Complacency is not a word that even comes close to describing the Zachary Broncos after winning the 5A state championship a year ago. They stand at No. 1 in 5A with a 18-2 record overall & their last three wins has come against Wossman, Madison Prep (on the road), Landry Walker, & a huge win versus Liberty last night after being down 15.
The Broncos 3 losses came to Carver, Peabody, but the loss to Duncanville(TX) doesn't count against their overall record because it was an out of state team. One thing for sure is that the Broncos have been battled tested all season & it will definitely play big dividends for them come playoff time.
One recent game that sticks out is the 64-54 win against Madison Prep on the road in a very hostile environment. The Broncos led most of the game & held a 37-31 lead at the half. But, the Chargers was able to get their first lead of the game after Dez'Mond Perkins caught a backdoor alley-hoop to put his team up 45-43 going into the fourth.
The game was tied at 49 with 5:26 left in the fourth, but the Broncos went on a 15-5 run to end the game. Kaleb Huggins put the nail in the coffin for the Broncos with a viscous and-1 dunk that sent the Charger fans heading for the exits.
Brandon Hardy was outstanding leading all scorers with 22 points & Jalen Bolden finished with 14 points for the Broncos. Dez'Mond Perkins was big time leading Madison Prep with 18 points.
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The Ellender Patriots are riding a 6-game winning streak that has them 15-9 overall & 5-0 in district play. They're currently at No. 13 in the power rankings & if the Patriots can win out throughout district they'll have a good chance to get in the top 10 going into the playoffs.
District rival South Terrebonne attempted to stand in the Patriots way on Monday night to try & improve their seeding as well, the Gators are currently No. 11 in the power rankings. The Patriots defeated the Gators 51-46. Preston Bourda led all scorers with 22 points & Terrell Carter finished with 13 points for the Patriots.
South Terrebonne falls to 17-6 overall & 3-2 in district. February 18 these two will face off again for the season finale & it could have major playoff implications.
The Patriots have looked quite impressive throughout this win streak, most notably against district opponent Vandebilt Catholic where they dominated the Terriers winning 65-35. Preston Bourda led all scorers with 19 points & Richard Hamilton finished with 18 points for the Patriots.
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Both Terrebonne (7-18) & H.L Bourgeois (4-15) came into this game with losing records, but when these two face-off you can throw the records out the window.
The Braves led 32-23 at the half & seem to be in control much of the first half. But, in the second half the Tigers picked up their intensity going on a 9-2 run down 34-32 with 5:04 left in the third.
The Tigers would take their first lead of the game 44-43 after Trey Brauns hit a corner three with 5:56 in the fourth. Roosevelt Thomas who finished with 13 points, knocked down a big three for the Tigers to extend their lead to 52-43 with 2:28 left in the fourth.
Braves sophomore Chris Coleman refused to let him team go down going on a hot streak late in the fourth scoring 14 of his 27 points in the quarter that included three deep three-pointers & 5 of 6 from the free throw line to close the Tigers out 59-55.
Coleman led all scorers with 27 points & DaWuan Diggs finished with 11 points for the Braves. Kylan Billiot led the Tigers with 15 points & Roosevelt Thomas finished with 13 points.
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After 15 seasons, the Terrebonne Tigers have a new head football coach since Gary Hill stepped down last month.
Lewis comes in with 11 years of coaching experience with stints at his alma mater West St. John, Terrebonne, St. James, Houma Jr. High, & West Thibodaux Middle.
“I’m very excited to get my first head coaching opportunity, especially at a place like Terrebonne,” Lewis said. “This is familiar territory for me. When the parents & the kids in the community know your character & what you’re about it makes things go a lot smoother.”
The 30-year old Lewis expressed that there are different elements that people don’t think about when it comes to getting a program to reach it’s full potential.
“An important element that I take very serious is being visible at our feeder schools & at the recreational games,” Lewis said. “I want to build relationships with these kids & their parents before they even get to Terrebonne. We can’t assume that these kids will just come to our school because they’re in our feeder programs.”
“Another element is academics & having real relationships with college coaches,” he said. “I was the recruiting coordinator & over academics the last two years at St. James. I took numerous of kids to college camps at every school I’ve coached at & I fully understand how this process is suppose to go.”
One of the big components in creating a culture will be having some good assistant coaches around Lewis.
“When you look at the top programs in the state, they have some really good assistant coaches,” Lewis said. “I want my assistants to be knowledgeable & relatable. Whether you’re 25-years old or 55-years old, I want coaches that’s all in.”
One thing is for sure & that is that the Tigers have a talented young group of kids for Lewis to mold these next few years.
“We’re going to be a spread team that’s super explosive on offense with all the weapons we have here,” he said. “It’s going to start up front in the trenches though, because in 5A you have to be able to control the line of scrimmage if you want to have success.”
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Carver has picked up some quality wins versus Edna Karr (18-5), McMain (12-4), Bossier (16-6), & Scotlandville (17-5) over the last eight days. The Rams were able to get revenge against Edna Karr after losing 52-48 to the Cougars back on December 11. A 50-40 win against the Cougars for the MLK Classic got the Rams heading in the right direction late in the season.
Laurence Nathan led Carver with 12 points & Willie Anderson finished with 10 points. Leeland Smith led Edna Karr with 19 points. Carver's next test will come Saturday versus Madison Prep at home.
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The defending 5A champs has displayed thus far this season that they are on a mission to repeat. The Broncos are on a 17-game win streak with wins versus premier programs like McMain (12-4), East St. John (18-5), Alexandria (21-3), Wossman (19-5), & Newman (16-5).
One of the Broncos' most impressive performances during their win streak was defeating Newman 62-44 in the MLK Classic. Junior Brandon Hardy continues his stellar year leading all scorers with 22 points while senior Jalen Bolden finished with 14 pts.
Canin Jefferson led Newman with 14 points & Chris Lockett finished with 12 points.
The Broncos will have a tough test versus Madison Prep (16-3) Wednesday night on the road. This could be the toughest test of the season with a whole lot of bragging rights on the line for the 225.
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After Billy Napier took the head coaching job at Florida, it was evident that a few of the Ragin' Cajuns would follow, but the question was which players would it be?? On last Thursday, running back Montrell Johnson announced that he was following his old coach to the Swamp.
"When coach Napier told us he was leaving, I knew that it was a possibility I could end up there," Johnson said. "Having the opportunity to play at the highest level & be great was something I've always wanted.
Johnson didn't really consider any other schools besides Florida after hitting the portal because of the familiarity with most of the staff.
"I didn't really entertain any other schools like that because I knew that Florida is where I wanted to be," he said. "I knew coach Juluke & coach Napier being there it would make my transition easier. Already being familiar with the offense & having a close relationship with coach Juluke played a huge part in all of this."
He led the Ragin' Cajuns in carries last season with 162 for 838 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. The Sun Belt Conference recognized as him the Freshman of the Year. Coming to the SEC will be a different beast but I'm sure Johnson's 5-foot-11, 210 pound frame will help him get acclimated to this league just fine.
"I know I can have success in the SEC as long as I work hard & take care of my body the right way," Johnson said. "I'm just ready to get started so I can prove I belong on this level," he said. "Being here for spring football will be a big advantage for me & I'm excited to start my new journey."
ULL standout receiver Kyren Lacy put his name in the transfer portal on last weekend making the former Ragin’ Cajun a hot commodity amongst many premier programs around the country. On Friday, he decided to make a decision to stay in the boot to play for the purple & gold.
“It just came down to being able to play for an elite program in my home state,” Lacy said. “Coach Kelly & coach Denbrock really showed me how they plan to use me all over the field. They made it clear that I was a need not just a want.”
“Coach Frank (Wilson) also did a good job of showing me how playing for LSU can really help me down the road for life after football, that was really big to me.”
The 6-foot-2, 210 pound receiver pulled in offers from LSU, Auburn, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Penn St, North Carolina, Baylor, & Central Florida.
“I had a real interest in some of those schools that offered me, but after my visit to Auburn I was feeling like that was the move for me,” Lacy said.
“Their whole staff was very relatable & I really liked how they wanted me to come in day one to be their featured receiver.”
Auburn’s charge was led by Louisiana native Trovon Reed(recruiting personnel), defensive back coach Zach Etheridge, & receiver coach Eric Kiesau.
LSU head coach Brian Kelly has been open about using the transfer portal to improve his football team in year one. Lacy makes the seventh transfer that has committed to LSU for this 2022 class.
“Coming out of high school I felt like I was a power five player & now I get to showcase my skills on the biggest stage,” Lacy said.
“I feel like I got too comfortable at ULL. And my relationships with people like coach Jordan(Arcement), coach Sloan, coach Frank (Wilson), & coach Carter (Sheridan) on this staff I know they won’t ever let me get comfortable.”
Lacy has 50 receptions over two seasons, racking up 668 yards and 10 touchdowns. And He led the Ragin’ Cajuns with six touchdown receptions this past season in a run heavy offense. He also has 3 years eligibility remaining.
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