Final week of LHSAA regular season is here

Published 1:53 pm Tuesday, November 5, 2019

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The LHSAA enters its final week of the regular season and all four local LHSAA teams are in action.
This week’s schedule features three games, with two in Washington Parish and one not far away in Pearl River.
All contests are Friday at 7 p.m.

Pine at Varnado
Varnado will celebrate Senior Night by hosting Pine on Friday in a District 9-2A game.
“I’m super proud of our seniors,” Varnado first-year coach Milton Green said. “They have laid the foundation. They’ve worked hard and we’re playing together as a team. They’ve unified the team and made it a brotherhood and I expect them to do great things in their life.”
Varnado comes into this game with a 2-7 overall record and is 0-4 in league play. The Wildcats lost 28-0 to Independence last Friday. Varnado is 45th in the Class 2A power rankings on
Pine won last year’s game, 30-6.
“Last game of the season,” Green said. “I was telling Pine’s coach (Bradley Seal) that we’re looking forward the future. We’ve been playing a lot of young players. It’s senior night. We’ll be playing our seniors. What we’ve learned from this year is that we need to develop a bigger presence, so we’re going to have to get more into our strength-and-conditioning program.
“Coming to this school, that was a big question — our size. We’re more equipped to be a 1A school right now. Every team we’ve played, we’ve been the smaller team, which was to be expected, but we need to get bigger. We are playing in the toughest classification district in the state. We need to put our mindset of a champion like Pine, Amite, Kentwood and St. Helena.”
Pine comes in with a 6-3 overall record and the Raiders are 3-1 in district play. Last Friday, Pine lost 28-17 to defending Class 2A state champion Amite.
Pine is seventh in the Class 2A power rankings on
Pine is the top-vote getter among teams not in the top 10 in the Class 2A Louisiana Sports Writers Association poll.
This game could have implications for the district championship. If Pine wins this game and Kentwood defeats Amite, the three would share the district title.
“Varnado’s always a tough game. They’re super-athletic on defense. It’s going to be a challenge,” Seal said.
Seal said the defensive line has played really well the whole year as a group.
In last week’s game, Adrianuen Johnson rushed for 85 yards.
Logan Temples threw for 38 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 75 yards and a score.
Jordan Anderson caught two passes for 32 yards and a touchdown.
Aurdrlique Dural led the defense with five tackles.
Larry Williams made a sack.
Colton Graves hit a 19-yard field goal.
Pine won last year’s game 30-6. These teams have met every year since at least 2004 and Varnado has gone 9-6 in those matchups. The teams have alternated wins against each other since 2014.

Franklinton at Pearl River
Franklinton will travel to Pearl River for a District 9-4A contest on Friday.
“It’s a big week,” Franklinton coach Jonathan Barber said. “We have an opportunity to earn a home playoff game. We’re playing a top-10 team and it’s Senior Night for them. We’ll have to match their intensity and we look forward to the challenge.”
The Demons come into this week with a 5-4 overall record and 1-1 record in district games. Franklinton was victorious over Salmen, 33-7, last Friday.
Franklinton is 18th in the Class 4A power rankings on
Pearl River is 6-2 overall and 1-1 in district play. Pearl River fell to Lakeshore last Friday, 43-7.
Pearl River is 10th in the Class 4A power rankings on
Pearl River is tied with Leesville for the third highest vote getter among teams not in the Class 4A Louisiana Sports Writers Association poll.
Pearl River won last year’s contest, 23-13.
The teams have met every year since at least 2004 and Franklinton has won every game in that time span, except for last season.
Mike Martin is approaching the 1,000 rushing yard plateau. He enters with 823 yards on the ground and 18 touchdowns. Last week, Martin ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns.
“He’s done a great job,” Barber said. “He runs it hard. He’s run it well between the tackles, but like I told you the other night, we’ve got to give credit to our offensive line. They’ve created holes for him all year and he’s done a good job of exploiting them.”
Franklinton quarterback Jasper LaSalle has thrown for 1,270 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Caleb Brown leads the receivers so far this season, with 34 catches for 604 yards and four touchdowns. Kadarious Mark has 20 receptions for 401 yards.
Defensively, the Demons intercepted three passes against Salmen — two by Corinthious Dickerson and one by Avant Monnie.
Deerail Kemp forced a fumble, and Noah Breland led the team in tackles with eight.
Chase Sheridan, Malachi Martin and Blaine Bulloch all had one sack.

Loranger at Bogalusa
Bogalusa will celebrate Senior Night on Friday, as the Lumberjacks host Loranger in District 8-3A play.
Bogalusa enters this week with a 3-6 overall record and an 0-3 record in district games. Bogalusa lost to Jewel Sumner, 43-0, last Friday.
Bogalusa is 37th in the Class 3A power rankings on
In last Friday’s game, Josh Taylor recorded 96 yards passing and two interceptions.
Tajdryn Forbes had two catches for 54 yards.
Raheem Roberts made four receptions for 35 yards.
Tyrese Roussell posted two catches for 13 yards. He also ran for 14 yards.
Loranger has a 9-0 overall record and is 3-0 in district. Loranger defeated Archbishop Hannan, 20-19, last week.
Last week was the third game Loranger has won by one point. Loranger also defeated Amite, 27-26, and Jewel Sumner, 14-13. Loranger’s other six games have been decided by at least nine points.
Loranger is third in the Class 3A power rankings on Loranger is also third in the Class 3A poll by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Bogalusa won last year’s game, 18-12.
The teams have met every year since 2005 and Loranger is 12-2 in those games.
Bogalusa’s wins were in 2005 and 2018.