Friday night, the Barbe Bucs showed the firepower that is the team’s calling card this season.
After a first-quarter response from the Sam Houston Broncos, the Bucs put up 43 unanswered points and 583 total yards on their way to a 49-7 District 3-5A win on senior night at Barbe High.
“I think our kids came out and played (well),” Barbe head coach Mike Cutrera said. “We have to be ready to play each week in this district and our kids were prepared. They came out and executed the game plan well.”
The Bucs started quickly, taking just 55 seconds to score the game’s opening touchdown.
Quarterback Kennon Fontenot keyed the drive, with runs of 19 and 24 yards to set up Nick Reed, an offensive lineman, for a 1-yard plunge and a 6-0 lead.
But, Sam Houston refused to back down. The Broncos responded on the next drive, playing keep away from the dangerous Bucs.
Using its option offense, the Broncos used 13 plays and 7:37 to grind out a touchdown.
Cliff Reid capped the drive with a 21-yard keeper for a short-lived 7-6 lead.
“We came out feeling really good about both sides of the ball,” Sam Houston head coach Vaughn Eggleston said. “The first drive, we felt real good. They did what we thought they were going to in the scheme.
“We just couldn’t get it going after that.”
From there it was all Barbe, with Fontenot dialing up touchdown passes to Desean Smith and Trey Quinn to widen the gap to 21-7 in the early stages of the second quarter.
Fontenot was efficient in a short night, completing 8 of 12 passes for 197 yards.
Not to be outdone, senior backup Ryan Nolen gave the Barbe fans a fitting farewell. He passed for 133 yards and a 36-yard touchdown strike to Gunner Leger.
The Barbe defense showed up as well, limiting Sam Houston to 84 rushing yards after the opening drive. They also forced three turnovers and held the Sam Houston passing game to three completions on 16 attempts.
“We’re young on defense. But, our kids are growing up,” Cutrera said. “It’s the eighth game of the year, so it’s time.”
With the game sewn up, the contest took a scary turn in the third quarter when Reid took a hard shot and was carried off the field with an apparent neck injury.
According to Eggleston, he believes the stretcher was a precautionary measure.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the player (Reid) and his family,” Cutrera said.
LAFAYETTE — Comeaux found the combination it had been looking for Friday night, much to the chagrin of Sulphur’s Tors.
The Spartans cranked up tailback Tyrek Malveaux and the wing-T to full throttle, rushing for 427 yards in rolling to an easy victory at Spartan Stadium.
“I could not be prouder of what this group did tonight,” Spartans coach Kevin Magee said after the Spartans (3-4, 1-3) won their first league game and kept their playoff hopes alive. “They’ve fought through so much adversity, I was so happy to see them enjoying this one.”
Malveaux did a lot of the enjoying, rushing for 198 yards on 17 carries. He turned his first touch into a 67-yard touchdown on Comeaux’s fourth play from scrimmage, and his final carry resulted in a 39-yard scoring ramble with 1:51 left that cemented the Spartans’ second consecutive victory.
In between, Malveaux and fellow rushers James Guillory, Marvin Barker, Donald Thibodeaux and Aikem Jones teamed up with quarterback Ethan Rose to bedevil a Tor defense that has allowed 40 or more points three times this year.
If your wildest dreams never included a scenario where LaGrange beat St. Louis because of a special teams play, it’s time to revise them.
Tirell Wellmaker got his hand on a 37-yard St. Louis field goal attempt with just over 4 minutes remaining, and that play ended up being enough to hold up a Gators win at John J. Mims Stadium.
The Saints were unexpectedly without the services of starting kicker Alex Kjellsten, who was injured in warmups. They finished the night 1-for-3 on field goal attempts.
The field-goal block wasn’t the only special teams play to swing things in LaGrange’s favor. The Saints also fumbled away the game’s opening kickoff, which was recovered by Freddie Williams.
One play later, Nicholas Pitre connected with Wellmaker on a 28-yard pass to put the Gators on the scoreboard 13 seconds into the game.
Make it an even half dozen for the Charging Indians.
Washington-Marion battered Opelousas in a District 4-4A game Friday night for its sixth straight win.
Marius Rideaux tossed four touchdown passes while Melvin Jones, an LSU commitment, Rawlin Guillory and Isaac Roberts scored twice each for Washington-Marion (7-1, 3-0).
Jones, a linebacker, caught a 14-yard scoring pass and ran one in from 6 yards out.
“We use Melvin when we need him, and he always comes through for us,” said Charging Indians coach Freddie Harrison.
Roberts had touchdown catches of 20 and 25 yards and Demond Delahoussye caught a 31-yard scoring pass.
ARNAUDVILLE — Sam Ford and D’Angelo Reder each ran for 126 yards to lead the Dragons to a district victory.
Reder scored twice on 1-yard runs and another time on a 12-yard score, and Ford scored on runs of 48 and 50 yards for the Dragons (4-4, 2-1).
Beau Chene fell to 0-8, 0-3.
As a team, DeRidder amassed 369 yards on the ground, limiting Beau Chene to just 100 yards of total offense.
Jamon Bradford added another 92 yards on 19 carries for DeRidder.
Jamon Bradford added another 92 yards on 19 carries for DeRidder.
LEESVILLE — Alexandria outscored Leesville 28-8 in the second half to run away with a District 3-4A victory.
Alexandria (3-5, 3-0) led 10-6 at the half, but Josh Breazeale scored two touchdowns and the Trojans added another score on defense to put the game away.
Kory Jones and Darren McQueen scored touchdowns for Leesville (0-8, 0-3).
WESTLAKE — The Rams missed their chances to take control of its game against Notre Dame. The Pioneers took advantage of a few gift-wrapped scoring opportunities en route to a win that left them as the lone unbeaten in the District 4-3A race.
The Pioneers (6-1, 3-0) scored their first two touchdowns as a result of bad punt snaps, and twice stopped the Rams on fourth-down plays deep in Notre Dame territory.
Notre Dame blocked a punt in the end zone, which Kipp Cradeur recovered, for its first touchdown, and took the lead for good early in the second half after another bad snap gave the Pioneers possession at the Rams 9-yard line. Luke Broussard scored from 2 yards out two plays later to give Notre Dame a 14-7 lead, and tacked on scores on runs of 6 and 25 yards later in the half. Broussard finished with 116 yards on 21 carries.
Westlake (5-2, 2-1) outgained Notre Dame 223-86 in the first half, but went into halftime tied at 7.
IOWA — The Iowa Yellow Jackets offense started off slow but picked up the pace in the second half.
The Yellow Jackets gained 526 yards with 403 coming on the ground.
Iowa (7-1, 2-1) was the first team to put points on the scoreboard. Philbric Bellard was on the receiving end of a 5-yard pass from Austin Theriot to take a 6-0 lead with 4:33 to play in the first quarter.
South Beauregard (2-6, 0-3) answered on the next drive as it drove to the Yellow Jackets 3-yard line. The Iowa defense stood tall as it held South Beauregard out of the end zone on four consecutive plays.
South Beauregard never got close again.
DEQUINCY — Using a balanced running attack, Welsh rebounded from its first district loss of the season to knock out host DeQuincy.
Caleb Hayes scored three times as the Greyhounds (6-2, 4-1) ran for 236 yards.
Hayes finished with 74 yards on 15 carries. He scored twice on runs of 1 yard and another time from 10 yards out.
DeQuincy fell to 2-6, 2-3.
PICKERING — Daveion Banks and Devon Whitley combined to run for 314 yards and four touchdowns as Pickering (2-6, 2-4) cruised past winless East Beauregard.
Banks led the way with 194 yards on 21 carries and scored on runs of 21 and 5 yards. Whitley added 120 yards on 18 carries, scoring from 2 and 7 yards outs.
Thad Schecher’s 58-yard return of a fumble recovery was the only score for the East Beauregard (0-8, 0-3), which was held to just 126 yards of total offense on the night.
VINTON — Lake Arthur used a dominating ground attack to control the clock and the game.
Lake Arthur (7-1, 4-1) ran 73 plays, picked up 22 first downs and racked up 387 total yards in an easy win over the Lions (3-5, 1-4).
Vinton’s score came near the end of the first half when Anthone Hillery caught a short pass from Tanner Guidry and ran 47 yards to make it 14-6.
KINDER — Quarterback Blake Hinson ran for 104 yards and threw for another 95 as Rosepine rallied from 10 points down in the second half to beat Kinder.
Hinson hit Tye Holliday on an 11-yard scoring pass for the winning touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, as Rosepine improved to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in district play.
Hinson finished 7 of 11, including another TD pass, a 5-yarder to Eric Kyle. He also scored on a 4-yard run.
Kinder (6-2, 3-2) got 109 yards on 13 carries from Marshall Harmon, but it wasn’t enough for the Yellow Jackets. Harmon did score on runs of 19 and 56 yards, but Kinder could manage only a 23-yard TD run by Austin Pickle in the second half.
Game recap coming soon.
BASILE — Kendrick Ceaser scored on a 64-yard run to break give the Bearcats the lead for good as Basile stayed perfect on the season.
Ceaser finished the game with 146 yards on 16 carries and the second-quarter touchdown.
Ceaser got plenty of help along the way, as Trent Pelloquin scored on a 52-yard run and Kevin Hardy ran it in form 4 yards out for the Bearcats (8-0, 3-0).
Pelloquin added another 78 yards on six rushes to help Basile.
The Bearcats finished with 257 yards on the ground while Merryville (2-6, 0-3) was limited to just 117 yards of total offense.
OBERLIN — Austin Darbonne ended a double-overtime thriller with a 2-yard run that kept Oberlin undefeated in District 5-1A.
Neither team scored in the first overtime and Aaron McClendon intercepted a pass on Elton’s (6-2, 2-1) possession in the second overtime, setting up Darbonne’s dramatic finish.
It was McClendon that sent the game to overtime, scoring the game-tying touchdown for Oberlin (5-3, 3-0) in the fourth quarter.