Woodlawn’s talented and decorated 2023 class played its final regular season home game Friday.
And whether or not the Panthers (4-5, 2-2) ultimately host again in the playoffs, their seniors made sure to provide a fittingly memorable performance in a 41-22 defeat of Central (Baton Rouge).
“It was all kind of surreal,” said senior defensive end Cameron Johnson, who made multiple big tackles behind and near the line of scrimmage. “They were lining us up to go on the field before the game, and it all kind of hit me like, ‘Man, I’m really a senior.’ They always used to tell us, ‘It’s gonna go fast. Enjoy these years while you’ve got ’em.’ And it kind of came a lot faster than I thought it would.
“But it was cool how they brought us all on the field and were talking to us and then getting the win on senior night and doing our thing.”
LSU-committed quarterback Rickie Collins completed 15 of his 25 passes for 143 yards and a pair of touchdowns to fellow seniors Tramon Douglas II and Willie Nunnery.
Collins and Louisiana (Lafayette)-committed running back Jay’veon Haynes each rushed for a pair of scores.
And Southeast Missouri State-committed defensive back Dezaray “D.J.” Delmore Jr. racked up 12 tackles and a pair of interceptions — with a third negated by a penalty elsewhere on the play.
“Even though the lost (the week before) against Catholic, I want to say that was my best game this year as far as playing and learning,” Delmore said. “Central, I had more impact plays, so as far as stat-wise, it’s my best game of the season… It was just like the plays were just happening, and it really just felt great making plays on senior night for my senior teammates and my family that was in the stands.”
Woodlawn will close the regular season Scotlandville (5-4, 2-2) in a battle for third place in District 4-5A and seeding in Division I.
The LHSAA will release its eight playoff brackets Sunday, Nov. 6.
Woodlawn is No. 16 in the latest Division-I power ratings, the lowest seed to host a first-round game, while Scotlandville enters the week at No. 9, one spot shy of a first-round bye.
“We were just talking about it yesterday,” senior linebacker Jaydan Moulds said. “Even the coaches were talking about it, just how all we’ve got to do is make the playoffs and everybody’s 0-0, so we can make a run.”