Week 7 of the high school football season is in the books. Highlights from all the games involving Southwest Louisiana can be found here.
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NEW IBERIA — Trey Quinn and the Barbe Bucs weren’t themselves at New Iberia’s Lloyd G. Porter Stadium but somehow found itself in a spot to potentially win.
After pulling ahead 25-24 in the fourth quarter on a 14-yard Trey Quinn touchdown catch, Barbe’s defense gave up a 15-yard Daniel Lewis touchdown run with :51 left to lose 31-28 in District 3-5A.
New Iberia held Quinn to 38 yards on seven catches – his lowest output of the season -- and limited the Bucs’ big plays, to pull off its biggest win of the year.
The Yellow Jackets got big plays throughout, the most surprising in the first quarter when New Iberia do-it-all Michael Sam went off tackle on a fourth down punt fake and raced 67 yards for the game’s opening touchdown.
Sam covered Quinn him man-to-man most of the night while helping limit the Bucs to its second-lowest point total this season.
CARENCRO — The Sam Houston Broncos won their first District 3-5A game, beating Carencro.
“This is a historic win,” said Sam Houston coach Vaughn Eggleston said. “I am very proud of the effort and class they showed on the field.”
Eggleston said his defense stepped up when he needed it to.
“Our defense did some really good stuff,” Eggleston said. “They put in hours of preparation no matter who we are playing. Carencro has a really good team and that’s a great accomplishment by our defense to get this win.”
Eggleston did his best to keep his emotions under control, but he didn’t downplay the importance of the win. The Broncos had lost every district game they’d played since joining District 3-5A three years ago. Eggleston said he hurts for his kids with every loss, but this one “feels the opposite.”
“You really have to know what we’ve been through to appreciate this win,” Eggleston said. “Our kids have been resilient. I hurt because of the amount of time they put in and all the negatives they hear. They’ve overcome adversity and they do the things they do. They know that this win goes beyond our team; this is for our program.”
SCOTT &emdash; Edward Cormier used the big stage that is homecoming to show that Acadiana’s running attack is much more than one or two players.
Cormier ran for 202 yards on 18 carries and had two touchdowns to lead Acadiana to a win over Sulphur at Ram Stadium. Cormier and other Ram running backs controlled the game for Acadiana, while its defense bent but did not break to the Tors’ offense.
“Edward had a great game,” Acadiana head coach Ted Davidson said. “He’s been having good practices and he’s been doing well. We blocked well for him and was efficient offensively.”
Acadiana usually has had big performances from other running backs like Elijah Ledet and Donovan Soloman. But it was Cormier’s night as he carried the load for the offense in the first half and pounded the Tors’ defense all game long.
Homecoming got hairy for a bit, but Rawlin Guillory dominated the first and final quarters to lead Washington-Marion to a win over Beau Chene.
The win is the second straight in District 4-4A play for Washington-Marion (2-5, 2-2), which now sits a game out of first place.
Guillory scored all three W-M touchdowns, scoring twice in the first quarter on an 11-yard reception and a 4-yard run to give the Charging Indians a 14-0 score.
Beau Chene (2-5, 1-2) rallied in the second quarter, getting a 38-yard field goal from Cole Cormier, a safety on a botched punt snap, and putting together a 10-play, 60 yard drive capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by DeAndre Bossier.
DERIDDER — The Dragons scored 27 unanswered points to race out to a 40-10 lead at the half.
After Bolton (2-5, 1-1) scored to tie the game at 7, DeRidder (6-1, 2-0) took control with four straight touchdowns, the last a 22-yard interception return by David Crosley.
D’Angelo Reder ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns to lead a Dragons 305-yard rushing barrage.
Eleven Dragons carried the ball.
Highlights coming after game.
IOWA — If St. Louis was supposed to stand idly by and watch the Iowa Yellow Jackets march their way to 7-0 they never got the memo.
The Saints (2-5, 0-2) weren’t able to pull out the victory, but they brought the Yellow Jackets (7-0, 2-0) down to the wire. In the end, however, it wasn’t enough as Iowa remained perfect for at least one more week behind a 30-27 victory at Jesse Cady Memorial Stadium.
“I am extremely proud of our kids for the way they played against such a good team,” said St. Louis assistant head coach Tommy Johns. “We were down 30-14 at one point and we could have easily shut down and called it a night, but we kept fighting until the very end. This was a great high school football game.”
WESTLAKE — For more than a quarter, it was a stalemate. For the remaining time, it was all Westlake.
“We had a tough loss last week and we responded,” said Westlake coach Shawn Demeritt. “We practice better this week, that was the key, I thought.”
Rams quarterback Tyler Johnson was 11-for-19 for 177 yards and a touchdown. He also contributed 19 yards and a touchdown on six carries. Jamar Peltier, 12 carries for 84 yards, and Keilynn Fradieu, 11 runs for 67 yards, added rushing touchdowns. Fradieu also had a touchdown in the air. Jacory Washington had five receptions for 71 yards.
LONGVILLE — If it can be done on a football field, Jennings senior Malik Williams pretty much checked it off his list on at South Beauregard.
Williams opened the game with a long touchdown reception, added another on a leaping catch in tight coverage, blocked two key kicks and then put the cherry on top of the sundae with a Pick-6 in the final minute to clinch a win for the Bulldogs.
Williams’ 64-yard interception return of a Brandon Hare pass with 45 seconds to go was the play that finally crushed the hopes of a spirited South Beauregard squad.
KINDER — Turnover problems plagued Vinton as the Lions coughed the ball up five times at Kinder in a loss.
The teams entered the District 4-2A matchup with 5-1 records, but Vinton will have to climb out of a 0-2 hole in district play after the defeat. Kinder moved to 2-0 in district play which gives the Yellow Jackets a share of the district lead with Welsh.
The teams spent the first quarter feeling each other out, with both defenses getting stop after stop. But a 39 yard pass from Kinder quarterback Austin Pickle to wide receiver Khalil LeBlanc landed the ball at the Vinton 8 yard line. Welles Cooley ran the ball in on the very next play to make it 7-0.
“It was just us getting adjusted (early in the game),” said Kinder head coach Bret Fuselier. “They did a couple of different things on defense and we had to get adjusted on offense. Once we made those adjustments, we settled in and played football.”
After Derric Caesar recovered a fumble deep in Vinton territory, Pickle quickly found Kade Andrews across the middle to push the lead to 14-0.
Kinder continued to pile it on as Vinton attempted a lateral pass that was dropped behind the line of scrimmage. Most players stood flat footed as Kinder’s DC Arceneaux swooped in to scoop up the ball and run it back 20 yards for a score.
LAKE ARTHUR — The Lake Arthur Tigers were shutout last week to open District 4-2A play, but came back this week to shutout the DeQuincy Tigers.
The Lake Arthur Tigers limited the Dequincy Tigers to 60 offensive yards and forced four turnovers. The first half saw the Lake Arthur Tigers defense only allow 6 yards on one first down to the DeQuincy Tigers.
“The story of the game was our defense to hold them to under a hundred yards of offense, and not many first downs and we didn’t give them many plays,” said Lake Arthur Coach Chad Lavergne.
MAMOU — The Greyhounds stayed perfect in district with their third shutout of the season.
The Green Demons (1-6, 0-2) marched into Welsh (6-1, 2-0) territory on the first possession of the game, but the Greyhounds defense forced a turnover on downs.
On Welsh’s first offensive play, Kyvonte Eaglin bolted for a 61-yard scoring run and it was all Greyhounds from there.
OAKDALE — The Pickering Red Devils were riding high coming off of their upset of No. 1 Many last week and for most of the night looked like they would extend their winning streak.
The Oakdale Warriors, however had different plans.
The Red Devils (5-2, 1-1) got off to their usual hot start behind star running back Daveon Banks who scored the game’s first two touchdowns. He would finish the game with 175 yards on 34 carries.
It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the Warriors (4-3, 2-0) finally grabbed the lead, scoring 22 points in rapid succession en route to the upset victory.
Reginald Philson led the way for Oakdale, carrying the ball 17 times for 147 yards and three touchdowns.
Highlights coming after game.
Big plays, stout defense and a powerful run game were too much for Hamilton Christian to overcome as they fell to Elton.
Homerun plays were the name of the game for both teams in the contest as each team had a pair of scores on plays of 20-yards or longer.
In consecutive weeks, Hamilton Christian (1-6) has put together late rallies to get within a score of opponents, only to see the game slip away in the final seconds.
Elton High School’s (3-4) potent rushing attack, led by junior running back standout Marcus Lemoine led both teams in offensive production. Lemoine had 297 rushing yards (310 all-purpose) and three touchdowns in 38 attempts.
BASILE — Basile scored 37 points in the first quarter on it way to routing Grand Lake.
Clintrell Sias scored on runs of 41 and 39 yards on his only two carries of the night to spark Basile (7-0, 4-0).
Basile scored nine points in a matter of seconds when they recorded a safety when the snap sailed over the Grand Lake punter’s head and Gabe Fontenot returned the ensuing Grand Lake kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown.
Basile rolled up 355 yards on the ground, averaging nearly 13 yards per rush.
Madison Morales rushed for 108 yards and scored the lone TD for the Hornets (1-6, 0-4).
Highlights coming after game.
The District 4-4A football race got a lot more interesting after the LaGrange Gators dominated the Crowley Gents.
The Gators (2-5, 2-1) started the season with five consecutive losses thanks in part to a challenging nondistrict schedule, but now move forward as each district team has at least one loss.
“We beat a very quality ballclub tonight and it feels great right now,” said LaGrange head coach Jules Sullen. “We play a very tough nondistrict schedule every year and we are about where I planned for us to be. We now have the opportunity to control our own destiny and hopefully compete for a share of the district championship, but our main goal is just getting into the playoffs.”
The Gators’ offensive line blasted open holes all night for running backs Tyler Guillory and Markell Hawthorne who took full advantage of the creases. Hawthorne, a sophomore, finished with a season-best 171 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries, while Guillory, a senior, picked up 100 yards and two touchdowns on 13 attempts.
“We consider Markell and Tyler thunder and lightning because they both bring something different to the table,” Sullen said. “We try not to tire them out in the first half, then once we get into the second half we play off of who has the momentum. We have a pair of really great backs.”
DRY CREEK — East Beauregard won its sixth consecutive game by routing South Cameron in a District 4-1A battle.
The Tarpons (2-5, 1-3) struggled offensively with scoring threat Madison Morales sidelined with an injury.
The Trojans’ (6-1, 4-0) four touchdowns came from four players. Three of the scores came in the second quarter, when East Beauregard outscored South Cameron 18-0. The scoring spree was capped by a 31-yard touchdown run from Lee Glass.