Bogalusa scores late to defeat Varnado

Published 11:23 pm Friday, October 4, 2019

Bogalusa’s Josh Taylor completed a 25-yard touchdown to Raheem Roberts with six seconds left to lift the Lumberjacks to a hard-fought 13-6 victory over Varnado in front of a standing-room only crowd Friday night at VHS.

Varnado had a fourth-and-seven at its own 28 late in a 6-6 game and was set up to punt. The snap was low and punter took off, but was only able to gain 4 yards.

Bogalusa took over at the Wildcats’ 32 with 24 seconds left.

Josh Taylor gained 7 yards on first down.

On the next play, Taylor threw a pass to Roberts, who made a leaping catch in the middle of the end zone to put his team up 13-6 after Taylor nailed the extra point with six seconds to go.

“I knew we could do it,” Roberts said. “I believed in my coaches. It was a hard-fought game. Varnado is a good team, I give it to them and I keep God first with everything I do.”

Varnado took over at its 42 after the kickoff went out of bounds, but could not score.

The Wildcats had redzone chances throughout the game, but Bogalusa’s defense stepped up and kept them from scoring.

“We had two or three opportunities we that we missed on, miss-capitalized on, but that’s how it is when you’re a young team playing in a big-game atmosphere,” Varnado coach Milton Green said. “I give kudos to coach (Adam) Brumfield, the Bogalusa defense and the team. But our team played good. I’m proud of my boys. They had their head up the whole game. They played full-speed and they left everything on the field tonight.”

Varnado had three opportunities in the red zone in the first half, but turned it over on downs twice. They were 1-for-2 in the second half inside the red zone.

Varnado recovered a fumble with one second left in the first half at Bogalusa’s 12, but the pass went incomplete.

Varnado drove the opening possession of the second half to Bogalusa’s 20 but turned it over on downs at the 26.

Following the turnover on downs, Bogalusa lost 3 yards in three plays and faced fourth-and-13.

Bogalusa set up to punt, but was a fake. The snap went to Tajdryn Forbes. Forbes took off running and wasn’t stopped until he was 46 yards downfield.

His play set up Taylor, who ran in from 12 yards out five plays later on third-and-2. The extra point was blocked, but Bogalusa was up 6-0 with 2:45 left in the third quarter.

Brumfield said they called the fake punt because they needed something going on offense.

“The last few weeks, we’ve done a good job, but this game offensively, we were really dead and we needed a spark and the fake punt gave it to us. It worked out,” Brumfield said.

Varnado scored on its next possession, which like Bogalusa’s score, was set up by a big play.

On fourth-and-6 from their own 49, Zyquantay Bickham found Trevin Haynes open for a pass. Haynes broke into the open field and was tackled at the 1 after a 50-yard gain. Lost yardage and a penalty pushed Varnado back to the 10, but the Wildcats scored on second-and-goal when Bickham went to Jaheim Hooks and he got into the end zone, tying the game at 6-6 with 8:39 on the clock.

The score stayed that way until the final seconds.

Both teams are back in action on the road Friday. Bogalusa travels to Albany while Varnado heads to Amite.

 

DAILY NEWS PHOTO/Chris Kinkaid
Varnado’s Korterrius Mingo runs in the open field during Friday’s game against Bogalusa.