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Amite bounces back from loss, wins first playoff game

BY CALEB LAY

Daily Star Sports Reporter

sports2@hammondstar.com

The Amite Warriors bounced back from their first loss in style by drumming Bunkie 47-3 in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs.

"Our kids were anxious to play all week," Amite head coach Zephaniah Powell said. "That loss does not represent how good this team is." Both sides of the ball proved that with the offense producing explosive plays and the defense causing two fumbles and three interceptions.

Bunkie got the ball to start the play, and the Panthers tried every trick in the book to score, going for it on two fourth downs. On one of those fourth-down attempts, Bunkie ran a fake punt that scored a touchdown, but it was wiped away due to an illegal motion penalty.

Amite took the ball and lightning immediately struck when quarterback Cam Henderson threw an 85-yard pass to Devonta Lee who went down just a couple yards shy of the end zone. Henderson punched the ball in later on a six-yard run.

On the next possession, Amite's Kyle Maxwell picked off Bunkie and returned the ball over 40 yards to score another touchdown just two minutes later. Jadarrius Jackson picked off the Panthers on the next possession which set up a 14-yard touchdown run by VJ Carroll.

At that point, the floodgates opened, and the Warriors closed out the half with a 35-0 lead. Bunkie rallied a bit on the first possession of the second half due to Williber Haydn's powerful running style. Haydn was tough to bring down most of the night, racking up 150 yards on 27 carries. That drive resulted in a 23-yard field goal by Bunkie that was good, cutting the lead to 35-3.

Amite's offense took back over with Henderson throwing a 44-yard touchdown to Maxwell to push the lead to 41-3. Henderson completed five of six passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for two more touchdowns. After that score, the Warriors put in their second-string offense which let backup quarterback Tyrin Taylor score on a 4-yard pass to Quinton Clark.

Powell was proud of his team's ability to bounce back after the loss but was most proud of how his defense performed.

"You win games with offense," Powell said. "But you win championships with defense."