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Last Modified: Friday, August 30, 2013 11:09 PM
The Barbe Bucs finished preparations for another state title run Friday night with a 23-0 victory over the Westlake Rams in the annual Lake Area Jamboree held at Cowboy Stadium.
Quarterback Kennon Fontenot and wide receiver Trey Quinn picked up where they left off last season, but they were surrounded by quite a few new faces in their final preseason competition.
“We had quite a few young guys step up for us tonight, especially offensively,” said Barbe head coach Mike Cutrera. “I think this experience will end up helping us on offense in the long run.”
Fontenot completed 12-of-16 attempts for 199 yards and one touchdown and he rushed for a score. Quinn reeled in five receptions for 74 yards, most of which came after the catch.
Two of those new faces the Bucs had on the field were running backs R.J. Fowlkes and Kirkland Banks. Fowlkes rushed for 50 yards on seven carries while Banks, a freshman, scored a 47-yard touchdown on his only rush of the game.
While the offense was clicking all night, it was the Barbe defense that stepped up by holding Westlake to 45 yards on the ground and 47 yards through the air.
“Early on this season we expect our defense to carry us because that is where a majority of our experience is,” Cutrera said. “Until our offensive guys get some experience and settle in, we expect our defense to come up big every week.”
Westlake quarterback Tim Hamilton led his team in rushing with 42 yards and connected with wide receiver JaCory Washington on a 39-yard pass early in the game.
“We wanted to play the best team in the area and Barbe is a great measuring stick for us going into the season,” said Westlake head coach Shawn Demeritt. “I thought we moved the ball well in the first half and our defense did make some big stops.
“I wanted to see how we could handle the adversity of playing a good 5A team and I thought we did some good things.”
Earlier in the evening the Sulphur Tors squeaked by the Sam Houston Broncos 14-12 thanks to some big plays.
The Broncos struck first after junior quarterback Dustin Duhon led them down the field on the opening drive before punching it in from a yard out.
Sulphur answered in the second half thanks to a 44-yard touchdown run by Michael Lyons before Derrick Guillory returned a punt 75 yards for a 14-6 lead.
Senior Cliff Reid was able to breathe some life into Sam Houston on the ensuing kickoff when he sprinted 98 yards for a touchdown, but the Broncos were unable to convert the 2-point conversion.
Lyons ran for a game-high 83 yards on seven carries.