(Kirk Meche / Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Sunday, September 30, 2012 2:46 PM
The fifth week of the prep football season began Thursday night only one game involving a team from the Lake Area. Class 1A Hamilton Christian traveled to play Loreauville, the seventh-ranked team in Class 2A, and lost 47-7.
The action ratcheted up Friday with a slew of marquee games. The problem for football fans in Southwest Louisiana, most of the matches were out of the area.
The top games in the area were DeRidder at Westlake and Cecilia at St. Louis. The top road games were Barbe at St. Thomas More, Sam Houston at Carencro, Sulphur at Acadiana, LaGrange at Northside, Washington-Marion at Leesville and Iowa at Bolton.
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LAFAYETTE – Nothing seemed to go right for the Barbe Buccaneers Friday night.
St. Thomas More head coach Jim Hightower pulled out all the stops, including a first-half onside kick and fake field and a second half fake punt en route to the Cougars’ upset of the Class 5A’s No. 2-ranked team.
“You have to tip your hat to them. They did a heck of a job,” Barbe head coach Mike Cutrera said. “They were down and needed a win.”
STM dominated the back-and-forth affair in the first half, bending as it allowed the Bucs its fair share of yardage but raced ahead 28-7 by halftime.
The Cougars jumped out to a 14-0 lead, delivering the opening blow when quarterback Brandon Bergeron connected with Seth Kelley on a 92-yard touchdown pass.
Kelley ended the evening with six catches for 245 yards and two touchdowns.
Barbe didn’t have trouble moving the football in the half, totaling over 200 yards passing. But, STM insisted on pulling out all stops in a daring stretch in the second quarter.
After Cougar running back Grant Dozier scored on a 3-yard run, STM attempted and recovered an onside kick with 10 minutes left in the half. After the drive seemingly stalled, Hightower’s group snuck a field goal fake past the Bucs.
With Kelley lined up just inside the line judge but out of the play’s focus, STM quickly snapped to the holding Bergeron. Kelley, streaking down the sideline all alone, caught a 23-yard touchdown to put the Cougars up 28-7.
CARENCRO — The Bears picked off three passes to roll past Sam Houston in a District 3-5A match
Carencro (3-1, 2-0) rolled up 346 yards rushing, led by Jaylan Rose’s 131 yards and Galen Carter’s 99. Rose scored thrice — from 5, 13 and 74 yards, the last of which sealed the game with less than two minutes to go.
Kendall Breau ran for the Bears’ other two touchdowns, from 1 and 46 yards out.
Cliff Reid ran for 139 yards and both touchdowns for Sam Houston (1-4, 0-2). Reid scored from 39 and 66 yards out before leaving the game with an injury at the end of the third quarter.
SCOTT — DeEdward Cormier ran for four touchdowns as Acadiana toppled Sulphur.
The wet field conditions suited the Rams veer machine offense, as five of Acadiana’s six touchdowns came on the ground.
“We did a good job tonight,” said Acadiana head coach Ted Davidson. “We secured the football. I don’t think we had one turnover.”
The teams traded possessions in a defensive first quarter. Sulphur’s Brock Saltzman picked off DeEdward Cormier to end Acadiana’s first drive. Two plays later, a Keaven Franklin interception put the Rams in the red zone. The Rams did not convert as they were stopped on fourth down inside the 5.
Both offenses hit their stride in the second quarter, scoring touchdowns on each possession. Edward Cormier put the Rams on the board first with a 10-yard touchdown run. The Tors answered on the first play of their next drive when Bryan Walker ran 66 yards to tie the score. Acadiana regained the lead on the ensuing possession thanks to a 29-yard touchdown run from Edward Cormier. Two minutes later, Kale Breaux connected with Gary Blanchard on a 37-yard touchdown pass to even the score at 14.
WESTLAKE — The Rams' Latrell Martin ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns as Westlake beat DeRidder in the final nondistrict game for each team.
Martin scored on a 54-yard run in the third quarter to give the Rams (3-1) the lead for good at 19-14, then tacked on a 17-yard score in the fourth quarter to give the Rams some breathing room.
Martin became the focal point of the offense after a deluge of rain hit the stadium near the end of the first quarter.
“It felt pretty good, I felt like I was carrying the team on my back,” he said. “I had a little injury, a hip pointer, but we all pulled through. The O-line and the receivers were blocking. The offensive line opened a big hole (on the 54-yard touchdown run) and I saw it and just hit it hard. I have been waiting on this moment, this season. We are ready to go, we’re coming. The Westlake Rams are on a roll.”
LAFAYETTE — It was a game that required incredible patience from both sides to prevail.
Playing in a mudpit at Viking Stadium, the LaGrange Gators fumbled 12 times and amazingly only lost two of them in a nondistrict win over Northside.
Northside, on the other hand, fumbled six times and lost a pair itself.
What the Gators lacked in total yards, though, they made up for in field position in the second half.
LaGrange turned that good field position into a fourth-quarter touchdown and two-point conversion for the winning score.
“That was a impressive win for our team against a great program like Northside’s,” LaGrange coach Jules Sullen said. “Coach (Trev) Faulk and his staff do a great job with those kids. We really feared No. 15 (Shakeir Ryan). Our gameplan was to slow him down.”
LaGrange’s defense, with a little help from the mud, certainly did the trick, limiting Ryan to 14 yards rushing on five tries and no receptions on the night.
Washington-Marion improved to 4-1 on the season with an easy rout of winless Leesville.
Senior Melvin Jones again led the way for the Charging Indians, scoring on runs of 2, 52 and 67 yards.
“This is our last game before district so we want to come together and have unity for four quarters,” said Charging Indians head coach Freddie Harrison. “We want a complete team effort for the complete game, cause that’s what it’s going to take to in.”
Harrison got that but Jones was the key. He finished with 8 carries for 156 yards and the three scores. He also got some help, as the defense picked up two turnovers and the offense turned them both into scores.
Not all wins are a thing of beauty, but all victories end up beautiful.
St. Louis had one of those Friday night at Cougar Stadium.
The Saints played well enough to overcome 165 yards in penalties and beat Cecilia on Homecoming. But they didn’t play well enough to get completely out of their coach’s doghouse.
“We are going to be working on that, I can promise you,” said assistant head coach Tommy Johns, who for the fourth straight week was subbing for his father Mike who is still recovering from knee surgery.
Lost in all the muck and miscues was the Saints’ win that broke a two-game losing streak and raised the club’s record to 3-2 heading into district play next week.
“I’m proud of the way we fought and we overcame our mistakes, but that is too many penalties,” Johns said. “We can’t win doing that. Not in our district.”
The Saints were able to overcome their 17 penalties thanks to quarterback J.P. Crawford and stingy defense.
Game recap coming soon.
JENNINGS — Jennings cruised to an easy non-district win over Ferriday.
The Bulldogs (4-1) wasted little time putting points on the scoreboard as they scored four first -quarter touchdowns.
Charlie Matte scored the first touchdown on a 17-yard run, Keagan Deaville scored on a 30-yard interception return, Jaylon Boutte found the end zone form 2 yards out and Lemontay Mouton scored on a 37-yard run as the Bulldogs grabbed a 27-0 lead.
“I think we came out and got a fast start,” said Jennings coach Rusty Phelps. “I’m very proud of the kids and coaching staff as we got to play a lot of kids tonight. I thought we executed and carried out our game plans both on offense and defense tonight.”
Ferriday gained only one first down the first half and that was with 1:06 remaining in the second quarter.
RAYNE — All the scoring came in the opening quarter as the defenses tightened after that.
But Rayne had done its damage thanks to a pair of extra points by Ty Delahoussaye. His foot was the difference for the Wolves.
Jalen Williams ran for one score and Dannie Harmon returned an interception 35 yards for another to lead the Wolves. Williams was the star of the game, rushing for 145 yards on 21 carries, including the 77-yard scoring dash in the opening quarter.
Harmon’s touchdown came 66 seconds later and was one of three interceptions for Rayne.
South Beauregard (2-3) did score twice in the opening quarter as well. The first one came on Brandon Hare’s 50-yard dash with just over 3 minutes left in the first.
Over the next 2:47 three more scores would come, with the Golden Knights’ Joe Ledet’s 52-yard TD run closing the quarter out.
PICKERING — DeQuincy's Dillon Hollie scampered 71 yards with five minutes to play to secure the Tigers' win over Pickering.
The Red Devils (1-4, 1-1) tried to answer, but their drive stalled at the DeQuincy 16-yard line as time ran out.
Hollie led DeQuincy (2-3, 2-0) with 97 yards on two carries.
Daveon Banks ran for 96 yards for Pickering, which racked up 86 yards on 11 penalties.
DRY CREEK — Trey Hargrave rushed for 129 yards and a score and Colby Benoit ran for three touchdowns as Lake Arthur blanked East Beauregard.
Lake Arthur (4-1, 1-1) also forced two turnovers and held the Trojans to 141 yards of offense.
Taylor McFarlain opened the scoring with a 70-yard touchdown pass from Rory Guidry, who completed just four passes but for 198 yards. McFarlain had 179 yards receiving on just three receptions.
Benoit scored on runs of 3, 2 and 16 yards, while Glen Guidry clipped off a 31-yard scoring run. Hargrave scored the final touchdown on a 25-yard run.
KINDER — Momentum can come in the most unlikely forms.
And all the momentum Kinder needed for a 34-0 win over Vinton on Friday night came in the barrel-like form of nose tackle Quillan Jones in the first quarter.
With Vinton inside driving inside the 10-yard line and looking to surprise the Yellow Jackets by taking an early lead, the ball bounced away from the Lions and into the hands of the biggest man on the field. Jones rumbled as far as he could go before someone finally caught up, returning the fumble 46 yards to give Kinder possession just beyond midfield.
“That was a big play as far as momentum swing,” said Kinder coach Jeff Wainwright. “Vinton was kind of in a little groove there early. Quillan’s a senior linemen who has been there three years and done a good job. Everybody got a little energized, no doubt.”
Three plays later, Kinder quarterback Austin Pickle pitched the ball out to running back Wanterio Frank, who scored from 18 yards out to get the rout started.
The red zone turnover has been a recurring theme for the Lions (2-3) this year.
Pickle finished with three touchdowns on the ground for the Yellow Jackets (4-1), while running back Marshall Harmon had another day at the office with 120 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
ROSEPINE — Trey Goodwin ran for two touchdowns to help the Welsh Greyhounds stay unbeaten in district.
Goodwin led Welsh (4-1, 2-) with 62 yards rushing while Noah Martin led Rosepine (2-2, 1-1) with 79 yards. Blake Hinson added another 67 yards.
After Rosepine cut the lead to one touchdown on a 37-yard touchdown pass from Noah Martin to Ty Holiday, Goodwin sealed the win with a 12-yard score.
IOTA — Iota battled back from a 12-point, first-quarter deficit fot its first victory of the year.
Oberlin outgained 290-197, but also suffered two turnovers.
A 4-yard run by Trace Joubert gave the Tigers (2-3) a 6-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.
The lead ballooned to 12-0 when Austin Darbonne rambled in from four yards out with 4:38 left in the first quarter.
Iota (1-4) started its comeback when Thomas Murrell covered the final four yards of a drive with 4:35 left in the second quarter. Brandon Fantroy added the run for the two-point conversion to make it 12-8.
OAKDALE — Jena rallied with two second-half touchdowns and converted a pair of 2-point tries to keep Oakdale winless.
Jena (4-1) came in averaging 41 points per game but the Oakdale defense held the Giants to 222 total yards, including 130 rushing by Chevy Thornton.
Oakdale took a 7-0 lead in second quarter on Kourtlyn Monette’s 6-yard scoring run.
FRANKLIN — Basile rolled up 544 yards behind the running of Kendrick Ceasar and Kevin Hardy to bash Hanson Memorial.
Ceasar rushed for 221 yards on 16 carries and Hardy added 123 yards on 24 carries and three touchdowns. The Bearcats piled up 424 yard on the ground.
Hanson drew first blood when a snap sailed over the head of the Basile punter and out of the end zone.
But Basile scored the game’s next 37 points as it rolled to its fifth consecutive victory without a defeat.
ELTON — The Indians overcame a sloppy first quarter as Michael Lavan ran for three touchdowns in Elton's a rout of Bunkie.
Elton (3-1) ran only nine plays in the first half, but made the most of them after losing two fumbles in the first quarter.
Marcus Lemoine turned the game around with a 57-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the second quarter and good field position set up Lavan for scoring runs of 9 and 4 yards before halftime.
Lavan was involved in three different extra points. He had a PAT kicks, ran in a 2-point conversion and three a PAT pass to Scott Ross.
MONTGOMERY — Three lost fumbles proved to be Merryville’s undoing.
The loss came despite Nick Ardoin’s 115-yard rushing night on 17 carries.
Trailing 8-0 at halftime, the Panthers marched 62 yards in nine plays with Ardoin barging in from a yard out to make it 8-6 with 5:31 left in the third quarter.
But after a couple of exchange of possessions, Montgomery claimed a fumble at the Panther 22. Montgomery quarterback Chris Sykes scored from a yard out with 3:17 left in the game to ice it./
The two teams battled on even terms in the first half until Montgomery wide receiver Tyrell Fosters caught a bubble screen from Sykes, cut diagonally across the field and sprinted 65 yards to the end zone with 53 seconds left in the first half.
Game recap coming soon.
LOREAUVILLE — The Loreauville Tigers scored four first-quarter touchdowns en route to a win over Hamilton Christian in a nondistrict game.
Jermaine Antoine opened the scoring with runs of 12 and 80 yards, then Raymond Bonnette scored on a 44-yard run and tossed a 43-yard touchdown pass to Rashid Bonnette for Loreauville (5-0).
Caleb Daniel scored on a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter for the Warriors (1-4). John Reed had a pair of touchdown receptions in the second half for Loreauville, the seventh-ranked team in Class 2A.