Bogalusa hosts Loranger in district contest
Published 1:04 pm Friday, October 13, 2017
Bogalusa returns home tonight after a two-game road trip where the Lumberjacks went 2-0.
Tonight, Bogalusa continues in District 7-3A play and will face Loranger, with a bye week on the horizon.
“It is a huge one,” Bogalusa coach David Roberts said. “They’re coming in and their record doesn’t show it, but they’re a good team. They’re a lot like us. They’ve played a tough schedule.”
This season, Bogalusa has scored 98 points over the first six games that have seen the Lumberjacks go 3-3. Last week, Bogalusa defeated previously undefeated Albany, 32-13, and the Lumberjacks are 15th in the LHSAA unofficial Class 3A power rankings.
Bogalusa is looking for its first home win of 2017. The team is 0-2 at home and 3-1 on the road.
This season, Bogalusa’s Jay Baham has thrown for 761 yards on 36-of-61 with five touchdowns and six interceptions. He has also run 29 times for 327 yards.
Dianté Lenoir, who had a touchdown passing, rushing and receiving last week, has thrown for 124 yards on 4-of-10 with two touchdowns and an interception. He has run for 564 yards on 81 attempts with 10 touchdowns and has made six catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns.
Chas Smith is at 91 yards rushing on nine carries and he has caught seven passes for 140 yards and two scores.
Tyrese Rousell enters with nine carries for 101 yards and 15 receptions for 373 yards.
Silas McGowan has three catches for 104 yards.
Defensively last week, the Lumberjacks held Albany to 218 yards of offense.
Gatlin made 13 tackles and Lenoir had 12. Cody Sumrall had 11 stops with a sack and two tackles for a loss. McGowan posted nine tackles.
Roberts said that Gatlin and Sumrall have been playing well defensively. He said that Baham, Rousell and Smith have played well offensively.
Roberts noted that Lenoir has played well on both sides of the ball for the Lumberjacks.
Loranger won last year’s game, 35-6. The teams were not in the same district last season.
The Wolves, who are 2-4, broke a four-game losing streak last week by defeating Port Allen, 41-0. Loranger’s losing streak included losses to Amite, Salmen, Ponchatoula and Lakeshore. Lakeshore is fourth while Salmen is 11th in Class 4A. Amite is fourth in Class 2A and Ponchatoula is 29th in Class 5A.
Loranger is 18th in the unofficial LHSAA unofficial Class 3A power point rankings.
Tonight is Loranger’s District 7-3A opener.
D.J. Hoofkin, who is a three-year starter, is the quarterback.
“He’s a solid, solid starter. Good athlete. He gives the ability to open up the offense because he can also run,” Loranger coach Sam Messina said.
Alex Williams, who is a three-year starter and played slot receiver last year, is the running back. Luke Colona and DeJuan Carter see action at receiver.
The top defenders include outside linebacker Jarrell Brumfield, inside linebacker David Smith and cornerback Will Wilson.