Bogalusa travels to play undefeated Albany

Published 4:01 am Friday, October 21, 2016

Bogalusa is on the road tonight, facing the undefeated Albany Hornets in a District 7-3A matchup.

The Lumberjacks enter this week with a 1-6 overall record and are 1-1 in district play. They struggled last week against a very good Amite team in a 34-0 loss.

Bogalusa was limited to 62 yards of total offense in the setback.

The Lumberjacks forced two turnovers.

Isaac Carson intercepted a pass and Jay Baham recovered a fumble on a punt return.

Bogalusa coach David Roberts said Carson is playing well.

“He’s played well,” David Roberts said. “He’s a tough kid. He’s pretty athletic. He’ll get in there and make tackles. He’s done some good things this year. He can play running back, but we haven’t put him there. We’re looking for him to be a leader next year.”

Both turnovers gave the Lumberjacks good field position. The interception had them at Amite’s 23 and they started at Amite’s 48 after the fumble, but Bogalusa was unable to capitalize.

Roberts said the front seven did a decent job last week.

“We gave up one big running play (47-yard touchdown in the third quarter),” Roberts said. “Our defensive backs were a little out of position at times. On offense, we just struggled. Amite’s line is so big, which made it tough for us. We couldn’t get any push.”

Bogalusa begins this week as the 35th-ranked team in the unofficial LHSAA Class 3A power ratings.

“We need a win,” Roberts said. “It’s a huge game. If we win, we’ll still be in the playoff hunt.”

Roberts talked about the key to this week.

“We’ve got to stop the run,” Roberts said. “If we can stop the run, we’ve got a chance.”

Bogalusa won last year’s game, 46-24.

Albany is off to a great start. The Hornets are 7-0 overall and 1-0 in district.

The Hornets have held every opponent under 15 points. Last week, they opened district with a 27-14 win over Jewel Sumner.

Albany is 21st in the unofficial LHSAA Class 3A power ratings.

“We’re off to a great start. Best start in school history, but we still have a long way to go,” Albany coach Blane Westmoreland said. “We realize this. The kids realize this. We still haven’t played the perfect game yet.”

Quarterback Skylier Lehmann is 26-for-37 for 500 yards with 12 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Running back Kamryn Mayers leads the club in rushing with 781 yards on 69 carries (11.3 yards per carry) with nine touchdowns.

University of Tennessee commitment Cheyenne Labruzza, a running back/defensive back, enters with 549 yards on 30 attempts (18.3) and five touchdowns.

Westmoreland praised Labruzza.

“Great kid. He’s a model student athlete,” Westmoreland said. “He’s what you want out of every kid. Great in the classroom, great on the football field and he’s a great leader.”

Justin Parrish has 431 yards on 34 attempts (12.6) and seven touchdowns.

Davonte Kelly begins with 304 yards on 30 carries (10.1) and five scores.

Devin Wells has 325 yards on 44 carries (7.3) and six touchdowns.

Albany’s top defenders are linebacker Wells, cornerback Jewel Rheams and Labruzza.

Wells has 4.5 tackles four for loss and a forced fumble. Rheams enters tonight with 10 tackles, 2.5 for loss and an interception. Labruzza has made 26 tackles, including one for a loss, while forcing a fumble and recovering a fumble.