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Acadiana came into the game 1-0 & fresh off of a Class 5A title last season. Curtis came into the game 1-0 as well & has been one of the most consistent programs in Louisiana for over twenty years.
The Rams were able to minimize the Patriots offense for much of the game forcing 3 turnovers along with holding their potent rushing attack to just 136 yards for the game. Two sport athlete Ian Montz was responsible for 2 interceptions, which one was on the final play in the end zone to win the game.
Acadiana’s ground game was a different story racking up 306 yards. Omiri Wiggins rushed for 113 yards & 2 touchdowns while his counterpart Keven Williams rushed for 101 yards & 1 touchdown. The Rams only passed for 2 yards the entire game.
John Curtis was in control majority of the first half out-gaining the Rams 167-119 & went into halftime up 13-7. The Patriots got touchdown runs from quarterback Buddy Taylor for six yards & running back Charles Quinn for seven yards.
The Rams front seven was terrific in the second half against Curtis’s midline option led by defensive end Cam George *UL-Lafayette commit*, defensive tackle Atravon Bossier, & Derreck Bercier.
Two touchdowns by running back Omiri Wiggins in the second half would be all the Rams need to go on & beat the Patriots 21-13.
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Written by Jonrell Jones
In “ The Battle of the Wildcats”, it was the Wildcats of Destrehan that came out on top. It was a
night where offensive yards were hard to come by. This game showcases two of the state's
most dominant defenses. This was ultimately decided by a key special teams play. St. James
first got on the board with a safety, after an errant snap sail of Destrehan Quarterback Jai
Eugene, heading,to make the score 2-0. The score would hold until a 10-yard pass from
Eugene, to Receiver Daniel Blood ,to make the score 7-2 at halftime.
The defensive slugfest continued into the second quarter. The St. James Wildcats were
leading a promising drive, until they stalled out in the red zone , leading to a block field goal
attempt. Tyler Morton, made the play of the game , taking a punt return 70 yards to make the
score 14-2. Morton stated, “I knew I had a big return coming up. I saw the hole had great blocks
and took it to the house”.
The following drive, Destrehan star linebacker Dylan Gibbs forced a St.
James turnover. This led to a Shane Lee score, to cap out the final score of 21-2.
Both offenses failed to achieve more than 175 of total offense.
Destrehan Jai Eugene , accounted for most of the Wildcats yardage, after starting running back
Razan Keller went down with an injury.
“Anything to win, if putting the offense on my shoulder
every game is what it takes, I’ll do so. We didn’t start too good, then we had 3 starters go down
from cramps, so it was my job to keep those guys focused”, said Eugene.
Both teams face another tough test next week. St. James welcomes the Assumption Mustangs, while Destrehan faces another “ battle of wildcats” when they travel to the wildcats of East St. John.
St. James underrated linebacker Kaleb Brown stated, “ We have another big test this week ; we have to rebound quickly. We have to work on staying focused, staying the course. On defense we have to tackle better & on offense we have to block better."
Written by Kyle Valdez
Karr versus Catholic: 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter, and the Memorial Stadium scoreboard read 20-0. Against all odds, Karr found themselves ahead early despite just three days of rest for Louisiana's biggest non-district matchup of the season. After breezing past Easton in Week 1, the Cougars faced much more adversity this go-around.
The opening drive of the game lasted just 66 seconds. A.J Samuel-to-Anderson 21-yard touchdown reception gave the Cougars momentum early. To begin the second quarter, A.J Samuel found Destyn Hill to take a 20-0 lead.
Karr gave the first punch, but three Catholic touchdowns in three minutes made things interesting. The Edna Karr Cougars eventually denied Catholic’s comeback attempt to take a 34-31 victory.
Back-to-back giveaways led way for a timely Catholic third-quarter surge. Down 27-17, Josh Robinson picked off a pass to set up a 24-yard Shelton Sampson touchdown. Seconds later, defensive back Jackson Demouy intercepted another Karr pass; the Bears took their first lead with 12 seconds left in the third quarter.
Despite two interceptions, AJ Samuel came through for the second straight week. Throwing 17-30 for 329 yards, the sophomore found the end zone three times throwing & one running.
"The two turnovers, he bounced back after knowing that we were going to keep the ball in his hands. When you use the spread offense, you're going to make mistakes," said head coach Brice Brown. "He's a sophomore quarterback; he's going to make mistakes. But I'm really proud of him tonight, that's a signature win for him."
Running back Kevin Marigny scored the final points of the game with 9:31 left in the fourth quarter. The Marigny score capped off 80 yards in 10 plays. The Karr defense shutout the Bears for the remainder of the night
Catholic's offense was neutralized for most of the night. Quarterback Landon O'Connor threw for 122 yards on 12-25 passing. Karr's defense turned it up a notch when it had to especially late in the fourth quarter. Destin Refuge made one of the plays of the game by intercepting a pass in the back of the endzone to halt a Catholic drive.
Destyn Hill led the Cougar offense with two touchdowns and 182 receiving yards on seven catches. Marigny rushed for 141 yards on 24 carries. Aaron Anderson added 65 yards and a touchdown.
The Cougars will have another tall task this weekend vs John Curtis on Saturday night at Nicholls St. Catholic will face off against St. Thomas More.
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Photos taken by A.J Bolden
The Gators started off the game 14-0 with standout quarterback Christian Arceneaux throwing a 2 yard touchdown pass to Kaden Chauvin & Henry Lirette would recover a bad snap in the end zone.
The Tigers would finally get on the scoreboard after a 8 yard touchdown run by Donivan Harris in the second quarter cutting the lead to 14-7. The Tigers two sport athlete Chavez Brown took a punt back 53 yards for a touchdown that would tied the game at 21 going into halftime.
With much of the second half going back & forth between the two teams, Terrebonne’s Jaylin Lucas would put his team on his back to will them to a win.
First play of the second half Lucas would take it the distance for 68 yards to give his team a 28-21 lead.
The Gators would run off 14 points straight with quarterback Christian Arceneaux hitting Kaden Chauvin on a 28 yard touchdown pass & then Colby Chelette would score on a 6 yard touchdown run giving them a 34-28 lead with 11:51 left in the fourth quarter.
Lucas scored again on a 22 yard scamper that would tie the game at 34 with 6:49 left in the fourth. The Tigers defense would stand tall & force the Gators to punt with a little under two minutes left in the game.
Taking over at their own three yard line, the Tigers would call Lucas’s number once again & it would pay off in a big way after taking an inside handoff 97 yards for a touchdown with 1:51 remaining in the game.
The Gators would drive down the field, but the Tigers cornerback Aavion Pierce would seal the deal with an interception in the end zone with 20 seconds left to give his team their first win of the seaso
Jaylin Lucas was phenomenal finishing the game with 291 yards rushing, 49 yards receiving & 4 touchdowns for the Tigers.
Christian Arceneaux finished the game with 180 yards passing & 2 touchdowns for the Gators. Javon Ricksfinished with 120 yards rushing for the Gators.
Noted : South Terrebonne defensive lineman Ty’ren Martin went down with an injury and was carted off the field and taken to the hospital. Gators coach Archie Adams said Martin suffered a head/neck injury.
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Written by Kyle Valdez
The Edna Karr Cougars dominated the first three quarters en route to a 45-20 blowout victory over Warren Easton Saturday night.
The annual matchup of Karr versus Easton, now titled the "Don Wattigny Classic," now has the same fate for eight straight meetings: Karr reigning victorious.
This year's matchup highlighted a new playmaker under center for Karr. After two years behind Leonard Kelly, AJ Samuels made his debut as a starter. The sophomore threw for 293 yards and four touchdown passes on 15-21 passing.
Samuels' first pass of the night was intercepted by Easton's Wallace Foster. Once Karr got back on offense, Samuels dialed in. He found Tank McCath for a 42-yard touchdown pass to get the offense going.
Head coach Brice Brown discussed his quarterback's play, "Offensively, I'm happy the way AJ handled the game. He had some mistakes, but he kept poised and maneuvered around in the pocket well. We're going to work on some stuff and clean things up."
To begin the second half, Karr defensive end Jonathan Bax returned a fumble 21 yards to stretch the Karr lead to 26-7. The next Karr drive resulted in Samuels finding receiver Destyn Hill for a 6-yard touchdown reception to give Karr a 33-7 lead. Karr had full control of the game by that point.
Kevin Marigny, Khamani Simmons, Dany'e Brooks, Chris Vasquez also accounted for touchdowns for the Cougars. Junior Aaron Anderson played a significant role on offense. Just as important as the offense, Karr's defense dictated the flow of the game. Junior linemen Tygee Hill and Troy Morgan were a force all night. Cornerback Destin Refuge intercepted a ball before the half to give the Cougars an additional possession.
Karr will have little time ahead of a big Week 2 matchup against Catholic High Baton Rouge.Due to incoming Hurricane Delta, Karr now has just three days between games (opposed to a scheduled four days). Head coach Brice Brown is optimistic about the matchup.
"We're not going to go backwards. We're not going to think about losing to Catholic last year. We have a short week, so we're going to celebrate this one tonight, clean some stuff up tomorrow in film. We'll do our regular Monday, and have two days to prepare for Catholic. It's all about execution."
Warren Easton will look to rebound against 5A power East Ascension.
"We looked like a team that only had shoulder pads on for four or five days, " said Easton head coach Jerry Phillips. "Give us two or three more weeks and we'll be good."
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After going down 10-0 in the half, the Braves recovered & ended up winning 41-17 over Ellender to start the season at 1-0.
Braves sophomore Demarcus Singleton showed why he has a chance to be special these next three years after rushing for 131 yards & 49 yards receiving with 1 touchdown.
The Braves outscored the Patriots 34-7 in the second half because of the play from senior quarterback Jordan Rainey who passed for 107 yards passing along with 50 yards rushing & 4 total touchdowns.
Senior Will Babin scored on a 4 yard touchdown run for the Braves and sophomore Quan Harris scored on a 18 yard touchdown reception.
Sophomore receiver Royal Williams had his coming out party for the Patriots with 3 catches for 115 yards.
Senior running back Ty’Shaun Hester led the Patriots with 43 yards rushing & 1 touchdown.
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Written by Kyle Valdez
The Zachary Broncos outlasted the St. Augustine Purple Knights 41-32 in a season-opener shootout. The back-and-forth match showcased two of Louisiana’s most talented quarterbacks in St. Augustine's Kendell Sampson and Zachary's Eli Holstein (LSU and Kentucky offer).
Sampson's night was impressive from start to finish; he passed for five touchdowns and 318 yards on 22-34 completions. For the Broncos, sophomore Holstein completed his first career start with 213 passing yards for one touchdown pass and two rushing touchdowns on 16-25 passing.
Down 15 points with 2:34 remaining in the fourth quarter, Sampson completed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Tylie Keasley to cut the lead to 41-32. An incomplete pass for the two-point conversion was no good: crushing any chance for a Purple Knight victory.
"It wasn't my best night, but all the leaders on our team calmed me down. They helped me through the game" Holstein said. "With a great line and a running back like Connor [Wisham], it opens up everything for me."
Junior Connor Wisham ran for 188 yards on 20 carries for three touchdowns.
A complete showing by both teams, Zachary held a lead for the entirety of the tight-fought game. St. Augustine head coach Nick Foster made his head coaching debut after six years under Brice Brown at Edna Karr.
"We did some good things… There were things I was pleased with… like the fact that we never gave up when we got down. They came and fought, but there are things we need to correct."
Key contributors for the Broncos included defensive back Kylin Johnson, who forced a crucial fumble late in the fourth quarter. Kicker Logan Fletcher produced 11 points from PAT's and two field goals from 37 and 32 yards out. LSU commit receiver Christopher Hilton also reeled in a 25-yard touchdown pass.
For the Purple Knights, Tylie Keasley caught eight passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Defensive end Byron Turner was active all night, and Keenon Holden picked off a Holstein pass in the first quarter.
Sampson threw touchdown passes to Kendell Nicholas for 67 yards, Wendell Newton for five yards, and Carl Singleton for seven yards.
For Week 2, Zachary will play Live Oak. St. Augustine will play John Curtis.
Written by Jonrell Jones
Ferdinard Young set the tone for West St. John during the first play from the scrimmage by taking it 54 yards for the first score of the game. A misplaced snap, which was also the theme of the night for the Rams, caused the score to be 6-0. The Rams scored in an assortment of ways.
The Rams special teams caused Lusher to squander 3 safeties, the first one came on a block punt by 2022 rising junior Kailep Edwards. After the 1st quarter, West St. John led 8-0. The rams opened up the second quarter by forcing another safety, this time the punt sailed over the punters head. A pair of
touchdown runs by R’khoby Roberson made the score 22-0 at halftime.
West St. John forced a turnover on the opening 2nd half kickoff but failed to turn it into another scoring opportunity by fumbling the ball on the two-yard line. This set up the Rams defense to cause the 3rd safety of the night making the score 24-0. Hamilton once again set the Rams offense up with a great
return to Lusher’s 12-yardline.
This time the Rams took advantage of the opportunity, setting up a Ferdinard 1-yard touchdown pass to Kaejean Kindrick making the score 30-0 to end the 3rd quarter. Another Ferdinard and Kindrick connection made the score 37-0. The Rams capped the
scoring for the night by a 3-yard run by backup quarterback Jaedon Butler made the score 44-0.
West St. John was led by a stout defense the whole night. The Rams defense limited Lusher to
37 yards of total offense and 1 first down. The Rams offense totaled 318 of yards. Ferdinard
was 6 of 16 for 108 yards. Roberson led the rushing attack with 10 carries for 85 yards. West St.
John will play Plaquemine Green devils, while Lusher will play Capitol Lions next week.
Standout junior linebacker Kailep Edwards was outstanding as expected for the Rams who finished the night with 6 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 blocked punts & a safety while only playing the first half.
"It feels great to be back wit my brothers man I can’t explain it because I thought we wouldn’t have
a season until the spring," Edwards said. "When we got the news that we was having a season, we was ready."
Edwards is trying his best to help lead his team back to the dome, but he's adamant about getting better every week & holding everybody including himself along the way.
"If we keep playing like we did last night we definitely can go far," Edwards said. "We didn’t look this good in practice earlier in the week because it was kind of sloppy. But we came out and punched them in the mouth first. We had some bad penalties tonight that we need to correct. I wasn’t looking for us to come out and look perfect but we definitely have some things to work on."
Edwards expressed how he's been well aware of what is going on in the world with the murders of Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake, George Floyd, ect.
"My reason for wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt pre-game was behind the George Floyd and Breonna
Taylor situation and the others that they are trying to throw under the rug," Edwards said. "I feel like the cops should be responsible for they actions because they are hear to protect and serve. Now
everybody scared when they get pulled over because they don’t know if they will make it home."
Written by Kyle Valdez
The Purple Knights have plenty of playmakers across the field and should be one of many competitive teams in District 9-5A's Catholic League.
Foster is entering his first season as a head coach after spending six seasons as an assistant to Brice Brown at Edna Karr. Foster, similar to his time at Karr, will have one of the most talented rosters in the state at his disposal.
"St. Aug has always had really good athletes over the years, but now it's just about taking my past experiences & utilizing it the right way to fit this program," Foster said. "I'm excited about the group I have over here & I'm confident we can win right now."
The Purple Knights will take on 5A powerhouse Zachary week one to kickoff the season & then they'll start catholic league play next week against John Curtis.
"One thing I learned over the years is if you want your program to get to a certain standard, you can't shy away from the best teams in the state," Foster said. "I'll play anybody anywhere because that's what good programs believe in. Competing in the catholic league is going to be real competitive, but that's what we want. As a competitor you shouldn't want things to be easy & that's something I've been instilling in my kids since I took this job."
Byron Turner Jr. will play a huge role at defensive end. At 6-3, 235 pounds, Turner collected numerous offers from power five schools and committed to FSU in August.
Also on the defensive side of the ball, Edward Gilds and Lucius Tillery will play the secondary as the cornerbacks. Gilds is listed 5-10, 185 pounds, and has recently committed to McNeese State. Tillery has received college interest from Lamar University and New Mexico State.
Kendell Sampson Jr. will be under center for the Purple Knights again this season. The talented senior quarterback showed impressive arm strength at practice and has the weapons around him to compete for a win every week
Among those weapons, will be running back Shan Brooks Jr., receiver Tylie Keasley, and receiver Javen Nicholas.
Despite experiencing a highly successful regular season and losing a heartbreaker by one point to Rummel last season, the Purple Knights have higher hopes than a first-round exit this year. Combine the coaching staff and the roster, the Purple Knights will certainly be in the mix come playoff time.
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