MOSS BLUFF — The Barbe offensive machine was well-oiled on Friday night, as the Bucs amassed 754 yards of total offense on their way to a 70-35 District 3-5A win against Sam Houston on Friday.
Sam Houston started off on the right foot when Cliff Reed returned the opening kickoff to the Barbe 6-yard line. A few plays later, Broncos quarterback Dustin Duhon kept the read option for a 7-yard touchdown run.
After that, it was all Barbe.
The Bucs responded quickly with a touchdown then forced a Sam Houston three-and-out and scored another touchdown to take a 14-7 lead just minutes into the first quarter.
“Sam Houston did a great job on the kickoff return and punched it in, but our kids responded well,” said Barbe coach Mike Cutrera. “Offensively and defensively, we had a little spark.”
Barbe quarterback Kennon Fontenot connected on 17 of his 20 passes for 446 yards and five touchdowns. He also ran 15 times for 76 yards and two more scores. Wide receiver Trey Quinn also lit up the scoreboard, catching 10 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns. Quinn added 53 yards rushing on two attempts and one touchdown.
“I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything like it,” Sam Houston coach Vaughn Eggleston said of the prolific duo. “To be associated with that in our district is pretty cool, I think, but not when you’re the opponent.”
SULPHUR — The mission was simple for Sulphur — beat Comeaux and qualify for the playoffs. Instead, the Tors will have to play a waiting game until Sunday to see if they qualify as the Spartans blew them away.
Comeaux (6-4, 4-3) came out firing on all cylinders in the first half, stacking up 18 first downs and all 28 of its points by halftime.
Nine ball carriers stacked up 232 rushing yards for the Spartans and wide receiver Hunter Register had 95 receiving yards and a touchdown.
It was Sulphur who doomed themselves in Comeaux’s first scoring drive. After forcing a punt, a personal foul gave the Spartans the ball back and the Tors were flagged for pass interference on the next play.
Sulphur (3-7, 2-5) never really got on track, sputtering to 85 total yards and six first downs for the game. Its lone touchdown came on an 88-yard Derrick Guillory kick return in the second quarter.
The LaGrange Gators completed their turnaround in style, completing a perfect second half of the season with a road win over Washington-Marion to clinch the District 4-4A championship.
The Gators (5-5, 5-1), who opened the season with five losses, are likely to host a playoff game next week when the postseason starts.
Washington-Marion (5-5, 3-3) saw its four-game winning streak snapped and missed a chance to earn a share of the district title.
LaGrange scored 26 consecutive points in the second and third quarters after W-M opened the scoring on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Quajae Boutte to Demond Delahoussaye. The Gators tied the score late in the second quarter on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Quindon Barry to Martell Hawthorne.
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DERIDDER — D’Angelo Reder was one of three Dragons to score a pair of touchdowns as DeRidder blasted its way to the District 3-4A championship.
Jamon Bradford and Drew Victory also scored two TDs as the Dragons rolled to a victory over Tioga and into the postseason.
Reder led the offense with 221 yards on 21 carries as DeRidder ran for 425 yards as a team.
Tioga was limited to just 257 yards of total offense.
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It wasn’t the ride of a lifetime Mike Johns was given but rather one for a lifetime.
Seconds after his St. Louis Saints knocked off winless Iota, Johns’ players lifted their head coach onto their shoulders and carried him across the field.
The win at Cougar Stadium was memorable only because after 48 years roaming local sidelines, this was Johns’ last home game.
“It has been an outstanding day,” said Johns, who was honored first by the mayor of Lake Charles and then last by his players and fans.
“This has meant so much to me I can’t tell you,” he continued. “It has been a great day, very emotional. I can’t thank everybody enough.”
The win was the third for the Saints (3-7, 1-4), who joined with the crowd after the game chanting, “We love coach Johns.”
The head coach fought back tears at the end of an emotional run.
“No way we were going to lose this game,” said senior Jared Smith, who scored three touchdowns and ran for 186 yards on 10 carries.
“We had to send him out with a win. No other way would have been right.”
JENNINGS — Jennings broke open a close game at the half in the second half to take a victory over Westlake.
The win gave the Bulldogs the District 4-3A crown and their first outright district championship since 2002.
“I’m proud of these kids and coaches,” said Jennings coach Rusty Phelps. “Six weeks ago we were 1-3. Our kids stayed together and our coaches put them in the right position to win a district championship outright and it’s a great accomplishment for us. I’m excited about having an opportunity of having a playoff game at home next week.”
Jennings gained 430 yards of offense with 242 rushing yards and 188 passing yards.
Westlake finished with 175 passing yards and was limited to 71 rushing yards. Johnson finished with 60 rushing yards.
LONGVILLE — It took three turnovers in the final 2 minutes, but the South Beauregard Golden Knights finally mustered enough fight to put away the Iowa Yellow Jackets.
The Knights (7-3, 4-1) were fighting off a Yellow Jackets comeback late in the game, trying to burn as much time as possible before Iowa (7-3, 2-3) forced them to punt with just under 2 minutes left. The Yellow Jackets muffed the punt return and the Golden Knights recovered.
Three plays later, with 1:26 left Iowa bobbled another punt, giving South Beauregard the ball on the Iowa 11. This time the Yellow Jackets shut down the Knights on four consecutive runs to get the ball back with 32 seconds left.
On the first play of the ensuing possession, junior quarterback Koby Buquet was intercepted by sophomore defensive back Colton Fowler, sealing the victory for South Beauregard.
VINTON — With some fourth-quarter trickery, Vinton held off Lake Arthur to close out the regular season with a victory at Lions Stadium.
If it’s true that time flies when you’re having fun, the first half between the Lions (8-2) and Tigers (6-4) was a blast. The first half of the game lasted just 47 minutes.
The teams did not get fancy in the opening minutes. They stuck to the ground game and burned the clock as they traded field position, with Lake Arthur holding a 7-6 lead at halftime. After that, the fireworks started.
It has been seven years since Vinton has seen the playoffs and Davis plans to enjoy it.
“I’m just happy for the kids and the community just being in the playoffs,” said Vinton head coach Taurius Davis.
WELSH — Welsh pieced together a 10-play, 99-yard drive to score the winning touchdown in the waning minutes.
Taking over at their 1 with 6:18 left, the Greyhounds used a 29-yard pass from Hayden Freeland to tight end Lane Jiggar to spark the drive that culminated when Hayes scampered around right end for the final five yards with 1:06 left.
On the first play following the kickoff, Mason Lognion sacked DeQuincy quarterback Chase Dyer, forcing a fumble that the Greyhounds recovered.
Austin Pickle made the most of his four passes, throwing three touchdowns as the Yellow Jacket finished their District 4-2A stretch with an undefeated record.
Kinder (9-1, 5-0) clinched the outright district title.
Aaron Johnson scored the lone touchdown for the Green Demons (1-9, 0-5) on a 1-yard run in the third quarter.
OAKDALE — Austin Vaughn ran for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Eagles.
Vaugn scored on runs of 32 and 13 as Menard (7-3, 3-2) scored 21 fourth-quarter points to break open a close game.
Reg Philson scored twice for Oakdale (4-6, 2-3) and had 168 yards on 30 carries in defeat.
OBERLIN — Kendrick Ceasar ran for one touchdown and threw for another as Basile completed a perfect regular season, the only one in Southwest Louisiana, and sew up the District 4-1A championship.
Ceasar rushed for 104 yards, threw for 37 more and caught two passes for 35 yards for Basile (10-0, 7-0).
Oberlin (6-4, 5-2) opened the scoring on the first play of the second quarter when Jonathan Anders hauled in a 40-yard pass from Jeremy Fontenot.
But less than a minute later, Ceasar zipped 46 yards to the end zone to tie the game at 6-all.
On the Bearcats next possession, Ceasar tossed a 37-yard pass to Gabriel Fontenot to push the visitors in front 13-6.
The Tigers pulled within one when Jeremy Fontenot tossed a 43-yard pass to Donovon Berry with eight seconds left in the half.
Basile quarterback Mark Ivory tossed a 5-yard pass to Mason Deshotel for the final margin with 1:41 left in the third quarter.
GRAND LAKE — DeAndrea DeJean scored three times as the Warriors picked up their second straight win heading into the playoffs.
Hamilton Christian (3-7, 3-4 in district play) held Grand Lake to just 98 yards in total offense.
DeJean scored on runs of 7 and 8 yards and also on a 30-yard return of a fumble.
As a team the Warriors ran for 264 yards with Julian Marcantel leading the way for 97 yards on 16 carries.
The Hornets (1-9, 0-7) where led by quarterback Luke Miller who ran for 25 yards and threw for another 62.
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