H.L Bourgeois found a way to win after being down nine points with just under four minutes left in the fourth versus a tough New Iberia team. Senior Sean Warren hit the game winning layup after guard Damon Watkins penetrated & found him for the easy basket as time expired.
The Braves got some timely three pointers for the junior guard Deondre Buggage in the fourth to help his team overcome a nine point deficit. Buggage was double teamed & face guarded all night by New Iberia which led to big games from Sean Warren & Damon Watkins. Warren led all scorers with 15 points, Deondre Buggage finished with 14 points & 8 assists while Damon Watkins added 12 points for the Braves.
Senior guard Jake Lovette led New Iberia in scoring with 14 points & Jake Latula added 13 points in the loss.
Sophie B. Wright trailed most of the game, but found a way to pull out a 85-84 victory in overtime over last year’s 5A state runner up Landry Walker.
Landry Walker was without their stud point guard Dywan Griffin, who was on an official visit to the University of Texas-San Antonio for football. Even without Griffin the Charging Bucs gave Wright all they could handle. Wright point guard Dandrick Green was big time finishing with 22 points & hit the game winning shot in overtime as time expired to give his team the win. Senior Damiree Burns led his team with 24 points & Charlie Russell poured in 18 points in the win.
Landry Walker guard Shadon Green put his team on his back much of the game finishing with 29 points. 20 of Green’s points came in the first half which led to the fast start by the Charging Bucs. Be on the lookout for these two programs to face off again January 18 which should be one of the biggest games of the year on both team’s schedule.
Arguably the two best teams in 3A squared off in the championship of the Rumble on the River Tournament with Madison Prep beating Sophie B. Wright 65-46.
Sophie B. Wright started the game off hitting on all cylinders leading the Chargers 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. The UAB commit Jahein Spencer made his presence felt scoring 9 points in the second quarter to help the Chargers go on a 16-7 run to go into halftime up 23-21.
The Chargers would turn it up another notch in the second half led by guard Denzeil Perkins who led his team in scoring with 19 points & 12 of those points coming in the second half. Sophie B. Wright highly touted wing Charlie Russell was sidelined with a injury & so was Madison Prep starting wing Jason Perry.
Sophie B. Wright looked very impressive throughout the tournament & showed why they have a legitimate shot to hold up that trophy come March. Everybody knows about the big three (Damiree Burns, Greg Hammond, Charlie Russell), but the play of Dandrick Green thus far this season is what has made this Sophie B. Wright team more of a threat than last year’s team.
This Madison Prep team is very talented but they’re young & inexperienced. One thing we know about a Jeff Jones coached team is his teams are always built on toughness. I think the play of talented junior Elijah Tate & freshman Percy Daniels will be the key to this team’s success when they make their run come playoff time. All in all I think it’s safe to say we’ll see these two programs again come March in Lake Charles for the top 28.
This was one of the most highly anticipated state championship matchups in recent memory. In Week 10 Edna Karr beat Warren Easton 21-20 after stopping quarterback Lance Legendre on the one yard line when trying to convert a two point conversion. Saturday’s state championship matchup between the two arch rivals lived up to the hype with Edna Karr squeezing out yet another tough win 28-20.
Warren Easton came out with guns blazing after Lance Legendre scored touchdowns on runs of 25 & 66 putting the Eagles up 12-0 in the first quarter. Karr would score 14 unanswered points with touchdowns by Jahii Howard & Ahmad Antoine to go into halftime up 14-12.
Edna Karr quarterback Leonard Kelly was big time in the second half converting on some timely third & fourth down plays to wide receiver Jahii Howard that led to the Cougars offense scoring two more touchdowns in the second half. Howard was named MVP of the state championship & with good reason. The senior wide receiver finished the game with 113 all-purpose yards & 3 touchdowns. Kelly ended the game with 215 yards passing & 1 TD.
The Cougars defense accounted for 6 sacks against the talented dual-threat quarterback Lance Legendre. Defensive ends Josh Randall & Jordan Helire used their athleticism all game coming off the edge getting constant pressure on Legendre. The strip fumble by junior linebacker Joe Thomas late in the fourth under two minutes was the nail in the coffin that solidified the Cougars would repeat as state champs for the third year in a row.
Warren Easton stud running back Ashaad Clayton finished with a 107 all-purpose yards & quarterback Lance Legendre finished with 141 yards passing (1 TD) & 62 yards rushing (2 TDs).
Florida head coach Dan Mullen visited Terrebonne High School late last week checking in on 4 star prospect Ja’Khi Douglas, but before he left he offered sophomore defensive tackle Maason Smith. The 6-5 280 pound prospect is a rising prospect throughout the state & coach Mullen waisted no time letting Smith know that he has home in Gainesville.
Smith expressed how ecstatic he was to get his first SEC offer especially with him being just a sophomore. “It’s huge being that the University of Florida is my dad’s favorite college football team,” Smith said. “He was so happy for me but told me it will be my decision when that time comes.” Smith put himself on the map this past summer after great showings at Ole Miss & LSU camps. Although, he didn’t leave with an offer both coaching staffs were raving about Smith’s performance. “It’s always been a dream to play for LSU since I been a kid,” Smith said. “Both coaching staffs showed me a lot of love at their camps this past summer & I plan on going back to compete at their camps this coming summer.”
I think Smith’s recruiting will continue to pick up & a number of schools are on the verge of offering him soon. The University of Virginia has been monitoring Smith all season & the coaching staff loves what they’ve seen from him this year. The Cavalier coaching staff is in Louisiana this week for the state championships & a offer could come Smith’s way by the end of the week. Other schools that are monitoring Smith closely at the moment are Notre Dame, Tennessee, TCU, & Colorado. Smith already hold offers from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette & Southern Miss, which he picked up last summer on the camp circuit.
The sophomore d-lineman was selected to compete at the Army All-American camp in January which will be against the best prospects in the nation. Smith can really raise his stock if he has a good showing & tests well at this camp in a few months. “I’m excited to go compete & get better at this camp,” Smith said. “I know a camp like this is going to bring out my competitive nature. I’m looking to work on my speed, my get off, & my hands so hopefully I can learn a whole lot.”
This kid is one of the most intriguing prospects in the state because of how well he moves at 6-5 280 pounds. Of course he is still raw, but you can’t help but see the upside in this kid which is why his name is a hot topic among some big time programs.
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