Devante Noil accounted for three unanswered fourth-quarter touchdowns to propel Edna Karr to a come-from-behind, 33-24 victory against St. Augustine at Tad Gormley Stadium on Friday. Noil had passing touchdowns of 42 and 17 yards, and a three-yard rushing TD, all in the game's final 6 minutes, 46 seconds to lead his team past the Purple Knights.
In a contest full of D-1 prospects, including Leonard Fournette, Gerald Willis and Donnie Alexander, it was Noil whose performance stood out most among the rest. Noil accounted for 266 total yards of offense — 153 passing, 91 rushing and 22 receiving — and four total touchdowns.
Though Edna Karr ultimately came out on top, it was the St. Augustine defense that controlled the majority of the game. The Purple Knights held Noil and the rest of the Cougar offense in check, forcing a turnover on downs in the fourth quarter that seemingly clinched it for St. Aug.
Oklahoma State commit Juwan Offray intercepted St. Augustine on the next series, setting up another Noil touchdown drive. Noil broke several tackles on Karr's first offensive play for a 47-yard run that moved the Cougars to the Purple Knight three-yard line.
Noil scored on the next play to give his team its first lead since early in the second quarter.
St. Augustine had one last chance to regain the lead, but Karr forced a three-and-out behind Willis, who tackled Fournette on third down to bring out a punt. Willis, Alexander, UL commit Jaevon Walton and 2015 DE Isaiah Washington stepped up for an Edna Karr defense that held St. Aug scoreless in the second half.
The St. Aug offense did have its bright moments in the first half though. Fournette scored three touchdowns three different ways — a 10-yard run, 93-yard reception and even a 63-yard pass. 2015 WR Stanley Morgan also had a big game, hauling in six catches for 101 yards and a touchdown.
But the Purple Knights couldn't muster much in the second-half while Noil and the rest of the Cougar offense ultimately pulled ahead in the fourth quarter.
For more notes and observations from Karr's 33-24 victory against St. Aug, including recruiting notes on Noil, Willis and Fournette, click the link below:
Speedy sparks Karr comeback victory
2014 LB Donnie Alexander 2014 RB Leonard Fournette
2014 DL Gerald Willis
2015 DE Isaiah Washington
2015 WR Stanley Morgan