Last Modified: Wednesday, September 05, 2012 5:19 PM
Scoreboard operators did not get much time to work themselves into game shape last week, as a handful of Class 1A and 2A schools put big numbers on the board in the opening week.
Vinton and Lake Arthur each scored 42 while Kinder scored 39 and Basile added 34. Oberlin scored 30 in a defeat to Sacred Heart-Ville Platte.
Vinton head coach Tarius Davis said his team produced big plays at the right time in its 42-14 win over Iota, playing on a short week of practice due to Hurricane Isaac.
“I don’t know if we really executed the way we wanted to, our kids fought through the adversity of a short week of practice, but when we needed to produce a drive, we were able to,” he said.
“The other thing is we were able to make big plays. We ran the opening kickoff back for a score, we had some long touchdown passes and broke the game open a little bit. It came down to the big plays we were able to make. We have young, talented guys at receiver. Our mindset is to put the ball in their hands and see what happens. We still want to control the ball and clock with our running game, and were able to do that some with D.J. (Reed) running for more than 100 yards, but we want to get those big ones, too.”
Davis said the Lions have a quartet of playmakers.
“James McMillon scored on the kickoff return, he plays both sides of the ball and is coming into his own as a receiver,” said Davis. “He did not play much as a freshman but is gaining ground quickly. Anfernee Dixon is the other outside receiver, he is an all-around talented athlete, a jack-of-all-trades. He can play receiver, quarterback, cornerback and safety. He scored on a long (45-yard) pass. Anthone Hillery and Ethan Longion are our inside receivers. We feel like we can put four guys out there that are difficult to matchup with.”
Vinton will host South Cameron, which won its opener 20-12 over East Beauregard on Friday night.
Basile got three touchdowns from sophomore Kendrick Ceasar, who is taking in a bigger role on offense after starring as a kick returner last season, when he earned honorable mention All-State honors as a freshman.
In the opener against Mamou, Ceasar scored on runs of 3, 14 and 63 yards in leading Basile to a 35-7 win. Fellow running back Kevin Hardy added 75 yards and a touchdown.
“We played consistently offensively, we were able to sustain some drives,” said Basile head coach Tony Bertrand.
“Kendrick had a good game as far as breaking a few runs, he is a young back still learning how to run the ball and set blocks up. Hardy, is steady, a senior, a leader on the team. Things were not open for him in the first half but he stuck with it and some things opened up in the second half. We have a lot of guys back on offense, both receivers and both tight ends. We can move guys around and do some different things with them.”
This week, Basile will face Sacred Heart-Ville Platte, which outlasted Oberlin 33-30 in the opener.
That was a wild game, back and forth,” Bertrand said. “Sacred Heart scored late, they have a good ball club. They run it well out of the Wing-T. We played them in the jamboree, and nobody scored, but we both moved the ball well.”