Last Modified: Sunday, September 23, 2012 8:33 PM
The fourth week of the prep football season began Thursday night four games involving teams from the Lake Area. Vermilion Catholic beat Oberlin 48-14, Welsh edged Kinder 26-21, Northwest topped Oakdale 47-12 and Gueydan beat South Cameron 38-28.
The action ratcheted up Friday with a slew of marquee games. Barbe, the second-ranked team in Class 5A, opened District 3-5A play with a 42-0 rout of Comeaux. Other 3-5A action had Acadiana crushing Sam Houston. In nondistrict action, Sulphur traveled to face Leesville and picked up its second win of the season and Jennings rans over DeRidder.
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When throwing a party it is always nice to invite at least one guest who will help keep things in order.
Barbe invited Comeaux to its big bash and the Spartans responded in kind.
The combination made for an expected evening for the Bucs, and also a pretty easy one.
Celebrating homecoming, the start of district play and their No. 2 ranking in the state Class 5A poll, Barbe disposed of the Spartans. And the Bucs wasted little time in getting things started.
On their first offensive play, Trey Quinn took a swing pass and raced 54 yards into the end zone. The rout, and the celebration, was on.
MOSS BLUFF — Sam Houston head coach Vaughn Eggleston knew what the Acadiana Wreckin’ Rams had in mind.
It was the same as it always is with the Lafayette-based power — they ran the ball early and often.
And it was effective, as Acadiana rolled 536 rushing yards — 596 total — on the way to a blow out of the Broncos.
Four Acadiana players accounted for over 100 yards on the ground, led by running back Shane Francis’ 147 yards on 14 carries.
LEESVILLE — Sulphur dominated Leesville in practically every phase of the game as the Golden Tors stormed to a victory.
Sulphur’s offense rolled up 301 yards on the ground as Brian Walker accumulated 176 yards on 30 carries and score three touchdowns. Kilo Fradieu chipped in with 72 yards on seven carries and a TD.
The Tors (2-2) struck quickly as Walker scored on a 3-yard run with only 2:32 elapsed in the game.
Walker made it 13-0 when he bolted in from nine yards out with 58 seconds left in the first quarter.
After a scoreless second quarter, the Tors struck quickly again in the third quarter and Kale Breaux tossed a 12-yard pass to Thomas Breaux with 10:24 left in the third quarter.
DERIDDER — Jennings jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter and then turned on the physical play to move to 3-1 this season.
DeRidder (2-2) responded with D’Andre Bellamy’s 37-yard touchdown run to close out the first quarter. The Dragons then took a 14-13 lead when Christian Coleman scored on a 3-yard run. That score was set up by a 45-yard punt return by Sam Ford.
The Dragons' lead was short-lived.
Jennings answered back with an 80-yard drive that ended with an 8-yard scamper by Lamontay Mouton, his first of three TDs on the night. The Bulldogs never looked back after that.
Mouton ran for 197 yards on 25 carries.
Unfortunately for LaGrange, the second verse was nearly identical to the first verse, as the Gators failed to get revenge on the O.P. Walker team that eliminated them from the playoffs last season.
The final score was nearly identical to O.P. Walker’s 34-6 win in the bidistrict round of the Class 4A playoffs last season.
The Chargers (2-0) held a hobbled LaGrange offense to 119 yards of offense. The Gators played most of the game without tailback Robert Leday, who was limited to one carry with a leg injury. Quarterbacks Quindon Barry and Nick Pitre also limped off the field.
The Gators used three quarterbacks and five running backs in the game.
The Gators (2-2) defense kept the game close for three quarters, but wore down in the fourth quarter, when O.P. Walker scored touchdowns on its first three possessions to break the game open.
MONROE — Melvin Jones scored on a 20-yard run with 1:33 left to lead Washington-Marion.
Both defenses came up huge on fourth downs in the fourth quarter.
The Charging Indians (3-1) controlled the ball for the entire third quarter and into the fourth with a 27-play, 92-yard drive, but Wossman kept them out of the end zone with a stop on fourth-and-goal to preserve a 20-19 lead.
The Wildcats (2-2) drove the ball out to the W-M 40 on the following possession, but were stopped on fourth-and-1 by the Charging Indians. That stop set up the winning drive.
W-M forced a fumble on Wossman’s final possession to seal the win.
Rawlin Guillory and Demond Delahoussaye scored touchdowns for W-M.
CROWLEY — The Notre Dame Pioneers scored 28 unanswered points in the second half in taking an easy win over the St. Louis Saints.
The backbreaker came early in the third quarter when the Pioneers went for the big play. On their fourth offensive play, Brad Stoma completed a 64-yard pass to Nicholas Benoit to take a 21-14 lead and the Pios never looked back.
“It was a huge momentum swing in the second half when we gave up the big play and we can’t do that against a good team like Notre Dame,” said St. Louis coach Tommy Johns, who remained in charge of coaching duties while his father and head coach Mike Johns recovers from surgery.
Notre Dame (2-1) also scored a late touchdown in the third quarter to extend the lead to 28-14 when Austin Thibodeaux scored on a 1-yard run. Early in the fourth quarter Sam Veillon intercepted a John Paul Crawford pass and returned it for another score.
IOWA — Everytime Chaz Key touches the ball, there’s a chance something interesting could happen — specifically, touchdowns.
The Iowa sophomore crossed the goal line three times, including yet another return score, as the Yellow Jackets roUTED Port Barre.
Key scored on runs of 30 and 10 yards as well as a punt return of 62 yards. Key has scored a return touchdown in every game this season for the unbeaten Yellow Jackets (4-0).
“He’s a very explosive player,” said Iowa coach Sean Richard. “Running back, special teams, safety. And he’s still young. He’s a very, very special player.”
Key finished with 120 yards on seven carries but was far from being the only Jacket clicking on all cylinders.
Game recap coming soon.
Game recap coming soon.
DEQUINCY — Three DeQuincy players scored rushing touchdown as the Tigers earned their first victory of the season by routing the winless Trojans.
Chase Dyer, Lester Johnson and Chaz Smith all crossed the goal line for DeQuincy (1-3), which had scored only 32 points in its first three games.
Smith led all rushers with 144 yards.
The Tigers defense was dominate, recovering two fumbles and holding East Beauregard to 100 yards rushing on 45 attempts.
LAKE ARTHUR — Rosepine took advantage of a fourth-quarter gamble by Lake Arthur to hand the Tigers their first loss.
Leading 12-6, four minutes into the fourth quarter, the Tigers opted to go for a first down on a fourth-and-2 situation at their 26. However, Rosepine stopped the Tigers and, two plays later, Noah Martin sprinted 25 yards into the end zone to give Rosepine a one-point lead with 7:12 left.
Lake Arthur took the ensuing kickoff but stalled and gave the ball over on downs at the Rosepine 42.
The Eagles (2-2) took the opening kickoff and marched 55 yards in 16 plays, eating 10:20 off the clock. Blake Hinson dove over from a yard out to cap the drive.
The Tigers (3-1) marched 56 yards in 11 plays to pull within 7-6 when Colby Benoit scored from the 2.
VINTON — Pickering’s Devon Whitley and Daveon Banks combined for 367 yards and the Red Devils’ defense forced four turnovers as Pickering beat the Lions.
Brennan Talbert and Brad Conn had fumble recoveries and Terrance King snagged an interception as Pickering held Vinton to three offensive drives in each half.
Whitley ran for 194 yards and a 1-yard score and Banks rushed for 173 yards and a 4-yard touchdown.
PINE PRAIRIE — Kendrick Ceaser ran for 172 yards, scoring on runs of 75 and 16 yards as Basile stayed perfect at 4-0 on the season.
The Bulldogs jumped all over the host team and grabbed a 29-0 halftime lead. Kevin Hardy scored twice on runs of 2 yards in the opening half as Basile’s power running game took control.
The Bulldogs finished the night with 272 yards on the ground while holding Pine Prairie (1-2) to just 171 yards of total offense.
MAMOU — Michael Lavan rushed for 239 yards and scored three touchdowns in Elton’s win over Mamou.
The Indians (3-1) rolled up 438 yards in total offense to Mamou’s 200 yards.
Mamou (0-4) drew first blood after recovering a fumble at the Indians’ 15. David Israel gave Mamou a short-lived lead with a 2-yard run.
Elton answered quickly when Carson Ortego tossed a 63-yard TD pass from Scott Ross.
Elton made it 16-6 when Marcus Lemoine hauled in a 42-yard pass from Ortego. Lavan made it 22-6 on a 4-yard run before halftime. Lavan scored on runs of 31 and 25 yards in the second half.
MERRYVILLE — A big second quarter propelled North Caddo to its first win of the season.
After Merrvyille scored early in the first, North Caddo (1-3) responded with a 20-point second quarter.
Erin Smith scored on a 9-yard run, Caleb Washington caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Jay Brooks and Pholton Clay returned a fumble 18 yards as North Caddo took a 20-6 lead into the half.
Merryville pulled with 20-12 in the third quarter before North Caddo put it away with two quick scores in the final frame.
Kyle Braneff scored on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Coy Harrington and Nick Ardoin had a 5-yard touchdown run for Merryville (2-2).
St. Mary’s forced four turnovers and shutout Hamilton.
St. Mary’s got points off a safety as well as a 40-yard interception return and a 10-yard fumble return.
H. Bedgood ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns to lead a 206-yard St. Mary’s rushing attack.
WELSH — It didn’t take long to introduce drama into the District 4-2A race, as Welsh knocked off defending champion and previously undefeated Kinder 26-21 in the first district game of the season.
Greyhounds running back Andrew Moore spun loose from a tackle to score on a 5-yard touchdown run with 2:14 remaining for the winning score. Moments earlier, Moore apparently had given Welsh (3-1, 1-0) the lead on a catch-and-run touchdown, but that was negated by penalty.
The Greyhounds overcame that, then a last-minute scare as Kinder (3-1, 0-1) drove to the Welsh 6-yard line, but the Welsh defense got the gamepreserving stop by forcing a 2-yard loss, two incompletions and a sack.