The high school football season in Southwest Louisiana began in earnest Friday night.
As we will all season long, the American Press had 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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To read the complete story from each game, as well as all the scores from around the state, pick up a copy of the print edition of the American Press.
The Barbe Bucs have reloaded.
Sophomore receiver Garrett Williams hauled in three first-half touchdown passes as the Bucs stormed out to a big lead in a 52-12 win over Washington-Marion Friday night.
Bucs quarterback Kennon Fontenot tossed four touchdown passes in the first half while completing 15 of 23 passes for 249 yards. Receiver Trey Quinn scored twice in the half, returning a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and scoring on a 22-yard reception in the second quarter.
Both Williams and Quinn had 99 yards receiving at the half. R.J. Fowlkes opened the scoring with an 8-yard run.
“He’s a good athlete, a young kid,” Barbe head coach Mike Cutrera said of Williams, a sophomore. “He is a two-sport athlete; we expect big things from him.”
Big things are the norm for seniors Fontenot and Quinn.
“It’s nice to have guys like that. Quinn is a four-year starter, Kennon is a three-year starter,” Cutrera said. “The game has slowed down so much for them. You know they are going to make a play, it is just a matter of time.”
W-M’s Demon Delahoussaye was even better, catching three passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns in the half, including a 93-yarder that came during a hectic 34 seconds in which Barbe sandwiched a pair of touchdowns around Delahoussaye’s long reception.
SULPHUR — For better or worse, humbling is the best way to describe the Golden Tors’ debut under new head coach Jeff Wainwright’s as missed opportunities were the difference in a loss to St. Thomas More.
Wainwright’s imprint showed up early and often in his new team with the offense going away from the bang-bang passing attack of the past few seasons and showing a willingness to tough it out on the ground, carrying the football 44 times while controlling the clock.
The Tors’ defense showed an edge as well, limiting STM’s hurry-up offense to 310 yards and forcing two second half fumbles.
“Looking at the game right now the boys played a really good one,” Wainwright said. “They came up with some timely takeaways and some great opportunities to get us a victory here. I thought our offense played pretty good from 20-to-20. We just have to find a way to get into the end zone.
“It’s a start. Obviously you’d like to start a program with a win. But where we’re at and where we’re going I like the effort and attitude.”
After the last few years of frustration, Sam Houston wanted to come out and make a statement this season.
Consider a statement made.
With a fast first half, and a sloppy one provided by St. Louis, the Broncos opened the new campaign with a fresh look and confidence.
Using big plays and four early Saints turnovers, Sam Houston raced out to an big lead and never looked back, knocking off St. Louis in the opener for both teams at Cougar Stadium.
Quarterback Dustin Duhon led the way, throwing three touchdown passes and scoring another on the ground before the half. By then, the Broncos had a four-touchdown lead and were on their way to the victory.
All four of those scores came after Saints turnovers.
“It was great that we could score off those turnovers take advantage of our chances,” said Sam Houston head coach Vaughn Eggleston. “The kids have worked hard all off season and to have it pay off like this is a big plus.”
IOWA — Replacing a star quarterback is never easy, but Iowa appears to have enough tools in the backfield and on defense to ease its way into doing so this season.
The Yellow Jackets defense did not allow a touchdown in a season-opening win over Erath. The Bobcats only touchdown came on a 46-yard punt return late in the second quarter.
Junior running back Chaz Key demonstrated his explosiveness with 138 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. His longest run was a 46-yard cut-back for a touchdown on Iowa’s second drive of the game that opened the scoring.
Key was not the only key to Iowa’s success.
Colinje Wilridge spelled him with 15 carries for 78 yards, and bruiser D’Juan Rigmaiden pushed the pile in short-yardage situations, including a 1-yard dive for a touchdown.
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VINTON — Anfernee Dixon caught an 8-yard scoring pass from Tanner Guidry with just under five minutes remaining as Vinton won a defensive struggle with Abbeville.
Neither team could generate much offense, and the Lions (1-0) sacked Abbevillle quarterback Bryce Melancon six times for 56 yards in losses.
Vinton’s other touchdown came in the final seconds of the third quarter when Keyshawn Bias stepped in front of a pass in the flat, intercepted it and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown.
Abbeville tied the game moments later at the start of the fourth quarter when Keyshawn Bessard broke free on a 75-yard run.
DEQUINCY — The South Beauregard Golden Knights used a strong rushing attack and a stingy defense to power them to a win over arch-rival DeQuincy.
It wasn’t easy for head coach Dwight Hudler and his team, though, as the Tigers held the Golden Knights to six points until late in the third quarter.
“Anytime you get a win in Week 1 it is a great way to start the season,” Hudler said. “We still have a lot of improvements to make, but we are definitely happy to start the season in the win column.”
ELTON — Kinder overcame some first-quarter jitters and three first-half turnovers to roll over Elton.
“We had a slow start, which has pretty much been the theme for us in the jamboree and the game tonight, but we have to fix that,” said Kinder coach Bret Fuselier. “Elton has a good football team but whenever we get to teams in our district they will not let us get way with things like that.”
Kinder turned the ball over on its first two possessions, but turned away two Elton scoring chances.
The Yellow Jackets gained 353 yards rushing, led Vickers who finished with 131 yards. Welles Cooley added 67 yards.
“Our offensive played really well tonight,” Fuselier said. “Jordan Vickers and Welles Cooley did a good running the ball.”
Elton finished with 91 rushing yards and 39 passing yards. Lemoine finished with 55 yards rushing on 19 carries.
OBERLIN — Oberlin’s rushing attack, led by an impressive first half performance from Austin Darbonne, was too much for Iota to handle, as the Tigers topped the Bulldogs.
Darbonne broke off two, long touchdown run s— a 58-yarder and a 51 yarder — in the first half before finishing the half with 134 yards and two touchdowns on three carries. He ended the night with 173 yards on 10 carries.
“Our offensive line stepped up and did an excellent job,” said Oberlin coach Ronald Simmons. “They opened up a lot of holes. Darbonne was breaking long runs.”
OAKDALE — Caleb Hayes and Weston Watkins each scored a pair of touchdowns as Welsh rolled to victory.
Watkins finished the night with 89 yards on 13 carries, scoring on runs of 17 and 4 yards. Hayes added TD runs of 3 and 14 yards himself.
The Greyhounds finished the night with 200 yards rushing, getting their final touchdown on Keshon Bell's 3-yard run.
Hayes also had 114 yards passing on three competitions to balance out the Oakdale attack.
Oakdale scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter on Nathan Jordan passes, the first to Curley Blunt for 24 yards and the other to Joey Linder from 5 yards out.
BASILE — Kendrick Ceaser ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns and the Basile defense scored twice in a rout of Sacred Heart.
Ceaser scored on run of 18 and 52 yards. Cintrel Sias returned a fumble 20 yards for a score and Ceaser picked off a pass by Welsey Fontenot and returned it 49 yards for another touchdown.
Ellis Parrott scored on a 28-yard run for Sacred Heart.
DRY CREEK — LaSalle quarterback Cole Hendrix threw for 225 yards and three touchdowns to rally East Beauregard.
East Beauregard rushed for 267 yards, with Lee Glass getting 88 and Kade Jackson 87.
Triston Bebee score on a 4-yard run in the second quarter to tie the score at 6-6 and Johnny Vercher recovered a fumble in the end zone in the third quarter to put East Beauregard up 12-6.
But Hendrix connected on two long scoring passes in the fourth quarter, hitting Kenneth Smith from 39 yards out and getting the winning touchdown on a 56-yarder to Corey Garrett.
BROUSSARD — Trevor Doucet rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another as Ascension Episcopal ruined Grand Lake’s debut.
Doucet scored on runs of 24 and 16 yards and threw a 1-yard pass to Alex Stuart.
Madison Morales posted Grand Lake’s lone score on a 3-yard run.
LAKE ARTHUR — Trey Hargrove rushed for 126 yards and Glenn Guidry scored two touchdowns to spark Lake Arthur past Hamilton Christian.
The Tigers rolled up 302 yards in offense and did not commit a turnover.
Ben Avery’s 51-yard run gave Hamilton Christian a 7-0 lead.
Following a TD run by Guidry, Avery Jacobson tossed a 22-yard scoring strike to Brandon Blackwell to push the visitors in front 14-7.
From there, it was all Tigers. Guidry’s 1-yard run pulled Lake Arthur within 14-13 and a 1-yard run by Aaron Thompson gave the hosts a 19-14 halftime lead.
ROSEPINE — Noah Martin and Stanley keyed a dominant Rosepine running game that eventually wore down Merryville.
Martin rushed for 121 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Hogan added 124 yards and capped the nights scoring with a 69-yard run in the final quarter.
Merrvyille’s Coy Harrrington threw a pair of touchdown passes, including strikes of 7 yards to Zach McMahon and 22 yards to Reggie Noble that gave the Panthers an early 12-6 lead in the first quarter.
But Rosepine eventually rushed for 329 yards and scored the game’s last four touchdowns, including a 38-yard pass from quarterback Kyle Fruge to Lawrence Willis.
Harrington and Seth Powell combined to throw for 171 yards for the Panthers, but the Rosepine defense held the Eagles to minus-48 yards on the ground.
PICKERING — Daveon Banks rushed for 233 yards and three touchdowns to lead Pickering.
Banks scores on runs of 51, 1 and 5 yards as the Red Devils waltzed to a 33-0 halftime lead. Garrett Collins added 40 yards on six carries as Pickering rolled up 299 yards on the ground.
Mamou couldn’t get anything going on offense, never penetrating farther than Pickering’s 32-yard line.
GUEYDAN — The South Cameron football team already has half as many wins in 2013 as its had in the past three seasons combined after the Tarpons opened their season with a rout of Gueydan.
Tight end Andrew Bonsall threw two touchdowns and ran for one, while tailback Jaron Theriot and fullback Adam Richard also accounted for touchdowns. Kicker Jose Castillo added a 30-yard field goal.
“It’s a confidence builder for sure,” said South Cameron coach Mark Delaney. “They’re smaller in number, but they stepped up and rose to the occasion.”
It’s the second consecutive season South Cameron beat Gueydan, though last season it was the Tarpons’ lone win.
South Cameron has often found itself on the wrong side of shutouts in recent years. Delaney said the defense forced two turnovers.
“That’s the first shutout I’ve been around in eight years,” Delaney said. “The defense played really well and tackled really well. It was exciting.”
DERIDDER — After 48 minutes of football at Cecil Doyle Memorial Stadium, there were only seven points on the scoreboard.
However, those seven points — a 4-yard reception by senior Keilynn Fradieu in the second quarter — were all the Westlake Rams needed to defeat the DeRidder Dragons.
The Rams had to make a defensive stand on the game’s last play, stopping a DeRidder threat at the Westlake 15-yard line.
“I told the kids there is no better way to start your season off than with a win, and half the schools in the state wish they were in your shoes,” said Westlake head coach Shawn Demeritt. “This was a great game tonight. My hat goes off to DeRidder and coach Parmley, they played very hard, but our kids left everything on the field tonight.
CROWLEY — The Notre Dame Pioneers overcame three turnovers and a late LaGrange rally in the second half.
The start of the game was delayed 45 minutes due to lightning, the Pioneers took possession of the ball first. They wasted little time putting points on the board, scoring on a 5-yard run by Besse, which was one of three in the first half for him. The second touchdown came with 6:18 to play in the first quarter when Besse scored on a 4-yard run.
The Gators finished with 131 rushing yards and 66 passing yards. Tyler Guillory and Markell Hawthorne had 64 and 62 yards, respectively. Quindon Barry finished with 66 passing yards.