Bogalusa goes for 2nd straight win tonight: No fans are allowed at the game as part of LHSAA’s ruling from last year’s fight

Published 6:32 am Friday, October 14, 2016

Bogalusa is hosting Amite tonight at Lewis V. Murray Jr. Stadium at 6 p.m., as the teams look to improve to 2-0 in District 7-3A play.

No fans are allowed at tonight’s game, as part of LHSAA’s ruling from last year’s fight at the end of the quarterfinal playoff game between the two teams.

“Although we are unable to have our fans present at the game this weekend, we can feel your support and look forward to having all of Bogalusa celebrate our homecoming the week of Oct. 24,” Bogalusa athletic director Ken Martin said.

The Lumberjacks won last year’s regular season matchup, 32-20, and Amite won the playoff game, 56-20.

Bogalusa is 38th in the unofficial LHSAA Class 3A power ratings.

Bogalusa (1-5, 1-0) captured its first victory of the season last week, 13-7, over Independence.

One of the keys to the win was a solid running game. Chas Smith led the team with 149 rushing yards. Javon Tate had 65 and LaTodrain Dillon added 15 on the ground.

“We got it going, but Amite is a little different beast. Their front four is very good. We need to avoid the negative plays,” Bogalusa coach David Roberts said.

Thomas Turner threw a touchdown pass to Dominique Tillman. Turner also had a rushing touchdown.

Roberts also said it took a team effort to get the running game going and added that players like Joemon Roberts, Tramarcus Levi and Cody Sumrall have been in positions they’re not used to playing — for the betterment of the team. Roberts said they have been performing excellent at those positions.

Defensively, the team gave up just seven points last week, and Roberts said the unit has been performing well all season.

“We continued playing well last week and made some adjustments and held them, but then again, Amite’s a different beast. They’re a high-powered offense. We have to contain some of their better athletes,” Roberts said.

Amite (4-2, 1-0) opened league play with a 34-8 win over Sumner last week.

Amite is fifth in the unofficial LHSAA Class 3A power ratings and are also No. 5 in the Class 3A Louisiana Sports Writers’ Association poll.

Amite coach Zephaniah Powell said the key for his club this week is continuing to do what they did last week, not turning the ball over and keeping the yellow flags off the ground.

“When we do that, we’re tough to beat, but that goes for every team, not just us,” Powell said. “Defensively, it’s about tackling and earning tackles. You can’t just throw your body in the well. You’ve got to make the tackle.

“Bogalusa has some guys that are kind of slippery and pretty shifty. If you miss the tackle, they can take it to the house in the blink of an eye.”

Elijah Walker is the quarterback with Milton Sanders at running back. Devonta Smith is a wide receiver.

The top defenders include Rodney Sopsher, Ishmael Sopsher, Myron Dokes, Richard Vernon, Cory McKnight and Elizah James.