CENLA shoots down Eagles

Published 1:00 am Saturday, November 5, 2011

PINEVILLE, La. — CENLA Christian’s offense played up to its surroundings Friday night at Louisiana College’s Wildcat Field. Porters Chapel, on the other hand, had problems trying to slow down CENLA senior quarterback Graham Kelly.

Kelly directed CENLA to 30 second-quarter points as the Lions rolled past Porters Chapel 53-20 in the first round of the MAIS Class A playoffs. CENLA will face Newton Academy next week. PCA ends its season at 6-6.

PCA quarterback Jonah Masterson said it was exciting to play on Louisiana College’s home field, but wished his team could have had a better showing.

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“We just didn’t get the job done,” Masterson said. “We just had too many missed tackles.”

Kelly completed 8 of 10 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns. He also had two TD runs and had a hand in four two-point conversions.

“We did a very good job tonight,” Kelly said. “We didn’t shoot ourselves in the foot like we did last week against Wilkinson (a 40-22 loss). Our line did a heck of a job and we did this for our school.”

PCA got some highlights from Kawayne Gaston. The senior running back scored all three of the Eagles’ touchdowns on runs of 15, 66 and 54 yards. He finished with 168 yards on 18 carries.

“I couldn’t ask to play football with a better group of guys,” Gaston said. “I liked my team.”

Porters Chapel opened the game with a strong drive, aided greatly by a roughing the punter penalty and two offside calls on the Lions. Gaston completed a 14-play, 81-yard drive with a 15-yard scoring run with 6:42 left in the first quarter. Dewayne Russell had a problem with the college field’s narrow uprights as his PAT kick clanked off the post.

It took the Lions seven plays to answer and seize the lead for good. A 28-yard run by Thomas and a 16-yard Kelly pass to Jamar O’Connor set up a 4-yard TD run by Kelly. Kelly hit Anthony Dunbar for the two-point conversion and an 8-6 lead at the 3:57 mark of the first quarter.