W-M rediscovers its football legs back in front of LC crowd

Published 3:11 pm Thursday, September 16, 2021

Washington-Marion football returned in style last week, bringing home a road win over Northside.

The Charging Indians will play in Lake Charles for the first time in two years Friday night when they host Peabody at LaGrange High School’s John J. Mims Stadium.

W-M’s Robert Lavergne Memorial Stadium is undergoing repairs from last year’s Hurricanes Laura and Delta.

Running back Derrick Paul starred for the Charging Indians last week, scoring on a 54-yard run and 9-yard reception from Justin Thomas. Paul finished with 145 yards rushing and 28 receiving yards on four receptions. Thomas completed 10 of 17 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns in his first start.

The Charging Indians limited Northside to 249 yards of offense. Paul’s touchdown run was the lone fourth-quarter score.

The win broke an eight-game W-M losing streak. The 14 points allowed were the fewest since Week 10 of the 2018 season.

Elsewhere

In other Class 4A games, DeRidder (1-1) visits Jennings (0-2) and LaGrange (0-2) plays at Leesville (1-1). All four teams are looking to rebound from Week 2 losses.

The Dragons and Bulldogs will continue a long-running nondistrict series. Jennings has won four of the last five meetings, including a 29-20 win last year.

Trevor Etienne leads the Bulldogs with 285 rushing yards and four touchdowns. In last year’s game, he was held to a season-low 62 yards by the Dragons. In 2019, a 21-9 DeRidder win, the Dragons held Etienne to 20 yards on 11 carries.

‘They always play well defensively,” said Jennings head coach Rusty Phelps. “They don’t get out of position very much and they don’t give up many big plays. They do a good job up front against our veer scheme every year.”

Phelps said a few big mistakes doomed his team in last week’s loss to Eunice.

“They threw a backwards pass that they ran in for a touchdown,” he said. “We gave up a long pass and we had an interception that led to a touchdown,” he said. “For us, it is all about protecting the ball and not giving up those type of plays. We have to execute better. I felt like we did improve some last week outside of the mistakes.”

Ronnie Crosby leads the Dragons with 154 yards and three touchdowns. Two other DeRidder backs, Alex Archield (121 yards, 3 TDs) and Darien Castille (198 yards, 2 TDs) feature in the offense, which averages 286 rushing yards per game.