Evaluating Southwest Louisiana’s top QBs
In today’s edition of the Three Point Stance, prep writers Rodrick Anderson and Warren Arceneaux discuss the top quarterbacks in the area.
Who is the area’s top returning starting quarterback?
RA: Dyami Huntsberry of Iowa. Huntsberry, who also stared on the Yellow Jackets’ state runner-up baseball team, is by far the area’s top returning passing quarterback. He threw for more than 2,200 yards last year and 32 touchdowns in his first season as a starter, leading Iowa to the Class 3A quarterfinals. With some solid receivers returning, expect Huntsberry and the Yellow Jackets to have another big year.
WA: Zach Hayes of Welsh. Coach John Richardson installed a new offense to take advantage of his running and throwing skills and he responded in a big way, accounting for 2,300 total yards and 33 touchdowns in 12 games. He could have 1,000 yards passing and 1,000 rushing this season after barely missing the feat last year.
Which area quarterback is likely to have a breakout season?
WA: Bailey Hardy of St. Louis. The Saints changed offenses on the fly during last season and Hardy started thriving in the new spread scheme. In the last four games he accounted for 965 total yards and eight TDs. He could put up big numbers with a full year in the scheme and behind an experienced offensive line that has all five starters back.
RA: Morgan Clark of Sulphur. The bar has been set high by the Tors’ graduated quarterback Byron Walker, who owns all of the school career records, but Clark has an advantage compared to other new starting quarterbacks this season. Clark started three games last year, completing more than 54 percent of his passes for just under 400 yards, seven touchdowns against two interceptions. He will also have a deep receiving corps at his disposal in Kendrick Celestine, Christian Trahan, Branden Walker and Gage Rapp.
What is the best matchup of area quarterbacks?
RA: Oberlin’s James Kirklin and Elton’s Keyshawn Lyons. The Week 10 game will be a battle of two of the area’s best small-school duel-threat quarterbacks. Kirklin rushed for 1,400 yards and 19 touchdowns last year and is looking to improve his passing totals while Lyons had more than 1,000 yards passing and rushing and 33 total touchdowns. Last year’s game was decided by a failed 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter, Oberlin won 21-20. It should come down to the wire again.
WA: Iowa’s Huntsberry vs. Lake Charles College Prep’s Kevin Guidry. Huntsberry is a proven star. Guidry threw for 789 yards and eight TDs in six starts for LCCP, helping the Trailblazers earn a Class 1A playoff berth. Like Huntsberry, he has a good group of receivers. Guidry got a late start in football and should be improved with more experience and a more mature team as the Blazers, who will play in Class 3A this season, have their first senior class. They meet in Week 8.