Week 8 of the high school football season is done and the district races are coming to a close.
The American Press had reporters and photographers at most of the games involving teams from Southwest Louisiana.
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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 needed something to shake the doldrums after losing two of its last three games and quarterback Kennon Fontenot provided that something.
Fontenot’s toughness and rocket-for-a-right-arm provided 296 yards and four touchdowns, giving the ninth-ranked Bucs more than enough firepower to roll to a District 3-5A win over Comeaux.
Fontenot shook off a first-half shoulder tweak, limped around between plays, and connected on 23-of-30 passes including his first nine in a row against a Spartan defense that had apparently risen to the occasion late in the first half. Barbe (6-2, 3-2) led only 14-7 at the break and had been turned away on three straight possessions.
The Buccaneers, though, scored coming out of halftime on an 83-yard march, and tallied three more times on their next four possessions to halt the Spartans’ upset bid.
MOSS BLUFF — Acadiana’s offense was only in high gear for a half, but provided plenty enough points as the Rams cruised to a District 3-5A win over Sam Houston.
Acadiana (7-1, 5-0) remains perfect in district play, as is New Iberia (7-1, 5-0). Those teams meet in the final week of the regular season in New Iberia.
After going three-and-out on its first possession and falling behind 3-0, the Rams scored touchdowns on four of their next five possessions. Edward Cormier scored on a 24-yard run to put Acadiana ahead 7-3. DeEdward Cormier scored on a 31-yard run then threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Blayson Abshire and Donavin Solomon scored on a 1-yard run 14 seconds before halftime to put the Rams ahead 27-3.
SULPHUR — A pair of long touchdown runs by junior Derrick Guillory bookended a Sulphur win over visiting Lafayette on to give the Golden Tors their first win of the year at Matt Walker Stadium and bolster hopes of a playoff berth.
Sulphur (3-5, 2-3 District 3-5A) has struggled to defend its home turf this year, and Guillory and his teammates said they had enough of hearing about it.
Guillory’s 31-yard touchdown scamper with 3:33 left in the game put Sulphur ahead 21-17, giving the Tors their first lead since the first quarter.
Lafayette had taken a 17-14 lead on a 32-yard Steven Artigue field goal with 5:55 left.
OPELOUSAS — Rawlin Guillory scored a pair of rushing touchdowns to lead Washington-Marion.
The Charging Indians (4-4, 3-2) won for the third straight time and kept their District 4-4A title hopes alive in the process.
The victory moved W-M within a half game of first-place Eunice and LaGrange.
GRANT — D’Angelo Reder ran for 108 yards on seven carries as the Dragons took one step closer to a district title.
Reder scored on 28-yard run as DeRidder (3-0, 7-1) got ready for next week’s showdown with Peabody, which has the same record as the Dragons. The winner will clinch the district’s top seed for the upcoming playoffs.
The Dragons ran for 286 yards and also got a pair of TD passes from quarterback Tyler Herring.
LEESVILLE — The Wompus Cats won for the second straight week, improved to 2-1 in district and 2-6 overall.
Moses Tolbert led the way with 178 yards on 16 carries, including a pair of touchdowns. Quarterback Caden Wheeler was a perfect 5-for-5 throwing for 43 yards and a score.
Tolbert scored on runs of 4 and 6 yards to lead Leesville.
Derrick Sampract led all rushers with 185 yards on 21 carries for winless Tioga.
Markell Hawthorne put in another strong performance for LaGrange as the Gators disposed of Beau Chene.
Hawthorne scored five touchdowns to spark the Gator offense.
LaGrange (3-5, 3-1) coach Jules Sullen praised the effort of his offensive line and said the Gators played well defensively.
Defensive lineman Rachard Lee forced one fumble and recovered another one for a touchdown in the win.
LaGrange has won three straight games since dropping its district opener and now sit tied with Eunice atop the Class 4A District 4 standings.
JENNINGS — Iota looked prime for the upset and Jennings’ homecoming was in trouble.
It lasted all of one half.
Instead, Jennings improved to 5-3, 3-0 in District 4-3A and Iota fell to 0-8, 0-3.
Leading 14-7 after controlling the ball for most of the first half, Iota converted an onside kick to start the third quarter. But, instead of either going up two possessions or flipping the field, Iota fumbled on the second play, Jennings regained possession at midfield and went on to score. After that, it was all Jennings.
WESTLAKE — Westlake head coach Shawn Demeritt appeared chilly at the end of the game. For all the right reasons.
When the clock struck 0:00, Westlake’s players gave Demeritt a water bath to remember after intercepting four passes and shutting down the Chaz Key-led Iowa running game in the second half of its upset of Class 3A’s No. 5 team to tighten the District 4-3A race.
Cameron Lafleur had two of the interceptions, with Armon Dunbar and Justin Johnson grabbing the other two.
“Cameron Lafleur is our rock in the secondary. He’s our only returning starter in the secondary,” Demeritt said. “I thought Dunbar’s pick right before halftime really swung the momentum. Johnson hadn’t played football since freshman year. He had a big pick and made some good plays.”
Perhaps more importantly, Westlake (4-4, 2-1) made adjustments to clamp down on Key in the second half. After running for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in the first half, the Rams defense held the star junior to 32 yards on 11 carries in the second half.
Key finished with 28 carries for 132 yards for Iowa (7-1, 2-1).
South Beauregard didn’t light up the scoreboard too much, but the Golden Knights dominated the game en route to a victory against St. Louis.
The Golden Knights out-gained the Saints 461 yards to 68.
“Physically, they beat us in all three phases,” said Saint Louis assistant coach Tommy Johns. “They came to play and they got after us from the first whistle to the last one. My hat’s off to coach Hudler and his staff and his team."
South Beauregard running back Shea Holland proved extremely difficult to stop for Saint Louis, as he totaled 230 yards and one touchdown on 25 rushes.
South Beauregard drove deep into St. Louis territory three times in the first half, but penalties and one interception resulted in nothing but a missed field goal attempt.
“They were just drive killers,” South Beauregard coach Dwight Hudler said of the penalties. “We’re not a team that is going to succeed in second-and-15 and third-and-30, that’s just not us. We are a ground-and-pound team. We had a few that kind of cost us, but we did move the ball well."
DEQUINCY — Kinder prepared for next week's District 4-2A showdown with Welsh by destroying DeQuincy.
Cade Andrews had 128 yards rushing, including a 4-yard scoring run, as the Yellow Jackets (7-1, 3-0) rolled past DeQuincy.
Andrews led a running attack that gained 376 yards.
Jordan Vickers scored on a pair of runs (16, 1) and quarterback Austin Pickle ran for a score and threw for another. Taylor Johnson also scored on a 28-yard run for the Yellow Jackets.
WELSH — The Welsh Greyhounds ran on the legs of Keshon Bell and his six touchdowns to take a District 4-2A win over the Lake Arthur Tigers.
Bell accounted for 251 of the Greyhounds’ 357 yards rushing. Dyvonte Eaglin added 113 yards on 14 carries.
“Keshon (Bell) is just getting better and better each week,” said Welsh coach John Richardson. “He’s a strong kid running hard and learning to run with his pad level down now. The offensive line did a super job for him tonight as they opened up some big holes as he was able to exploit those as he had a super game.”
Welsh (7-1, 3-0) started off fast, taking the opening drive down the field. Bell scored the first of his four first-half touchdowns on a 6-yard run to take a 7-0 lead. Lake Arthur (5-3, 1-2) answered by converting three fourth-down conversions on its next drive to tie the score at 7-7 when Trey Hargrave scored on a 1-yard run with 1:35 left in the first quarter. After that it was all Welsh.
ROSEPINE — Rosepine’s Stanley Hogan, who rushed for 104 yards, also turned in the defensive play of the game when scored on a 14-yard interception return with six minutes to play and the Eagles later converted a gutsy fourth-down gamble to beat Oakdale.
The win for Rosepine (4-4, 2-1) got the Eagles into a four-way tie for first place in District 3-2A with Oakdale (4-4, 2-1), Many (7-1, 2-1) and Pickering.
Jesse Fruge also kicked a Rosepine field goal early in the fourth quarter. But after the interception return, the Warriors pulled to within 24-21 with 2:45 to play on quarterback Mason Jordan’s 7-yard run.
Daveon Banks ran for 208 yards and three touchdowns as the Red Devils ran away with the District 3-2A win.
Deonte Crawford opened the scoring with a 55-yard punt return, but it wasn’t until the third quarter that Pickering (6-2, 2-1) opened up.
The Red Devils led Bunkie (1-7, 0-3) by a touchdown at the half, but scored the last thee touchdowns of the game.
MAMOU — After losing two straight, Vinton decided to get defensive. A little offensive too.
Five Lions players scored in a rout of Mamou in a District 4-2A game.
Tanner Guidry threw touchdown passes to Anthone Hillery and Anferne Dixon in the first quarter as the Lions (6-2, 1-2) raced out to a 14-0 lead.
On the first series of the second quarter, Blake Trahan picked off Mamou’s Aaron Johnson and rumbled 60 yards for a big-man touchdown.
With less than three minutes to go before the half, Chad Walker pulled in a 16-yard touchdown pass from Lucas Cormier for a 28-0 lead.
On the next series, Hillery picked off Johnson to set up James McMillon’s 3-yard touchdown run.
The teams agreed to play the second half with a running clock.
Mamou (1-7, 0-3) was held to 168 yards and turned the ball over three times.
BASILE — 224 yards and a cloud of dust.
That is what Kendrick Ceaser left in his wake as he led the Basile Bearcats to a victory over new district rival East Beauregard.
The Bearcats (8-0, 5-0) knocked off the only other unbeaten team in District 4-1A play, and now control their own destiny in the final two weeks of the regular season.
Ceaser was all over the place for Basile, collecting 169 yards rushing, 55 yards receiving and making multiple stops on defense. The junior scored three touchdowns on runs of 40 and 68 yards and a 25-yard reception. Both of his rushing touchdowns came on plays in which he reversed field and shed multiple tacklers before finally using his blazing speed to break away.
East Beauregard (6-2, 4-1), while coming out on the losing end, has an outside shot of winning the district championship, but will need help in doing so.
GRAND LAKE — Coy Harrington ran for three touchdowns and threw for another to lead the Panthers to their second win of the season.
Harrington ran for 91 yards and threw for 204 yards as Merryville (2-6, 2-3) picked up its second win in three games.
Madison Morales led Grand Lake (1-7, 0-5) with 75 yards and a touchdown rushing.
OBERLIN — Oberlin rolled up 429 yards on the ground in whipping Hamilton Christian in District 4-1A play.
Lance Frank rushed for 111 yards and scored two touchdowns and Tanner Hebert added 105 yards as Oberlin improved to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in league play.
CREOLE — Marcus Lemoine did what he does best — carry the football for big gains, and it helped him power the Elton Indians to a win over District 4-1A rival South Cameron.
The Indians (4-4, 3-2) have won back-toback games and stand to keep their district championship hopes alive when they face district leaders Basile and East Beauregard in their final two games of the season.
“I told the kids when we came out for the second half tonight that these last two quarters were going to maker break the season, and they responded well,” said Elton head coach Doyle Carter. “Going into those last two games we are going to come out and take our best shot at the two leaders of our district.”
Lemoine wasn’t able to break free until late in the first quarter, but ended with 282 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries. He also had a pair of long touchdowns nullifi ed by penalties, and added 38 yards receiving.