Bogalusa opens district with victory

Published 9:38 am Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Bogalusa defeated previously undefeated Albany, 32-13, in the District 7-3A opener for both teams Friday night in Albany.
Jay Baham threw three touchdown passes, which were Bogalusa’s first three scores.
The first two went to Chas Smith. The first one was a 5-yard pass and the second went for 50 yards. The third went to Dianté Lenoir.
“He threw the ball well,” Bogalusa coach David Roberts said, about Baham. “He scrambles and finds receivers. He also had 107 yards rushing. Everybody’s been focusing on Dianté because he’s having such a good season. Dianté still had a good game. He played well and Jay stepped up.”
In addition to his receiving touchdown, Lenoir also scored a rushing touchdown and threw for a touchdown.
He had a 35-yard rushing touchdown and he completed a 31-yard scoring pass to O’Trevious Gatlin.
Defensively, Lenoir made 12 total tackles, including eight solo tackles.
Bogalusa led 13-7 at halftime.
The Lumberjacks have won two straight games and are 3-3 this season.
“It’s the same thing every year,” Roberts said. “We’re not a fast starter, but our kids are getting in shape. They’re understanding what we’re trying to do. We simplified things and we’ve got guys back. We’re just trying to improve every week. We’re trying to do like we did a couple of years ago and make a run in the playoffs.”
O’Trevious Gatlin had a solid game defensively, recording 13 tackles, including eight solo tackles.
Cody Sumrall was in on 11 tackles. He had six solo tackles to go with a sack and two tackles for a loss.
Silas McGowan tallied nine tackles, including six solo tackles.
The Lumberjacks held Albany to 218 yards of total offense.
Bogalusa entered Friday’s game as the 20th-ranked team in the unofficial LHSAA Class 3A power rankings while Albany began No. 12. The Hornets are 5-1 this season.
Bogalusa has leapfrogged Albany, as the teams are now 15th and 16th, respectively.
Both teams will continue in district play this week.
The Lumberjacks will host Loranger on Friday. Loranger enters this week with a 2-4 record. The Wolves snapped a four-game losing streak with a 41-0 win over Port Allen last Friday. Loranger’s losses have been to Amite, Ponchatoula, Lakeshore and Salmen.
Lakeshore is fourth while Salmen is 11th in Class 4A. Amite is fourth in Class 2A and Ponchatoula is 29th in Class 5A.
Albany will play at Jewel Sumner on Friday.