Written by Kyle Valdez
The Thibodaux Tigers defeated the Terrebonne Tigers 35-28 in a back-and-forth Week 5 thriller on Friday night. Entering the much-anticipated District 7-5A matchup, there was much pressure for both teams. Thibodaux had a chance to open their season with a 5-0 record for the first time in over a decade, along with a chance to prove that they are the real deal this year. Terrebonne, currently with a 2-2 record, had the opportunity to show that their slow start to the season is nothing more than a slow start. After all, Terrebonne has one of the most talented rosters in the state. A statement win could remind everyone why they finished the season with an 11-2 record and a quarterfinal appearance in the Class 5A playoffs just a year ago.
The game’s scoring quickly opened when Thibodaux QB Luke Alleman (232 yards on 17-36 passing, four TDs) hit Marquel Price for a 22-yard TD reception with 10:35 left in the first quarter. Thibodaux quickly stretched the lead to 14-0 in their next possession after Alleman connected with *ULL commit* receiver Kyren Lacy for 13 yards. Terrebonne responded to the early punch in the mouth by scoring 21 unanswered points. Terrebonne QB Ryan Williams (244 yards on 18-29 passing, 3 TDs) hit A.J. Walter for a 38-yard TD, followed by a Jaylin Lucas 71-yard TD reception on a quick slant to tie the game at 14-14.
Terrebonne took their first (and final) lead of the game when QB Williams found Ja’Khi Douglas (Florida St. Commit: Top offers included Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Florida) for a 13-yard reception. Thibodaux evened the score at 21-21 going into halftime courtesy of an 18-yard Darwin Davis catch.
The second half was all back-and-forth. The third quarter consisted of the teams scoring a touchdown each. Thibodaux scored from an eight-yard run by Ramond Thompson. Terrebonne’s final score was when safety D’Jon Scott who has offers from (ULM, McNeese St, Southeastern, Lamar) picked off an Alleman pass and returned it 47 yards for the pick-six. The last score, and eventual game-winner, came with 8:13 left in the game when Alleman hit Marquel Price for a 14-yard touchdown to give Thibodaux the 35-28 lead.
For Terrebonne, they fell to 2-3 on the season and 0-2 in district. The first half of the season has been a huge disappointment to say the least. With unfair preseason expectations, they have simply underperformed. Although they have stayed competitive with everyone so far, they haven’t won a close game yet. Their two wins were by 60 and 39 points, but they dropped two winnable games by seven points each to Hahnville and Thibodaux. The Tigers still have enough time to turn their season around, but nothing gets easier as they still have Brother Martin, Destrehan, East St. John, and Central Lafourche on the schedule. Regardless of how they finish the regular season, they are still a team that many should fear going into the playoffs. It’s rare to find a team with the amount of raw talent as Terrebonne.
For Thibodaux, they have finally solidified themselves as real contenders for a district title and a dark horse team to go deep into the Class 5A playoffs. For five straight weeks now, they have found a way to win. Excluding their week 1 victory of Riverside Academy, the Tigers have been beating their opponents by an average of just five points per game. Next week, they plan on continuing their winning ways when district foe Hahnville comes into town.
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In a battle of unbeatens, St. James capitalized on big plays by their defense and special teams en route to a 31-24 victory over the Destrehan Wildcats. St. James jumped out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter - and a 31-10 lead after the third - to seal the win. Despite a late game scare by Destrehan, the St. James defense proved to be too much.
Despite being evenly matched heading into the game, many anticipated Destrehan to reign supreme in the battle of the Wildcats. St. James QB Shamar Smith mentioned his team’s thoughts going into the game: “A lot of people down talked us, thinking Destrehan was going to beat us. We just had to be disciplined. That’s a good ball program over there, I tip my hat to them... But we just came out with more effort, and we were making plays, being special.”
Shamar Smith (top offers from Air Force, Navy, Colorado, Tulane, Memphis, and Houston) finished the game with 237 yards of total offense and 2 TDs. Escaping sacks and lengthening plays, Smith broke loose for two touchdown runs (51 yards and 10 yards) in the first quarter to give his team a 14-0 lead. After the two scores, the St. James offense went cold for most of the game. Before the conclusion of the first quarter, Destrehan’s Damarius Jackson found Quincy Brown (6th ranked player in 2020, top offers include Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Auburn, and Florida) for a 70+ yard reception to set up the Destrehan offense inside the five-yard line.
On the first play of the second quarter, Damarius Jackson put Destrehan on the board with a one-yard keeper to cut the lead in half. The next score of the half was when Destrehan kicker William Bryant connected on a 32-yarder to put the halftime score at 14-10.
The second half was dominated by the St. James defense and special teams. Huge plays by Tyler Steib, Savion Jones, Lamon Lewis, and J’Kory Ester greatly contributed to the Wildcats win. With 5 minutes left in the third, Tyler Steib (offer from UTSA) blocked a punt attempt and DL Savion Jones (top offers include Florida, Houston, and Virginia) returned the ball 20 yards for a touchdown to bring the lead to 21-10. Steib discussed the bigtime play saying, “On the blocked punt, my teammate Savion Jones looked at me and told me ‘go get it’, and that’s exactly what I did... I blocked the punt and luckily, he was there behind me to scoop it and score it. It gave us an extra touchdown going into the fourth quarter, and that was the extra boost that we needed.”
In the fourth, Alec Mahler knocked in a 35-yard field goal to bring the lead to 24-10 with 10:49 left. Destrehan’s next drive ended with a St. James touchdown after DB J’Kory Ester picked off a pass and returned the ball 90 yards for the score. The play shut down the whole stadium as everyone went absolutely berserk. Very few times will you see a team show the amount of swagger and confidence as St. James did at that moment. The clutch play gave St. James a 31-10 lead with just 9:21 left in the game.
Up until the last four minutes of the game, everything was smooth sailing for the home Wildcats. Everything felt at ease until Destrehan made one final push. Damarius Jackson found receiver Matthew Erwin for a 62-yard TD. Destrehan then recovered an onside kick after the ball hit an abnormal bounce and brushed off the shoulder of a St. James player. On the fifth play of the drive, Jackson found Quincy Brown for an 11-yard touchdown pass with 1:51 left in the game.
Trailing 31-24, Destrehan attempted another onside kick with no prevail. However, on St. James’ first snap of their possession, Smith fumbled the ball with 1:34 remaining. Destrehan was shut down on their last attempt of the game. They only gained five yards on their four downs, resulting in St. James fending off the late game resurgence by the visitors.
Destrehan’s performance was dry all night until the last four minutes of the game. The offense struggled mightily, but the team’s defense should be highlighted for their performance. After giving up the two early TD’s to Shamar Smith, they held St. James to only one offensive score via a 32-yard FG in the fourth quarter. Newly decommited Miss. St. Bulldog Quincy Brown had a standout performance: 10 catches for 191 yards and a touchdown. Alabama commit Kyle Edwards had a mediocre game until the fourth quarter: finishing with 120 yards on 20 carries. Somehow, they totaled 435 yards of offense, opposed to just 254 for St. James. For Destrehan, they were outplayed for most of the night, but simply started to get going far too late. Next week, Destrehan travels to open their district slate against a much lesser opponent in H.L. Bourgeois.
For St. James, they should be very happy with the way they played. Although they let up a little bit in the final minutes, they should learn from the late game mistakes and return a better team next week. Shamar Smith had a solid game, but the story of the game should be the special teams and defense. The Wildcats found a way to score in all three phases of the game. They showed they were the better team and better-coached.
Head coach Robert Valdez discussed the importance of three phases of the game. “A lot of times, kids don’t believe in the three phases. And to be able do that in a big game like this, this is playoff atmosphere in week 4, to be able to do it only validates it.”
Next week, St. James travels to play Assumption, followed by a tough district opener against Lutcher at home. When asked about how he made the schedule, Valdez said, “We just wanted to get some real tough games to get us ready for district, to pile up on power points and hopefully make a push to be up top in the power rankings when it gets to the playoffs. To be 4-0 at this time and the last three teams we beat being 5A, that’s phenomenal.”
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Written By Kyle Valdez
On Friday night, the Thibodaux Tigers prevailed over the Mcdonogh 35 Roneagles. Thibodaux High’s Peyton Domangue, Tyren Young, and Kyren Lacy helped complete a dramatic comeback. Riding a two-game winning streak, the Tigers had a chance to open their season with a 3-0 record for the first time since 2008. Mcdonogh 35, losers of two straight, were looking to get their first win of the season. Although they had a winless record, it would be unwise to overlook a team that opened their schedule against powerhouse opponents in St. Augustine and Edna Karr.
The night’s scoring opened when Mcdonogh 35’s QB Manuel Armstrong connected with Corey Chambers for a 69-yard touchdown reception with 8:43 left in the first quarter. Thibodaux quickly responded with a 71-yard reception by Kyren Lacy (UL-Lafayette commit) on the first play of their drive. The Tigers continued the scoring when Peyton Domangue knocked in a 32-yard FG to give Thibodaux their first lead of the night at 10-8.
In the second quarter, the teams went back and forth, resulting in three lead changes. Mcdonogh 35’s Steveland Williams ran the ball four yards to retake the lead at 15-10. Thibodaux responded again when Tyren Young scored on a 39-yard TD catch by breaking multiple tackles and willing his way into the end zone. Mcdonogh 35 eventually took a 22-17 lead into halftime after Steveland Williams broke loose on a 52-yard touchdown.
In the opening stages of the 2nd half, Mcdonogh 35 stretched the lead to 12 when the defense stripped Thibodaux’s Ferronte Miller and DB David Ellis returned the ball for a touchdown. For the final 9:35 of the third quarter and all the fourth quarter, the Thibodaux defense would pitch a shutout. The Tigers trimmed the lead throughout 2nd half. A Kyren Lacy touchdown reception for 16 yards, and a 32-yard FG by Domangue cut the Roneagle lead to just two points.
In the fourth, the only score was when Peyton Domangue drilled a 42-yard field goal with 4:56 left in the 4th quarter. The clutch kick gave Thibodaux the final lead change of the game at 30-29. When asked about his impressive kicks, Domangue responded, “That’s what I practice for. I kick hundreds of balls every day and I just lined up, and I did what I usually do… Part of kicking is 75% mental, I focused on the sideline, I thought myself through the kick, and I just executed.”
For Thibodaux, they start the season with their best record in over a decade. Both sides of the ball were inspired all night. The defense didn’t allow a point in the second half, and the offense made the plays when needed. Receiver and ULL commit Kyren Lacy finished with five catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Tyren Young caught six passes for 86 yards. Quarterback Luke Alleman threw for 364 yards on 24-33 passing. Although Alleman was sacked a few times, the O-Line was very impressive for most of the night, giving Alleman enough time to find targets.
“You can’t give up on your team because you took a big hit. You know you’re going to take big hits in the game. Maybe one or two, sometimes 10 or 15 big hits in a game. It doesn’t matter, you have to stay in there and make big time throws and you can’t give up on your guys.” said Luke Alleman.
Looking forward to Week 4, Thibodaux opens district play against Central Lafourche on the road. Central Lafourche is looking to improve on their perfect 3-0 record behind the crazy stats of star RB Deon Jenkins Jr.
For the Roneagles, their 0-3 record might feel like a huge disappointment, but their non-district schedule is insanely difficult. They had many opportunities to beat Thibodaux down the stretch, but their offense couldn’t convert in the 2nd half. Although they put 29 points on the board, one touchdown was by the defense, and two of the touchdowns were off plays for 51+ yards. Although QB Manuel Armstrong totaled 240 yards on 12-18 passing, the offense just couldn’t put together any strong drives all game. Looking to rebound from the tough loss, it doesn’t get any easier for the Roneagles as they travel to face G.W. Carver.
Written by Kyle Valdez
On Saturday night at Pan-American Stadium, Warren Easton and Edna Karr faced off for 5th time in three seasons. The two powerhouse 4A teams were both looking for a statement win against each other. Edna Karr, winners of 29 of their last 30, was looking for their first huge win of the season after a disappointing loss to John Curtis in Week 1. Their former district-rival opposition, Warren Easton, had the opportunity to show that this is the season that they can seriously challenge Karr for a state championship. In the end of the contest, Edna Karr had completely dominated the final three quarters and showed who the better team was.
In Easton’s first possession, safety-turned-quarterback Dayshawn Holmes ran the ball 40 yards for the first score of the game. With 41 seconds left in the first, Easton scored again when senior RB Ashaad Clayton (Top offers include Alabama, LSU, Georgia, and Auburn) found a hole in the defense and went off to the races for a 59-yard TD run. At that moment, it felt like it was going to be a good night for Easton: their offense was clicking perfectly, and Karr was committing recurrent penalties. Unfortunately for Easton, things panned out very similar to the state championship game from a year ago: they settled in, got executing, and easily erased an early 12-0 deficit.
At the 7:48 mark in the second quarter, Karr finally got on the scoreboard after Leonte Richardson ran the ball three yards into the end zone. Karr scored for the second time when Kevin Marigny ran the ball for two yards to take take a 14-12 lead into halftime.
On the second play of the half, Karr’s CB Jamie Vance (Arkansas commit) picked Holmes’ pass, and gave his offense tremendous field position. However, Karr’s possession didn’t last long; Easton’s Ramond Stevens responede with by intercepting a Leonard Kelly pass in the end zone. After the interception by Kelly, he brilliantly led the offense for the rest of the night. He passed for two touchdowns and ran for one in the second half. His two TD passes were to receivers Destyn Pazon (Top offers include Alabama, LSU, Colorado, Mississippi St.) and Edwin Joseph. Leonte Richardson completed the scoring with his second TD run of the game with 3:21 left to take a 38-12 lead.
At the conclusion of the game, neither coach was satisfied with their team’s performance. Easton for obvious reasons, and Karr because of the slow start and lack of discipline in the first half. Although both teams only had one turnover each, it felt like both teams lacked the high execution that you would expect from two nationally ranked teams.
For Karr, they did what they needed to do, and left fans leaving Pan-Am undoubtedly knowing who the best team in 4A is. The consistent and impressive play by Leonard Kelly (Offers from Northwestern St. and Nicholls St.) leaves writers and fans wondering how he doesn’t have more offers. Week by week, he continues to show why he is one of the best quarterbacks in the state. Karr might have also proven themselves as the best defensive team in the state. Shutting down Easton for three straight quarters and letting them get absolutely no rhythm on offense? That might be the best defensive performance we will see all year. Looking to continue their success into next week, Karr faces another huge challenge as they travel to Baton Rouge to face Division 1 powerhouse Catholic High.
For Easton, they can’t panic after a week 3 loss. They are still one of the best teams in the state. Anytime you have a safety adjusting to become your starting quarterback, things are going to take some time. Dayshawn Holmes looked impressive in the first quarter, but Jamie Vance and the Edna Karr defense proved too much to handle. Running back Ashaad Clayton played well in the first half, but he didn’t have the huge overall game he was probably looking for, nor did anyone for Easton. They didn’t turn the ball over, and they played relatively disciplined for most of the night. Their offense just lacked the execution needed to keep up with a team of Karr’s caliber. Looking forward to next week, things don’t get much easier as they travel to Gonzales to play highly ranked 5A team East Ascension.
Written by Kyle Valdez
According to multiple sports writers and coaches, many people expected the highlighted week 2 matchup between the St. James Wildcats and East St. John Wildcats to be a highly contested match. The game in Vacherie was the featured game of the week across multiple media outlets and included more than 10 players to have received at least one D1 offer. After all, both teams entered the game with a 1-0 record, beating their week 1 opponent by more than four touchdowns. Despite the hype for both teams, St. James proved to be the superior team by jumping out to a 23-0 lead and cruising the rest of the way.
The St. James defense stayed in control from the opening drive of the game. At the 10:47 mark in the first quarter, St. James junior Kaleb Brown forced a fumble, giving the offense the ball at the ESJ 36-yard line. The St. James offense scored their first touchdown after senior QB Shamar Smith (top offers include Air Force, Colorado, Houston, Navy, Memphis, and Tulane) ran the ball for a 10-yard gain to place the ball inside the one-yard line, followed by a keeper for the score.
The first half consisted of many turnovers by both teams. A fumble recovered by St. James late in the first quarter, an interception by St. James junior Keshawn Coleman, and a clutch pick by East St. John junior Travis Turner in the endzone. Amid the loose play with the ball, only St. James took advantage of the opposition’s mistakes.
Last week, St. James allowed zero points against West St. John, and continued the tight defense early in the first half this week. When asked about the St. James defense, senior safety Tyler Steib (offer from UTSA) said, “Forcing turnovers has been a big thing. We got four great defensive linemen and they rush the ball real fast. They get to the quarterback, and they either force turnovers, force fumbles, or force interceptions.”
After the Coleman interception, St. James marched down the field for a six play, 46-yard drive to take a 15-0 lead with 6:59 left in the half. The touchdown was completed by Shamar Smith to sophomore receiver Shazz Preston (2nd ranked player in Louisiana class of 2022, top offers include LSU, Texas A&M, Mississippi St, and Colorado) for seven yards. The next drive, East St. John was quickly put into a 4th-and-19 just 58 seconds into their drive. Setting up to punt from their own endzone, the snap was too low for the punter and trickled into the endzone giving the home Wildcats two points for the safety. Before the half concluded, each team scored a touchdown, giving St. James a 23-7 lead at halftime
The second half of play was dry for both teams. The defenses went to work, while the offenses severely struggled to put any points on the scoreboard. The only scores included a Shamar Smith two-yard run in the early stages of the 3rd quarter and an East St. John touchdown with 18 seconds remaining in the game.
Coming off a 47-7 win against West Jefferson last week, the hype for the 2019 Wildcats could have picked up some serious steam with a statement win over St. James. But nothing went right for ESJ all night. Maybe it was the much improved and suffocating St. James defense. Whatever the case, the offense found no rhythm from the start. They were penalized 12 times for 90 yards. They turned the ball over three times and gave St. James great field position too often. Although they ended up allowing 30 points, the defense was very respectable for most of the night; they forced a few turnovers and the offense’s turnovers didn’t make it any easier. Looking forward to their week 3 game, East St. John has a very good opportunity to hop back in the win column and gain some much-needed confidence against Sophie B. Wright on the road.
Heading into the game, St. James knew what they had to do. Shamar Smith described the team’s mindset, “We knew it was going to be a tough game, so it was just about discipline. We knew it’s a rivalry game and we hadn’t played them in a while, so we just wanted to play through this and do the small things to win.”
The statement win solidifies St. James as the favorite to win District 9-3A and possibly title favorites in Class 3A. Their offense looked great; Shamar Smith balled out, totaling 227 yards for one passing and three rushing touchdowns. Both sides of the ball were disciplined, resulting in just 3 penalties for 45 yards. Head Coach Robert Valdez discussed his team’s performance, “This is a program validated win, when you’re able to step up a class like that and be able to get a win. Just so proud of our kids, we work hard and it’s good to see them having a good time... We still have some things we need to correct. We had some turnovers ourselves, but we’ll get back into film, study and break it down, and try to get better.” Next week, St. James travels on the road to face Riverdale High before their huge week 4 home matchup against Destrehan.
Written by Kyle Valdez
Two nationally ranked teams. Two defending state champions. Two historic high school programs. John Curtis riding a 13-game win streak, and Edna Karr riding a 27-game win streak. Louisiana’s Week 1 matchup between the John Curtis Patriots and the Edna Karr Cougars was destined to be one of the most hyped up and anticipated matchups for the 2019 Louisiana season. In addition to Louisiana, it was also the featured game of the week across multiple national media outlets. Multiple representatives from LSU, Nicholls, Southeastern, and Louisiana-Lafayette came to scout talent from both of the highly talented rosters. Even Alvin Kamara was in attendance, standing along the Karr sideline. Among all the hype and expectations for both teams, the Curtis/Karr matchup did not disappoint one bit. When it was all said and done, Curtis outlasted Karr 42-39 in a memorable offensive shootout.
From the start, the Patriots were ready to play. On the opening kickoff, Curtis’ junior Caleb Spann returned the ball to the Karr nine-yard line, setting the tone for the Patriot offense. A play later, QB Kyle Guggenheim (Army Commit) scored on a 1-yard sneak to give Curtis a 7-0 lead just 1:37 into the first quarter. To make matters worse for Karr, they fumbled on their very first play of the game, giving Curtis the ball on their own 40-yard line. Although Curtis was unable to convert on the next drive, the mistake would foreshadow many crucial mistakes that the Cougars would commit later. The first two minutes of the game also gave John Curtis much confidence. Senior quarterback Collin Guggenheim discussed the fast start, “It was huge, it set the tempo. Turning the opening kick that far and giving the offense good field position to put it in the end zone really fast, let them know we’re here.”
At the 5:47 mark in the first quarter, Karr’s offense found a much-needed breakout play when senior QB Leonard Kelly (Offers from Nicholls and Northwestern St.) found Aaron Anderson (Offers from Colorado, Miami, and Virginia) for a 45-yard TD reception, tying the score at 7-7. Late in the first quarter, Curtis missed an opportunity when senior Shane Goins found a hole in the defense and ran for a 45+ yard run that was called back due to a penalty. In their very next possession, Curtis found a hole in the defense again, but didn’t commit a costly penalty that time. Running an option play, Guggenheim pitched the ball in last second to University of Georgia commit Corey Wren for a 33-yard run to take a 13-6 lead with 10:14 left in the second quarter. After Karr regained the lead by another Aaron Anderson reception, Corey Wren rushed for a 43-yard touchdown, giving Curtis a 20-14 lead with 1:49 in the half.
With under two minutes in the half to go, Karr quickly marched their way inside the 10-yard line, setting themselves up on the eight-yard line with 20 seconds left. However, the Karr offense failed to make a clutch play. Four consecutive plays resulted in a Karr receiver dropping a catchable pass in the end zone. In the first drive of the second half, Karr again failed to put the ball in the end zone from the six-yard line. Another Karr receiver missed an easy catch. Then, Tulane commit Angelo Anderson of John Curtis forced a fumble at the goal line, resulting in a touchback. Although Karr was down just six points during the whole sequence, and eventually took the lead just three minutes later, the missed opportunities made it feel like Karr was eventually going to pay for their earlier miscues in one way or another.
With 11:14 left in the fourth quarter, Guggenheim rushed for an 11-yard touchdown, giving Curtis a 35-21 lead. In the next possession, Karr’s Leonard Kelly hit junior receiver Destyn Pazon (Offers from Alabama, LSU, Colorado, Miami, Tulane) for a 52-yard touchdown reception, cutting the Curtis lead to 35-27 with 8:39 left. After holding Curtis to a three-and-out, Leonard Kelly led a 1:32 drive down the field, capped off by a big 32-yard rushing touchdown to cut the lead to 35-33, but the 2-point conversion resulted in an incomplete pass. With the clock approaching two minutes, Guggenheim sealed the deal when he found an open hole in the Karr defense and broke loose for a 16-yard touchdown, giving the Patriots a commanding 42-33 lead with just 1:50 left in the game.
For Karr, all their mistakes were self-inflicted. When they watch film on Saturday morning, they will see their own mistakes lead way for Curtis to capitalize. Five crucial dropped passes by receivers, a missed extra point, two missed 2-point conversions, and they only lost by 3 points to John Curtis? Karr had too many opportunities to take the lead in this game but simply couldn’t make the big play. Although there were many places to improve on, the bright spots from the contest included the insane performance by QB Leonard Kelly. He certainly proved why he should be viewed as one of the best QBs in the state. Kelly passed for 406 yards on 21/35 passing and contributed to all of Karr’s six touchdowns. Destyn Pazon also finished with a solid game: finishing with 3 catches for 151 yards, including 2 touchdowns. Looking forward to next week, Edna Karr will recoup, regroup, and be much more focused in their Week 2 matchup against McDonough 35.
When analyzing the Patriot’s performance, one can only tip their hat to the team that played a near error-free game. They performed just how you would expect a nationally ranked team to play. They showed explosiveness, confidence, and poise. Outside of the missed coverages on receivers and the 9 penalties, there is little you can ask for the Patriots to improve on. They got off to a good start, put up six touchdowns, and neutralized Karr’s damage by blocking extra points and stopping 2-point conversions. Although Curtis totaled just 14 passing yards on 4/6 passing, QB Kyle Guggenheim was arguably the MVP of the game. Guggenheim totaled 99 yards on 16 carries, but beautifully set up teammate Corey Wren for 184 yards and two touchdowns. The Patriots' option offense was just too much for Karr’s defense, leaving open holes in the defense for Wren much too often. When asked about his big game and his quarterback Kyle Guggenheim, Wren responded, “Those plays don’t happen without Kyle Guggenheim making the right checks, he had a phenomenal game... He’s been under this offense since elementary. He’s a great leader, and he led this team’s offense.”
In response to John Curtis now owning the New Orleans area “bragging rights”, QB Kyle Guggenheim made it clear that beating Karr wasn’t the team’s goal. “Yeah it feels great to beat them. But honestly, the biggest thing is to win a state championship for us. This is a great opening game, to win out here is a great thing for our team... We won’t see them in the playoffs. It’s a good thing to play a good team that early, but for us, the goal is a state championship. And if we don’t win state, then our season is a failure.” Looking to next week, the Patriots continue their quest for an undefeated season when they travel to Shreveport to face Westlake High.
The Thibodaux Tigers was in a dog fight on Friday night against a talented Riverside team. The Rebels led 25-14 at the half after a 82 yard kick return for a touchdown by 4-star prospect Ahmonte Watkins, a 65 yard pick six by Herbert Keys, & a blocked field goal 80 yard return by Cade Middleton.
The Tigers was able to put keep their composure & put together an impressive second half. The first drive of the third quarter, Luke Allemand would connect with 3-star receiver Kyren Lacy *UL commit* for a 8 yard touchdown along with a two point conversion.
Senior cornerback Karrick Harris would come up with a big interception on the ensuing drive to give the Tigers great field position in the Rebel’s territory. Senior running back Rimond Thompson would then have scoring runs of 12 & 7 yards to give the Tigers 36-25 lead with 2:31 left in the third quarter.
Riverside’s Ahmonte Watkins would make a house call & take a handoff for 72 yards to cut the lead to 36-31 going into the fourth quarter.
The Tigers defense would show up big in the fourth with two interceptions on Riverside’s last two drives by seniors Josh Holden & Tyren Young. Rimond Thompson would cap the game off with an explosive 96 yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 43-31.
Junior quarterback Luke Allemand was terrific for the Tigers finishing the game with (355 yards passing, 2 touchdowns, & 2 interceptions), senior receiver Darwin Davis was Mr. Reliable all night finishing the game with (10 receptions for 142 yards), senior running back Rimond Thompson finished with 162 yards rushing & 3 touchdowns.
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