Week 6 of the high school football season is over and every Southwest Louisiana team was in district play.
The American Press had reporters and photographers at many of the top games.
Photographs from the games are available for viewing on our Facebook page and will be released for purchase Monday at our buyphotos.com site (http://www.instantimagegallery.com/iig/c/377).
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.
Barbe bounced back just fine.
The No. 5 Bucs rebounded from their first loss of the season with a dominant performance in a District 3-5A win over Lafayette.
Barbe (5-1, 2-1) scored touchdowns on its first seven possessions, including on three consecutive plays from scrimmage in the second quarter. Bucs quarterback Kennon Fontenot jump-started the scoring binge by scoring untouched on a 41-yard keeper on the fourth play of the game.
Receiver Trey Quinn made a highlight reel play on the next possession, taking a shotgun snap and running to the right sideline before being cut off. He then juked a pair of defenders and cut left across the field to the opposite sideline, sprinting 39 yards for a score.
Fontenot and Quinn connected on a pair of first-half touchdown passes, for 11 and 78 yards, while R.J. Fowlkes ran for 119 yards and scored on runs of 12, 20 and 37 yards.
Fontenot finished the game 9 of 12 for 175 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 42 yards and two touchdowns. Quinn caught four passes for 117 yards.
“It was very important to come out and play like we did,” said Barbe head coach Mike Cutrera of the first half.
SULPHUR — Football is pretty easy to understand sometimes. Give away too many points, and you will not survive.
That was the case for Sulphur, as the Golden Tors spotted Carencro enough points to make the difference in the Bears’ District 3-5A win.
The Bears (2-4, 1-2) capitalized on a Sulphur fumble before adding a safety less than a minute later in the second quarter to take a 16-7 lead they would not relinquish.
“We’ve got to learn from our mistakes,” said Sulphur coach Jeff Wainwright. “I think we’re getting better. But, unfortunately against a defense like that, one of the better we’ll see, you just can’t give them points. That’s the bottom line.”
Carencro recovered a Sulphur fumble at the Tors’ 20 on the first play following a Cory Willis touchdown that tied the score at 7.
Willis struck again from 2 yards out to give Carencro the lead.
The Tors (2-4, 1-2) accidentally downed the ensuing kickoff at their 1-yard line, which set the stage for a safety two snaps later.
NEW IBERIA — Xavier Berard and Daniel Lewis both easily topped 100 yards rushing as the Yellow Jackets stayed perfect in district.
Sam Houston (2-4, 0-3), still looking for its first district win, was shut out for the first time this season.
Berard ran for 171 yards and a touchdown and Lewis ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns for New Iberia (5-1, 3-0).
New Iberia totaled 329 rushing yards.
Corbin Eldridge blocked two extra points for Sam Houston.
LaGrange notched the first win of the season.
The Gators (1-5, 1-1 District 4-4A) were led by Markell Hawthorne, who rushed 18 times for 150 yards and two scores, highlighted by a 68-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
LaGrange quarterback Quindon Barry was 11-of-19 for 118 yards on the night, 52 of which were caught by Jeremiah West.
LaGrange gained 340 yards in the win to Eunice’s to 150.
CROWLEY — After the game, Washington-Marion players and coaches could breath a little easier. Meanwhile, Crowley players and coaches could only think about what might have been.
Quajae Boutte scored the winning touchdown as W-M pulled out a District 4-A win over Crowley.
The Charging Indians, who have lost four of their first five games, were relieved to pull out a win after seeing several close games go the other way.
“Our kids persevered and found a way to win, ” Charging Indians head coach Freddie Harrison said. “We’ve been in these tight games before and we finally found a way. That’s that maturity level that’s stepping up, and I think it’s finally coming around for us.”
Boutte’s touchdown with 3:32 left in the game was set up by a fourth-down conversion as Boutte found running back Damon Bellard for a 24-yard pass play on the Gents’ 10-yard line. Two plays later, Boutte pushed his way behind his offensive line for the touchdown from 4 yards out.
DERIDDER — DeRidder opened up District 3-4A play with a win against Leesville.
The Dragons (5-1, 1-0) found success on the ground, running the ball for 248 yards on the night, led by a 115 yard, three-touchdown performance from running back D’Angelo Reder.
DeRidder quarterback Tyler Herring hooked up with Holden Hoerner for 56 of his 62 passing yards on the night on a first quarter touchdown to put the Dragons ahead 7-0.
The Wampus Cats (0-6, 0-1) are still searching for their first win since last October after a sluggish offensive effort. Leesville failed to complete a pass on the night, ending with 68 yards of total offense.
IOTA — If the Iota Bulldogs were supposed to be blown out by the Iowa Yellow Jackets, they didn’t get the memo.
While the final scoreboard read in favor of the Yellow Jackets, it was only due to two late touchdowns that Iowa pulled away.
“You have to tip your hat to Iota, come out the first game of district and played really hard, really physical,” said owa head coach Sean Richard, coach of the Yellow Jackets.
And just has been the case for Iowa all year, young players stepped up big when they needed it.
“This is their first district game on the road,” Richard said. “We had some young kids really step up tonight. That kid (Darius Janice) who had the interception and punt return was only a sophomore.”
For Iowa (6-0, 1-0 District 4-3A), it was another chapter in their book. For Iota (0-6, 0-1), it was a different book altogether.
JENNINGS — The Jennings Bulldogs took advantage of four second-half turnovers by St. Louis in taking a District 4-3A win.
The Saints trailed 7-0 at the half, but tied the score early in the third quarter when Blake St. Romain intercepted a Kaleb Chaisson pass and returned it 10 yards to tie the score at 7-7 with 7:56 to play in the third quarter.
Jennings (3-3, 1-0) took control after that, scoring on its first offensive play after the St. Louis score when Lemontay Mouton scored on an 80-yard run for a 14-7 advantage.
The Saints (2-4, 0-1) committed two crucial fumbles consecutive possessions. The first turnover came on a fumble by Dylan Greenman, which was recovered by Ian Ray. Cox converted a 20-yard field goal for a 17-7 Jennings lead. Another fumble by the Saints gave the Bulldogs the ball at the Saints’ 18-yard line. The Bulldogs scored on an 18-yard pass from Chaisson to Williams to take a 24-7 lead with 2:50 to play in the third quarter.
The Westlake Rams stuck around until the last second, but a 45-yard toss from quarterback Tyler Johnson flew over tight end Jacory Washington’s head as the clock struck zero and South Beauregard held on for the victory.
It was all about the big plays for the Golden Knights, as they benefited from a controversial call and recovered their own punt to continue a drive early in the game. That drive ended with seven points, thanks to a 1-yard run by Kelly Courville.
South Beauregard struck again as Joe Ledet ran up the middle, shook off a defender and broke free for a 93 yard touchdown run to push the lead to 14-0. Golden Knights coach Dwight Hudler said called the run “phenomenal.”
Westlake coach Shawn Demeritt said the slow start put the Rams at an early disadvantage.
VINTON — Welsh’s Keshon Bell raised his right index finger into the air as he crossed the goal line for the game-clinching touchdown Friday night.
Perhaps he was singing the praise of his team — the fact that they are No. 1. But maybe he was signaling the Lions’ first loss of the season as the Greyhounds rolled out of Vinton with an impressive win to open District 4-2A play.
The sophomore running back had his coming out party, carrying injury-ravaged Welsh with a 244-yard, two touchdown performance on 23 carries.
“It’s a great feeling, for yourself and for the team,” Bell said. “All these fans come out and watch you and you just do your thing, you execute good and you’re having fun. That’s the main goal, have fun. Have a good game. That’s what every one likes to see.”
Bell’s big game highlighted a Welsh offense that was efficient on the ground. The Greyhounds rushed for 304 yards and picked up its yardage in chunks — often getting to the second level of Vinton’s defense before finding contact.
LAKE ARTHUR — Kinder started off its District 4-2A schedule on the right foot, grinding out a shutout win over Lake Arthur.
Thanks to a very strong showing from their defense the Yellow Jackets (5-1, 1-0) now head into next week’s pivotal matchup against Vinton with a lot of momentum and confidence.
“This week was all about coming out and starting district off 1-0 for us,” said Kinder head coach Bret Fuselier. “We started off on the right foot and we have to take it one game at a time. I am just happy to be in the situation we are in right now.”
The Kinder defense dictated the flow of the game, as the Yellow Jackets held their opponent scoreless for the first time in 2013, a strong showing considering that Lake Arthur (4-2, 0-1) boasts one of the most potent rushing attacks in Southwest Louisiana.
BUNKIE — Mason Jordan threw for 136 yards and a pair of touchdown passes, and Kourtlyn Monette scored on a 12-yard run to lead Oakdale to the road victory.
Jordan was 6-of-14 but hit Darion Dunn on a 66 yard scoring pass and Timmy Townley on a 15-yarder to lead Bunkie in the district opener.
DEQUINCY — Scoring six times in the opening half, the Tigers made fast work of their district opener.
Javion Landry scored three times and Lester Johnson ran for 130 yards on 15 carries as the Tigers toppled Mamou.
DeQuincy ran for 313 yards as a team with Jacob Pruitt adding 72 yards on just six carries and a touchdown.
Josh Goodman also returned an intercption 71 yards for a touchdown for DeQuincy (3-3, 1-0).
PICKERING — Pickering cornerback Kordell Craft blocked a chip-shot field on the final play of the game as the Red Devils opened district play by handing top-ranked Many its first loss of the season.
Craft, who earlier in the game blocked an extra point, slapped away the 21-yard attempt after Many (5-1, 0-1) drove to the Pickering 4-yard line in the waning seconds.
Daveon Banks third touchdown of the night, a 1-yard run with 6:32 to play, held up as the difference.
Banks, who was a workhorse with 215 yards on 35 carries, also scored in the first quarter on runs of 44 and 33 yards.
Pickering (5-1, 1-0) rushed for 267 yards and Many had 248, led by James Carhee with 146.
Kentrell Maxie put Many up 20-17 with a 1-yard run to open the third quarter, but Craft blocked the extra point.
ROSEPINE — Rosepine piled up 461 yards in total offense to thump Menard.
Noah Martin scored three touchdowns and rushed for 170 yards for the Eagles (3-3, 1-0). Stanley Hogan chipped in 106 yards and two TDs, including an 89-yard interception return that sealed the victory.
Leading 14-13, Rosepine seized the momentum late in the first half when Eric Kyle completed a 54 yard pass to Jeff Fruge to set up a 3-yard run by Martin.
Martin made it 28-13 early in the third quarter when he bolted 86 yards.
After Menard (4-2, 0-1) closed to within 28-20, Martin scored from 4 yards out before Hogan’s interception return.
CREOLE — Kendrick Ceaser scored five touchdowns and finished with 412 all-purpose yards to lead undefeated Basile over South Cameron.
Ceaser ran for 186 yards on just 12 carries and also scored on kickoff returns of 96 and 75 yards as Basile improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in district play.
Ceaser also scored on a 53-yard pass from Mark Ivory besides scoring on runs of seven and 35 yards.
The Bearcats scored two touchdowns in each quarter to topple South Cameron (2-4, 1-2).
Using a fast start, East Beauregard raced off with a District 5-1A victory over Hamilton Christian at Cougar Stadium.
Behind a power running game, the Trojans (5-1, 3-0) battered the Warrior defense to take control.
Tristian Beebe and Logan Fox scored rushing touchdowns for the Trojans early, and a 45 yard interception return gave East Beauregard a 22-0 lead.
Julian Marcantel’s 10 run late in the first half gave Hamilton Christian (1-5, 1-2) some life. The sophomore quarterback sparked the Warriors to a late rally.
ELTON — Panthers quarterback Coy Harrington ran for 154 yards and passed for another 191 to lead Merryville (1-5, 1-2) to its first win of the season.
Harrington had a hand in five of Merryville’s seven touchdowns, running for three and passing for two.
Harrington’s big night offset the Indians’ Marcus Lemoine’s 310 yards and two touchdowns rushing.
Harrington ran for touchdowns of 2, 28 and 59 yards, and threw touchdown strikes of 26 and 24 yards. Merryville led 28-7 at the half.
Elton (2-4, 1-2) turned the ball over six times.
GRAND LAKE — Behind a power running attack Oberlin got itself back into the district championship chase with a big road win.
The Tigers rushed for 316 yards on 39 tries, scoring 42 points in the opening half to put the game away.
Tanner Hebert led the way with 80 yards on just seven carries, including two scores. Kaylup Wilson added 104 yards on just four tries highlighted by a 95-yard scoring run as Oberlin improved to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the district.
Madison Morales rushed for 64 yards and a pair of scores for Grand Lake (1-5, 0-3).