Week 5 marked the halfway point of the regular season in Southwest Louisiana and most districts were in full swing.
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 all the scores from around the state, pick up a copy of the print edition of the American Press.
SCOTT — Acadiana blocked a 43-yard field goal attempt in the closing seconds as the Rams handed the top-ranked Bucs their first loss of the season.
Trey Quinn had one touchdown and 245 yards receiving for the Bucs (4-1, 1-1 District 3-5A). Barbe returns home next week to host Lafayette, which lost 27-10 to Acadiana two weeks ago.
Elijah Ledet led Acadiana (4-1, 2-0) with 197 yards and three touchdowns rushing.
Barbe's Kennon Fontenot, who threw for 476 yards and four touchdowns, was picked off twice by the Rams. Quinn had a fumble deep in Barbe territory that led to a Rams score.
MOSS BLUFF — Thanks to a trio of big plays and a strong showing from their ground game, the Sulphur Golden Tornadoes once again denied the Sam Houston Broncos of their first win in District 3-5A.
After a slugfest between the budding rivals brought fans to their feet in the final minutes, Cody Burel sat everyone back down when he intercepted a pass from Sam Houston quarterback Dustin Duhon and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown, sealing the win for the Tors.
“That was an extremely big play for us there at the end,” said Sulphur head coach Jeff Wainwright. “Cody Burel sealed the deal for us, he makes plays like that all the time in practice and we always hope he can do it for us in the game. Hopefully we can build defensively moving forward from that play.”
For Sam Houston (2-3, 0-2) they must now wait at least one more week before nabbing their first district win and at least one more year if they finally hope to defeat Sulphur (2-3, 1-1).
SHREVEPORT — DeRidder proved its defense can travel well.
The Dragons limited Southwood to 129 yards of total offense and seven first downs during the nondistrict contest.
That helped DeRidder to improve to 4-1 as the Dragons get ready for district play next week.
De’Aneglo Reder led the offense with 153 yards on 23 carries, including a 6-yard TD run in the third quarter.
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Rayne used a second-half surge to stay perfect on the season, rallying for a District 4-4A win over LaGrange.
The Gators (0-5, 0-1) took a 12-0 lead in the second quarter, opening the scoring when Markel Thomas raced around left end to block a Rayne field goal attempt. Charles Wilridge scooped the ball and raced 70 yards for a touchdown to give the Gators a 6-0 lead.
Later in the quarter, LaGrange converted a fourth down at the 12 on an 11-yard pass from Alvinosky Lafleur pass to Jaylun Miles and Markell Hawthorne ran in on the next play.
LaGrange held Rayne to 51 yards of offense in the first half, but Rayne got things going after the half.
The Wolves (5-0, 2-0) drove 88 yards for a touchdown on their opening possesion of the half, with quarterback Tyler Lejeune scoring on a 2-yard run to pull the Wolves within 12-7. In the fourth quarter, the Wolves drove 71 yards on 11 plays and scored on a fourth-down play when fullback Trent Duhon slipped into the right flat uncovered and scored on a 31-yard catch and run.
Losing while playing at the highest level is one thing. Shooting yourself in the foot repeatedly is another.
Washington-Marion (1-4, 0-2) wasn’t at its best and Eunice took advantage of it, leaving town with a District 4-4A victory after overcoming a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
On a third-and-10 snap from its own 11, W-M quarterback Quajae Boutte was pressured into a desperate scramble where he retreated into his end zone.
To avoid getting sacked Boutte threw the ball away into the far sideline, but was called for an intentional grounding penalty that resulted in the safety which provided the difference for the Bobcats (4-1, 2-0).
IOWA — The Iowa Yellow Jackets rallied in the second half with 26 unanswered points to remain undefeated in taking a nondistrict victory over the White Castle Bulldogs.
Iowa (5-0) scored four second-half touchdowns after it trailed 18-6 at the half.
The first touchdown came with 4:28 to play in the third quarter when D’Juan Rigmaiden scored on a 1-yard run. Hunter Roussell was on the receiving end of a 26-yard pass from Kendrick LeJeune with 11:09 in the fourth quarter to tie the score.
PATTERSON — Westlake quarterback Tyler Johnson accounted for his team’s five touchdowns and 482 yards in total offense in the losing effort.
Johnson, who rushed for 325 yards on 26 carries, had TD runs of 79, 51, 69 and 2 yards and tossed a 74-yard scoring strike to tight end Jacory Washington.
The Rams (2-3) amassed 495 yards in total offense.
Johnson bolted 79 yards on the Rams’ first play of the game, then rambled 51 yards on their third play of the game.
Johnson’s 69-yard sprint in the third quarter gave Westlake a 34-20 lead, but Patterson (3-2) came roaring back.
MARKSVILLE — Dylan Greenman ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns as St. Louis beat Marksville.
The victory came just days after longtime head coach Mike Johns told the team he was retiring at the end of the season.
Terrell Rodriguez added a 26-yard run for the Saints (2-3).
St. Louis opens play in District 4-3A next week at Jennings (2-3).
Marksville (2-3) had two turnovers and was penalized five times for 60 yards.
IOTA — Austin Pickle accounted for five touchdowns as Kinder got back in the win column by beating winless Iota.
Pickle ran for four touchdowns and threw for another for the Yellow Jackets (4-1).
“You could say names, but it was really everybody doing what they’re supposed to do,” said Kinder coach Bret Fuselier. “I felt like we got better and that’s all we’re trying to do week to week.
“It’s a big win going into district."
WINNFIELD — Brance Baca-White returned an interception 55 yards for a score to seal the nondistict win for the Bulldogs (2-3).
Baca-White slipped in front of the back coming out of the backfield to pick the ball off and race to the end zone.
PICKERING — Vinton got the test it’d been waiting for, and passed with flying colors.
The Lions showed they are a legitimate force on the Class 2A scene with an emphatic win at Pickering.
The battle of unbeatens went back and forth early on as the teams felt each other out. Pickering running back Daveon Banks put the Red Devils up 7-0 in the first quarter, but Vinton’s James McMillon returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown to tie the score. Vinton led 13-10 at the half.
But a 5-minute, 15-second drive in which Vinton kept the ball on the ground gave the Lions a 20-10 third-quarter lead.
Things got worse for Pickering (4-1) on the next possession when Vinton’s Anfernee Dixon intercepted a pass from Pickering quarterback Garritt Collins and ran it back about 30 yards for a score.
The wheels fell off for the Red Devils on the next drive, as a high snap went through Banks’ hands when he was lined up behind center. Vinton recovered the ball at the Pickering 3-yard line.
OAKDALE — Mason Jordan threw two 31-yard touchdown passes as the Warriors ended their non-district schedule with a win over DeQuincy.
Jordan had scoring passes to Clay Doyle and B.J. Allison, Logan Dickens added a 90-yard interception return and Reginald Philson scored on a 2-yard run for Oakdale (2-3).
Jacob Pruitt and Lester Johnson scored on short runs for DeQuincy (2-3), which kept it close despite four turnovers.
Oakdale, which snapped a two-game losing streak, opens District 3-2A play next week at Bunkie (1-4). DeQuincy begins district play next week at home against 1-4 Mamou.
CREOLE — Adam Broussard ran wild all night.
The senior tailback ran for 215 yards and five touchdowns as South Cameron won its first District 4-1A game of the year over new rival Grand Lake.
Broussard scored four times in the first half as the Tarpons broke the game open.
His runs of 9, 10, 6 and 2 yards gave South Cameron a 29-7 lead at the break.
He added a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter for good measure, for the 2-3, 1-1 Tarpons. With the loss Grand Lake fell to 1-4, 0-2.
MERRYVILLE — Triston Bebee scored on runs of 1 and 42 yards for the Trojans (4-1, 2-0).
Aaron Milner started the scoring off for East Beauregard with a 27-yard run in the first quarter before Bebee and the Trojan defense took over.
Bebee scored twice in the second quarter to give the visitors all the points they would need.
Coy Herrington scored on a 1-yard run for Merryville (0-5, 0-2).
BASILE — The Bearcats reached the midpoint of the season without a loss for the second year in a row.
Kendrick Ceaser ran for 178 yards, including a 97-yard touchdown to pave the way for the easy victory.
Basile also came up with three turnovers, one of those a 29-yard interception return by Josh Bertrand. Kyle Francois also picked off a pass and Ty Walker recovered a fumble.
Hamilton, coming off its first win of the season, fell to 1-4.
OBERLIN — Oberlin rolled up 465 yards of offense on its way to romping Elton.
The Tiger (2-3, 1-1) defense pitched in, claiming three interceptions and a fumble to offset the four fumbles by Oberlin.
Elton opened the scoring 2:15 into the game when Marcus Lemoine scampered in from 3 yards out.
Two possessions later, Oberlin tied the score when Tanner Hebert hauled in a pass from Jeremy Fontenot and sprinted 85 yards to the end zone.
The Tigers took the lead with 4:07 left in the half when Dequirius Brown barged in from the 3.
LONGVILLE — It wasn’t pretty, but South Beauregard will take it going into district play.
After jumping out to an 18-0 lead, mistakes nearly cost the Golden Knights before a late defensive stop preserved the win over previously undefeated Lake Arthur Tigers.
The Golden Knights were penalized 13 times for 95 yards.
WELSH — The Welsh Greyhounds knew they would have to be up to challenge starting an entire new backfield due to injuries.
The younger players accepted the challenge in taking a 20-0 victory over the Rosepine Eagles.
The Greyhounds’ (4-1) new backfield duo of Keshon Bell and Dyvonte Eaglin combined for 149 of 209 rushing yards and accounted for all three touchdowns.