Swampcats roll past Cardinals 40-21


MANNING – Laurence Manning Academy is diversified in its up-tempo offense, having several different players catch and run with the football and even alternating at quarterback with Braydon Osteen and Burgess Jordan.

The Swampcats had it all clicking on Friday as it played host to Cardinal Newman at Billy Chitwood Field. LMA rolled up 466 yards of total offense, including 311 through the air, as it topped the Cardinals 40-21.

“We were really pleased with the way we played offensively,” said Laurence Manning head coach Robbie Briggs, whose team improved to 3-1 on the season and 1-1 in SCISA 3A in rebounding from last week’s 35-21 loss to Hammond. “We were able to move the ball well both running and passing.”

Osteen and Jordan both gained yards throwing, rushing and even receiving. Osteen completed 11 of 19 passes for 232 yards and one touchdown, rushed for 29 yards and another score and caught a pass from Jordan for 12 yards. Jordan, in turn, caught a 10-yard pass from Osteen, ran for 59 yards and two scores and completed 5 of 6 passes for 79 yards and two TDs.

“They’re both good quarterbacks with great skill sets,” Briggs said of Osteen, a senior, and junior Jordan. “They’re both unselfish players and bring a lot. Osteen shows a lot of leadership and Jordan will do anything you ask of him.”

The Swampcats had eight different players catch the football and seven different run with it. Taylor Lee had six catches for 99 yards and a touchdown and he also ran seven times for 49 yards.

“We were able to do a lot of things offensively,” Briggs said. “They really didn’t stop us much at all. The only time we didn’t score was when we stopped ourselves.”

LMA broke out on top with a 12-play, 79-yard drive on its second possession. Jordan ran in from two yards out with 4:43 left in the first quarter. It failed on the 2-point conversion, leaving the score at 6-0.

The Cardinals, who fell to 2-2 overall and 0-2 in 3A, answered with quarterback TJ Wise scoring on a 31-yard run. Jacob Cowan added the extra point to make it 7-6 with 1:35 to go.

LMA started at its 17 following the kickoff, but moved quickly down the field. The drive ended with Jordan connecting with Garrett Black for a 38-yard TD pass. Jordan ran for the 2-point conversion to make it 14-7 with 12:43 to go in the second quarter.

CN used a little trickery to tie the game, having AJ DePalma pull up on a halfback pass and throw to DeonTay Smith for a 47-yard TD pass with 4:09 left in the first half.

LMA used a 48-yard completion from Osteen to Grayson Dennis to reach the Cardinal Newman 5-yard line. On the next play, Jordan tossed a 5-yard TD pass to Lee to make it 20-14 with 1:20 left in the half.

The Cardinals missed out on a golden opportunity to get in the end zone once more before halftime. An 8-yard run by Wise set it up for a first down at the LMA 1-yard line with 26 seconds left. However, two penalties and two negative-yardage plays had Wise throw an interception from the 25-yard line on the final play of the first half.

CN took the second half kickoff though and got in the end zone with Wise scoring on a 2-yard run. Cowan’s PAT made it 21-20 with 8:54 to go in the third quarter.

Laurence Manning came back with Osteen hitting H back David Wilder coming out of the backfield for a 44-yard TD pass with 6:05 left to make it 26-21.

Cardinal Newman was on the move again on its next possession, but LMA stopped it at its 29. On the first play, Osteen went up top to Lee for a 66-yard pass for a first down at the CN 5.

Two plays later, Jordan scored from a yard out and he then ran for the 2-point conversion to make it 34-21 with 16 seconds left in the third quarter.

Laurence Manning allowed 348 yards of total offense, but forced five turnovers, four on interceptions. Three of those came on CN’s final three possessions. Jake Jordan had two picks.

A 32-yard run by Osteen closed out the scoring.

Wise rushed for 110 yards on 18 carries and completed 12 of 26 passes for 185 yards with the four interceptions.