Written by Jonrell Jones
Elijah Davis came up big for the Riverside Rebels Friday night. Trailing 14-7 late in the game, Davis scored a 21-yard touchdown run with 2:17 minutes left to allow the Rebels to attempt to tie the game. Riverside elected to go for a two-point conversion. It was again Davis who answered the call for the Rebels. On a speed option, Davis reversed the whole length of the football field to get the two-point conversion. “I just wasn’t going to be denied. The defense knew the speed option was coming. At that moment, I said nothing will stop me from getting into that endzone”, said Davis.
The Rebels and the Rams played amazing defense. The Rams defense was led by Junior
Kailep Edwards. “We came to play tonight. We kept a team that Averaged 40 points a game to 7 at halftime and they only left with 15 on the board,” said Edwards. Points were hard to come by for both teams in the first half. Riverside scored the only points of the half with a 3-yard touchdown run by Gage Larvadain.
West St. John's offense began to find its rhythm after a quarterback change from freshman Jaden Butler to Ferdinard Young. West St. John got on the board with a 2-yard touchdown run by R’Khoby Robeson. A failed two-point conversion made the score 7-6. West. John forced another Rebels turnover on the next drive. Facing 3rd and long, Young connected with Jaydon Hamilton on a 45-yard touchdown reception. A two-point conversion allowed the Rams to take a 14-7 lead that set up the dramatic finish.
Riverside improves to 5-1 overall & 3-0 in district. The Rebels will close out the season this week against Country Day with the district title on the line. West St. John falls to 2-6 overall & 1-2 in district. The Rams will end their season versus St. Martin's.
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Written by Kyle Valdez
In a battle between two of Lafayette’s best teams, Carencro and STM put their perfect 6-0 records on the line at the Cro Dome. Despite a promising start to what seemed like a game going down to the wire, the second half revealed who the stronger team was as STM’s D-Line was unmovable and Carencro snapped countless fumbles. STM rattled off 27 straight points for a convincing 37-22 win.
When running back Kendrell Williams rushed 3 yards for a touchdown, Carencro took a 15-10 lead with 8:41 left in the second quarter. St. Thomas More immediately returned the favor with a Chris Morton touchdown run to give STM a 16-15 edge. For a moment, the contest had all the playoff-like ingredients of a back-and-forth thriller for Acadiana bragging rights.
Quarterback Walker Howard (LSU commit) finished with 303 passing yards, two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. Howard threw 23-31, including a touchdown pass in the second quarter to fellow LSU commit Jack Bech. Bech displayed his athleticism, bursts of speed, and the ability to break tackles all night.
The story of the second half was the STM defense's ability to contain the rush attack of Carencro. Entering the game, Carencro averaged 39.7 points per game behind the powerful ground game of Kendrell Williams, Traylon Prejean and Jaylon John.
“Our defense came up big,” Bech said. “Our defense contained the edges, our linebackers filled the gaps in the middle, and our cornerbacks locked the receivers down. Overall, our defense played amazing; they really stepped up. Without them, I don’t if we’re coming out with dub.”
STM allowed just 7 points in the final 32 minutes of the game. Guys such as Brandon Echelard, Johnpaul Bourgeois, and Gregory Alleman played a crucial role all night.
Carencro will look to rebound against Westgate in another interesting Lafayette-area matchup. Westgate is 5-2 and ranked #13 in Class 4A. St. Thomas More has an open week scheduled as they prepare for the Division 2 playoffs.
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Written by Jonrell Jones
E.D White Cardinals were hitting on all cylinders Friday night. They had some big plays come from
offense, defense, and special teams. The game started as a defensive slugfest, both teams’ offense came alive in the second half. The first half consisted of long, time-consuming drives that usually ended with no points. The Cardinals scored the only points of the first half when Cardinal quarterback, Cailun Griggs, found receiver Christian Hildenbrand with a 13-yard pass with 1:20 left in the half to lead 7-0.
Lutcher was attempting to tie the game up before half, only to be intercepted in the RedZone by the cardinal defensive back Ethan Lee. The second half consisted of big plays from both offenses. Lutcher and E.D. White both scored on every possession in the second half. Lutcher opened up the second half with a 40-yard QB keeper touchdown run by D’Wayne Winfield to make the score 7-7. “Our offense started sluggishly in the first half. I know in the second half I have to elevate my play and put the team on my back,” said Winfield”.
E.D. White then traded scores with Lutcher the next drive with a 2-yard run by Hunter
Becnel to make the score 14-7. Becnel run was set up by a 58-yard run on an option keeper by Griggs.
Lutcher answered with another touchdown drive of their own. Winfield dropped the snap. He picked the ball up and found a wide-open Sam Scott downfield. Scott raced down Lutcher sideline for a 78-
touchdown reception to make the score 14-14. “Big-time players make big-time plays. We needed
someone to step up and make plays, so I answered the challenges,” said Scott. E.D. White on the
ensuing drive, answered with a big play of their own when Griggs found Hildenbrand for a 62-yard catch and run to go up 21-14 with 9:49 left in the game.
Lutcher made quick work of the Cardinals defense on the next drive. Winfield had his second touchdown run of the night from 20 yards to tie the game up 21-21 with 8:29. E.D. White managed to hold the ball for the rest of the game. The Cardinals went on a 17-play drive that took more than 8 minutes off the clock. Cardinals kicker, Landon Brignac, kicked the game-winning kick that left Lutcher with 26 seconds left. The Cardinals would hold on & win 24-21.
“It was my dream moment. I told myself I had to do this for my team,” said Brignac. Lutcher's attempt to win or tie the game ended with another interception from Ethan Lee. E.D. White looks to build on this big district win when they take on the Panthers of Berwick. Lutcher will have a bye week after Donaldsonville canceled due to Covid-19.
Assumption started fast versus the Patriots with 18-0 lead in the first half because of their stout defense & the play of their quarterback Sage Rivere who threw two touchdown passes.
The Patriots would respond back with a 10 yard touchdown pass from Ryan Williams to Royal Williams to cut the lead to 18-6 going into the half. With the momentum carrying over from the first half, the Patriots defense would hold the Mustangs offense to 0 points the entire third quarter. Ryan Williams would hookup with the talented junior receiver O’Ryan James for a 8 yard touchdown pass with 29 seconds left in the third. The Patriots went into the fourth quarter down 18-13.
Assumption quarterback Sage Rivere would throw his third touchdown pass of the night to Jaden Tyler for 27 yards. The Mustangs extended their lead to 24-13 with 10:23 left in the fourth.
But once again quarterback Ryan Williams connected with O’Ryan James for a 11 yard touchdown pass along with a two point conversion. The Patriots trailed 24-21 with 7:23 left in the fourth.
The ensuing drive the Patriots would force a fumble & go down to score yet again as Ryan Williams hit O’Ryan James for a 33 yard touchdown pass, but it was called back because of a holding call.
Ryan Williams took things into his own hands & score on a 1 yard quarterback sneak to give the Patriots their first lead of the night 28-24 with 6:13 left in the fourth. Sophomore Marcus Mollere took the ensuing kickoff 67 yards for the score to put the Mustangs back up 32-28.
The Patriots would drive the ball all the way down the field to the four yard line with 4 seconds remaining in the game. With no timeouts left, the Patriots would run Ty’Shaun Hester up the middle but the Mustangs defense got too much penetration & hold on to win the game as time expired. The Mustangs improved to 4-2 overall, 3-0 in district & the Patriots fall to 3-3 overall, 1-2 in district.
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Written by Kyle Valdez
Plaquemine High scored the first points of the night by strictly handing off to their running backs. Moments later, on Istrouma's first play from scrimmage, Plaquemine intercepted a pass to set themselves up inside the opposing 20-yard line. Unfortunately for Istrouma, the sequence of the opening two drives was an accurate foreshadowing for the remainder of the game.
Riding a two-game win streak, the Plaquemine Green Devils jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first six minutes to set the pace. Plaquemine’s run attack and defense were too much for Istrouma to handle as the Green Devils ran away with a 52-27 victory.
Sophomore quarterback Devin Butler threw just five passes all night but used his legs and let his backs do their job. Kobe Major led Plaquemine with 148 yards on 25 carries, and Devan Luke added 124 yards from the ground on just 13 carries.
Equally crucial to Plaquemine’s victory, the Green Devil defense kept Istrouma off-balance all night. Anytime the sense of a comeback was looming, big plays by Plaquemine’s secondary shut down any hope. The playmaking of Colbi Dennis altered the outcome: a forced fumble by stripping Istrouma back Le’veon Moss and reeling in a pick-six in the third quarter. The interception by Travis Pitcher Jr. was a tone-setter.
“We had to come out and play hard all night,” Pitcher Jr. said. “We know [Moss] is a prospect, but we had to try to lock him up as hard as we could. We all had to step up. We have younger players stepping up, people are hurt. It’s just a team thing.”
Plaquemine will finish their season with matchups against Broadmoor and Tara. Istrouma, the #14 team in Class 4A entering the week, will look to regain their footing next week against St. Michael's.
Written by Jonrell Jones
Arch Manning had taken over the high school football scene as the next “ can’t miss prospect”.
Arch is the next QB prodigy from the Manning family line. While he was getting compared to his
uncle, Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning, he played more like his grandpa Archie Manning on
Friday Night. Known for his outstanding passing abilities, the Riverside Rebels defense held
Arch to only 58 passing yards. Arch responded with 3 touchdowns runs on the night. His
touchdown carries were needed as Riverside defenses gave him trouble all night. What started as
an offensive shootout, turned into a defensive battle.
Riverside marched the opening drive 81 yards downfield. The drive ended with a Luke Hymel 42 yards touchdown reception to Cade Middleton. “ It was an awesome way to open up the game. It gave the offense confidence and helped set the tone of the game for the night”, said Middleton. A Failed extra point made the score 6-0.
The Greenie then answers back with a long drive of their own. Manning drove his offense 63 yards. Manning capped the drive off with a 2-yard run on fourth down to give
Newman the 7-6 lead. Riverside in return, answered with another touchdown drive. Facing a 4th
and long, Hymel threw a dart across the field to David Reynaud who then outran Newman
defenders down the sideline to give the rebels a 14-7 lead.
Newman responded with a 55-yard drive that ended with a 3-yard touchdown run by Manning to tie the game up 14-14 with 33 seconds remaining. Newman opened up the second half with a 65-yard drive that was led by *Harvard commit* Sterling Scott. Scott's 4-yard run gave the Greenie a 21-14 lead. Gage
Larvadain then led the Rebels on the next drive with a 75-yard touchdown drive. Larvadain's
touchdown run through the middle of Newman defense had the score 21-20 after a failed two-
"With my team down, I had to step up to make the big-time plays,” said Larvadain.
After reaching first-and-goal, the Greenies were held by a stout Riverside defense to only 1
yard. The Greenies had to settle on a 26-yard Kearney Nieset field goal and a 24-20 lead eight seconds into the fourth quarter.
Riverside answered with a long drive of their own. Riverside reached the Newman 5-yard line but failed to capitalize on any points when a Hymel pass to Larvadain fell incomplete on fourth down. Manning with his third touchdown run of the night gave the Greenies a 31-20 lead on the next drive with 4:16 left in the game. Riverside answered right back with a quick score. Riverside needed only 3 plays to score. Hymel tossed his 3rd touchdown of the night to Reynaurd to make the score 31-26 with 3:24 left in the game.
An unsuccessful onside kick gave the Greenies a short field. Riverside defense held strong to try to give the offense a chance to win the game. On 3rd and long, the Rebels defense sacked
Manning and appeared to be getting the ball back. A costly defensive holding penalty down the
field gave Neman a new set of downs and Greenies then ran out the clock.
Sterling Scott was Newman’s player of the game. He led the team with 198- rushing yards on 21 carries. Larvadain came into the game averaging over 300 yards total scrimmage yards. While he didn’t put the
spectacular numbers he usually does, He still flashes his versatility. He finished with 128
passing yards, 77 rushing yards, and caught one pass for 5 yards. Newman looks to stay
undefeated next week when they take on the visiting St. Charles Catholic Comets. Riverside
looks to bounce back from this loss when they take on St. Martin
Ellender & Vandebilt Catholic both came into the game 3-1 with two first year head coaches. In the first half it looked as if both teams were pretty much evenly matched tied 14-14 at the half. Vandy’s offensive line & running back Bryden Roundtree was a big reason why the Terrier’s offense clicked in the first half. Roundtree scored on a 9 yard run & Hunter Porche scored on a 3 yard run out of their wildcat formation.
Both of the Patriots touchdowns came from running back Ty’Shaun Hester *Nicholls St commit* on runs of 26 & 6 yards. In the second half it was clear that the Terriers made adjustments by scoring 17 straight points in the third quarter to go up 31-14
The Terriers got scores from Roundtree scored on a 1 yard run, a 30 yard field goal from Dakota Purvis, & a 23 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dominic Archilla to Hayes Thompson. The Patriots would respond back when Ty’Shaun Hester scored on a 17 yard swing pass from quarterback Patrick Perna ; making the score 31-21 in favor of Vandy with 10:23 left in the fourth.
Late in the fourth sophomore receiver Royal Williams scored on a 56 yard punt return for the Patriots, but it was called back because of a block in the back.
The Terriers defense would stay stingy the rest of the game to hold on for a 31-21 win.
Vandebilt improved to 4-1 overall, 2-0 in district & will travel to Morgan City Friday. Ellender fell to 3-2 overall, 1-1 in district & will host Assumption Friday.
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Written by Kyle Valdez
The Woodlawn High Panthers fell behind 13-7 after two quarters, but giveaways from the St. Amant offense led to a second-half where Woodlawn reeled off 35 straight points to take their second District 5-5A victory of the season. Woodlawn's defense forced two fumbles, three interceptions, and 7-25 throwing for quarterback Cole Poirrier.
Alongside Woodlawn's defense, quarterback Rickie Collins completed 11-15 passes for 215 yards for three touchdowns. Receiver Clayton Adams caught six balls for 61 yards and a touchdown. Lanard Harris played both sides of the ball for the Panthers: picking off a pass and finishing with three receptions for 107 yards.
"The offense just took a while to get the momentum going. I talked to them at halftime, and asked 'who's going to be the guy to get us going?" head coach Marcus Randall said. "We know we can score in bunches, but we're still looking for the consistency. I got on them and they came out with a different fire. Defense made big plays that gave us momentum, and the offense carried it out."
After a slow start to begin the third quarter, Harris picked off a deep pass and returned it inside the St. Amant 10-yard line. Collins scored on a 2-yard keeper to give Woodlawn their first lead of the game. The next drive was capped off by a Harris 33-yard touchdown reception to extend the lead to 21-13. Woodlawn shutout the Gators in the second half to win 48-13.
"We challenged the defense all week to get turnovers. We challenged them, they stepped up to the plate and made a lot of big plays for us," Collins said. "I love them dudes. They're obviously a big part of our team and they worked all night. Next week, we need to come out fast; and offensively, we need to play a full four quarters."
Woodlawn looks to string together three straight victories in Gonzales against East Ascension next week. St. Amant plays at home next week, but the schedule doesn't ease up as they prepare for Division 1 powerhouse Catholic High.
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