

The score stayed that way until halftime.

Salmen broke the game open early in the third quarter and ate clock at the end of the period and in the fourth.

Bogalusa forced Salmen to punt on the opening drive of the second half, but fumbled during the return. The Spartans recovered and scored on the second play when L.J. Leonard connected with Gabel on 22-yard hookup. Smith was good on the extra point and it was 23-6.

The kickoff was a touchback. Bogalusa lost a yard on first down, but consecutive snaps through the quarterback’s legs led to a safety and a 25-6 lead at the 8:26 mark.

Both teams turned the ball over on downs. The Spartans got the ball back with 33 seconds left in the third quarter at their own 24. Salmen drove 76 yards in 14 plays and ate up 8:20 from the clock before tallying on Leonard’s pass to Smith. The extra point was no good and it was 31-6 with 4:13 left.

Bogalusa scored on the next possession when Jay Baham ran in from 8 yards out, completing a 73-yard drive with 4:13 to go. The two-point conversion failed and that was the final, 31-6.

Lenoir finished with 85 yards rushing and a touchdown. Baham ran for 76 yards and a score while throwing for 128 yards.

Tyrese Rousell had 68 yards receiving.

Williams tallied 101 yards with two touchdowns on the ground.

Leonard threw for 96 yards and two touchdowns.

Bogalusa (1-3) is back in action Friday, playing South Plaquemine. That game will begin a two-game road trip. Salmen (3-1) is headed to Loranger on Friday.