Week 3 of the high school football season was a wet one in Southwest Louisiana.
As we will all season long, the American Press had reporters and photographers at many of the top games.
Photographs from the games will be available for viewing on our Facebook page tonight and will be released for purchase on our buyphotos.com site (http://www.instantimagegallery.com/iig/c/377) on Monday.
To read complete stories from the games, as well as scores from around the state, pick up a copy of the print edition of the American Press.
On a stormy night Barbe had plenty of thunder, and just enough lighting to knock off a heated rival once again.
While there would be no late magic this time, no miracle comeback, no trip to the state championship to follow, this win over powerhouse West Monroe was just as special.
“For us, this was a huge game,” said senior linebacker Nick Abshire. “We got our swagger back.”
Abshire was all smiles after he helped the Bucs defense stop West Monroe’s vaunted running attack dead in the mud Friday night.
Barbe’s 27-19 victory over the fourth-ranked team in Class 5A proved last year’s thrilling 49-48 comeback in the state semifinals was no fluke.
“This game meant a lot for us,” said senior Trey Quinn, who along with quarterback Kennon Fontenot combine to provide the lighting for Barbe’s offense.
“We wanted to show them that we were still the team to beat. We came out with something to prove.”
Even a 43-minute weather delay in the second quarter could not stop the top-ranked Bucs.
“We came out ready before the delay and after it,” Quinn said. “But this game was about our defense. They came out and won the night.”
Last December the Bucs were torched for more than 500 yards on the ground by West Monroe. Friday night the Rebels (1-2) managed 168 yards on 31 tries, 48 coming on one play.
“We wanted to come out and show we were a good defense,” Abshire said. “Our front three did a great job and we really came out to hit them hard.”
Only Jon Randall Belton’s 48-yard TD run in the second quarter really hurt the Barbe (3-0) defense.
The other two Rebels scores came on drives of 2 and 3 yards.
Then there was the stand.
With the Bucs up 21-13 early in the fourth quarter, West Monroe connected on its lone complete pass of the night, a 46-yarder from Belton to Taylor Hayes to the Barbe 7.
But four plays produced no points.
“That was huge,” Abshire said. “That changed the momentum.”
Four plays later Fontenot found Quinn wide open for a 79-yard touchdown pass and a 27-13 lead.
“We feel like we are always one play away,” Quinn said. “We got that big play.”
West Monroe scored with just over a minute left, but Corey Manuel jumped on the onside kick to save the Bucs.
It wasn’t pretty, but Jeff Wainwright picked up his first win as the head coach of Sulphur when his Golden Tors ran their way past Washington-Marion.
“It was a mess out there tonight, but getting this victory tastes sweet like red velvet cake,” said Wainwright.
After a heavy dose of rainfall for a majority of the day, the Tors (1-2) fought their way through the mud and the muck en route to victory.
With the weather putting a hamper on the gameplan for both teams, what could have been a high-scoring contest turned into a gritty back-and-forth defensive battle.
It was the Sulphur defense that came out on the winning end though, holding the Indians (1-2) to just 27 yards rushing, 46 yards through the air and forcing them to punt 10 times.
MOSS BLUFF— Sam Houston proved to be more opportunistic than Westlake, recovering four fumbles and intercepting two passes in the Battle of the West Fork.
The game started with a bang, and not because of thunder and lightning that was constant throughout the game. Cliff Reed took the opening kickoff from the Sam Houston 20-yard line to the Westlake 29 to get momentum going for the Broncos. Sam Houston failed to capitalize on the big return though, ending the drive with a missed field goal.
The Broncos seized the moment soon after though, as Westlake punter Justin Johnson bobbled a shaky snap, then ran but was stripped and Sam Houston took over at the Westlake 10-yard line.
Cliff Reed punched in the score for the Broncos.
Westlake put the ball on the ground six times on the night, while Sam Houston fumbled four times and lost three. In the fourth quarter, the teams traded fumbles on back to back plays.
“It’s very wet,” said Sam Houston coach Vaughn Eggleston. “(Westlake doesn’t) turn the ball over like that. They’re a very good football team. We were blessed or lucky a few times today.”
Dayton Dugas led the way for the Broncos’ offense, catching four passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns and rushing once for 79 yards and a score. His first trip to the end zone came on a 56 yard run in the second quarter.
BATON ROUGE — U-High (3-0), third-ranked in Class 3A, rallied with two fourth-quarter touchdowns after LaGrange closed to within 20-16 in the third quarter.
For LaGrange (0-3), the loss was the Gators third straight on the road against a highly-ranked opponent. Quarterback Quindon Barry was 20-for-26 for 206 yards as the Gators held the ball for nearly 32 minutes in the contest.
“(LaGrange) was a quarterfinalist last year in class 4A. Their record doesn’t reflect what kind of team they are,” U-High coach Chad Mahaffey said.
“We do feel we have a quality ball club,” said LaGrange coach Jules Sullen, whose team lost last week at Barbe, the top-ranked 5A team. “Our schedule is one of the most brutal in the state, but we know it should prepare us for district.”
ST. FRANCISVILLE — West Feliciana took advantage of St. Louis’ turnovers and miscues for an easy win.
Jazz Ferguson scored on plays of 45 and 50 yards and West Feliciana added two touchdowns on fumble returns and another on a blocked punt return.
Tre Bailey rounded out the scoring with touchdown runs of 26 and 2 yards for West Feliciana (2-1).
St. Louis (1-2) lost four of nine fumbles and was flagged five times for 35 yards.
West Feliciana outgained St. Louis 271-85 and didn’t turn the ball over.
TIOGA — Chaz Key and Colinje Wilridge each ran for two touchdowns as Iowa routed Tioga 38-0 Friday night to improve the Yellow Jackets’ record to a perfect 3-0.
Key began the rout with a 10-yard run in the first quarter to get the Jackets off and running. However, the kick failed and Iowa was left with a 6-0 lead.
Wilridge and Jarel Tiquet scored touchdowns in the second quarter and Iowa got conversion runs from Kendrick LeJeune and D’juan Rigmaiden gave Iowa a 22-0 halftime lead.
JENNINGS — The DeRidder Dragons defense stood tall all game, but it was the special teams that made the big play to win the game late in the fourth quarter.
Daniel Crosley’s 30-yard punt block return for a touchdown and a successful 2-point conversion gave the DeRidder Dragons an victory over the Jennings Bulldogs.
The Dragons (2-1) scored with 4:13 to play in the game. Their defense limited the Bulldogs rushing attack to a season-low 117 yards.
“Defense wins and that’s why we got after it,” said DeRidder coach Eric Parmley. “It was a great defensive ball game tonight. The blocked punt was executed their at the end and it’s just awesome the defense was able to go in there and block it.”
The Bulldogs put up the only points in the half when Lemontay Mouton scored on a 5-yard run for a 7-0 lead.
WELSH — Turns out, there is such a thing as winning ugly.
The Welsh Greyhounds lost their starting quarterback — and then lost another — but used a Jude Pousson 22-yard field goal in overtime to squeak by South Beauregard in the slop of Greyhound Stadium.
“We faced so much adversity,” Welsh head coach John Richardson said. “We lost our quarterback (Caleb Hayes) in the second series, and then our No. 2 quarterback (Hayden Freeland) later in the ballgame.”
Richardson said Hayes suffered an medial collateral ligament injury.
“When our starter goes out, we’re down to where we can run about 50 percent of the offense,” Richardson said. “When we lost the second one, we were down to about 20 percent. So, we were pretty anemic on offense.”
The third quarterback, converted tight end Lane Giggar, entered in the third quarter despite not having taken a snap since two-a-days.
A wet field and miscues spelled the end for Hamilton Christian.
Lafayette Christian took advantage of the rain and a weather delay to knock off the Warriors at Cougar Stadium.
Despite the back weather, Hamilton (0-3) got off to a good start.
Senior running back Jammi Collins dashed 39 yards on Hamilton’s first play from scrimmage to give the Warriors the lead.
Unfortunately, that was the last time the Warriors would find the end zone as Hamilton’s offense got stuck in the mud.
VINTON — Vinton picked off six Merryville passes as it improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1998.
Anfernee Dixon snagged four of those interceptions, returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown and caught a 19-yard touchdown to set the tone for the Lions.
Keyshawn Bias and James McMillon also grabbed interceptions for Vinton.
Vinton quarterback Tanner Guidry threw three touchdowns, including two to McMillon.
Merryville fell to 0-3.
BASILE — Kendrick Ceaser hauled in his second touchdown pass of the game, a 51-yarder from Mark Ivory late in the fourth quarter, as Basile rallied for the win over St. Edmund.
The dramatic win kept Basile unbeaten three games into the season while St. Edmund suffered its first loss of the season.
The sloppy field didn’t bother Ivory and Ceaser, as they also connected on a 33-yard scoring pass in the second quarter.
But in a wild fourth quarter, St. Edmund took a 22-21 lead on quarterback Drew Brown’s second touchdown run of the game from 8 yards out.
Ivory padded the winning touchdown pass with a 2-point completion to Mason Deshotel.
Ceaser finished with 110 yards receiving on four catches while adding 80 yards rushing.
DEQUINCY — DeQuincy’s Jacob Pruitt rushed for 104 yards and scored all three touchdowns as the Tigers beat South Cameron.
All three of Pruitt’s touchdown came in the lightning-delayed second quarter after South Cameron scored first on a 90-yard punt return by Jakin Morales.
With the sloppy field, neither team completed a pass — DeQuincy didn’t even attempt one —but Pruitt scored on a pair of 8-yard runs and capped it with a 15-yard run.
South Cameron’s Jose Castillo added a 29-yard field goal in the third quarter.
DRY CREEK — East Beauregard scored 14 unanswered points to win on a wet night in Dry Creek.
Josh Fletcher’s 1-yard run and ensuing 2-point conversion gave the Trojans the 14-6 lead in the third quarter. Kade Jackson provided East Beauregard’s first score on a 4-yard run in the second quarter to counter Anthony Baronne’s first-quarter touchdown for Bunkie.
Lee Glass led the Trojans with 97 yards on 20 carries.
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GRAND LAKE — Daveon Banks rambled 80 yards for a touchdown on the game’s opening kickoff and the rout was on.
Pickering improved to 3-0, while the young Grand Lake program, fresh off its first victory since restarting football, fell to 1-2.
Banks also scored on runs of 57, 19 and 3 yards as he totaled 135 yards.
Pickering took advantage of five Grand Lake fumbles.
Hornets quarterback Luke Miller scored with 16 seconds in the game to avoid the shutout.
LAKE ARTHUR — Dion Cantrelle had a quick answer for Lake Arthur after Iota took the lead in the third quarter.
The Lake Arthur star sprinted 85 yards for a return score with the ensuing kickoff and, following Trey Hargrave’s 2-point conversion run, the lead held up through a sloppy final quarter.
The two teams combined for eight turnovers in the quagmire, including an interception by Cantrelle.
KINDER — Defense ruled the night in Kinder’ win over Oakdale at John C. Buck Stadium.
Intermittent rain showers, and maybe a simple case of nerves, seemed to bog down both offenses, as the teams overthrew a number of passes.
Kinder finished with 141 rushing yards and 88 passing yards, while Oakdale tallied 95 rushing yards and 110 passing yards.
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