The second week of the prep football season began Thursday night with Kinder's 50-7 rout of Hamilton Christian.
The action kicked up Friday night with a host of major, nondistrict affairs. The two biggest games in the Lake Area were Washington-Marion at Barbe and LaGrange at Sulphur.
The American Press had reporters and photographers out an many of the top match-ups.
Below is a quick-hit look at all the games involving Southwest Louisiana teams. Pick up a copy of Saturday's American Press for complete stories and photos. Check our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/americanpress for photos.
There were no kinks to be worked out this week for the Barbe Bucs, who scored on their first nine possessions.
Last week, the Bucs were held to eight first-half points in a win at LaGrange. This week, the Bucs removed all doubt early, taking a 27-point halftime lead.
The Bucs (2-0) scored on all five first-half possessions, getting touchdown runs from Kennon Fontenot and Courtney Galentine, a touchdown pass from Fontenot to Desean Smith and a pair of field goals from Jamie McGee.
Fontenot completed his final seven attempts and finished 12-of-17 for 189 yards.
Cliff Reid ran and threw for touchdowns to lead Sam Houston.
Simon Farquhar added a 26-yard field goal and Jacob Stracner, who led all rushers with 98 yards, scored on a 4-yard run for the Broncos.
Sam Houston picked Kory Jones twice and recovered a fumble.
Tyler Guillory rushed for three touchdowns as LaGrange ran away from Sulphur.
Jalen Smith added a score on a 41-yard fumble return as the Gators took a 26-0 lead early in the third quarter.
Sulphur ended the shutout when Gary Blanchard caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Kale Breaux.
Guillory touched the ball only eight times, running for 47 yards and the three scores.
LaGrange took advantage of three interceptions and three turnovers by the Tors.
Recap coming soon.
They had played the gracious hosts for most of the day, and would again at the end of the evening, but as darkness settled on Cougar Stadium the Saints of St. Louis Catholic were all business.
And it took a full night’s work to finally put away visiting East St. John Friday in a non district game.
Waters from Hurricane Isaac had flooded the ESJ campus in Reserve and most of the players’ homes, but the St. Louis community rallied to pull off the game.
“We could not have played without all their effort,” said ESJ head coach Phillip Banko.
The Saints almost played too good of hosts, needing an interception by Lenny Breda with 25 seconds left to seal a victory.
Sophomore Chaz Key scored three touchdowns and ran for 107 yards as Iowa routed DeQuincy.
Key scored on runs of 42 and 49 yards and had a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
“Chaz Key is only a sophomore but played very well tonight,” said Iowa coach Sean Richard. “I’m very pleased with his performance tonight.”
The Jennings offense moved the ball at will, but three costly turnovers hurt the Bulldogs.
Jennings (1-1) rolled up 497 yards of total offense, outgaining Eunice by nearly 200 yards. But the Bobcats (2-0) found the end zone more often, including twice in the fourth quarter.
Three Jennings running backs and QB Jaylon Boutte rushed for more than 40 yards apiece. Curtis Bell led all receivers with 96 yards.
Noah Martin ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and the Eagles held on to win when South Beauregard missed on a two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter.
Martin scored on runs of 6 and 55 yards as Rosepine evened its record to 1-1 on the season.
Zach Brady cut the lead to two when he scored on an 8-yard run for South Beauregard. But his two-point conversion pass failed, as the Golden Knights fell to 0-2.
A new era of Westlake Ram football began with a bang.
Besides the anticipation of being the season opener, it was also the first game for new head football coach Shawn Demeritt, who took the reins after legend Max Calderera retired after 35 years at Westlake.
Westlake carried a 20-0 shutout with three minutes left the game but a few mistakes ended any hope of a shutout.
With Abbeville punting from deep in their own territory, a personal foul on the Rams gave the ball back to the Wildcats. Soon thereafter, they got their first score on a 1 yard TD run. Two minutes later, Westlake went three-and-out and the punt snap sailed high over punter Brandon Landry’s head and was recovered by the Wildcats on the 6-yard line. Two plays later, Abbeville QB Ross Duhon ran the ball in from 2 yards out.
Recap coming soon.
Lake Arthur overcame a muddy field and four fumbles to dump Delcambre.
Despite a deluge that delayed the start of the game by 45 minutes, Lake Arthur’s offense rolled up 357 yards. Coby Benoit and Tray Hargrave led Lake Arthur’s rushing attack with 160 and 119 yards, respectively.
The wet field didn’t deter Lake Arthur’s offense as the hosts scored on three long scoring drives.
Coy Harrington was a two-way terror for Merryville.
He was responsible for both of the Panthers long distance touchdowns and came up with three of the four turnovers the Merryville defense forced.
Merryville (1-1) lost fumbles on its first three possessions and fell behind 6-0 on a 15-yard run by Pickering’s Devon Whitley.
But Harrington hit Kyle Braneff with a 43-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, then got loose for a 70-yard run for a third-quarter score.
B.J. Reed ran for 150 yards and three touchdowns and Vinton did all of its damage in the first half to stay unbeaten.
Reed scored on runs of 10, 3 and 15 yards, all in the first half.
The Vinton defense held South Cameron (1-1) to 120 yards in offense.
Rayne took advantage of a hard second-half rain and two Welsh miscues in a throwback game which saw only five pass attempts between the two teams.
A long kickoff return with the second half kickoff set the stage for Rayne fullback Trent Duhon to ramble 42 yards to break the halftime lead and give the Wolves a 20-14 lead.
Duhon added 121 yards on 15 carries for Rayne. Andrew Moore led Welsh’s attack with 38 yards on 10 carries.
Perry Pitre threw three touchdowns and ran for another to lead St. Edmund.
Pitre threw touchdowns passes of 4 and 7 yards and ran for a 1-yard score as St. Edmund (1-0) scored three of the five times it reached the red zone.
Brandon Fantroy and Tim Lunson scored touchdowns for Iota (0-1), Fantroy scored on a 24-yard catch from J.T. LeJeune and Lunson scored on a 1-yard plunge.
Recap coming soon.
Basile rolled up 434 total yards of offense in subduing Sacred Heart.
The Bearcats (2-0) profited from 111 yard rushing night by Kendrick Ceasar and 100 yards on the ground from Kevin Hardy.
Mark Ivory tossed two touchdown passes for Basile.
Austin Darbonne and Trace Joubert scored two touchdowns each and Oberlin was successful on five of its six 2-point conversions.
The Tigers (1-1) got the game winner Darbonne’s second touchdown of the night with just over three minutes remaining to cap a game that, although scoreless until the second quarter, eventually had 961 yards of offense and only one punt.
Darbonne, who also scored the Tigers’ first touchdown, finished with 201 of Oberlin’s 431 yards rushing.