THREE POINT STANCE: Grand Lake, Rosepine make big runs

Published 9:38 am Tuesday, November 30, 2021

In this edition of the Three Point Stance, Rodrick Anderson and Warren Arceneaux review the season of small school football.

Which team had the best season?

WA: Grand Lake. The Hornets showed their run to the 2020 state championship game was no fluke with another great season that included a share of the District 4-1A title and trip to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs.

RA: Rosepine. Led by several stars of its first state baseball championship, the Eagles made history in football with their first quarterfinal appearance. The Eagles won 11 games for the first time since 2018 and the District 5-2A.

Name a team to watch next year.

WA: Oberlin. The Tigers have a small senior class and will return most of a team that played well in the second half of the season, including a narrow loss to Grand Lake in the playoffs.

RA: Kinder. In its final season in Class 2A, the Yellow Jackets struggled ealry used a late four-game win streak to reach the regional round. Kinder has a solid nucleus to build around in its move to 3A, including QB Graham Fawcett, SB Griffin Cooley, RB James Roberts, DL Jordan Pelican, LB Jaron Johnson and DB Brayden Guillory.

Name a player to watch next year.

WA: Elton RB Sherman Bellow. The junior RB ran for 1,000 yards to lead the Indians in their return to play. A year of experience should help make the team more competitive next year and Bellow will be featured in the Elton offense after his impressive performance this season, which included three games with more than 200 yards rushing.

RA: Rosepine RB Grant Ducote finished just shy of 2,000 yards in his junior campaign. With QB Ethan Frey graduating in the spring, Ducote will likely be the focal point of the Eagles’ offense. Ducote has 4,441 career yards and 65 TDs.