Written by Kyle Valdez
Madison Prep last lost came when they fell to Rayville 78-69 0n December 30. Since then they've been on a 8-game winning streak. During this winning streak, the Chargers has had impressive wins over No. 2 Opelousas and a undefeated Carver team who is No. 1 in 4A & undoubtedly emerged as Louisiana's most entertaining team this year. Entering this past Saturday night matchup at Madison Prep in Baton Rouge, the Rams put their perfect record (15-0) on the line once again. Unlike the teams' previous matchup, which ended 60-55 in favor of Carver, Madison Prep came out on top.
The Madison Prep Chargers found a rhythm and used the home crowd to run away with a 62-45 win. Deziel Perkins scored 29 points on seven 3-pointer's to lead MPA, while Jaylen Williams and Percy Daniels added 10 points each.
Versus No. 2 Opelousas, the Chargers came out on top with 55-34 win with freshman guard Jayce Depron leading the way with 18 points
The Chargers game vs was a chippy, back-and-forth first half with multiple lead changes, Carver eventually took a 25-23 lead into intermission. When it felt like Carver would settle in and run away with the game in the second half, the exact opposite transpired.
A daunting dry spell to start the half for Carver placed themselves in a hole too deep to escape. MPA went on a 13-3 lead to open the half. Perkins knocked down shot after shot and finished with 17 points in the third frame alone. With 3 minutes remaining in the third quarter, MPA took a 44-32 lead
"Coming into these games, I knew we had to do whatever we had to in order to get the job done," Perkins said. "By knocking down shots, I was doing my job."
The fourth quarter consisted of more of the same. Every time Carver got a stop and scored, MPA always had a response. Truly one of the best atmospheres in Louisiana this season, the Chargers continue to run the table at their home gym.
The Chargers took the show on the road Monday night & defeated a scrappy Zachary team 51-46, Southside 68-41 Tuesday night, and Southern Lab 73-47 Wednesday night.
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Written by Kyle Valdez
The Carver Rams are 14-0 & currently ranked No. 1 in 4A along with a No. 12 nationall ranking according to Max Preps. Their last three games have all been on the road versus St. Augustine, Slidell, & Ellender who is ranked No.5 in 4A.
Carver's formula for success this season has been the highly-touted junior duo of Dorian Finister and Solomon Washington. However, Deion Ware caused the most problems for Ellender with 24 points. The sophomore wing torched the Patriots with five 3-pointers and 16 points in the first half. Finister played his part: chipping in 11 points and playing excellent defense in the half-court. Fredrick Price added 8 points.
Despite an abundance of early giveaways from Ellender, their energy was unmatched. Thomas let his presence be felt from the opening jump: scoring 7 points in the first frame to help Ellender take an early 15-14 lead.
In the second quarter, Carver found their rhythm and took off for a 9-0 run to take a 23-15 lead with 6:02 left in the half. Ware led the Rams in the frame with 10 points and 2 shots from beyond the arc. Both teams kept pace to enter intermission with a 36-31 Carver edge.
Ellender trimmed the lead to 1 multiple times in the third quarter but was denied from ever taking the lead. Carver took control with a 15-3 run to begin the final quarter to take the victory.
Both teams had the opportunity to win. Ellender's turnovers were hard to overcome, considering the talent in the open floor for Carver. However, the real problem was the substandard free-throw shooting by both teams. Both teams successfully attacked the paint, but neither team could hit free throws. Carver shot 27% from the charity stripe, going 11-41. Ellender slightly outdid the Rams, going 12-31 (39%). But the Rams would hold on to win 68-62.
Dionjahe Thomas totaled 26 points, 13 boards, and four blocks to lead the Patriots. Preston Bourda added 10 points.
Despite the gritty game, Carver continues to prove themselves as Louisiana's composite No. 1. Playing in games similar to this game will prepare both teams for those chippy playoff games down the road. The ability to grind it out and have others contribute shows how well-built Coach Nate Roche's squad is this season.
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Carencro won their first state title since 1992 with a 35-19 over the defending champions Edna Karr.
The Bears came into the came in as the #1 seed, but they seem to still be the underdogs. After a scoreless first quarter from both teams, senior running back Traylon Prejean scored from two yards out on fourth down for the Bears to make it 7-0.
The Cougars came back the very next possession with a 37 yard touchdown pass from A.J Samuel to Aaron Anderson *LSU commit* to tie it at 7 in the second quarter. The same two would hookup again for a 39 touchdown scoring strike to go up at halftime 13-7.
The Bears struck first in the third quharter with a halfback pass for a touchdown from Traylon Prejean to Jaylon John to take a 14-13 lead. Senior Tavion Faulk would help extend the lead with a 9 yard touchdown pass to Ryan Perry to go up 22-13 in the third quarter.
Junior receiver Aaron Anderson would score his third touchdown of the game on a 10 yard run off of a reverse for the Cougars to make it 22-19 in favor of the Bears with just under four minutes in the third quarter.
Senior running backs Kendrell Williams & Traylon Prejean put the game away with one touchdown a piece to cap off a huge game for the Bears. Williams amassed 139 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries while Prejean had 25 rushes for 115 yards.
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The George Washington Carver Rams has made it clear that they have some unfinished business after losing in the top 28 last season.
They are off to a 12-0 start with some big wins over No. 9 Helen Cox in 4A, No. 2 Madison Prep & No. 4 Sophie B. Wright in 3A, No. 2 Scotlandville & No. 3 St. Augustine in Division I.
The Rams are led by two of the best prospects in the state with juniors Dorian Finister & Solomon Washington, but head coach Nate Roche has done an excellent getting key contributions from sophomore Deion Ware, freshman Laurence Nathan, & senior Fred Price.
The Rams will put their undefeated streak on the line Monday night on the road versus the No. 4 team in 4A, the Ellender Patriots who is led by 6-foot-7 junior big man Dionjahe Thomas.
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