Three Point Stance: Jennings will find Lutcher’s record deceiving

Warren Arceneaux
Rodrick Anderson

In this edition of the Three Point Stance, staff writers Rodrick Anderson and Warren Arceneaux discuss the second (regional) round of the high school football playoffs.

What is the most interesting matchup involving an area large schools?

WA: Jennings at Lutcher. The Battle of the Bulldogs should be a good one. Jennings is the undefeated top seed in Class 3A, but Lutcher has a winning tradition and this year’s 5-3 record is a little deceiving considering its strength of schedule. Points should be plentiful. Lutcher scored 54 last week while Jennings averages 47.7 per game.

RA: Minden at Leesville. The Wampus Cats survived a scare from No. 28 Northwood last week thanks to a last-minute touchdown by running back Caleb Gallashaw. Leesville has won three consecutive games but will have to deal the Crimson Tide this week and their three-year starter at quarterback in Trenton McLaughlin to get back to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2018.

What is the best small schools game?

WA: Avoyelles at Kinder. This one shapes up as an old-school battle of the trenches between teams that like to control possession with dominant run games. The Yellow Jackets have a good set of linebackers in Bryce Laughlin and Trenton Bono. They will need to be in top form to slow the Mustangs, who ran for 422 yards in last week’s win over Oakdale.

RA: Centerville at Oberlin. Oberlin has been waiting two weeks for a chance to bounce back from a loss to district rival Basile and start another deep playoff run. The game will be an old-school grind-it-out affair between Oberlin’s Malachi Simien (742 yards, 13 TDs) and Aiden Reed (697 yds., 11 TDs) and Centerville’s Tyler Gunner (851 yds., 8 TDs), Travis Billiot (559 yds., 7 TDs) and Morty Frederick (527 yds., 7 TDs).

Name a player to watch.

WA: Lake Charles College Prep receiver Solomon Lewis had eight catches for 163 yards and two TDs last week in a win over South Beauregard. The teams meet again Saturday afternoon and the Trailblazers passing game may need to produce more big plays. The Golden Knights held Prep to 83 yards rushing in the first game.

RA: Sophomore running back Grant Ducote has been essential to Rosepine’s success. When he runs for more than 150 yards, the Eagles are 4-0. He has run for more than 200 yards in back-to-back games, and Rosepine will need every yard it can get to upset No. 3 Loreauville, which hasn’t allowed more than two touchdowns in five consecutive games.Rosepine sophomore running back Grant Ducote has run for 943 yards and 14 touchdowns in seven games this season.

Rodrick Anderson/American Press

Local News

Pfizer booster shots now available to adults at increased risk

Crime

Driver arrested for drugs after passenger found dead in truck

Local News

From Moss Bluff to Diitabiki and back again

Crime

O’Brien sentenced to life for rape of child

Crime

Five accused of attempted ATM burglaries

Local News

I-10 bridge task force chair: Wednesday crash highlights need for new bridge

Local News

National Seat Check Saturday at Southwest Beverage

Crime

State Police investigating officer-involved fatal shooting of inmate

Crime

LC man arrested after shooting at neighbor’s home

State News

Coroner identifies man killed by alligator

Crime

Sulphur High student arrested after threat made

Crime

Sheriff: Escapee shot after firing at officers

Local News

Governor optimistic about federal hurricane aid for SW La.

Local News

Eastbound lane of I-10 bridge remains closed after fiery crash

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:Finally, a feel-good movie

Business News

$21M rice mill should be complete by next harvest

Crime

Three more linked to Oakdale bar shooting

Local News

State confirms seventh pediatric death from COVID-19 in fourth surge

Local Business News

Jeff Davis hoping to join program designed to attract business

Local Business News

EMS Academy looking for ‘right people in right spots’

Local Business News

Four state amendments await voters Nov. 13

Local Business News

George Swift column: Recovery, rebuilding after storms

Local Business News

Names in the News: People making a difference in the Lake Area

Local News

Breaux has honed some serious culinary skills since his Crock-pot days