Hurricanes win in Keller debut

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 11, 2000

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / October 11, 2000

RESERVE – The St. John Parish Louisiana Hurricanes’ “Category Five”defense helped make the team’s debut at Joe Keller Stadium a successful one, accounting for 16 points in a 34-0 victory over the Louisiana Gators Saturday night The victory improved the Hurricanes to 8-2 heading into the playoffs. TheGators finished their season at 3-7.

The Hurricanes held the Gators to minus three yards in offense and forced four turnovers, returning two for scores. The special teams also scored ona safety and set up another touchdown with a blocked punt.

The Hurricanes finished with 205 yards in offense. Corey Bouie completed8-of-21 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown. Darrin Jarreau ran 12times for 60 yards and two scores.

Shawn Jordan and Daniel Beshears combined on a sack to end the Gators’ first possession. On the second possession, Derrick Youngblood intercepteda pass in the right flat at the Gators’ 31 and returned it for the score. Theextra point was no good, leaving the score 6-0 with 1:58 left in the first quarter.

Two possessions later, the Hurricanes took over at their own 18. Jarreauwent up the middle on the first play for 23 yards to the 41. On fourth downfrom the 48, Bouie lofted a pass down the right sidelines for David Johnson. Johnson out-leapt his defender on the sidelines, made a jukemove inside and took it the rest of the way to complete the 52-yard scoring play. Again, the extra point was no good, making it 12-0 with 7:55left in the first half.

The Gators returned the ensuing kickoff to the Hurricanes 46 and moved to the 22. On first down from the 22, Kendrick Williams grabbed aninterception at the 4-yard line, preserving a 12-0 halftime lead.

The Gators opened the second half by returning the kickoff to the Hurricanes’ 47. A late hit against the Hurricanes gave the Gatorspossession at the 35. The Gators drove to the 9 before being stopped asMichael Moore, Travis O’Neal and Eric Williams knocked away passes.

On the Gators’ next possession, Youngblood recovered a fumble at the Gators’ 37-yard line. This time the Hurricanes cashed in as Jarreaucarried three straight times, finishing the drive with an 8-yard sweep around the left side for the score. Bouie then hit Anthony Garrison for thetwo-point conversion, making it 20-0 with 4:46 left in the third quarter.

The Gators were held on their next possession. On the punt attempt, thesnap was high and bounced into the end zone for a safety, making it 22-0 with 1:17 left in the quarter.

Donnell Gray made it 28-0 on the Gators’ next possession, intercepting a pass at the 34 and returning it for a touchdown. The try for two failedwith 13:03 left in the game.

The special teams set up the next score, blocking a punt and recovering it at the Gators’ 3-yard line. Jarreau took it in off left tackle on the nextplay to make it 34-0 with 8:05 left in the game.

The Hurricanes have a bye in the first round of the North American Football League playoffs next week and host a second round game Oct. 21.

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