Iowa surging, Sulphur breaks through
In this edition of the Three Point Stance, staff writers Warren Arceneaux and Rodrick Anderson review Week 6 of the high school football season.
Which area large school had the best win?
WA: Iowa. The Yellow Jackets picked up a road win in District 4-3A, hanging on to beat St. Louis. The ’Jackets have won consecutive games after opening with four losses. They are one bad quarter away from being 3-0 in league play. Even with the loss they are still a factor in the race and building momentum to make a second-half surge to earn a playoff berth.
RA: Sulphur. After 10 consecutive losses to Barbe, including some close calls like last year’s 45-38 overtime loss, the Tors finally beat the Bucs. Junior Trenton Lecoq had the play of the game, blocking a field goal attempt as time expired. Not only did the Tors get their first win over Barbe since 2007, but they kept their hopes of a third consecutive District 3-5A championship alive.
Which small school had the most impressive result?
WA: Oakdale shutting out East Beauregard 21-0 in its District 5-2A opener. The Warriors, like Iowa, have rebounded from an 0-4 start with a pair of wins. The Warriors defense has allowed only six points over the past two weeks.
RA: Welsh beat Jennings for the second consecutive year, 34-30. The Greyhounds fought back from 17-0 deficit to beat the Bulldogs. The Greyhounds have won the only two games in the series between the Jeff Davis Parish schools. Welsh ran the ball with efficiency with running back Jaheim Simon and quarterback Austyn Benoit combining for 326 yards. Simon ran in two scores and Benoit threw three touchdowns passes, including the winner to Dylan Degeyter with 11 seconds to play.
Who are your players of the week?
WA: Lake Charles College Prep’s Orenthal Lewis ran for 131 yards and a pair of scores to lead the Trailblazers to a 28-0 win over South Beauregard. The win kept the Blazers perfect at 6-0. Lewis scored on runs of 40 and 50 yards. For the small schools, it’s Welsh’s Benoit who ran for 141 yards and threw for 138 more. Benoit also completed a pair of passes for 2-point conversions.
RA: Westlake running back J.J. Ross. The senior had a monster night Friday, but the Rams lost to Washington-Marion 54-39. Ross ran for 314 yards on 32 carries and scored four touchdowns on runs of 3, 66, 49 and 5 yards. He also caught five passes for 38 yards.