Walker, Demons win score fest over Panthers
By: LANCE REED
Somewhere in the Evangeline Parish history books someone may be able to find out what the highest scoring football game ever was.
Or, they may be able to look no further than the week seven contest between Pine Prairie and Mamou. The two teams combined for 102 points. Of those points, 50 came in the fourth period alone. The two squads combined for 1,043 yards of total offense. Each team punted the ball just one time.
It was a very compelling spectacle to say the least. Mamou’s Robert Walker and Pine Prairie’s Kyle West proved they are the real deal. Walker piled up 456 yards rushing and scored eight touchdowns. Yes EIGHT! West ran for 211 yards and threw for 224 yards. He scored five touchdowns by running the football and threw for two touchdowns. Words simply can’t describe the performance of the two senior football players.
Pine Prairie drew first blood mid-way through the first period. West hit Jacoby Merritt on a hitch pass. Merritt did the leg work and went in for a 31-yard touchdown. The extra point was missed, keeping it a 6-0 ball game.
In the second period, the home team increased its lead. A speed sweep by Corey Ardoin put the Panthers at the Mamou five-yard line. West called his own number and punched the brown bean in for another. The two-point conversion attempt failed, making it a 12-0 contest.
Walker had a big return on the ensuing kickoff. One play later, the young man broke for a 35-yard touchdown run. The extra point kick was blocked, making it a 12-6 contest.
Mamou’s Sam Terry intercepted a Kyle West pass during the Panthers’ next possession, giving the Demons a chance to tie the game. A 32-yard run from Alex Vidrine set up another Walker score. Walker put the ball in from 20 yards out and he helped convert the two-point conversion, which give Mamou the lead, 14-12.
The Demons got the ball back after Pine Prairie went three plays and out. A shuffle pass to Walker broke for 25 yards, which set up a 21-yard touchdown run. The extra point kick was missed, but Walker’s third score of the night put Mamou out in front 20-12.
The third period began with a Brogan Landreneau interception, giving the ball back to Mamou at their own 25-yard line. For the second time in the ball game, Walker needed just one play to get the Mamou boys six points. He broke for a 75-yard run. (Kick failed).
The Panthers responded to the 26-12 score with a touchdown of their own. Eight consecutive Kyle West runs resulted in a score. The young man hit Matt Vidrine on a two-point conversion, putting the Panthers at a 26-20 deficit.
Mamou made a quick response to that score. After starting on their own 46-yard line, the Demons offensive line went back to work. Six plays later, Walker was back in the end zone with 1:16 left in the third period. (two-point try failed)
The score was 32-20 when the fourth period began. The scoring was quick and went back and forth from the very beginning of the period.
West scored on a six-yard run to make it a one-touchdown game after 10 seconds had been burnt.
Exactly one minute later, Walker broke for a 42-yard touchdown run and scored the two-point conversion. The score was now 40-26.
The Panthers put together their best drive of the night and scored four minutes later. The 10-play drive was capped on a one-yard run from West. (Two-point try failed)
The 40-32 score changed again less than two minutes later. A 17-yard touchdown run from Walker turned it back into a two-touchdown game, 46-32.
Less than two minutes later, West found Ardoin in perfect stride for a 48-yard touchdown strike. Ardoin finished the night with 84 yards receiving. West converted the two-point conversion, making it a 46-40 contest.
Seconds later, Walker was back in the end zone for Mamou. He bolted on a 51-yard run to score his eighth touchdown of the night. He also converted the two-point conversion, putting the Demons back up by two touchdowns 54-40.
West and company were not done yet. After 20 seconds rolled off the clock, the boys in orange and black got one last touchdown. West ripped the Mamou defense on a 48-yard run and converted the two-point conversion.
Down by a score, the Panthers attempted an onside kick to try and get the ball back. Unfortunately for the PPHS platoon, the kick failed and the Demons got the ball back. In an act of class, Mamou Head Coach John Lafleur instructed his quarterback to take a knee and run out the clock.
It was amazing an contest for both teams, especially West and Walker. The two gladiators truly left it all out on the field. Fans from both teams should feel lucky to have seen such a performance put on by two unique individuals.
The Panthers fall to 1-6 on the year and 0-4 in district. They travel to Port Barre next Friday night. Mamou will host Sacred Heart. Mamou is 3-3 on the season and 1-2 in district.