Quartet of local teams hosting games

Published 11:50 am Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Five local teams will be playing in Washington Parish and four of the six teams are playing at home, as football teams continue their seasons two days from now.
All games begin at 7 p.m.

Franklinton at Bogalusa
Bogalusa hosts Franklinton as the teams renew their rivalry and battle for the Pine Burr Trophy.
Bogalusa comes in with a 1-1 record.
“Obviously the Franklinton-Bogalusa game is a big rival game,” Bogalusa coach Adam Brumfield said. “The people in the parish get excited about the game. I know their kids are excited about the game and ours are too. I think they’ve won the game for the last 18 years. Hopefully we go out, have a good week of practice and bring the Pine Burr Trophy back to Bogalusa. I know it’s not going to be easy. Coach (Jonathan) Barber and their team are hungry for a win and will have their kids ready to play.”
Quarterback Josh Taylor has thrown for 391 yards and two touchdowns. He has also run for a pair of touchdowns.
Chas Smith enters with 166 rushing yards with two touchdowns.
Tyrese Rousell opens the week at seven receptions for 127 yards.
Toby Robinson has two receptions for 69 yards.
Defensively, Keltron Harry has 15 tackles.
Franklinton has an 0-2 record.
“The tradition and the history of this game goes back a long way,” Franklinton coach Jonathan Barber said. “It’s been a competitive rivalry. Our kids cherish the opportunity to play in this game. Our kids will be ready to play. We’ll have to match their intensity. Our kids will be ready to play and theirs will be too. It’s a local game within the parish, so there will be a lot of excitement.”
Running back Mike Martin is off to a great start in 2018. He has run for 264 yards on 51 carries and three touchdowns.
Jasper LaSalle has thrown for 227 yards and a touchdown.
Kian Conerly leads the receivers in yards at 104 to go with a touchdown.
Duke Bell is the reception leader with seven and he has 62 receiving yards.
Grant Thomas leads the defense with 14 tackles. Kian Conerly is next with 11. Conerly has an interception as well.
Noah Breland has the Demons’ only sack and both of their fumble recoveries.
Avant Monnie enters with three of the Demons’ pass breakups.
Terion Partman and Lamar Gray have the others.

Last week
Bogalusa lost to Chalmette, 50-20. Franklinton lost to Fontainebleau 35-19.

Last year
Franklinton won 39-30.

Recent history
Franklinton has won the last 17 meetings between the two teams.

Pearl River at Pine
Pine is home this week, hosting Pine and looking to continue its solid start to 2018
Both teams are 2-0.
“Pearl River’s got a really good running back,” Pine coach Bradley Seal said. “This might be the best back we see all year. They do a good job of blocking for him up front.”
Quarterback Logan Temples has thrown for 346 yards and four touchdowns.
Markell Cotton has 84 receiving yards and Jordan Anderson enters with 258 yards receiving.
Last week, freshman running back Adrianuen Johnson had a solid game, going for 78 yards and a touchdown.
Jaheim Williams ran for two touchdowns.
Defensively, Ricardo Handy recovered a fumble and Williams and Dylan Richie intercepted a pass each last week. Cam Lewis had a sack.
Also, James Holloway recovered a kickoff that deflected off of a Varnado player.
“I thought Ricardo Handy and Cam Lewis stepped up and had big games for us.” Seal said.

Last week
Pine defeated Varnado 30-6. Pearl River won against Science Academy, 38-0

Last year
Pine won, 42-29.

Recent history
The teams have played every year since 2013 and Pine has won four of the five games.

Bowling Green at Oak Forest Academy
Bowling Green hits the road to play Oak Forest Academy and attempts to continue its winning ways.
Both teams enter with a 4-0 record.
“We’re just treating it as another game for us. Coach (Drew) Mesita is a good coach,” Bowling Green coach Boomer Nunez said. “With coach (John) White as the offensive coordinator, it makes it tough. He gave me fits when I was at Hannan when was the head coach at St. Thomas.”
Nunez was defensive coordinator at Archbishop Hannan at the time.
Kengie Gordon had the Buccaneers’ only offensive touchdown last week.
Bowling Green tallied two defensive scores.
Jackson Dobraska returned an interception for a touchdowns and Mitchell Lott had a fumble recovery for a score.
Nunez said he is happy with the entire defense
“We’re starting to gel and playing well together defensively,” Nunez said.

Last week
Bowling Green was victorious over Wayne Academy, 19-0. Oak Forest Academy defeated Silliman Institute, 19-7.

Last year
Bowling Green lost to Oak Forest Academy, 35-6.

Recent history
Teams played for the first time since 2014 last year. Oak Forest won the 2014 contest, 49-0.

St. Helena College and Career Academy at Varnado
Varnado’s Wildcats are at home this week, facing St. Helena College and Career Academy in the Wildcats’ 2018 home opener.
Varnado begins this week with an 0-2 record while St. Helena College and Career Academy starts at 1-1.
“We have to execute better. I understand that this is a very inexperienced ball club and we have to find out what works for us and what doesn’t and battle between the trenches,” Varnado coach Anthony Hicks said.
Varnado’s offense has struggled at the outset of the season, as the team has scored just six points in each of the first two weeks.
Last week, Zantonio Peters ran for 86 yards and a touchdown and he threw for 79 yards.
Five receivers caught passes for the Wildcats.
Jaylen Peters was the team’s leading receiver with four catches for 25 yards.
Kievs Brooks recorded two receptions for 22 yards.
Defensively, the team held Pine to eight points in the first half, but got off to a tough start in the second half, as the Raiders scored touchdowns on their first two possessions of the third half.
Adrian Bickham forced a turnover when he took the ball away from a Pine ball carrier in the first half.

Last week
Varnado lost to Pine, 30-6. St. Helena defeated East Feliciana, 37-16

Last year
Varnado won 34-6

Recent history
The teams did not play each other prior to last year going back to at least 2009.

Brookhaven Academy at Ben’s Ford Christian School
Ben’s Ford Christian School’s Eagles are at home on Friday, facing Brookhaven
The Eagles begin this week with a 1-3 record while Brookhaven is 2-1.
“We play Brookhaven. They come off of a big loss to Sylva Bay last week. Coach (Ron) Rushing has done a great job with all of the teams he’s coached. Offensively, they spread you out and I think they’re very solid defensively,” Ben’s Ford coach Dean King said. “We need to score after not scoring last week. When we have a wide-open pass, we can’t drop it. When we have chances, we’ve got to make them count.”
Tyler Winstead threw for 50 yards on 7-of-13.
Tucker Keating had three catches for 42 yards.
Alston Moore was the team’s rushing leader with 24 yards.
Defensively, Jarrett Williams made nine tackles to lead the Eagles.
Payton Miller was next with eight stops.
Austin Stogner posted six stops and a sack. Preston Lee and Josh Fairley forced a fumble each. Lee had three stops and Fairley recorded one. Isaac Wascom and Brandon Sprehe both recovered a fumble. Wascom made three stops and Sprehe had one.

Last week
Ben’s Ford lost to Centreville, 40-0, while Brookhaven was defeated by Sylva Bay Academy, 40-7.

Last year
Ben’s Ford lost to Brookhaven, 48-19.

Recent history
Last year was the first time the teams played since at least 2013.


Bowling Green School’s Kengie Gordon runs upfield during last week’s game. The Bucs travel to face Oak Forest in a game featuring two 4-0 teams.