SULPHUR — In a topsy-turvy game of scoring bursts, Barbe had biggest in a 50-30 win over Sulphur that gave the Bucs a share of the District 3-5A championship.
The Bucs (8-0, 5-0) can capture the title outright with a win over Lafayette next week. Should the Bucs lose, Acadiana (7-2, 5-1) would be co-champion.
For the better part of three quarters, the Tors were in position to stop the Bucs from winning anything. After falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter, Sulphur (4-5, 2-3) rolled off 22 straight points for a 22-14 lead.
But, Barbe answered in a big way with 36 straight points to put the game out of reach. The Bucs scored on their first four possessions of the second half, on a Trey Quinn reception, two touchdown catches by Desean Smith and a touchdown run by Kennon Fontenot. Defensive lineman Timmy Heffer capped the scoring binge with an 11-yard interception return.
“It was just making adjustments at halftime, then going out and executing,” said Barbe head coach Mike Cutrera.
“It all starts up front with the offensive line. Courtney Galentine running the football opens up even more in the passing game. It is all a team effort, it takes 11 to move the football, and they did that in the second half.”
The Bucs defense recovered a fumble in the third quarter at their own 2-yard line when Sulphur had a chance to make it a one-possession game again.
“(Our) young defense, they are growing up,” said Cutrera. “They are making stops when we need them. They are also coming up with turnovers. The interception return was huge, it is a big momentum change.”
Barbe had taken the early lead on a pair of touchdown runs by Galentine, who ran for 167 yards in the game.
Sulphur rallied, stopping the Bucs on three consecutive possessions. The Tors took a 16-14 lead into the half, scoring on a 6-yard run by Seth Bohannon, 77-yard run by Brian Walker and a 20-yard field goal by Troy Price.
Sulphur extended the lead to 22-14 on the first possession of the second half with an 8-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 27-yard touchdown pass from Kale Breaux to Gary Blanchard, who had 10 receptions for 136 yards.
“We played real well the whole first half,” said Sulphur head coach Harold Fusilier. “A couple of things went against us in the third quarter and ignited their effort. They have a great football team, a lot of offensive weapons. I thought our kids did a great job, battled until the end. We were moving the ball well, we just hit a lull in the third quarter and they had some big plays.”
Fontenot completed 16 of 25 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns. Breaux was 28 of 42 for 320 yards and two touchdowns. Walker ran for 128 yards and scored on a fourth quarter touchdown reception.
MOSS BLUFF — In a span of six minutes, Sam Houston’s homecoming went from exciting to excruciating Friday night.
During that span in the second quarter, the Broncos watched as Lafayette scores 21 points. Some of those points came by normal means, others by strange circumstances.
It didn’t matter how the Lions scored, the three touchdowns were more than enough to ruin the party at Sam Houston.
In the end, the Mighty Lions (4-5, 2-3) roared to a 28-0 victory that keeps their playoff hopes alive in Class 5A.
“They are better than if we didn’t win, but we still have a tough road ahead,” said Lafayette head coach Mark Barousse.
The Lions play Barbe next week.
“That will be a tough game, but at least we have a chance,” Barousse said.
As for the young Broncos (2-7, 0-5), they can only hope for better times next season.
Washington-Marion will play for at least a portion of the District 4-4A championship next week, but they don’t want to share it.
The Charging Indians, who have won seven straight, earned the right at playing for the title with the rout of Beau Chene.
Next up is a crosstown battle with LaGrange, which will be looking for a share of the title as well.
The Charging Indians (8-1, 4-0) showed they are more than just a one-man show.
All year long All-American Melvin Jones has led Washington-Marion on offense and defense. However, a leg injury forced Jones to the sidelines this week.
“I’m going to be encouraging them all I can,” Jones said before the game. “They going to have to fill in for me and step-up their game.”
Jones is hoping to return for next week’s showdown with LaGrange. Calling it a “sprain” Jones said he hopes his right ankle is healed but will not know until the middle of the week.
Quarterback Maruis Rideaux stepped up for the Charging Indians, rushing for one score and throwing for two more. He finished the game 7 of 18 for 159 yards.
In an era of football when big plays are increasingly a normal occurrence, the District 4-4A contest between DeRidder and St. Louis felt a bit like a throwback.
The Dragons rode field position, clock control and a few big plays to soundly defeat the Saints and put their playoff hopes in jeopardy.
DeRidder (5-4, 3-1) jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first half with a surprisingly potent passing game.
St. Louis (4-5, 1-3) opened the game with an effective attack, picking up a pair of first downs and moving the ball to the Dragon 24-yard line after a 27-yard run by running back Blue David.
But DeRidder stopped the drive after defensive back Savion Ashworth intercepted a John Paul Crawford pass and returned it to the St. Louis 31. The interception set up a 31-yard touchdown pass to Jelani Hill.
ATexOPELOUSAS — LaGrange’s Tyler Guillory and Martell Hawthorne scored twice each as the Gators downed Opelousas 27-8 to stay in the hunt for the District 4-4A title.
The Gators (6-3, 3-1) will host Washington-Marion (8-1, 4-0) next week in the regular-season finale. A victory over the Charging Indians, winners of seven straight, would give LaGrange at least a share of the district crown.
Guillory scored on runs of 10 and 5 yards while Hawthorne caught scoring passes of 10 and 30 yards from Nick Pitre.
LaGrange is undefeated on the road this season and has given up only 22 points in those four wins.
DRY PRONG — The Leesville Wampus Cats beat Grant to pick up their first win of the year.
After Grant (2-7, 1-3) scored the first touchdown of the game, Leesville (1-8, 1-3) responded with the next 28 points to take control of the game.
Devail Lewis led the Wampus Cats with 128 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.
Receiver Darren McQueen caught four passes for 109 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown catch from Kory Jones.
WESTLAKE — There was an outbreak of yellow fever in Westlake, but big plays on special teams, offense and defense provided Iowa with enough immunization for a win over the host Rams.
There was an extraordinary number of penalties called, particularly for a game between two playoff-bound teams. The Yellow Jackets were flagged 22 times for 212 yards, while the Rams (5-3, 2-2) drew 13 penalties for 120 yards.
Despite giving back two football fields in penalties, Iowa was unfazed and totally controlled the tone in the second half.
“It goes to the mental toughness of our kids, and our coaches keeping them focused on the task at hand,” said Iowa coach Sean Richard. “I tip my hat to our coaching staff keeping our guys focused, and also the mental toughness of our kid.”
The win should be a huge boost for the Yellow Jackets (8-1, 3-1 District 4-3A) in their hopes of hosting a playoff game. It was Iowa’s first victory over a team with a winning record this year, and figures to give the team a jolt in next week’s power rankings.
“This is big,” Richard said. “They were chanting as soon as we got here that we haven’t played anybody. Over and over and over. We can’t control the outcome of our opponents. All we can control is the Iowa Yellow Jackets and getting us a better spot in the playoffs every game we play.”
JENNINGS — Fueled by six turnovers, Jennings rolled over South Beauregard in a Class 3A game.
Charlie Matte led the way for the Bulldogs (6-3, 2-2) with 112 yards on just six carries, keeping Jennings’ hopes of not only a playoff spot but also a chance at a first-round home game.
Matte scored on a run of 74 yards as the Bulldogs rushed for 283 while controlling the game.
The loss dropped South Beauregard to 2-7, 0-4 on the year.
The Bulldogs broke the game open early, scoring three times in the first quarter off of turnovers. The big play was a 53-yard fumble recovery by Keagan Deaville. Jaylon Doutte had a 1-yard TD run and a 20-yard scoring pass to Curtis Bell in the first quarter off of turnovers.
Jennings added another TD in the opening quarter to grab a 28-0 lead and never looked back.
Kaleb Chanisson threw for a score and ran for two more in the win.
ROSEPINE — The War Eagles moved a step closer to the playoffs with a dominating win over DeQuincy.
Rosepine (6-4, 5-1) held DeQuincy (2-7, 2-4) to less than 100 yards of total offense.
Blake Hinson led Rosepine with 126 yards and four touchdowns and Noah Martin ran for 112 yards and a touchdown. The pair helped the Eagles roll up 363 rushing yards.
DERIDDER — Marshall Harmon ran for two scores as Kinder kept its hopes of earning a first-round home playoff game with the win.
Harmon finished with 87 yards on 14 carries and scored on runs of 18 and 5 yards for the Yellow Jackets (7-2, 4-2.)
Wanterio Frank led Kinder with 92 yards on five carries, including a 9-yard touchdown run of his own.
LAKE ARTHUR — Lake Arthur kept its hopes of sharing the District 4-2A championship game with a victory over Pickering (2-7, 2-4).
Trey Hargrave and Colby Benoit both scored two touchdowns for the Tigers (8-1, 5-1).
Lake Arthur scored on four of its five possessions in the game.
WELSH — Welsh rolled up 400 yards on the ground to bulldoze Vinton.
The Greyhounds (7-2, 5-1) raced to a 20-0 lead, then scored the first four touchdowns on the second half.
Seth LeLeaux returned a Vinton punt 36 yards to the Lions’ 4. Two plays later, Will Heinen scored with 10:08 left in the first quarter.
After forcing another punt, Welsh drove 59 yards in five plays with Justin Reed negotiating the final 8 yards to give the Greyhounds a 14-0 led with 4:36 left in the first quarter.
Vinton drove to Welsh’s 40 before turning it over on downs. The hosts needed only five plays to cover 60 yards with Caleb Hayes bolting 21 yards for the TD to make it 20-0 with 10:05 left in the first half.
The Lions (3-6, 1-5) got on the board after claiming a Welsh fumble at the ’Hounds 30, setting the stage for Elija Broussard’s 40-yard field goal to make it 20-3 at intermission.
OAKDALE — Oakdale’s victory over winless Bunkie set up a title showdown with Ville Platte in both teams’ final game of the regular season.
Oakdale (4-5, 4-0) hosts Ville Platte (6-3, 4-0) for the District 5-2A title.
Kourtlyn Monette ran for 142 yards and Reginald Philson ran for 92 yards and a two touchdowns as Oakdale did all its scoring in the first quarter.
Markus Santamaria scored on a 16-yard fumble recovery to put Oakdale up 20-0 after one quarter of play.
Bunkie (0-9, 0-4) was led by Mark Eldridge, who ran for 132 yards.
VILLE PLATE — Isahia Thomas threw two touchdown passes and returned an interception 88 yards for another score to spark Ville Platte past Iota.
Ville Platte’s offense was a model of balance, gaining 160 yards on the ground and 143 through the air.
Thomas’ interception return gave Ville Platte (6-3, 4-0) a 7-0 led with 3:20 left in the first quarter.
Thomas tossed an 11-yard pass to Kendall Adroin with 5:40 remaining in the first half to increase the lead to 14-0.
Brandon Fantroy’s 12-yard run accounted for the lone score for Iota (3-6, 2-2).
BASILE — Oberlin held off a late Basile rally to claim at least a share of the District 5-1A title and hand the Bearcats their first loss.
“I think it was just a total team effort tonight,” said Oberlin coach Ronald Simmons. “The defense stepped in the second half and made the big plays when it counted.”
A Bearcats punt was blocked and Tanner Hebert scored four plays later on a 4-yard run to give the Tigers (6-3, 4-0) an 8-0 lead with 45 seconds to play in the first quarter.
Basile (8-1, 3-1) was stopped on its next possession and was forced to punt after gaining one first down. Seven plays later, Oberlin went ahead 16-0 on a Jordan Wilson's 2-yard.
Oberlin finished with 213 rushing yards. Lance Frank and Austin Darbonne finished with 75 and 74 yards, respectively, to lead a balanced rushing attack.
ELTON — Micah Lavan ran for 126 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Indians to a District 5-1A win over South Cameron.
Elton (7-2, 3-1) kept its district championship hopes alive. The Indians can win a share of the title by beating undefeated Basile next week, the last week of the regular season.
The Indians opened the scoring on a 16-yard pass from Carson Ortego to Willie Richardson. South Cameron (1-8, 0-4) pulled within 18-3 on a field goal by Jose Castillo, but Lavan broke the game open with touchdown runs of 4 and 5 yards in the second quarter. He scored on another 5-yard run in the third quarter. Elton also scored on a run by Scott Ross and 96-yard interception return by Marcus Lemoine.
South Cameron scored second-half touchdowns on a run by Chase Doxey and pass from Jason Theriot to Gabe Richard.
MERRYVILLE — Seth Edwards scored three touchdowns to lead Hamilton Christian (3-6, 2-2) to its second consecutive win.
Edwards scored on a pair of 1-yard runs, as well as a 22-yard reception from Chris Elly. Edwards finished with 116 yards on 11 carries.