Arceneaux: Local football teams off to good starts

By By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

This Friday’s games will mark the halfway point of the regular season, and for most teams, the final tune-up before district

races begin.

We’ve already had a couple of districts get under way. The perennial powers — Barbe, Acadiana and Carencro — took care of

business in District 3-5A.

In District 4-2A, defending champion

Kinder lost a heartbreaker at Welsh and Rosepine picked up a big road

win at Lake Arthur

in the opening week. Through four weeks, four teams — Kinder, Lake

Arthur, Vinton and Welsh — stand at 3-1 while Rosepine

is 2-2, with both losses coming to teams from higher

classifications. With such a high number of quality teams, running the

gauntlet as Kinder did last year seems unlikely. Being able to get

wins on the road and in close games will separate the leaders

from the rest of the pack. Rosepine has already stolen one road

game and announced it will be a factor in the race.

Elsewhere, the first four weeks have provided some answers to questions about teams coming into the season as new stars have

emerged.

At Sulphur, Kale Breaux won the

quarterback derby and has thrown for 733 yards. The Tors have a bevy of

talented skill players,

but have struggled to slow down the kind of high-powered offenses

it will face in district play, giving up an average of 36

points over the first three weeks before producing a shutout of

Leesville in Week 4. For the 2-2 Tors to get back into the

district title mix, Breaux and running back Brian Walker will have

to keep putting big numbers on the board. The opening-week

35-28 win over St. Thomas More might have to be the template for

Tors victories against the elite teams in the district.

Washington-Marion has found a pair of

additional offensive weapons to take some of the pressure off two-way

star Melvin Jones.

Demond Delahoussaye has made big plays receiving and running, and

Rawlin Guillory has emerged as a workhorse running back.

Diversifying the offense will help the Charging Indians, off to a

3-1 start, survive what is shaping up to be a tough District

4-4A race with LaGrange, St. Louis and DeRidder poised to

challenge.

Iowa is undefeated, and like Washington-Marion, has unleashed a plethora of playmakers to assist quarterback Austin Theriot.

Chaz Key has returned a kick for a touchdown every week and is a threat out of the backfield along with D’Juan Rigmaiden.

DeQuian Mathews is a threat at receiver and the Yellow Jackets defense has allowed 33 points.

District 4-3A mates Jennings and

Westlake are also off to good starts. Jennings had to replace a pair of

1,000-yard backs

and an all-state tight tend, but Jarquis Brown and Lamontay Mouton

have assumed the leading roles in the backfield, quarterback

Jaylon Boutte is throwing the ball well and sophomore Curtis Bell

has been an able replacement for Khris Watkins at tight

end.

Westlake is 2-1, with the one loss coming at Class 2A state runner-up Winnfield. New head coach Shawn Demeritt has made the

transition from longtime head coach Max Caldarera a smooth one, and the Rams have looked dangerous on offense with a pair

of dynamic receiving targets in Tyler Johnson, who is also a threat as a wildcat quarterback, and Jacory Washington.

In Class 1A, Basile is undefeated, in large put due to the play of Kendrick Ceasar, who was an all-state kick returner as

a freshman last season. Ceasar has taken to a larger role on offense, producing 616 yards in his first four games.

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Warren Arceneaux covers high school athletics. Email him at warceneaux@americanpress.com