The third week of the prep football season began Thursday night two games involving teams from the Lake Area. Oberlin edged Vinton 14-7, while East Iberville topped South Cameron 26-21.
The action ratcheted up Friday with a slew of marquee games. Barbe, the second-ranked team in Class 5A, hosted and beat perennial power Evangel Christian, the No. 2 team in Class 2A. It was Barbe's first win over Evangel in four tries.
Westlake and Sam Houston were in Moss Bluff for the annual West Fork Classic and the Rams came away with a win for first-year head coach Shawn Demeritt. It was Westlake's first win over Sam Houston since the 2008 season.
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In a game that featured more than 1,200 yards of offense, three that weren’t gained mattered most.
Evangel missed a game-deciding 2-point conversion attempt with 26 seconds left in Barbe win.
The Eagles (2-1) didn’t miss much else, piling up 700 yards of total offense, including 608 yards passing.
Late in the fourth quarter, Barbe drove slowly up the field to the Evangel 46. From there, Trey Quinn hauled in a pass along the right sideline, juked the Evangel defender and sprinted in for a touchdown with 52 seconds remaining.
On the ensuing possession, Duron found Jared Cornelius behind the Bucs secondary down the left sideline on third-and-10 to make the score 48-47.
Eagles head coach Phillip Deas decided to go for the win. On the conversion play, Duron escaped pressure, sprinted left and lobbed a pass toward a leaping Austin Stegall, but the ball sailed just over his fingertips.
Barbe recovered the ensuing onside kick to preserve its first win in four tries over Evangel. The Bucs (3-0) entered the game ranked second in Class 5A, Evangel second in Class 2A.
MOSS BLUFF — You don’t hear the words “West Fork Classic” that much anymore.
But first-year Westlake coach Shawn Demeritt knows all about what it means.
“It means you not only play for this school, you play for this community, this town,” Demeritt said.
The Rams knew something else — they hadn’t beaten archrival Sam Houston since 2008.
“They got sick of hearing me say it and reminding them all week,” Demeritt laughed.
So the Class 3A Rams went out and did something about it, taking control of a tight game early in the second half for a victory over the Class 5A Broncos.
The game was closer than the scoreboard indicated, but of course the malfunctioning scoreboard had it wrong — at 39-24 — ever since the Rams jumped out with two long third-quarter drives behind interchangeable quarterbacks Tim Hamilton (the thrower) and Tyler Johnson (the delayed-draw running specialist).
Hamilton threw for 190 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown pass to Johnson, who also scored on a 1-yard run from the quarterback spot.
GEISMAR — When Dutchtown’s skill players got into the open field Friday against Sulphur, the Tors simply did not have the athletes to compete.
No. 7 Dutchtown piled up 295 of its 557 yards on five explosive plays, lifting the Griffins to a 49-17 win over the Tors at Griffons Field on a night when Dutchtown honored a fallen teammate.
Corey McBride scored on a 56-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and he added a 66-yard run to finish with 122 yards on three carries to highlight the night for DHS, which dedicated the game to Burke Cobb, a freshman-to-be who died of a previously undiagnosed heart condition during prior to an offseason workout.
Quarterback Mason Nickens hit touchdown passes of 75 yards to Torrance Mosley, 49 yards to Mississippi State commitment Shelby Christy and 15 yards to Marquillis Holden.
DERIDDER — Jamon Bradford had three touchdown runs and Sam Ford added two running scores for DeRidder.
Bradford scored on runs of 3, 20 and 19 yards as DeRidder racked up 408 total yards.
Ford, who had 115 yards on seven carries, scored from 50 and 5 yards, while Drew Victor added a 7-yard scoring run.
Thomas Broussard was 6-for-6 on PATs and kicked a 27-yard field goal.
DeRidder, which did not punt, rolled to the easy win despite 76 penalty yards and one turnover.
JENNINGS — Jarquis Brown inched over the goal line with a 2-point conversion to give Jennings an overtime victory against St. Louis.
St. Louis (2-1) trailed 21-6 with less than 6 minutes left in the game. But John Paul Crawford converted a 6-yard touchdown pass to Lenny Breda with 5:32 left to trail 21-13. St. Louis tied the scored with 32 seconds remaining when Crawford scored on a 3-yard run and a 2-point conversion to force the overtime.
The Bulldogs (2-1) deferred the possession in overtime to the Saints, who scored the first points of extra period when DeKeinen Francois scored a touchdown for a 28-21 advantage.
The Bulldogs answered on the first play of their possession when Lemontay Mouton scored his fourth touchdown of the night. The Bulldogs lined up for the extra-point kick, but a Saints offside penalty moved the ball up and Jennings coach Rusty Phelps decided to for the two points and the win.
If LaGrange can get out of its own way, it could be dangerous.
On a night when the Gators came as much to honor the past as to clean up the present, the Gators accomplished half the mission.
Using their home game as a homecoming for no longer active Lake Charles-Boston, the Gators held off Mansfield at John J. Mims Memorial Stadium, but they made it tough on themselves.
Coming into the game with 34 penalties over the opening two weeks, LaGrange was flagged another 14 times for 129 yards Friday, which doesn’t include four which were declined and two others that were wiped out for offsetting.
To that point, the Gators won by 20 despite the penalties and four turnovers. Not to be outdone, the Wolverines turned the ball over four times themselves and committed 16 penalties for 152 yards.
LEESVILLE — Visiting Pineville scored four times in the first half and never looked back in rolling to the victory.
The Rebels rushed for 114 yards as a team while improving to 3-0 on the season.
The loss dropped Leesville to 0-3.
CROWLEY — Demond Dellahoussaye scored three touchdowns to lead Washington-Marion in a nondistrict game.
Dellahoussaye caught a pair of touchdown passes from Marius Rideaux, including a 91-yarder, in addition to a 27-yard run.
Both of Dellahoussaye’s catches went for scores as he finished with 100 yards receiving.
Rideaux finished with 118 yards passing.
Rawlin Guillory led the Charging Indians with 144 yards rushing on 24 carries, while Melvin Jones added 139 yards on six touches.
The Charging Indians (2-1) turned the ball over three times, including two that killed drives, but didn’t allow those to turn into points.
Chris Lewis led Crowley (1-2) with 115 yards on nine carries, including touchdown runs of 13 and 63 yards.
Throughout the first half at Yellow Jacket Stadium, the Bunkie Panthers looked more like a football version of the Bad News Bears.
However, there was no Hollywood ending for the visitors.
Iowa poured it on the Panthers in the first half, rolling up 42 points on the way to a blowout win.
The Yellow Jackets dominated all facets of the game, holding Bunkie’s offense under 100 total yards.
Iowa also cruised its way to the end zone on special teams with four return touchdowns, three punts and one kickoff. To top it off, the Yellow Jackets averaged more than 8.5 yards per carry on the ground en route to 317 rushing yards.
Iowa head coach Sean Richard said he was pleased with his team’s performance.
LONGVILLE — The Welsh Greyhounds ran away from South Beauregard, galloping off with a road victory.
Not seeming to have an answer for Welsh’s three-headed running attack, South Beauregard head coach Dwight Hudler attributed the loss to mental errors and being out played physically.
“Lining up in the wrong spots, missing tackles, Welsh is the kind of team that will make you pay for those mistakes,” Hudler said. “You have to give credit to their running game, they just beat us physically and stayed on us.” Totaling 349 yards rushing the Greyhounds controlled the ball and the line of scrimmage for most of the game.
“That’s Greyhound football,” said head coach Robbie Gates, who saw his team improve to 2-1. “We had a good mixture of inside and outside runs that kept them guessing and our offensive line took over for us.”
The defense also came through for the Greyhounds with two interceptions and shutting out the Golden Knights in the second half to help seal the win.
DEQUINCY — Seth Edwards scored no matter which side of the ball he was on.
Four of Edwards’ five touchdowns were in a row — two on offense and two on defense — to lead Hamilton Christian over 0-3 DeQuincy.
After touchdown runs of 18 and 8 yards, Edwards scored on 45- and 100-yard interception returns to engineer a 26-point surge that put the game out of reach.
Hamilton (1-2) led 14-8 when Edwards began his run of four unanswered scores.
Kirkland Banks led the Warriors in rushing with 131 yards on 16 carries, 73 of those coming on the first touchdown of the game.
KINDER — Marshall Harmon scored on long back-to-back plays to spark Kinder in the Allen Parish grudge match.
Clinging to a 5-0 halftime lead, Harmon hauled in a 77-yard pass from Austin Pickle to extend the lead to 11-0.
However, Oakdale (0-3) answered when Reginald Philson hooked up with Curley Blount with an 85-yard scoring strike to make it 11-6.
On the first play after the kickoff, Harmon sprinted 66 yards to extend the lead to 17-6.
Harmon rushed for 145 yards as Kinder (3-0) rolled up 404 total yards.
LAKE ARTHUR — Colby Benoit and Taylor McFariain scored touchdown as Lake Arthur remained perfect.
Benoit scored on a 1-yard run and McFariain caught a 6-yard scoring pass from Rory Guidry.
Timothy Lunson scored on a 8-yard run for Iota (0-3), which lost three fumbles and was penalized seven times for 40 yards.
BASILE — Kendrick Ceasar rushed for 208 yards and scored two touchdowns as Basile remained perfect.
The Bearcats piled up 286 yards on the ground, marching 80 yards in 11 plays to open the scoring with Trent Pelloquin rambling 14 yards for the TD.
Ceasar capped a three-play, 69-yard drive with a 56 yard gallop to extend the lead to 13-0 in the first quarter.
That score held up until Ceasar sprinted 50 yards early in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 21-0.
DELCAMBRE — Elton exploded for 28 points in the second half to break open a tight game. And it was Scott Ross who ignited the Indians.
Ross scored three of Elton’s four TDs after halftime.
Down 7-6, Ross hauled in a 7-yard pass from Carson Ortego to put Elton in front for good, 14-7.
Lavan led the Indians (2-1) with 168 yards on 21 carries.
OBERLIN — Oberlin’s defense forced seven turnovers and Austin Darbonne scored two touchdowns to lead the Tigers.
Darbonne scored on runs of 3 and 14 yards for Oberlin (2-1), which won its second consecutive game. Vinton (2-1) scored on a 30- yard run by Anfernee Dixon, but threw five interceptions and lost a pair of fumbles.
CREOLE — South Cameron recovered two onside kicks in the fourth quarter, but there just wasn’t enough time for the Tarpons to finish the comeback.
Jason Theriot scored on a 40-yard run, then hit Corbet Dupont on a 49-yard pass to pull the Tarpons (1-2) within a touchdown late. East Iberville (1-1) took a 26-7 lead in the fourth quarter after scoring on an interception return and run.