Full slate of local football games taking place over next 2 days

Published 1:18 pm Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Local football features a full schedule this week, as MAIS teams are down to their last few weeks of the regular season and the LHSAA teams move into the second half of their seasons.
Four teams are hosting games and two are celebrating homecoming.
The week begins early with a pair of Thursday night contests.

Salmen at Franklinton
Franklinton’s Demons are hosting Salmen tomorrow in a Thursday night non-district contest at 7 p.m.
Franklinton enters with a 2-3 record while Salmen has a 1-4 mark.
The teams will meet again on Oct. 26 at Salmen for a District 8-4A game.
“For this week, it’s just about getting back to what we do and being ourselves,” Franklinton coach Jonathan Barber said. “Last week was a tough week. Salmen is going to come in hungry for a win. We have to focus doing the small things in order for us to be successful.”
Barber said the key to this week is eliminating pre-snap mistakes, eliminating turnovers and negative plays, and defensively, flying to the football and creating turnovers.
Mike Martin has had a solid season and enters with 555 yards rushing with nine touchdowns. Martin is averaging 5.1 yards per carry.
Jasper LaSalle has thrown for 564 yards with three touchdowns. He has also run for 113 yards and a score.
Kian Conerly tops the team in receiving yards with 186 and he has a touchdown reception. Conerly also begins with 159 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Conerly is also second on the team in tackles with 26 to go with three interceptions, a pass defensed and two forced fumbles.
Shayland Allen is at 13 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown.
Duke Bell starts the week with 14 receptions for 115 yards and a score.
Spencer Lambert has 60 yards receiving with a touchdown. Quaran Warren has three catches for 26 yards and Caleb Brown has 16 yards on his only catch.
Grant Thomas is the team leader in tackles with 28. Thomas also has one sack and an interception.
Jayonne Hart is third with 17 stops.
Jacob Turnage is at 16 tackles while Chase Sheridan and Malachi Martin have 15 each and Noah Breland and Carson Ragas have posted 14 each.
Turnage also has a forced fumble and one recovered. Ragas enters with a forced fumble.
Breland and Turnage have made two sacks each while Martin has one sack. Breland has also defended a pass and recovered two fumbles.
Rounding out the pass defensive stats, Avant Monnie has intercepted two passes, defended five, recovered a fumble and caused two.
Tavion Partman and Hayden Cotton have an interception each. Partman has a pass defended.
Lamar Gray has a team leading four passes defended. Corinthious Dickerson enters with a fumble recovery and Derek Shows has caused a fumble.

Last week
Franklinton was defeated by St. Thomas More, 56-21, while Salmen lost to Loranger, 20-19.

Last year
Franklinton lost both meetings last season, 34-33, in the non-district game and 28-8 in the district contest.

Recent history
The teams have met 13 times since 2007. The Demons are 9-4 in those contests with an 8-3 mark in district games, and 1-0 in the playoffs. Salmen won the only non-district game between the two, which was last season.

Amite at Pine
Pine’s Raiders continue District 9-2A play Thursday against Amite at home.
Pine is 3-2 overall and 1-1 in district while Amite is 4-1 overall and 2-0 in district this season. Amite is second in the Class 2A Louisiana Sports Writers Association Poll.
“They’re a good team, but we look at it as a good opportunity to compete with one of the top teams in the state,” Pine coach Bradley Seal said. “A win could do a lot for our program.”
Logan Temples has had a solid season for the Raiders and it continued last week. He went 10-of-14 for 233 yards and a touchdown.
Jordan Anderson caught four passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a touchdown.
Seal praised Temples and Anderson.
“They put a lot of time in together in the offseason, working with each other and getting better and it’s paying off,” Seal said.
Markell Cotton was strong as well, catching six passes for 127 yards and running for a touchdown. Defensively, he intercepted a pass and took it back for a score.
Adrianuen Johnson ran 14 times for 114 yards.
Drake Westmoreland ran in a touchdown and he intercepted a pass on defense.
Jaheim Williams also picked off a pass.

Last week
Pine defeated Springfield, 36-7, while Amite was a 55-0 winner over Northlake Christian.

Last year
Pine lost to Amite, 37-24.

Recent history
Prior to last year, the teams had not played from 2009-2016. LHSAA scores go back to 2009.

Adams County Christian School at Bowling Green School
Bowling Green School is back home Friday night, facing Adams County Christian School in the Buccaneers’ homecoming game tonight.
Bowling Green enters with a 6-1 record and Adams begins the week undefeated at 6-0.
“Obviously, it’s a big week. It’s a high-ranked team in our classification and it will tell us who we are,” Bowling Green coach Boomer Nunez said. “If we can keep the distraction of homecoming away, it could be a good football game on the field. It’s going to be a big week of preparation.”
Johntae McDowell enters with 1,914 passing yards with 13 touchdowns. He has run for 733 yards and nine touchdowns.
Larry Dillon has 550 yards on the ground with seven touchdowns.
Rashaan Duke is the Bucs’ leading receiver at 48 receptions for 757 yards and five touchdowns.
Cameron Bell is at 19 catches for 320 yards and six touchdowns.
Cade Knight begins the week with 25 catches for 420 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively last week, Steven Cooper made nine stops to top Bowling Green to go with an interception.
Patrick Richardson made eight stops.
Brayden McGehee and Jackson Dobraska tallied six tackles each.
Kengie Gordon made five tackles and he picked off a pass.

Last week
Bowling Green was victorious over Central Private School, 21-6, while Adams County Christian School won 14-13 over Silliman Institute.

Last year
Bowling Green was defeated by Adams County Christian School, 38-7.

Recent history
The teams have met every year since 2015 and Adams County Christian School has won all four games.

Albany at Bogalusa
It’s homecoming week for Bogalusa, as the Lumberjacks open the District 7-3A schedule with a contest against Albany on Friday.
Bogalusa enters this week with a 2-3 record while Albany is 5-0.
“Obviously it’s an important week for us,” Bogalusa coach Adam Brumfield said. “Homecoming week is always challenging, getting your kids focused on their assignments and dealing with all of the things that come with homecoming week. Hopefully, we can eliminate some of those distractions, work on our discipline and go out and compete at a high level on Friday.”
Brumfield praised the play of Tyrese Roussell.
“I think Tyrese stepped up and had a really good game at quarterback and had a good game when we needed him to,” he said. “He’s one of our leaders on the team. He played extremely well. We leaned on him by giving him the ball 25 times and he really came through for us Friday night.”
Last week, Rousell ran 25 times for 112 yards and a touchdown and a two-point conversion.
Jakyris McLemore had nine carries for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Kobe Robertson intercepted a pass that sealed the game and the Lumberjacks scored a safety on a snap that went passed the quarterback. There was a race for the football and South Plaquemines recovered it in the end zone for a safety.

Last week
Bogalusa defeated South Plaquemines, 16-12, while Albany won against Science Academy, 28-0.

Last year
Bogalusa lost to Albany, 32-13.

Recent history
Albany has own the last two match-ups. Bogalusa won the prior four.

Ben’s Ford Christian School at Newton County Academy
Ben’s Ford Christian School’s Eagles will take to the road tonight to face Newton County Academy in a District 3AA contest on Friday.
Ben’s Ford enters with a 2-5 overall record and 1-0 in district while Newton is 0-7 overall and 0-1 in league play.
“Right now, we’re sitting at the 15th seed in double-A for playoffs,” Ben’s Ford coach Dean King said. “Newton is a physical football team. You can’t go off of their record because they’re a winless football team. It’s at their place and they’re desperate for a win. It’s an opportunity for us to where if we win, we’re going to compete for a district championship. We really need to work hard this week, we need to prepare and get ready to play good football.”
Last week, Tyler Winstead threw for 38 yards.
Jordan Provost led the receivers with three catches for 22 yards.
Tucker Keating had a reception for 15 yards and Justin Moore posted a catch for five yards.
Defensively, Payton Miller and Jarrett Williams recorded 18 tackles each.
Bailey Bullen had 15 stops.
Chase Penton recorded 14 tackles and a forded fumble.
Isaac Wascom made six stops and recovered a fumble.

Last week
Ben’s Ford Christian School lost to Wayne Academy, 34-0, while Newton County Academy was defeated by Tuscaloosa, 42-0.

Last year
Ben’s Ford lost to Newton County Academy, 26-6.

Recent history
Prior to last year, the teams did not play between 2013-2016.

Varnado at Covenant Christian Academy
Varnado’s Wildcats take to the road Friday to face Covenant Christian Academy in the District 8-1A opener.
Varnado enters with an 0-4 record while Covenant Christian is 4-1. Covenant Christian is among those receiving votes to be ranked in Class 1A by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
“I’m looking forward to district play. We have been preaching to the team to do your job. That it takes 11 players to execute in order for the play to be accomplished the right way,” Varnado coach Anthony Hicks said. “We are still working on eliminating mistakes. We know Covenant has three players that the team relies heavily on and we must shut down two of three in order to be successful and get a win. Overall, ‘let’s win’ is the objective.”
In the Wildcats’ last game, which was two weeks ago, Korterrius Mingo ran 18 times for 81 yards.
Adrian Bickham recorded 10 tackles, one for loss.
Brandon Lee made seven stops, one for loss and he recovered a fumble.

Last week
Varnado was off last week. Two weeks ago, Varnado lost to North Vermilion, 39-0. Covenant Christian Academy lost to St. John, 46-6.

Last year
Varnado defeated Covenant Christian Academy, 36-13.

Recent history
The teams have played every year since 2015 and Varnado has won the last two meetings.