Three Point Stance: District 3-5A duo leads slate of returning QBs

Published 11:00 am Tuesday, August 9, 2022

In this edition of the Three Point Stance, Rodrick Anderson and Warren Arceneaux discuss area high school quarterbacks.

Who is the top returning large schools quarterback?

WA: Barbe’s Will McClain threw for 2,443 yards and 24 touchdowns last year and added five more scores on the ground. With a more experienced team around him, McClain could post even bigger numbers this season.

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RA: Sam Houston’s Gavin Stout got thrown into the fire last year as a freshman quarterback in Class 5A but put up solid numbers with 1,541 yards and 14 touchdowns. With an experienced running back to hand off to and a trio of downfield targets, the pieces are in place to allow Stout have a breakout sophomore season.

Who is the best returning small schools quarterback?

WA: Welsh’s Gabe Gillet ran for 307 yards and four touchdowns in four games before suffering a season-ending injury. Now he’s back to healthy and has worked to improve as a passer this season after throwing for 162 yards and a score last year.

RA: Reese Ashworth was a dependable duel-threat for DeQuincy last season with 461 yards rushing and 927 passing and 19 total touchdowns. After leading the Tigers to a first-round playoff upset of Port Allen, he will look to lead Tigers deeper into the playoffs in his final season.

Who is the most intriguing new starting quarterback?

WA: Westlake’s Kevin Rideau, also a standout basketball player, has a similar background to two-sport star Jamaal Guillory, who he will replace behind center this year — a dynamic player who can make plays running and throwing.

RA: Jake Smith has some big shoes to fill this season as he takes over under center for Rosepine. He replaces two-sport star Ethan Frey, but Smith is equally gifted, leading the Eagles to back-to-back state baseball titles at shortstop. He threw for 157 yards in his only start last season and caught 14 passes for 226 yards and a score.