Leesville 42, Buckeye 7
After losing its first game of the season last week against Rayne, Wampus Cat head coach Robert Causey said he would not let his guys stay down for long, and he delivered.
Leesville rode a fast start and balanced offense to a 42-7 win over Buckeye in a rare Thursday night game.
"We got off the bus ready to play. I think that was the difference in the ball game from last week to this week," Causey said."We talked about relentless effort from the beginning to the end. We executed on offense, and defensively, it took a while to adjust to the speed of their offense, because it's hard to replicate the triple option in practice."
With a short week to prepare for the triple option of Buckeye, intensity was high throughout the week for the Wampus Cats.
"Having a short week it makes the progression a little more intense," Causey said. "We knew we were playing Thursday and didn't have time for mistakes in practice. The tempo of which we coached increased because of having a short week."
The offense for Leesville founds its stride early as quarterback Chris Vargas hit do-it-all running back Andrew Croker for a 40-yard touchdown pass. Later in the first, Gabe Ellis picked a pass and took it back for the 80-yard touchdown.
Receiver McKenzie Jackson and Vargas added rushing touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 28-0 lead into the half.
"We executed. We were able to pick and choose what we did offensively and things were working," Causey said. "That goes back to getting off the bus and being ready to play."
With seven minutes to go in the third quarter, Dante Gallashaw ran it in from 15 yards out to extend the lead, and Jalen Shepherd punched in a 5-yard touchdown in the fourth for Leesville's final score.
Rosepine 24, Vinton 13
Rosepine head coach Johnny Cryer knows that for his team to be successful, they will need to run the ball effectively, and with Vinton's offense full of playmakers, they would need to keep them on the sidelines.
The Eagles controlled the ball and clock en route to a 24-13 win on the road against Vinton Friday night.
"We controlled the line of scrimmage from the beginning to the end," Cryer said. "Our offensive line did a great job and our backs, (Dalton) McCallon and (Seth) Shirley, did a good job running behind them and grinding it out. We had 12-play, 14-play and 18-play drive for touchdowns. When that happens, it means their offense can't touch the ball.
"That's a good team we beat. They have a lot of good players and one guy with five offers from the SEC. I thought that's a big win for our program."
Shirley ran the ball 35 times for 140 yards, and McCallon added 62 yards on 9 carries.
Vinton (1-5) took an early 7-0 lead on its third play of the game, but the Eagles scored on a 6-yard run from McCallon in the second quarter to take a 8-7 lead into half.
In the third quarter, Seth Ducote founds receiver Alex Pope for a 57-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead.
The defense for Rosepine (5-1) held Vinton to 289 yards, a tough assignment against a team that runs the ball from different angles in the double wing, double tight.
"They did a good job of carrying out the gameplan," Cryer said. "Vinton got the opening kickoff and it took them three plays to score. They're up 7-0, and I thought it may be a long night. We made some adjustments and was able to shut them down the rest of the game.
"When we got up 16-7, they got out of it and went to a spread, which worked out in our favor."
Shirley punched in a score from 2 yards out with five minutes, 15 seconds left in the fourth to seal the win for Rosepine.
DeQuincy 35, Pickering 7
Pickering did not have an answer for DeQuincy jumping out to a 21-0 lead, aided by two turnovers, in the first quarter, as it falls to 0-6 on the year.
With a minute to go in the first quarter, Red Devil running back Quan Blackwell broke off a 58-yard touchdown to run to get Pickering on the board.
"It's mistakes we keep making," Pickering head coach Eddie Thomas said. "We haven't come far enough with what we do to overcome mistakes. It's the same thing going on and we're working on cleaning stuff up and correcting things."
DeQuincy passed for a touchdown in the second and third quarter to extend the lead. The Tigers win makes them 3-3 on the year and a perfect 3-0 at home.
Blackwell led Pickering with 151 yards on 19 carries, and the team rushed for 185 total yards and passed for 11.
"We are able to move the ball and do some things, and defensively, we are getting better," Thomas said. "We're young and experienced but we get more experience each game. We're not where we need to be."
Meryville 22, Grand Lake 14
Having already ran a kickoff back for a touchdown, Merryville receiver J.T. Gargis had already shown Grand Lake what he can with the ball in his hands.
Tied 14-14 with just over four minutes to go in the fourth, Gargis took the kick back to the middle of the field to set up Merryville for the game-winning drive for the 22-14 win.
With a minute to go, Desmond McCain punched it in and converted the two-point conversion to give the Panthers their second win of the year.
"We finally came together a little bit," Merryville head coach Randy Jones said. "We just played well, overall.
"Our defense is playing well. We still lose a guy here and there, but we've played well all year. Our tackling is getting better and our knowledge of the game as a unit, is getting better."
Gargis returned three kicks for a combined 125 yards, including an 85-yard kick return of a score in the first quarter. Last week, Gargis caught two touchdown passes.
"He's a really good football player on both sides of the ball," Jones said. "We knew he could catch, but we just had to find different ways to get him the ball and it worked out really well. It's a huge momentum change."
McCain ran for 202 yards and a touchdown, and Jones believes the senior running back is finding his rhythm once again.
"We had a talk about what was expected of him, and I think last night he realized that he had not been playing the way he needed to." Jones said. "The ankle hurt him early and now it's 100 percent. I told him 'your time is now. You're running out of games.' He found his stride which was a big plus for us."
East Beauregard 30, Oakdale 14
After losing two games in a row, East Beauregard bounced back to pick up its second win of the year after defeated Oakdale 30-14.
East Beauregard took a 16-0 lead after a 2-yard rushing touchdown from Devin Baumery in the second quarter.
The Trojans combined for 304 rushing yards and controlled the game as it moves to 2-3 on the season. East Beauregard takes on DeQuincy next week with a chance to get to .500 on the year.
Lake Charles College Prep 31, South Beauregard 10
South Beauregard falls to 0-5 on the year with a 31-0 loss to Lake Charles College Prep. The win marks the Trailblazer's first win since week 1, and the road gets even tougher for the Knights with undefeated Iowa on the schedule for next week.