Week 4 of the high school football season marks the beginning of district play for many of our teams in Southwest Louisiana.
As we will all season long, the American Press has reporters and photographers at many of the top games.
Scoring updates can be found here at our website, on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/americanpress) and our Twitter feed (@AmericanPress).
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It was an uncharacteristic first half for the top-ranked Barbe Bucs.
They seemed sluggish. Maybe even evenly matched by the Carencro Bears.
Things quickly changed in the second half. Barbe’s three-touchdown barrage in a six-minute stretch to start the half sparked a blowout and kept the Bucs undefeated heading into a showdown withsixth-ranked district foe Acadiana Friday.
The pesky Bears (1-3, 0-1) gave Barbe’s offense fits in the first half, sacking quarterback Kennon Fontenot twice.
But a pair of big plays — a 51-yard touchdown run by R.J. Fowlkes and a 60-yard touchdown catch by Trey Quinn — gave the Bucs (4-0, 1-0) a slim 13-9 lead after Carencro failed to punch the ball into the end zone in the half.
LAFAYETTE — The Comeaux Spartans opened District 3-5A play with a home victory over the Sam Houston Broncos.
The Spartans defense made two big plays — one at the end of each half — to secure the victory. Hunter Register’s interception killed the Broncos’ final scoring threat in the final minute of the game.
The Spartans (3-1, 1-0) also recovered a fumble with the Broncos (2-2, 0-1) less than a yard from the end zone before the half.
“For the most part, I’m pretty happy with the effort tonight,” said Sam Houston head coach Vaughn Eggleston said. “It’s disappointing to lose, but I’m pretty pleased with the effort. We just have to avoid making crucial mistakes.”
“This game was everything we thought it would be,” said Comeaux head coach Kevin Magee. “Sam Houston is a quality football team. They’re a real physical football team. We made it really difficult for ourselves with three turnovers in the first half, but I’m obviously really pleased with the way things turned out.”
NEW IBERIA — Daniel Lewis ran for 137 yards and two scores as the Yellow Jackets knocked off Sulphur.
Lewis scored on runs of 68 and 5 yards, and Michael Sam raced home on a 51-yard scamper as New Iberia ran out to a 28-0 lead.
Garrett Brame’s 12-yard scoring pass to Jordan Chargois broke the shutout for Sulphur, which fell to 1-3 on the year.
Brame led the Tors with 48 yards rushing on four tries.
Calvary Baptist’s kids got a good start and didn’t let LaGrange finish a host of drives to earn its first win of the season, a rout of the Gators.
Cavalier running back Orlando Bradford returned the opening kickoff 55 yards for a touchdown, and Shun Brown scored on all three of his first half receptions as Calvary Baptist (1-3) scored the game’s first 28 points.
LaGrange (0-4) moved the ball, but came up empty on three consecutive drives inside the Calvary 35-yard line, including a drive that reached the 3, but stalled after a fumble and false start and holding penalties.
Brown scored on receptions of 32, 47 and 66 yards, getting behind the secondary for an easy score on Calvary’s first possession, catching a pass over the middle and spinning out of a tackle before sprinting to the end zone on the 47-yard score, and taking a flanker screen 66 yards down the sideline for his final score. He finished the game with 5 receptions for 166 yards.
DERIDDER — D’angelo Reeder scored a pair of touchdowns and rushed for 125 yards to spark DeRidder.
The Dragons’ defense chipped in with three interceptions and held the Purple Knights to 180 total yards.
DeRidder got on the board first when South Beauregard snapped the ball out of the end zone with 3:07 left in the first quarter.
Two minutes later, Reeder raced 19 yards to the end zone to increase the lead to 9-0.
Reeder’s 3-yard run with 1:05 left in the first half gave the hosts a 15-0 cushion.
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RAYNE — The Wolves ran for 419 yards to knock off Washington-Marion.
Byron Mouton ran for 190 and two touchdowns, and Trent Duhon picked up another 160 on 21 tries and three scores to lead the undefeated Wolves.
That was more than enough to hold off Quajae Boutte, the Charging Indians (1-3) quarterback who threw for 344 yards and three scores on 19 of 32 passing.
Boutte also ran for 43 more yards but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Rayne ground game.
IOWA — The Yellow Jackets used a steady offense and stingy defense to remain undefeated.
The Yellow Jackets (4-0) drove the length of the field on their first drive. A fourth-down gamble paid off when Koby Buquet connected with Hunter Roussell for a 3-yard touchdown and a 6-0 lead.
“It was a big catch by Hunter,” said Iowa coach Sean Richard. “We depend upon a lot of young guys. Koby made a bad throw on third down and came back on fourth down put it right in the basket.”
Kaplan blocked and recovered a punt at the Iowa 17-yard line to set up its first touchdown. Two plays later, the score was tied when Jade Herpin connected with Devonte Davis with 10:16 to play in the second quarter.
The Yellow Jackets answered on the ensuing kickoff when Darius Janice returned the kick 70 yards for a 13-6 lead.
Jennings is beginning to become all too familiar with close losses.
The game marked the Bulldogs’ third loss on the season. Those losses have come by a combined six points.
In the end, special teams difficulties and a four-touchdown, 247-yard performance from Plaquemine running back Julius Maracali were too much for Jennings to overcome.
St. Louis managed to stick around for the first quarter, but things went downhill quickly from there, as the Saints fell to Notre Dame at Cougar Stadium.
The Saints offense had trouble moving the ball, managing just 87 yards of total offense. But the defense played a “bend but don’t break” style that worked early in the contest.
But after a 21-point second quarter from Notre Dame, the Pioneers never looked back. Notre Dame quarterback Brad Stoma rarely erred, completing 9-of-10 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
WESTLAKE — With less than four minutes remaining, all hope seemed lost for the Westlake Rams.
Trailing 15-12, Tim Hamilton scrambled out to the right and got his throw off just in time, but it was picked off by Kinder’s Derric Ceasar. The Yellow Jackets (3-1) now had the ball on the Rams’ 43-yard line and looked poised to finally put the game away.
The Rams (2-2), however, refused to go down without a fight as their defense, loaded with injury replacements, came up with a huge stop on 4th-and-2 to get the ball back in the game’s waning moments.
“Kinder was driving with the lead and we had to plug in a pair of senior offensive linemen to play defensive tackle and they were the ones who stood up the running back to make that big stop for us,” said Westlake head coach Shawn Demeritt.
Tyler Johnson, Westlake’s alternate quarterback, assumed control of the offense and marched his offense 86 yards in just over a minute thanks to big passes to Hamilton and JaCory Washington, before running back Keilynn Fradieu punched it in from a yard out for his third touchdown of the night to give Westlake an 18-15 lead.
“We got a really big play from Tim Hamilton on that last drive to put us in range and the offensive line did a good job of putting the game on their shoulders and making it happen for us,” said Demeritt.
PICKERING — Deveon Banks scored twice as the Red Devils (4-0) stayed perfect.
Banks, who is among the state leaders in both scoring and rushing, ran for 194 yards on 29 carries to lead Pickering He scored on a 72-yard run in the third quarter and then a 1-yard plunge in the fourth for all the Red Devils scoring.
Lester Johnson led DeQuincy (2-2) with 141 yards on 18 carries, but six Tigers turnovers proved the difference.
ROSEPINE — Freshman Trey Hagrave rushed for 184 yards and scored three touchdowns as Lake Arthur remained unbeaten.
The Tigers dominated statistically but had to mount a long drive in the fourth quarter to salt the game away.
An 88-yard scamper by Stanley Hogan pulled Rosepine to within 22-19 late in the third quarter after the Eagles had stopped the Tigers at the Rosepine 10.
However Hargrave clinched the victory with a 12-yard run with 1:02 left in the game. The Tigers recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff to ensure there would be no miracle finish by the Eagles.
PINE PRAIRIE — Scoring three touchdowns in the span of 5 minutes, the Vinton Lions kept their season off to a perfect start with the road victory.
Vinton (4-0) used five Pine Prairie (2-2) turnovers and turned them into points during the nondistrict game.
James McMillian’s 26-yard interception return for a touchdown highlighted a 21-point second quarter that led to the Lions’ victory.
Quaterback Tanner Guidry threw for 111 yards, including a 57-yard scoring strike to Anfernee Dixon that gave the Lions a 21-0 halftime lead. Guidry also ran for 46 yards.
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ELTON — Marcus Lemoine was unstoppable.
The junior tailback ran wild in the Indians' victory over Grand Lake in a District 4 1-A opener.
Lemoine rushed for 331 yards on 21 carries, including four touchdown runs as Elton improved to 2-2 overall. The loss dropped Grand Lake to 1-3, 0-1.
Lemoine scored on runs of 60, 17 and two from 20 yards out to lead the Indians’ ground game, which finished the night with 449 yards on 39 rushes.
Carson Ortego helped out with 10 carries for 115 more yards.
Lemoine did most of his work in the first half as Elton took control of the game early.
Grand Lake, which is in its first year of football since 1961, was led by Madison Morales, who finished with nine catches for 37 yards. He also caught two scoring passes from quarterback Luke Miller.
DRY CREEK — Lee Glass scored twice on long plays as East Beauregard rallied from an early deficit to beat Oberlin in the district opener for both teams.
Glass scored on the first series of the game on a 92-yard run and caught a 82-yard pass from Josh Fletcher to wrap up the scoring in the third quarter. East Beauregard (3-1, 1-0) got another score from Logan Fox on a 4-yard run.
Oberlin (1-3, 0-1), the four-time defending Distict 4-1A champion, scored on Lance Frank’s 57-yard run and a 34-yard run by Jeremy Fontenot.
The teams combined for 456 rushing yards and turned the ball over only once.
Hamilton Christian’s first win of the season could not have come at a better time as the Warriors opened District 4-1A play with a win over South Cameron at Cougar Stadium.
The Warriors (1-3, 0-1) struggled defensively early in the season, but the stop unit turned out to be their biggest asset in their shutout of the Tarpons (1-3, 0-1).
The Hamilton defense, which had allowed 97 points through the first three weeks of the season, made multiple key stops, particularly late in the game and held South Cameron to 176 yards of total offense.
IOTA — Close and far.
For the Iota Bulldogs and the Welsh Greyhounds, two evenly matched teams on paper, that described Thursday night’s game at Bulldogs Stadium.
In the end, Welsh pulled out the 23-14 victory and improved to 3-1. Iota fell to 0-4.
VILLE PLATTE — Jamarcus Jones ran for 127 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs rolled to the home win.
Quarterback Issiah Thomas added another 208 yards on just 10 competitions, including a touchdown as Ville Platte (2-1) rolled.
Mason Jordan led Oakdale (1-3) by throwing for 225 yards and a pair of scores.