Arceneaux: The trick is keeping it going for 10 weeks

By By Warren Arceneaux / American Press

Reading too much into the opening game can be foolish, but an eventful first week produced a number of eye-opening performances

that provided hope for a number of area teams as the season moves forward.

At the Barbe-LaGrange game, the Gators

showed enough in a 29-14 loss to prove that their strong finish to last

season was

no fluke. Last year, the Gators overcame a slow start to win their

first four district games and sneak into the Class 4A playoffs.

Against Class 5A Barbe, LaGrange played the Bucs even through the first half, and could have had a chance to win if it had

been able to finish drives. Three times the Gators drove inside the Bucs 30-yard line but did not produce any points.

On a positive note, the Gators held one of the state’s best offenses to eight points in the first half, and new quarterback

Quinton Barry made an impressive debut. The Gators have a few more chances to get a statement win, with games against Class 5A Sulphur this week,

and Class 4A powers O.P. Walker and Northside in Weeks 4 and 5.

As for the Bucs, the new-look defense

answered some questions. The line produced a couple of sacks on key

third- and fourth-down

plays, and the Bucs produced key stops in the red zone during the

first half when the offense had yet to find their rhythm.

The game swung on a Barbe fumble recovery early in the second

half, which set up a short scoring drive to give the Bucs the

lead for good.

The Bucs will face diverse challenges

the next two weeks as Washington-Marion and Evangel visit. The Charging

Indians feature

Melvin Jones, a powerful runner at quarterback, while the Eagles

annually feature one of the state’s best passing games. Good

showings will help the new starters gain confidence before the

district season starts.

In Sulphur, the Tors’ quarterback search appears to be settled after Kale Breaux made a smashing debut with 293

yards and three touchdown passes in a win over St. Thomas More. With a

veteran receiving corps that will also feature the

other candidate for the quarterback job, Seth Bohannon, and a

multidimensional big-play threat in Brian Walker, the Tors have

the makings of an explosive offensive if Breaux can maintain a

high level of play.

After an impressive season on the mound

last year as a pitcher on the baseball team, Breaux has shown he can

handle the spotlight.

In a district that features outstanding offenses at Barbe,

Acadiana and Comeaux, the Tors will need to continue putting big

point totals on the board if they are to challenge for the

district crown.

At Washington-Marion, head coach

Freddie Harrison is trying to replace tailbacks Osha Jackson and Julius

Fontenot, who combined

to run for more than 1,700 yards last season. Sophomore Rawling

Guillory gained 94 yards and scored a touchdown in an opening-week

win over Peabody. Consistent performances like that will help take

some of the pressure off Jones, who picked up where he

left off last season with 253 yards and three touchdowns rushing.

Iowa, Jennings and St. Louis also must

replace their top two backs, and all three teams saw some good things in

Week 1. The

Yellow Jackets ran for 218 yards, with 115 coming from quarterback

Austin Theriot, and running back Chaz Key scored on a kickoff

return in addition to rushing for 58 yards. Jennings got a pair of

touchdowns from running back Jarquis Brown in a road win

at Cecilia and St. Louis used the committee approach to good

success in its win over Sam Houston.

The players mentioned showed what they can do. The question is, How often they can do it over the course of a season?


Warren Arceneaux covers high school athletics. Email him at