Peabody sophomore QB steals 'Cenla Jam' show
August 31, 2013Peabody Magnet High School
Sophomore Saydrick Kirklin of Peabody stole the show early, and sophomore Matthew Beck took the spotlight in the nightcap at the Mid-State Cenla Jamboree at Alexandria Senior High Friday night.
Kirklin passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead Peabody to a 24-6 victory over Buckeye.
Menard won the opening game against Northwood, 13-0, and Alexandria Senior High defeated Bolton, 27-14 in the final game.
Standouts: Kirklin completed six of seven passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran eight times for 84 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown run. Freshman Jamar Washington had four catches for 61 yards, and Josh Gaston and freshman Bruce Price each had TD catches of 22 and 38 yards, respectively.
What worked: Peabody operated nicely, especially in the first half, from the spread offense.
Question marks: Pooch kickoff didn't work for the Warhorses, giving up a short return by Trent Oliver to the Peabody 36, setting stage for Buckeye's lone touchdown drive.
Standouts: Junior running back Nick Teal rushed for 55 yards on 11 carries, including a 1-yard touchdown.
What worked: Buckeye settled down in the second half defensively with a “bend-but-don’t-break” defense.
Question marks: The Panthers lacked speed and size to handle bigger, quicker Peabody squad.
Standouts: Quarterback Austin Vaughn and Colton Cormane combined on a 42-yard pass play for a touchdown. Vaughn completed five of nine passes for 77 yards and one touchdown. Cormane had two catches for 59 yards. Cormane and Vaughn also played well defensively.
What worked: Menard exploited a fumble recovery deep in Northwood territory, converting a 7-yard tuchdown run by Kelvaughn Hayes.
Question marks: As well as Vaughn played, he needs to improve his passing accuracy. Menard also had four fumbles and lost two, including one at the Northwood 1-yard line.
Standouts: Tyree Elie proved to be a tough bruising runner, gaining 54 yards on 14 carries. Junior defensive back Jordan Francis had an interception and nice return, and senior defensive back Bryan Brownlee recovered a fumble.