BOUTTE — Barbe High knows all about throwing and catching.
The Bucs don’t normally toy with pitching shutouts.
But while the high-powered offense was its usual dazzling self here Friday night, the Bucs’ defense almost stole the show in routing Hahville 42-14 in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.
Quarterback Kennon Fontenot threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 46 yards and another score for the Bucs.
Trey Quinn caught six passes for 61 yards and also scored on a 12-yard run, while Garrett Williams had a touchdown by both land and by air. Austin Broussard had the longest score on a 29-yard catch from Fontenot. The usual suspects, even though Barbe rested a host of key starters for most of the fourth quarter.
The Bucs’ defense made life miserable for Hahnville (6-6) with five sacks and five other tackles for losses and more than half of the Hahnville’s 205 yards came in the final quarter during garbage time.
The Bucs (10-2) advance to the quarterfinals, where they’ll host district rival and No. 1 seed Acadiana next week with a chance to avenge one of their two losses in the regular season.
DERIDDER — The DeRidder Dragons made history when they parlayed thei victory over the Breaux Bridge Tigers into the school’s first ever trip to the state quarterfinals.
The victory means that the Dragons (11-1) will travel next Friday to face Class 4A’s top-seeded Neville.
“The one thing we tell the kids all the time is that the best time to practice football is during Thanksgiving week because there is no school, it’s just football,” said DeRidder head coach Eric Parmley. “We have a good opportunity for a good experience and we are excited.”
Being in the second round alone was a record for the Dragons, as it was the first time they had made it out of the first round in consecutive years. A true testament to how far the program has come in a short period of time.
NEW ORLEANS — For the second consecutive week, the lights went out at Behrman Stadium.
And just like last week, the Landry-Walker defense played lights out.
The Landry-Walker defense kept LaGrange out of the end zone, then got a breakout performance from junior running back Javon Conner to claim a victory in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.
Landry-Walker limited LaGrange to 39 yards in the first half (30 passing and nine rushing). Landry-Walker didn’t fare much better on offense in the first half, rushing for 43 yards and passing for 46.
JENNINGS — Not much changed the second time around, as the Jennings Bulldogs eased past the Westlake Rams for the second time in three weeks, winning a Class 3A regional round game to earn a return trip to the quarterfinals.
The No. 5 Bulldogs (9-3) will travel to face No. 4 Patterson (10-2) next week. Patterson advanced with a 16-14 win over Loranger.
Jennings scored the first 38 points of the game, taking control with touchdowns on its first two possessions.
Through three quarters, Jennings had outgained Westlake 169-52.Westlake (6-6) scored twice in the fourth quarter, on a 71-yard run by Tyler Johnson and 37-yard pass from Johnson to Hunter Racca.
WELSH — The fourth-seeded Welsh Greyhounds ran for 400 yards in a shutout victory over the Red River Bulldogs in Class 2A regional game.
Welsh (10-2) advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2000. They will now travel to face the No. 5 seed Loreauville.
The Greyhounds amassed 400 yards behind the legs of Caleb Hayes, Keshon Bell and Weston Watkins. Hayes led the way with 172 yards while Bell and Watkins finished with 108 and 80 yards respectively.
“The running backs get all the credit as they did a super job tonight,” said Welsh Coach John Richardson. “The offensive line is what makes them go. The offensive line has been super for us all year long and they continue to be dominant for us.”
VINTON — The postgame cheers, chants and tears said it all. Not just any tears either — tears from the head coach.
The euphoria told the story of the long road back for the No. 7-seeded Vinton Lions. Back in the playoffs for the first time since 2006, they’re on the way to the Class 2A quarterfinals after handing the No. 10 Rosepine Eagles a beat down.
They’ll hit the road to play No. 2 Winnfield next week for its first trip to the quarterfinals since that 2006 season.
“I don’t know. For the program it’s just a big win,” Vinton head coach Tarius Davis said emotionally. “For the kids and for the community (it’s a big win.) I just don’t have the words to express it."
The Lions (10-2) were complete in their domination of Rosepine. Safety Anfernee Dixon pulled down three interceptions and the Vinton defense limited Eagles running back Stanley Hogan to 89 yards rushing — 39 of which came on one run when the game was decided.
HOMER — Third-seeded Kinder routed Homer in a Class 2A regional-round game to clinch its eighth-straight victory.
The Yellow Jackets (11-1) will host No. 22 St. James, which pulled off a 42-40 upset of sixth-seeded Sterling, in a quarterfinal game on Friday.
Kinder has outscored its opponents 76-6 in two playoff games this season.
BASILE — For the second consecutive year, Basile defeated Plain Dealing with the help of four touchdowns from Kendrick Caeser to advance to a quarterfinal matchup with Kentwood.
The Bearcats pulled away from the Lions in the second half.
Neither team was able to take control of the game in the first half, as Basile went into halftime with a 14-8 lead.
Things looked like they were getting even tighter when Plain Dealing opened up the second half by recovering an onside kick in Bearcat territory. But a couple plays later, the Lions fumbled the ball and Basile recovered.
That turnover proved costly when Kendrick Caeser lined up in the shotgun and carried the ball 62 yards for a touchdown to put Basile up 20-8.
DRY CREEK — Darrell Young’s third touchdown of the night broke a tie and lifted the No. 10 Bulldogs into the quarterfinals.
White Castle led 22-6 before the No. 7 Trojans’ Ashton Wascom and Logan Fox scored two touchdowns within a span of five minutes in the fourth quarter to tie the score.
East Beauregard (8-3) had the ball twice in its own territory in the final five minutes, but White Castle (8-4) stopped the Trojans both times.
Aaron Milner ran for 109 yards to lead East Beauregard. Quarterback Josh Fletcher threw for 63 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown to Thad Schecher.
KENTWOOD — The fifth-seeded Kangaroos had a bit too much hop for No. 12 Oberlin, pulling away with a monster second quarter to set up a quarterfinal matchup with Basile.
Kentwood (7-3) scored four touchdowns in the second quarter, including a 39-yard fumble return by Barryin McKnight, to take a 47-14 lead into halftime.
Robert Trout led Kentwood with 150 yards and three touchdowns on just six carries.
Lance Frank led Oberlin (7-5) with 128 yards on 19 rushes. Kaleb Wilson added a 98-yard kickoff return for a Tiger touchdown.
EDGARD — Jeremy Jackson scored four times in the first three quarters as West St. John ended Elton's season.
Jacskon scored on runs of 48, 19 and 28 yards in the first half and the Indians (5-7) could never recover.
Elton did get a pair of scores from tailback Marcus Lamoine, who scored on runs of 72 and 1 yards.
But it wasn’t nearly enough to offset the power game of West St. John, which advances with a 10-2 record.