By DAVID FOLSE
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two touchdown passes from Shyheim Carter to Jaleel Hampton proved to be the difference as Kentwood defeated Haynesville, 40-7 in the Class 1A Louisiana high school football championship on Friday night.
After fumbling on their second play from scrimmage, the Kentwood (13-1) defense was able to stop Haynesville on fourth down, forcing a turnover.
Six plays later, Carter connected with Carter for their first touchdown, from 8 yards out, to make it 7-0 Kangaroos.
Tied 7-7, the Kangaroo defense again forced Haynesville to punt and on the ensuing play Carter found Raymontre Palmer for a 29-yard touchdown, giving Kentwood the lead for good at 14-7.
Carter later connected with Hampton again in the second quarter, this time from 12 yards out to push the lead to 21-7.
Seeking their 18th state championship in school history, third-seeded Haynesville finished the season 11-3. The Golden Tornadoes lone score of the game came in the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Keandre Harris.
The state championship for Kentwood is the fifth in school history and their first since 1998.
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