Last Modified: Thursday, December 06, 2012 11:47 PM
There’s strength in numbers in Barbe’s record-setting offense.
Quarterback Kennon Fontenot has thrown for more than 4,000 yards this season. Receiver Trey Quinn has more than 2,000 receiving yards. The Bucs average 41.2 points per game and has scored at least 24 in every game this season.
Fontenot has a plethora of receiving options that includes Quinn (111 receptions, 2,094 yards, 26 touchdowns), Courtney Galentine (56-719-4 receiving; 185-1,058-16 rushing), Desean Smith (42-730-9), Gunner Leger (28-473-5) and Kade Demarie (16-197-1).
Bucs head coach Mike Cutrera said the number of weapons in the Barbe arsenal makes each player more effective.
“With that many guys, if you can just keep working you can find one,” he said. “They are going to take some people away. It is our coaches’ job to find who is going to be open and call that guy’s number. When five of them are involved, it is hard to cover.”
In the West Monroe game, Fontenot threw for 423 yards. Six players caught passes — four players caught at least three and both Quinn and Galentine had more than 100 yards receiving.
In the winning drive, backup Nick LaSalle made a 20-yard catch to give the Bucs first and goal at the Rebel 10-yard line in the final minute. It was his third catch of the season.
Here is Fontenot on his array of targets:
• “Desean is a great athlete, a big target. I know if I just put it anywhere around him he is going to go up and get it for me.
• “Galentine is in the backfield with me. I love him more than anything. We are always pumping each other up. He runs harder than anyone I have ever seen and I would not want anyone else back there with me.
• “Demarie, he is little but his heart is huge. When we down by 27, he was on the sideline telling everybody we were going to win the game, getting everybody up.
• “Gunner and I have grown up together. I love him. He is always out there blocking, doing his job so this team can be where we are.
• “Trey is another buddy I have grown up with. He is great. There is nothing else you need to say about him.”
Fontenot said having so many options makes things easy on him.
“It is a big help; I can throw it to anyone and I know they are going to do their best to catch it,” he said. “When they do catch it, they are going to get some extra yards.”
Former Bucs head coach Jimmy Shaver said Fontenot is an ideal triggerman for the offense.
“Fontenot is the guy that gets it to them,” he said.
“If I was a college coach, I wouldn’t pass this guy up. He has the greatest pass accuracy I’ve ever seen. I guarantee, when he’s scrambling around he’s getting to where he can see, where there’s a passing lane, (the passes) are so, so accurate.”
• When: 8 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
• Radio: KLCL (1470-AM)
• Series: 1-1.
• Last Meeting: Barbe 32, Rummel 28, 2010.
• Head Coaches: Mike Cutrera, Barbe, second season; Jay Roth, Rummel, 18th season.
• State Titles: None.
• Last Time In State Final: Barbe lost to East St. John, 15-8, in 1980; Rummel lost to West Monroe, 30-0, in 2009.
• Road To Dome: Barbe beat Terrebonne 24-7, C.E. Byrd 38-21, Parkway 45-35, West Monroe, 49-48. Rummel beat Lafayette, 49-7, Dutchtown, 21-10, Ouachita, 23-19, Mandeville, 17-14.
• When Rummel Has The Ball: Stop if you have heard this before, Barbe’s young defense will have to try and stop the Raiders power-running game. It is a ball-control attack that will try to eat up the clock and wear down the Barbe defensive, which has given up huge chunks of yardage this year. The Bucs gave up 546 yards all on the ground to West Monroe in the semifinals, 295 going to quarterback Michael Mims. The Bucs did force a pair of turnovers which led to 14 points and helped fuel the winning comeback.
• Key Players For Rummel: Senior quarterback Damian Williams will lead the Raiders attack. He has accounted for 2,529 yards of total offense and 26 touchdowns. Junior tailback Keith Fulton has rushed for 1,102 yards and scored 20 TDs.
• Keys for Rummel: Rummel is seeking the first state championship in the 49-year history of its program and to do so must control the ball offensively and consume clock time with its rushing attack. Senior quarterback Damian Williams and junior tailback Keith Fulton are key figures in those plans. Williams, as he has all season, is the Raiders’ physical and spiritual leader and is making his second state championship game start. But it is the Rebels secondary of corners Henré Toliver, Dontrell Bennett and Austin Vance and safeties Dwayne Eugene and Damarius Crawford that will be tested most by Barbe’s pass-crazy offense.
• When Barbe Has The Ball: They will have to score as many points as they can and stretch the field against a Raider defense that has not seen this type of speed all season. The Bucs will try to get out to a lead early in hopes of taking Rummel’s offense out of its game plan, which is to pound the football. Barbe must also be able to run the football enough to control the clock at least enough to help out its young defense and give it some rest. That means the Bucs, led by junior quarterback Kennon Fontenot, can’t turn the ball over. It has gotten them in trouble in games.
• Key Players For Barbe: Fontenot is the main man. He has thrown for 4,119 yards and 45 touchdowns while being intercepted 10 times. He has also rushed for 566 yards and eight more scores. But he seems at his best when he improvises. Chased out of the pocket against West Monroe, Fontenot ran himself to freedom and was able to throw for 423 yards and six TDs while leading an amazing comeback that saw Barbe score three times in the final 2:11 for the 49-48 win. His favorite targets of are receiver Trey Quinn with 111 catches for 2,094 yards and 26 touchdowns and tight end Desean Smith (42, 730, 9). Courtney Galentine leads the run attack with 1,058 yards and 16 touchdowns but is also a weapon as a pass catcher with 56 grabs for 719 yards and another four scores.