Livonia knew Istrouma would bring a powerful running game for the Week 2 clash, and the Indians gave the Wildcats all they anticipated.
Istrouma amassed 651 yards total offense – 415 yards on the ground – in a 55-20 win over Livonia in non-district action Friday night at The Jungle.
Despite the lopsided score, Livonia showed some bright spots. Conner Greivous passed for 163 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another for the Wildcats, who remain in search of their first win after two games.
“We didn’t quit, but we showed the youth and inexperience we have, and we have a long way to go,” Livonia coach Josh Laborde said. “People like to say that Rome wasn’t built in a day – nor a year or two – and it takes some time, as well as growth and maturity.”
Livonia slipped to 0-2.
Istrouma (1-0) swung out the gate with two touchdowns in the opening quarter. Senior wide receiver De’Antwan Brown scored on a 35-yard pass from LeKendrick Self, who tacked on TD during the next possession for a 13-0 lead.
The Wildcats responded with a 52-yard TD run from Hunter Greavis that cut the deficit to 13-6 bhy the end of the first quarter.
LHS carried the momentum into the second quarter and briefly took the lead when Wayley took a Greavis 60-yard pass to the end zone. A two-point conversion run put the Wildcats ahead 14-13, but the lead did not last long.
Istrouma senior running back LeVeon Moss showed why he is one of the area’s most highly touted Division I prospects when he scored on runs of 2 and 11 yards on the next two possessions.
Self and Brown combined their efforts once more for a 20-yard touchdown pass that put Istrouma ahead 35-14 at halftime.
“We lost our starting receiver and our starting defensive end, and those guys contributed on both sides of the ball, so these guys played tonight with their brothers in mind,” Istrouma coach Jerermy said.
“They did a good job competing, and although we started out slow this was the first time we played all four quarters this season after making the adjustments from the jamboree and the week off from the hurricane.”
Livonia’s misfortunes spilled into the second half when Self fired a 38-yard pass to wide receiver Trevon Simon. Two place later, senior Jaon Morgan reached the end zone from the 9-yard line less than a minute into the second half.
Istrouma stopped the Wildcats at their own 13 after the kickoff return. A false start penalty put them back to their own eight, which set up sophomore Trevon Simon’s 8-yard TD scamper two plays later. A drive that began at mid-field culminated with a 7-yard TD run by Charleston Washington.
The 48-14 deficit did not deflate the Wildcats. Kendrick Whaley returned the kickoff 89 yards to set up a Greavils 1-yard TD sneak that cut the deficit to 48-20.
The Indians padded their lead on Simon’s 7-yard run on the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats returns to action Friday against neighboring Port Allen (0-2), who will enter Week 3 after a 40-18 loss against Donaldsonville.