Week 5 Players of the Week
Bronze: THIBODAUX HB ELRAY DUNCAN – Thibodaux rolled over H.L. Bourgeois, scoring an 18-point win over the Braves to stay unbeaten. Duncan was a big factor in that success, accumulating more than 100 all-purpose yards with four touchdowns to take pressure off quarterback Peyton Bonvillain.
Silver: CCA HB JORDAN McKAY – The Lions didn’t need McKay to do much against Ecole Classique – an easy blowout win. But he answered the bell when needed. The powerful tailback pushed forward for 118 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries in an easy blowout win, anchoring CCA to its third win of the season and first district victory.
Gold: Houma Christian QB Drake Battaglia – For the second-straight week, Battaglia is the top dog in our player of the week tally – the first time ever someone wins gold in back-to-back weeks. We didn’t have much of a choice. How can you deny a kid who rushes for 16 carries and 183 yards with three touchdowns, while throwing for 79 yards? Oh yeah, the Warriors beat St. Martin’s for the first time ever in a 28-3 win, as well.
1. Thibodaux: The Tigers were sloppier against H.L. Bourgeois than they’d been in previous weeks, but a win is a win nonetheless. Now the lone local unbeaten will have its stiffest test to date, a huge home game with Destrehan on Friday night. No matter the outcome of that one, I think it’s pretty clear that the Tigers are the cream of the crop among local prep football powers.
2. SoutH TERREBONNE: The Gators played Warren Easton tough early, but the athletic New Orleans-based school pulled away late to score a comfortable win. The Gators have no cause for panic because District 7-4A is brutally bad. The Gators have four wins. Know how many wins the other four teams in that league have combined? Four wins. Wow.
3. Central Lafourche: Call me crazy, but I’m keeping Central Lafourche at No. 3 even after losing a game on Friday night. Why? The Trojans lost to East St. John in overtime. There’s absolutely no shame in taking that River Parish foe down to the final minutes. None at all. That was a quality performance for Coach Menard’s bunch.
4. South Lafourche: The Tarpons make their way back on the list after a chippy 29-14 road win at Terrebonne. Losing senior receiver/safety Dominick Fillinich to an injury is a huge blow for South Lafourche – especially with a rivalry game with Central Lafourche forthcoming.
5. e.d. white: The Cardinals better buckle down after losing their second-straight game via a blowout – this time against Shaw. I think E.D. White will be OK, but they’d better show it soon because the playoffs are looming and their bracket is brutally top-heavy, meaning that seeding will be vitally important.
By The Numbers for Week 5
of the Prep Football Season
348: A total of 348 calendar days have passed since Thibodaux last lost a regular season game. The Tigers have won seven straight in the regular season, thanks to an easy win over H.L. Bourgeois. Thibodaux’s last regular season loss came on Oct. 8, 2013 – a close, hard-fought game with River Parish powerhouse East St. John.
467: Against Warren Easton’s ridiculously potent offense, South Terrebonne knew it had a job to do to secure victory. But after giving up 467 combined rushing and passing yards to Easton QB and Texas A&M commitment Deshawn Capers-Smith, the team’s undefeated season came to a smashing halt. Capers-Smith roared for seven touchdowns in the win.
5: With their playoff hopes dangling in the balance, the South Lafourche defense forced five turnovers to beat an equally hungry Terrebonne team in a physical battle from start to finish. It was the best effort for the Tarpons’ defense all season – a unit that has struggled keeping opponents out of the end zone in the first half of the season.
491: For the second time this season, Shaw battered and bruised a local team, pounding E.D. White to the tune of 491 total yards en route to an easy win over the Cardinals. E.D. White’s defense must now regroup and gather its wits before the start of district play after two-straight tough outings.
1: Central Lafourche was one point away from beating East St. John – an extra point. The Trojans missed a PAT late in the third quarter, cutting East St. John’s lead from 15-6 to 15-12. The one point left on the table proved to be huge, as the Trojans kicked a field goal later in regulation to send the game to overtime where they lost 21-18. With the PAT through the uprights, Central Lafourche would have won 16-15 and scored the biggest upset of the prep football season.
Thibodaux – 41
HLB – 23
The tigers roll to a win over the Braves, setting up a battle of the unbeatens when Thibodaux hosts Destrehan on Friday night in a prep showdown.
ESJ – 21
C. Lafourche – 18
Trojans miss crucial extra point in regulation, sending this exciting contest to overtime tied at 15. After Central took the ball first and kicked a field goal, East St. John drove in the dagger, scoring the game-winning touchdown on a one-yard from from LSU commitment Xavier Lewis.
S. Lafourche – 29
Terrebonne – 14
Tempers flare after Friday night’s game, as Tigers coach Gary Hill shouts an expletive toward SL coach Dennis Skains. On the field, the Tarpons did most of the slamming, using a physical style to soar to a two-touchdown win.
West St. John – 47
Ellender – 8
The Patriots can’t build on their first win of 2014, falling to West St. John in blowout fashion in this battle between 2013 playoff teams. Patriots open district with Assumption on Friday.
B. Martin – 49
Vandebilt – 0
Vandebilt’s non-district struggles continue as Brother Martin completely dominates Terriers from the opening kickoff in blowout win. Vandebilt is now 0-5 – the lone local prep football team without a win in the 2014 season. Vandebilt surrendered two 100-yard rushers in the defeat, accumulating just 30 total yards in the first half of play. Things don’t get much easier for Vandebilt this week, as they take on South Terrebonne. Please note that this game will be played on Thursday night due to Fall Break.
Shaw – 48
E.D. White – 20
The Eagles’ powerful rushing offense gutted E.D. White throughout Friday night’s game, marching up and down the field with ease on the way to an easy win. The Cardinals have now lost two straight and travel to face Donaldsonville Friday night.
Easton – 53
S. Terr – 21
The Gators held on for three quarters against Easton’s tough offense. But the floodgates broke in the fourth and the New Orleans-based power soared to a big-time win.
CCA – 42
Ecole Class. – 6
Lions dominate outmatched Ecole Classique team in easy home win. CCA may have won on the field, but they suffered a huge loss off it, as starting quarterback Marquel Daigle went down with a knee injury after an accident on a dirt bike.
H. Christian – 28
St. Martin’s – 3
The Warriors beat their district rivals for the first time in their school’s brief football history, riding quarterback Drake Battaglia and a powerful defensive performance to a win.