THREE POINT STANCE: Wrapping up the season

Published 9:40 am Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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

Which team had the most impressive season?

WA: Leesville. The Wampus Cats were perfect in District 3-4A play behind an electric offense led by running back Caleb Gallashaw.

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RA: Iowa. The Yellow Jackets produced their best season (10-2) and highest power rating (No.

4) since 2017 (10-1, No. 2). Iowa was loaded on the offensive side, averaging nearly 42 points a game with a 1,000-yard rusher (Ronald Young) and quarterback (Koltin Lebleu), plus one of the top all-around players in the area in Curtis Deville, who gained more than 2,000 all-purpose yards and 22 touchdowns.

Name a team to watch next season.

WA: Lake Charles College Prep, which was ineligible for the playoffs this season, returns quarterback Josiah Bushnell, running back JaRell Joseph and wide receiver/ defensive back Eric Beloney and star linebacker Daylon Sibley.

RA: Westlake made a stunning turnaround, going from 0-4 to 8-4 and returns several key players in running back Brandon Jupiter (1,078 yards, 18 TD) and receiver Tristan Goodly plus a half-dozen defensive starters, including linebacker Ethan Koonce, cornerback Kristian Ozane and lineman Ja’Qualon Pettieway. The Rams will have to replace star dual-threat quarterback Jamaal Guillory, who accounted for 36 TDs and nearly 2,900 total yards of offense.

Name a player to watch next season.

WA: Barbe WR Jamaal Levi broke the school’s regular-season receiving yards record and should put up big numbers again next season with QB Will McClain also returning.

RA: St. Louis Catholic junior QB James Reina threw for 1,937 yards and 21 TDs in his first season as a starter. Reina will have the benefit of getting two of his top three targets back next season in juniors Grant Evans and Brooks Habetz.