Games take on new meaning in district

In this edition of the Three Point Stance, staff writers Rodrick Anderson and Warren Arceneaux discuss Week 4 games involving area large schools.

What is the most interesting game?

RA: Sulphur at Sam Houston. Sam Houston is looking to open District 3-5A with a win and improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2014. Coincidentally, the team that ended that streak was Sulphur. Sulphur is trying to right the ship after losing backto-back games. With its run game a work in progress, the Tors will have to rely on quarterback Morgan Clark and a solid receiver group which could create problems for the Broncos, who gave up 328 passing yards to Cecilia in Week 3 and 198 to Iowa last week.

WA: Northwest at Iota. Both teams are undefeated and building off a breakout season. Northwest reached the quarterfinals last season while Iota won a playoff game for the first time in more than a decade. The Raiders have been lighting up scoreboards while Iota has been strong defensively. The Bulldogs can also move the ball, with a pair of good backs in Luke Doucet and Kollin Guillory and senior quarterback Trae Rambin.

What is the best in-game matchup?

RA: Iota defense vs. Northwest offense. Iota’s defense is giving up 12.67 points per game and has recorded a safety in two consecutive games. The Bulldogs will be faced with stopping a Raiders offense that is putting up 35 ppg led by dualthreat quarterback Montaz Sam, who scored four rushing touchdowns in Week 1.

WA: Sam Houston RB Gerron Duhon vs. Sulphur linebacker Jake LaFleur. Duhon has taken well to running back, combining surprising power between the tackles with speed to get outside. LaFleur is a prolific tackler who can make plays from sideline to sideline. He and the Tors linebackers and defensive backs will have to keep all eyes on Duhon, who also had a long touchdown reception last week.

Who is a player to watch?

RA: Leesville RB Jalen Shepherd. The junior only had a handful of carries last year, but moved right into a starting role this season without missing a beat. Shepherd is averaging more than 10 yards a carry with 287 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries, plus a receiving touchdown while leading the Wampus Cats to a 3-0 start. Leesville is one of eight undefeated teams left in Southwest Louisiana.

WA: Westlake RB J.J. Ross. After running for 256 yards and four touchdowns over the first two weeks, Ross was kept out of the end zone last week in a loss to Leesville. For Westlake to beat a streaking Lake Charles College Prep team, Ross will need to help the Rams control possession and wear down a big and talented Trail Blazers defensive line. Long drives will also keep the explosive Prep offense on the sidelines. The fewer points scored, the better chance the Rams have to win.

””Three-point Stance

Local News

Cowboys look to use home stand to climb Southland standings

Local News

Breaking: Man killed in auto-pedestrian accident

Local News

‘We can do better’: Residents say not enough coastal protection in SW La.

Crime

Rash of school bus part thefts in Jeff Davis

Crime

Three LC men arrested in Bossier City robbery of Sulphur man

National News

War fears mount as US draws down Ukraine embassy presence

Local News

Living the Dream: Starks native advises others to ‘sieze every opportunity’

Local News

COVID closures continue to impact childcare providers

Local News

SW La. school lunch menus Jan. 24-28

Local News

Informer: No new mask mandate from governor

Local News

Calcasieu cleanup: Debris in drainage laterals being cleared

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column: What’s next for casting votes?

Local News

Andrew Gallien: Called to share the ‘love and knowledge of God’

Local News

SW La. students named to Northwestern State president’s list

Local News

Jeff Davis scales back on Elton Elementary renovations

Business

SW La. has been fostering budding entrepreneurs for decade

Local News

Calcasieu Police Jury votes on zoning requests

Crime

Deputies searching for driver in Moss Bluff hit-and-run

Local News

United Way of SW La. sheltering community members in area hotels

Crime

1/21: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

Crime

Sulphur man accused of stealing $367,000 from nonprofit

Local News

Cassidy touts SW La. benefits of infrastructure bill

Local News

Hurst-Trahan: Job lets her focus on her passion – helping people

Local News

Jeff Davis School Board declares critical shortage for several positions