I-10 Bowl returns after two-year hiatus
Published 5:00 am Monday, December 13, 2021
Its has been two years since the last Louisiana High School Coaches Association I-10 Bowl. The postseason all-star game pitting the top seniors from Lake Charles against Lafayette will finally return.
The game will be played at Westlake High School’s Max Caldarera Memorial Stadium on Saturday at noon. Admission is $10.
“I am not going to say it has been difficult,” regional coordinator Freddie Harrison said. “It is just when you start something back after a two-year absence, there is a lot of things you have to go back anc revisit and it hasn’t been in Lake Charles for four years.
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“You have to make sure you put all your ducks in a row and lined up so that the kids can have a great event.
“You want to be competitive and you want opportunities for the kids to compete and win, but again, who is winning? I think every kid that gets to play in that game is winning. Every coach that gets to coach in that game is winning. It is an opportunity to not only represent themselves, but their school and their classification. I think it is a win-win regardless.”
Harris said this year’s Lake Charles All-Stars is loaded with talented players, including several who will play Division I football next year.
“I think this year’s group is very gritty,” Harrison said. “It is a good group.
“A lot of schools in SWLA not play football last year, the curve is little different for those seniors. For them to have the opportunity to play one more game is always the goal and mission of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association. I think we have good representation from the whole area. A lot of teams didn’t have a lot of seniors this year and we didn’t have a lot of nominations. We gave everyone a shot to be represented.”
The offense will be led by a four 1,000-yard rushers in Leesville’s Caleb Gallashaw, Jennings’ Trevor Etienne, Lake Charles College Prep’s Devonte Guidroz and DeQuincy’s Taije Ceasar, who had nearly 6,000 yards and 88 touchdowns between them this season.
Iowa’s Koltin LeBleu will be under center behind a line that includes three Division I linemen in LCCP’s Reginald Burks (Lamar) and Jaylon Easton (McNeese) and Grand Lake’s Bryant Williams (Louisiana-Lafayette) plus some athletic receivers in LCCP’s Keshlon Jackson, Iowa’s Curtis Deville and Leesville’s Kemhari Pruitt.
Some of the area’s top players on the defensive will be LCCP’s lineman Ian Richard (65 tackles, 12 TFL), Iowa linebacker Ross Denison (121 tackles, 8 TFL) and defensive backs Crajuan Bennett (Iowa, 3 INT, 10 PD), Marcus Duhon (St. Louis, 57 tackles, 3 INT) and Kevin Thomas (LCCP, 80 tackles, 8 TFL, 6 PD).
The Lake Charles team will be coached by former Sulphur head coach and current Westlake assistant Harold Fuselier.
The Lafayette All-Stars have won all four games since the I-10 Bowl started in 2016, including 40-10 in 2019.
Lake Charles All-stars roster
WR Kemhari Pruitt Leesville
WR Keshlon Jackson LCCP
WR Curtis Deville Iowa
TE Kaleb Vizier Sulphur
OL Cody Bertrand Sam Houston
OL Jacob Kershaw Iowa
OL Jaden Smith Jennings
OL Bryant Williams Grand Lake
OL Donovan Henderson Hamilton
OL Reginald Burks LCCP
OL Jaylin Easton LCCP
QB Koltin Lebleu Iowa
RB Tag Stelly Sulphur
RB Caleb Gallashaw Leesville
RB Trevor Etienne Jennings
RB Devonte Guidroz LCCP
ATH Tyree Brown Washington-Marion
ATH Taije Ceasar DeQuincy
DL Javan Thomas Barbe
DL Alex Sims Westlake
DL Seth Longino Oakdale
DL Brett King Grand Lake
DL Ian Richard LCCP
DL Kylan Kelly Sulphur
DL Chris Simmons DeQuincy
LB Nathan Mawae Leesville
LB Ray Thomas Washington-Marion
LB Ross Denison Iowa
LB Hudson Snyder DeQuincy
LB Koen Leblanc Welsh
LB Derrick Williams Hamilton
DB Crajuan Bennett Iowa
DB Marcus Duhon St. Louis
DB Logan Richard Hamilton
DB Kevin Thomas LCCP
K Jose Mijares DeRidder
Head coach — Harold Fuselier, Westlake
Defensive coordinator — Brad Kellogg, Westlake
Linebackers — Meshach Worthen, DeRidder
Defensive line — Matt Dufresne, DeQuincy
Defensive back — Troy Gardner, Rosepine
Offensive coordinator — Chad Davis, Sam Houston
Offensive line — James Estes, Jennings
Running backs — Sterling Mobley, Hamilton Christian
Wide receivers — Billy Christian, Iowa