THREE POINT STANCE: Eyes on tonight’s St . Louis, W-M game

Published 1:00 pm Thursday, September 23, 2021

In this edition of the Three Point Stance, staff writers Rodrick Anderson and Warren Arceneaux preview Week 4 of the high school football season.

What is the best nondistrict game involving an area large school?

WA: St. Louis vs. Washington-Marion, tonight. The programs have met 12 times with W-M owning a slight 7-5 lead. The Charging Indians have won two straight to start the season. St. Louis has lost consecutive close games. Each team has a promising new starter at quarterback in James Reina of St. Louis and Justin Thomas of W-M. Saints defensive back/ wide receiver Marcus Duhon and W-M WR/DB Tyree Brown each excel in all three facets of the game.

RA: Westlake at DeRidder, tonight. Westlake is 3-0 for the first time in more than a decade but for the first time this season will face a team with a winning record. The Dragons won by a point last week but struggled to stop Jennings’ running game. It is something the Rams can easily take advantage of their duo of Jamaal Guillory and Brandon Jupiter if the Dragons don’t make adjustments.

What is the best nondistrict game involving an area small school?

WA: Rosepine vs. Sacred Heart-Ville Platte. The Eagles have been a juggernaut, outscoring their first three opponents 114-20. RB Grant Ducote is averaging 15 yards per carry and quarterback Ethan Frey has completed 27 of 29 passes for 477 yards and seven touchdowns. Sacred Heart is also 3-0 with quality wins over Marksville and Basile, allowing a combined seven points.

RA: Lake Arthur at DeQuincy. Both teams are coming off wins and looking to gain momentum as their district seasons approach. DeQuincy cleaned up its turnover problem last week after committing seven over its first two games. Lake Arthur has been strong against the run, allowing 110 yards a game.

Name a player to watch.

WA: Westlake linebacker Ethan Koonce. The middle LB has a nose for the ball and should be busy tonight when the Rams play at DeRidder. The Dragons have attempted six passes over the past two weeks and feature a rushing attack that averages 270 yards per game. Koonce and the Rams front seven will have to rise to the occasion to keep Westlake’s perfect record intact.

RA: St. Louis LB Graham Montet. The sophomore is starting to make a big impact for the Saints with a career-high 14 tackles plus two tackles for a loss last week. With W-M’s Derrick Paul averaging more than 150 yards a game, Montet will need to continue to be aggressive.