September 20, 2021
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Diamond in the Rough: Zander Milton

Zander Milton is a strong safety and outside linebacker for Kenner Discovery High School in Kenner, Louisiana. He stands at 6’1” and weighs 170 pounds. He has clocked a 4.78 40-yard dash and 4.26 shuttle. Milton’s vertical is 33” and he holds a squat personal-record of 315 pounds. He has 19 college football offers at this time.

Watch Milton’s highlights here: https://www.hudl.com/profile/13116627/Zander-Milton/about

At what age did you begin playing football?

7 years old, for the Greenlawn Eagles.

What motivated you to get into playing this sport?

I saw some of my older cousins playing, and I wanted to be like them. I just really like to hit things.

What’s your favorite thing about playing football in Louisiana?

It’s really competitive. Depending on what city you’re in, all the schools are really competitive toward each other.

What’s your favorite thing about your position?

I get to play in the box and I get to hit a lot. It’s more contact with the running backs and less coverage. I don’t prefer one position over the other, though.

What would you say was your favorite memory from playing football?

My favorite memory is when we beat Pope John Paul on their homecoming night my sophomore year.

How was it adapting to new restrictions with COVID?

It was hard, but we fought through it as a team. We were able to fight through it and make the playoffs for the first time in school history.

What would you say are your main strengths on the field?

Being able to come down, make a hit and play coverage in the flats. 

How do you think coaches and teammates would describe you? 

I am a goofy guy, but when it comes time to work, I get the job done. And when they need a big play during the game, I’ll go and make it.

Three words to describe yourself?

Hard working, dedicated and caring.

How do you balance your schoolwork and football?

I usually get all of my schoolwork done during the day. That way, after school and after practice I can go watch film.

What would you tell younger players who want to play high school football one day?

You have to be passionate about the sport and really dedicated. If you want to play in college, your grades are really important, from freshman year to senior year.

What would you like to major in?

Criminal justice. I would probably join a SWAT team.

How do you prepare for an upcoming game?

I prepare by getting my mind right. I get really angry for some reason.

Is there a specific song or artist that gets you hype before each game? 

Goat Talk- Polo G

How do you handle wins and losses?

Wins, we go and celebrate. I usually go out to eat with some of my friends. Losses, I take it as it is and look for ways to get better, so we can beat the opponent next week.

What things are you looking for most in a college football program?

A school that cares about their players both on and off the field. Not just as athletes.

Do you have a favorite NFL or College Athlete and what elements, if any, do you take from their game?

Eric Weddle. He used to be a safety for the Chargers, Ravens and Rams. I learned how to get off the ball and attack from him.

If you can pick any one dead or alive to sit down with and ask anything you want, who would you pick, and what would you ask?

Sean Taylor. I would ask him, what did it take to get to where you were in life, and in football?

What would you bring to a college team that is different?

I think I can bring passion and the will to get better every single day. I would want to raise everybody’s game, as well as mine.

Do you have aspirations of playing in the NFL?

Yes, I really want to play in the NFL.

What’s the biggest thing that you learned through football? 

Football has taught me that there is more than just winning a game. The bonds that you can build with your teammates can really go a long way.

What does football mean to you?

It means a lot. It’s the way I can go to school, get a better education and help my family.

What is one thing could you not go a day without?

South Park, the TV show. I watch it every day.

What was your favorite subject in school?

World History

What hobbies do you have outside of sports?

I like to walk my neighbors dogs.

DITR: Zylan Perry

Zylan Perry ATH Franklin High School

Zylan Perry is a 5’10 ATH who plays quarterback for the Franklin High School Hornets in Franklin, Louisiana. Perry has elite speed clocking a 4.44 40-yard dash but the speed is verified with a 11.1 100-meter dash in track and field. Perry also has elite agility with a 4.3 3-cone shuttle time. As a junior Perry accounted for over 2400 all-purpose yards and 25 touchdowns. He earned 1st Team All-District as an athlete in District 7-2A in the 2020 season. 

Click here to see Zylan’s highlights.

How long have you been playing football and What do you love about football?

Z: I’ve been playing football since I was 5 years old and the thing I love most about football is the contact.

What has football taught you about yourself?

Z: When I started playing football I wasn’t as athletic as I am now so I had to learn the technique of the game first and now my athleticism mixed with that technique has made me a better player. 

Who are your biggest motivators?

Z: My family is my biggest motivation. 

Do you play any other sports? 

Z: I run track, competing in the 100m, 4X100m relays, 4x200m relays and I also play basketball. 

What is your biggest strength on the football field?

Z: My speed is my biggest strength on the field.

What part of your game do you want to improve on in your senior year?

Z: I would like to become a better passer this season. 

What should college coaches know about you?

Z: They should know that I have the speed, agility and crisp route running that translates very well to the next level. 

What are some of your goals, when it comes to your overall football career? 

Z: My goal is play Division 1 football and to continue my playing career professionally. 

Is there any player college or professional that you model your game after?

Z: A lot of people compare me to Lamar Jackson, they call me “Lamar 2.0”. 

What are some of your goals this season team wise and personally? 

Z: My main goal is for our team to make it to and win the state championship game and I want to be first team all-state this season. 

Central’s Jonathan Swift II shines as the Wildcats defeat Belaire 48-0

Central QB Jonathan Swift II warming up at halftime during the game again Belaire

The Belaire Bengals travelled to Central, Louisiana for a matchup against the Central High School Wildcats. The beginning of the game was slightly pushed back due to lightning, and weather conditions affected both sides, as there were multiple turnovers from both teams in the rain. 

On Central’s opening drive, they fumbled, and Belaire gained possession at the Central 25. Belaire looked like they were going to capitalize with the field goal, but it was blocked. Central in turn capitalized on the field position and scored a touchdown.

Belaire fumbled 3 times on 3 straight drives, leading to 20 straight Central points. The Wildcats scored one more touchdown and got a safety on a botched snap, leading to the score being 34-0 at halftime. QB Jonathan Swift II had over 100 rushing yards, with multiple touchdowns in the air and on the ground.

To start of the second half, Denichlass Jeter picked off a ball from Swift, giving Belaire the ball in Wildcat territory. They could not capitalize, and then Swift ran for a touchdown. He was pulled from the game in the third quarter without an injury. Regardless, the second half was more of the same, as Central beat Belaire 48-0.

No. 15 SLU Closes Out Nonconference With a 56-10 Victory Over Central Connecticut State

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. –  The No. 15 Southeastern Louisiana University football team closed out nonconference play with a convincing 56-10 victory over Central Connecticut State Saturday afternoon at Arute Field.

The Lions (2-1) built a 28-3 halftime lead and never looked back on the way to the win in its first-ever meeting against the Blue Devils (1-2). SLU, playing its third straight game away from home to open the 2021 season, finished with 571 total yards and 31 first downs. Southeastern did not attempt a punt on the way to its school-record sixth straight game of 40 or more points.

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Reigning Walter Payton Award winner and SLU senior quarterback Cole Kelley threw for 444 yards and a career-high tying four touchdown passes on 25-for-33 passing. The Lafayette, Louisiana native’s top targets were CJ Turner (five catches, 119 yards, two touchdowns) and Austin Mitchell (5-116-1 TD).

Kelley also connected with Cephus Johnson III for a touchdown throw. Kelley, Johnson III, Taron Jones and Jessie Britt all had rushing touchdowns for the Lions.

Defensively, SLU forced the host Blue Devils into four turnovers, as Alphonso Taylor, Justin Dumas and Terrell Carter all intercepted passes, while Darrius Harry recovered a fumble. The Lions held CCSU to 290 total yards, as Herman Christophe finished with a team-high 10 tackles, while Jack Henderson led SLU with two tackles for loss.

Romelo Williams handled the majority of the work under center for the Blue Devils, finishing with 148 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 17-for-34 passing. Nasir Smith led CCSU with 83 yards on 21 carries.

Southeastern wasted no time jumping on top, covering 81 yards on four plays to take the early lead. Kelley found Turner for a 31-yard touchdown pass to give the Lions a 7-0 lead just over a minute into the contest.

The Blue Devils answered with a 12-play, 59-yard scoring drive, cutting the lead to 7-3 with a 33-yard field goal by Joe Zoppi with 7:00 left in the opening period.

SLU moved into CCSU territory on the ensuing drive, but Jones fumbled after a hit by Tre Jones. Jahlil Brown pounced on the loose ball to give the Blue Devils the ball back. Central Connecticut State drove deep into SLU territory, but Tainano Gaulua made a big stop on a fourth-and-short to quell the Blue Devils drive.

On the first play of the second quarter, Mitchell got behind the CCSU defense and Kelley found him for a 52-yard touchdown and a 14-3 SLU lead with 14:51 left in the opening half.

After the teams traded empty possessions, SLU picked up another big fourth-down stop, as Sci Martin and Henderson stopped the Blue Devils short to give the Lions the ball back near midfield. A pair of long passes from Kelley to Nick Kovacs and Carter to set up a one-yard touchdown run by Britt that gave the Lions a 21-3 advantage with 3:46 left in the first half.

The Lion defense forced a quick three-and-out. Jones scored from two yards to cap a seven-play, 74-yard scoring march. Jones’ score gave SLU a 28-3 advantage with just over a minute remaining in the half. An interception by Taylor sent the Lions into the break with a commanding 28-3 advantage.

After SLU stopped CCSU’s initial drive, the Blue Devils attempted a fake punt, but Carter intercepted Aidan Clark’s pass. On the next play, Kelley found a wide-open Johnson III for a 37-yard score and a 35-3 Lions lead just under three minutes into the second half.

On the next drive, Harry fell on a loose ball after a mishandled snap to give the Lions the ball at the Blue Devil 24-yard line. Seven plays later, Kelley powered in to give SLU a 42-3 lead with 9:53 remaining in the third quarter.

Central Connecticut State drove deep into Lion territory on its ensuing drive, but Zoppi’s 26-yard field goal attempt was pushed wide left and kept the SLU lead at 42-3. However, Kelley fumbled on the next drive to give the Blue Devils the ball back at the Lion 19-yard line. Three plays later, Williams found Keonte Lucas for an eight-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 42-10 with 2:22 remaining in the third quarter.

A 68-yard kickoff return by Gage Larvadain set SLU up in Blue Devil territory. However, Kelley was intercepted at the Blue Devil 11-yard line by Kaiyon Gunn to end the SLU threat.

SLU forced another Blue Devil punt, then two plays later, Kelley found Turner for a 39-yard touchdown pass. Turner’s second score of the game gave the Lions a 49-10 edge just over a minute into the final period.

Southeastern closed out its scoring with just under two minutes left, as Johnson III scored from a yard out to provide the final 56-10 margin.

Southeastern will have next weekend off before opening Southland Conference play at McNeese on Oct. 2 at noon. 

SLU – 7 21 14 14 – 56 (2-1)

CCSU – 3 0 7 0 – 10 (1-2)

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

SLU – Turner 31 pass from Kelley (Rengifo kick), 13:46

CCSU – Zoppi 33 FG, 7:00

2nd Quarter

SLU – Mitchell 52 pass from Kelley (Rengifo kick), 14:51

SLU – Britt 1 run (Rengifo kick), 3:46

SLU – T. Jones 2 run (Rengifo kick), 1:04

3rd Quarter
SLU – Johnson III 37 pass from Kelley (Rengifo kick), 12:19

SLU – Kelley 4 run (Rengifo kick), 9:53
CCSU – Lucas 8 pass from Williams (Zoppi kick), 2:22

4th Quarter

SLU – Turner 39 pass from Kelley (Rengifo kick), 13:48

SLU- Johnson III 1 run (Rengifo kick), 1:33

                                                                            SLU        CCSU

FIRST DOWNS                                                  31           20
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)                                  29-94      36-95                                                                                                                                     

PASSING YDS (NET)                                       477         195        

Passes Att-Comp-Int                                          35-27-1   43-23-3                         

TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS                64-571    79-290                                                                                     

Fumble Returns-Yards                                        0-0          0-0                                                         

Kickoff Returns-Yards                                       3-106      4-60                                             

Punt Returns-Yards                                             1-(-12)    0-0         

Interception Returns-Yards                                 3-6          1-0                            

Punts (Number-Avg)                                           0-0          3-36.3                    

Fumbles-Lost                                                      2-2          2-1                                                          

Penalties-Yards                                                   9-93        6-55

Possession Time.                                                 24:35      35:25       

Third-Down Conversions                                    3-of-6     7-of-17                                                                                                                  

Fourth-Down Conversions                                  1-of-2     1-of-4                                                                 

Red Zone Scores-Chances                                  4-4          2-4                                                                                          

RUSHING: SLU – Johnson III 6-27, Dingle 3-26, Westcott 5-17, T. Jones 5-11, Mitchell 2-9, Britt 3-8, Kelley 4-(-2), Team 1-(-2). Totals – 29-94. CCSU – Smith 21-83, Williams 4-17, Lucas 3-8, Hawkom 5-6, Huston 2-2, Mitchell 1-(-21). Totals – 36-95.   

PASSING: SLU – Kelley 25-33-1-444-4, Johnson III 2-2-0-33-0. Totals – 27-35-1-477-4. CCSU – Williams 17-34-1-148-1, Mitchell 6-8-0-47-1, Clark 0-1-1-0-0.  Totals – 23-43-3-195-1.   

RECEIVING: SLU – Turner 5-119, Mitchell 5-116, Dingle 4-46, Johnson III 3-48, Kovacs 3-39, Givan 2-31, Carter 1-28, Larvardain 1-19, Spurlock 1-14, Drobocky 1-9, T. Jones 1-8. Totals – 25-477. CCSU – Smith 5-29, Petteway 5-23, Lucas 4-6, Williams 3-49, Surratt 3-23, Marsh 1-44, Johnson 1-17, Wormley 1-4. Totals – 23-195.   

GSU drops road tilt against Houston

HOUSTON, Texas | The Grambling State University football team continued to struggle offensively as Houston started slow before pulling away for a 45-0 victory on Saturday night at TDECU Stadium.


Houston (2-1) took advantage of a short field after an Aldon Clark fumble and marched 47 yards in six plays as Nathaniel Dell caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Ike Ogbogu, giving the Cougars a 7-0 lead with 15 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.

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The Cougars again capitalized on the great field position and after stopping the Tigers offense, Houston’s special teams provided the scoring punch. Marcus Williams returned Garret Urban’s 37-yard punt 48 yards to paydirt as UH increased the lead to 14-0 with 10:40 left in the second.


Houston extended the lead to 21-0 as Alton McCaskill scored on a 17-yard touchdown run, capping an 8-play, 80-yard drive with 5:23 remaining in the first half.


McCaskill added to his day with his second touchdown, a 34-yard scamper, with 11:54 left in the third quarter as the Cougars pushed the margin to 28-0.


Houston put the game out of reach after a 7-play, 56-yard drive as Dell caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Ogbogu in the left corner of the endzone as the Cougars extended the lead to 35-0 with 7:01 remaining.


The Cougars put together a 6-play, 58-yard as Ta’Zhawn Henry scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, giving Houston a 42-0 advantage with just over two minutes left in the third.


A Dalton Witherspoon 22-yard field capped a 15-play, 62-yard drive as Houston wrapped up the scoring.


CHECKING THE BOX SCORE
– Grambling State (1-2) finsihed with 102 total yards and three first downs

– The Tigers registered 53 rushing yards and 49 passing yards

– Aldon Clark got the start at quarterback and went 4 of 12 passing for 49 yards

– CJ Russell recorded 18 yards on 10 carries

– Darqueze Brutton added 18 yards on nine touches

– Greg White caught one pass for 37 yards

– Garrett Urban punted the ball 12 times for 422 yards, averaging 35.2 yards per punt

– Garrett Urban’s longest punt was 50 yards, with four inside the 20

– Defensively, Blake Thomas had five total tackles, including three solo stops and half of a sack

– Demario Cleaves added five tackles, with three coming on solo stops

– Houston finished with 422 total yards of offense and 24 first downs

– The Cougars registered 258 yards through the air and 164 yards on the ground

– Ike Ogbogu was 14 of 22 passing for 196 yards and a pair of touchdowns

– Alton McCaskill rushed the ball 16 times for 114 yards and two scores

– Nathaniel Dell tallied 134 yards on eight receptions, with two touchdowns

– Donavan Mutin registered seven total tackles, including five solo stops

– The Cougars controlled the time of possession (34:58)


GAME NOTES
– Grambling State fell to 0-3 all-time against Houston

– The Tigers were playing the first of two consecutive games in the state of Texas

– Houston returned a punt 48 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, its third touchdown return in the last two seasons- GSU dropped to 9-6 during the Fobbs era in games played in the Lone Star State

– The Tigers fell to 14-14 (opening month) during the month of September- Grambling State is 17-19 when the opponent scores first and 13-15 when trailing after one quarter

– The Tigers have not scored in eight quarters

– Grambling State has been shut out twice in a season for the first time since 1976


QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH BRODERICK FOBBS”Tonight we played a very good Houston football team. We played well early on, but when you are playing good teams, you can’t make mistakes. We need to eliminate these mistakes, which will help us be a better football team. We look forward to having a good week of practice and stepping into Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) play next week.”


UP NEXT

Grambling State steps into Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) play on Saturday with the annual trip to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas as the Tigers meet Prairie View A&M in the State Fair Classic. The Panthers played host to Houston Baptist on Saturday. PVAMU is 1-0 in the SWAC after opening the season with a 40-17 victory over rival Texas Southern. Kickoff on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl is set for 4 p.m.

Freshmen Impress in LSU 49-21 win over CMU

LSU and Central Michigan face off tonight in Death Valley for the first team ever. This game will be the second SEC opponent Central Michigan has faced this year. Their first was a 34-24 loss to Mizzou. However the Chippewas will be no stranger to the Tigers, as they are coached by former Florida head coach Jim McElwain. The Chippewas are coming off a 45-0 beat down of Robert Morris. While the Tigers come in with a 34-7 win over McNeese St.

Central Michigan (CMU) won the toss and elected to defer to the second half. Weather for tonight’s game is a balmy 85 degrees and 69% humidity. For a team from Michigan that had to fly into Baton Rouge this morning the weather will definitely play factor. I think the entire team will be gassed by halftime and getting IVs in their locker room.

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The Tiger offense came out fired up, Jack Bech had two big catches for on third down to extend the drive. Then true freshman Deion Smith outleaped his defender and snatched the ball from their grasp for the first Tiger score of the night. A 28 yard strike from Max Johnson.

On the ensuing drive CMU quarterback Sirmon completed to running back Bracy. LSU corner Derek Stingley Jr. lit the running back up on a text back tackle and caused a fumble that was recovered by defensive end Andre Anthony for the scoop and score. Putting the Tigers up 14-0 after the extra point by Cade York.

CMU would get the ball back and the Tigers defense would continue to bully Sirmon. This time in the form of an interception by defensive back Major Burns. A block in the back would negate some of the yardage that Burns picked up.

That interception by Major Burns lead to another mind blowing touchdown reception by Deion Smith. Smith caught the ball in coverage at the six yard line with his defender draped over him and was able to shake him off for the score. The Tigers go up 21-0

The defense continued to bottle up the CMU passing attack, dropping receivers for losses. Then Sirmon found wide receiver Sullivan streaking down the sideline in what looked like a blown coverage or the DBs lost track of him on a stop and go route. Either way the Sullivan was off to the races for 78 yards and the first points for CMU. “I thought our defense played solid.” said Ed Orgeron. “We were very disappointed we gave those big plays.”

Tiger running back Corey Kiner continues to impress

 The true freshman put on a clinic against the Chippewas, racking up 74 yards and a touchdown on the night. His biggest feat on the night came in the fourth quarter. On first and goal from the five yard line, Kiner took the hand off and was immediately met in the backfield by a CMU defender. Kiner spun off the tackle ala Clyde Edwards Helaire and scampered into the end zone for the score.

LSU freshmen continue to add value to Tigers

Several freshmen contributed tonight to the Tigers. Corey Kiner as mentioned earlier has that extra burst and wriggle to compliment Ty Davis-Price. Tight end Jack Bech is garnering favor for the SEC All Freshmen Team. “Personally I think my confidence has been going up game-by-game” said Bech. I think the first two games were flukes, I think everybody saw what we were made of tonight. We’re going to put the country on notice and they’re going to feel us.” Coming into tonight’s game Deion Smith had just two receptions, tonight he had five receptions on six targets for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Brian Thomas was two for two on receptions and targets with 50 yards receiving. “You got to see what we’ve seen in practice.” said Orgeron “With Deion Smith and those young receivers and a young running back in Corey Kiner.”

Tigers’ linebackers continue to impress

Once again Damone Clark lead the Tigers in tackles, for the third straight game Clark has lead the team. “I’m proud of the way our defense played tonight” said Clark. “We had a few busts, but that’s what practice and watching film is for. But overall I’m excited about our effort; just flying to the ball and being relentless.”   

On to SEC play

LSU heads to Starkville to take on Mississippi State next week to open SEC play. Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron believes the Tigers are ready for that next step. “We saw improvement.” said Orgeron “I told our team ‘This isn’t about Central Michigan. This is about us. Our identity. Who we’re going to be. And what we’re going to do as a football team.’ I think you saw of them tonight.”

Final Score:

LSU 49

CMU 21

Scotlandville vs Warren Easton

The Scotlandville Hornets and the Warren Easton Eagles met last night at Scotlandville for the Eagle’s first game since Hurricane Ida. The Hornets started the game with a lot of energy. The Hornet’s defense did a good job of stopping the Eagle’s offense. Deuce Williams was a standout runner for the Hornet’s offense and Jay Gordon was a strong runner for the Eagles.

Scotlandville wins the coin toss and elects to receive the ball. On the opening kickoff, Chance Williams picked up 15 yards for the Hornets. On the next down, the Hornet quarterback keeps the ball and scores the first touchdown jumping over a defender in the end zone. An offsides penalty is called on the Eagles giving the Hornets some yardage. The extra point is good and the score 7-0. Chance Williams picks up another 31 yards and then the Hornet’s quarterback scores another touchdown.

In the second quarter, Warren Easton fumbles the ball and a Scotlandville defender recovers it Cayden Knighten scores a 41 yard touchdown for the Hornets and the score is 21 to 0. The Eagles offense takes the field and Leon Elloie picks up 30 yards. Warren Easton scores a touchdown and the two point conversion is successful bringing the Eagle’ score to 8. Warren Easton scores again with four seconds left in the first half and the Eagle’s score is now 14.

Starting the second half of the game, Warren Easton fumbles the ball and Scotlandville recovers it. Both teams go back and forth with fumble recoveries and penalty trouble. Warren Easton scores a 4 yard touchdown with 5:52 left in the third quarter with a successful two point conversion. The score is 21 Hornets and 22 for the eagles. Number 26 for Scotlandville scores a 67 year touchdown and the score is up 28 to 22. Warren Easton scores another touchdown with another two point conversion.

In the fourth quarter, Warren Easton scores the first touchdown of the quarter bringing the score to 36 for the Eagles and 28 for the Hornets. The Hornet’s quarterback throws an interception to an Eagles defender. Warren Easton fumbles and Scotlandville takes the ball back. Warren Easton scores another touchdown and the game ends with the Eagles on top, 42-28.

LB Landry vs. St. James

The LB Landry Buccaneers and the St. James Wildcats met tonight for an exciting and energetic game. They both had to take time to adjust, but it was back and forth which resulted in a win for the St. James Wildcats.

Opening the game, St. James’, Daniel Jupiter, received a punt and scored the first touchdown of the game with a good extra point, putting the Wildcats up 6-0. The Buccaneers were on offense 3 and out and the Wildcats offense took over at the 38 yard line. The Wildcats received a 5 yard penalty for delay of game, but Daniel Jupiter threw a complete pass for a first down. Number 1 for the Buccaneers recovered a fumble and scored a touchdown which putting the score 7-6.

This game was back and forth with strong and fast runners getting first downs and defensive players being in position to intercept the ball. The Buccaneers and the Wildcats both had some penalty trouble, but they were able to overcome them for a good performance tonight. St. James fumbled the ball and number 32 for LB Landry recovered it putting the Bucs offense back on the field. Not to be surpassed, number 11 for St. James, Cyler Christmas, intercepted the ball thrown by the Buccaneers’ quarterback. However, the Buccaneers scored another touchdown putting them up 20 to 6.

In the second quarter, Cyler Christmas of the St. James Wildcats scored a touchdown. For a successful two-point conversion, number 3 on the Wildcats offense soared over the defenders landing in the end zone. At half time, the Wildcats were up 24-20.

Coming back in the third, Cyler Christmas, scored another Wildcat touchdown putting the score up to 31 with a good extra point. The Buccaneers respond with another touchdown bringing them to 26 points.

In the fourth quarter, Cyler Christmas intercepted another pass from the Bucs quarterback. St. James fumbles and the Bucs offense returns to the field. When the Wildcats’ offense return, wide receiver, Shazz Preston carried the ball for a first down and then caught the ball while flipping over a defender. The end score was 41 for the Wildcats and 26 for the Buccaneers.

Video captured by Jada Ward
Video captured by Jada Ward

Afterwards, I spoke with St. James’ wide receiver, Shazz Preston.

How does it feel walking away with a win?

It feels good we have some things we need to clean up moving forward this season. It was an ugly win, but I’ll take it.

How are you feeling about this season?

Very confident we just need to put in more work as the season goes along and clean up.

What was your favorite part about tonight’s game?

Me going on defense.

McKinley Game 2 Matchup

While the weather still is not ideal here in Baton Rouge, football stops for nothing. The McKinley Panthers have been getting in the work they can for this upcoming game against Southern Lab. Practicing in the rain two days out of the week, McKinley has been focusing on strengthening their matchups with Southern Lab’s athletes.

Both McKinley and Southern Lab have winning records and are looking to improve those records in this matchup. McKinley is looking to solidify their status as the go to school for their district, as they have lost a few players over the years to Southern Lab’s program. I sat down with McKinley High Head Coach Malcolm Reed to discuss this game and more in the Coaches Corner series on the Gridiron Football App.

Weekly Standouts: Andre Knighton, one of the team’s senior leaders, played a very well rounded game at cornerback last week against Capitol. In that game, he was the one who came down with a crucial interception in the last two minutes of regulation to lead to McKinley’s victory. Chauncey Smith was also an unsung hero in the Capitol game with the way he was able to consistently gain positive yardage throughout the game. This kind of steady presence is something that McKinley will be looking for from Chauncey in Friday’s matchup.

Next Game: vs. Southern Lab at A.W. Mumford Stadium, in Baton Rouge, LA, Friday at 7 p.m.

DITR: Brock Harvey

Brock Harvey is a 6’4 246-pound defensive end for West Monroe High School. He currently has one offer from Nicholls State. His 40- yard dash is 4.88, his bench press max is 310, he squats 430, power cleans 330, and his pro shuttle is 4.48. His junior season he had 39 tackles, 31 of them being solo. He had 5 tackles for loss, 10 hurries, and 2 and ½ sacks. He is a fast and aggressive player. Brock is a 1st Team All-District 5a defensive end. He is a 1st team All Parish DE as well as a Honorable All Mention All-State DE.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW BROCK’S HIGHLIGHTS!

Tell me about yourself.

I’m from West Monroe, LA. My dad and brother played at West Monroe too. We all wore the number 34. 

How did you start playing football?

I started when I was super young. It’s what everybody did, and it just stuck with me.

When you think about your football career, what is one of your biggest goals?

To get a good scholarship and go to a good school.

What do you think makes you stand out from your competition?

My size and my strength.

Who or what keeps you motivated to push yourself?

God for sure and my dad.

What has been a highlight for you in football this far?

Being a senior and being able to play during a pandemic. A lot of games have been cancelled and I’m blessed.

What is one of your biggest lessons from football?

Playing as a team and not being selfish. There’s strength in your team and not playing by yourself.

What is one of your biggest goal?

Definitely to get an interception and to win a state championship.

Beyond Belaire: Week 3 vs. Central

Belaire High Head Coach Byron Wade (right) and Braden Erwin (left) talking about Belaire Football in a new episode of Coaches Corner, exclusive on the Gridiron Football App

Louisiana and the Gulf Coast has had a streak of bad luck when it comes to weather, as Tropical Storm Nicholas made landfall within 2 weeks of Hurricane Ida devastating Southeast Louisiana. Fortunately, the storm is seeming to have no effect on East Baton Rouge Parish Football, so we will get a great upcoming matchup this week between Belaire High School (Baton Rouge, LA) and Central High School (Central, LA).

Both Belaire and Central are coming off wins, with Belaire beating Northeast High and Central beating Tara High last week. Belaire is looking to get its first win against a Division 5A school, which they are going to have a great opportunity to come Friday at 7pm. I sat down with Belaire Head Coach Byron Wade to talk about this game and more on Coaches Corner, a Gridiron Football App exclusive weekly show.

Weekly Standout: Senior DL Christian Tolliver had a big game against Northeast last week, consistently applying pressure to their quarterback and helping ensure they were limited in the passing game. He had a huge sack to keep Northeast from scoring in the second half, and got pressure that lead to an interception.

Next Game: vs. Central High School at Central High School in Central, LA, Friday at 7pm.

Gambling State seeks road win against Houston 

GRAMBLING, La. | The Grambling State University football team takes to the road for the third consecutive week as the Tigers visit Houston on Saturday night at TDECU Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. 

The Tigers (1-1) are coming off a 37-0 loss last Saturday at Southern Miss, while the Cougars captured the Bayou Bucket Classic with a 44-7 victory at Rice.  

Saturday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN+ as Alex Del Barrio and Stanford Routt will have the call. In addition, Grambling State will broadcast and stream the game on the Grambling State Sports Radio Network. The game can be heard in Ruston (KRUS – Hitz 96.3) and in Monroe (KNNW – 103.1 FM). The Tigers’ broadcast crew of Santoria Black, Ossie Clark, Nick Harrison and T. Lay Collins will call all of the action. 

“There’s not a question of our kids playing hard; we just need to play better,” Grambling State head football coach Broderick Fobbs said. “On offense we didn’t match anything to put on the board. In games in that magnitude, in order to apply pressure that are FBS teams, you’ve got to score points and you’ve got to put the pressure back on them. We just neglected to do that. 

“I feel really good about our kids, our players. I thought our defense played lights out for two-and-half quarters. They just wore us down once we got late to the third quarter and into the fourth quarter. We’re a work in progress and we’re excited about playing this week against another big opponent.” 

ABOUT THE GAME  

– Grambling State and Houston will be meeting for the third time 

– Both teams will be seeking their second win of the season 

– Grambling State will be looking for its first-ever win over Houston 

– The Tigers will be make the first of two trips (back-to-back) to the state of Texas 

– Houston will be paying tribute to 75 years of Houston Athletics on Saturday 

– The Cougars are 45-30 all-time in home openers, including six straight victories 

GRAMBLING STATE NEWS & NOTES   

– The Tigers are coming off a 37-0 loss at Southern Miss last Saturday 

– Grambling State played two quarterbacks – Elijah Walker and Aldon Clark 

– Walker started the game and went 8 of 13 passing for 30 yards 

– Clark went 8 of 19 passing for 60 yards and one interception 

– The Tigers continue to look for their identity on offense as GSU finished with 141 total yards 

– Blake Thomas and Lewis Matthews each recorded eight tackles against the Golden Eagles 

– Grambling State seeks its first road win of the season and first win in the series against Houston 

– The Tigers wrap up non-conference play against the Cougars 

– Grambling State plays in the state of Texas in back-to-back weeks (Houston and Dallas) 

HOUSTON NEWS & NOTES  

– The Cougars enter Saturday’s game off a 44-7 victory over Rice last Saturday 

– Against the Owls, Houston had 23 first downs and amassed 393 total yards of offense 

– Clayton Tune was 22 of 30 passing for 236 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while rushing nine times for 49 yards 

– Running back Alton McCaskill totaled three touchdowns and was the first UH true freshman to score touchdowns in a game since 2008 

– Rice was held to seven points and 86 yards passing 

– Houston received acceptance in the Big 12 Conference on Sept. 10  

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY  

– Houston leads the all-time series, 2-0 

– The Cougars and Tigers first met in 2006 

– Houston won the last meeting, 47-0, in 2014 

BRODERICK FOBBS TRENDS 

– Grambling State is 9-5 in the state of Texas 

– Grambling State is 0-2 against members of the American Athletic Conference, with losses to Tulane and Houston 

– The Tigers are 0-8 against teams from the FBS 

– GSU is 14-13 in September and 14-9 in games played after 6 p.m. 

LOOKING AHEAD TO WHAT’S NEXT  

– Grambling State steps into Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) play against rival Prairie View A&M at the State Fair Classic at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas  

– The Tigers own the all-time series, 51-20-1, which dates back to 1950 

– GSU  

– The Panthers have won the past three matchups, with all three games decided by eight points or less 

– Grambling State has the longest winning streak in the series, 20 games 

DITR: Colin Larson

Colin Larson is a class of 2022 Center and Guard for Brusly High School in Brusly, Louisiana. His 40 time is 5 and he benches 315 and squats 405. Colin is a confident and aggressive player. He also maintains a 3.2 GPA. His main goal is to play football for as long as he can.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW COLIN’S HUDL!

Tell me about yourself.

I wrestle and I like to do puzzles. I like to fish, hunt, and I like to go four-wheeler riding.

How did you start playing football?

I started off playing flag football. There was a pee wee team in my area and the coach tried to convince my mom to play. When I got bigger, she finally let me play.

When you think about your football career, what is one of your biggest goals?

To go play in college. I just want to play for as long as I can. I really love it.

What do you think makes you stand out from your competition?

I’m pretty aggressive. When I’m on the field, I think I’m the best. I try to win every rep and I try to show that on the field. I’d say I’m really confident.

What keeps you motivated to push yourself?

The fans. My family and friends. It helps on Friday nights seeing them in the stands cheering me and my teammates on.

What has been a highlight for you in football this far?

Getting a starting spot on varsity when I first got to high school.

What was something early on that made you want to continue to play football?

When I played for the pee wee team, I’d see how much my parents wanted me to succeed, it felt really good. Also, seeing how much support we get now in high school.

What is one of your biggest lessons from football?

Practice makes perfect. You have to keep practicing. You can’t go into something new without knowing something about it. 

What is one of your biggest goals for this season?

Win a state championship and get a college scholarship to play football somewhere.

DITR: Pierce Walsh

Pierce Walsh from Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois

Pierce Walsh is a Class of 2023 Wide Receiver/Tight End from Benet Academy in Lisle, Illinois. Pierce has sure hands and goes up to win 50-50 balls with his 6’4” frame. He’s a clean route runner and can bully opposing corners. He is used as a tight end, wide receiver, and defensive end, and shows off his size at all three positions. 

How long have you been playing football?

Pierce: I’ve been playing since 3rd Grade, so 8 years, give or take.

How would you describe your role on the team? 

P: My role on the team is to perform to the best of my ability, make sure I encourage and help my teammates improve, and be a good leader. My role is to do whatever I can to help us win.

How would your teammates describe you?

P: I think they would call me laid back, in the summers I want to get after it in practice and then relax and chill. During the season I’m focused, and on game day, I’m locked on, doing my job, getting the win, and then having fun after wins, hang out with the guys, getting food or whatnot.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

P: My biggest on the field strength is quickness and suddenness, I’m a 4.6 40 guy so I’ not the fastest, but especially on defense I’m quick off the ball, I use my speed in passing situations to get to the quarterback. Those traits work well with my size, and it helps me at all levels of the game. Off the field, I’m positive, keeping kids heads up, making sure the team is on time and not slacking, and just ensuring what is best for the team.

What do you need to improve on the most to make sure you’re successful at the next level?

P: Size and speed, I’m fast for my size but I can be faster, and I want to put weight on, I need to get up to 230 lbs [currently 210lbs.]. I have to take care of body more and make sure I prevent injuries. Knock on wood, I’ve only missed one game ever from injury and I’m all good now.

Who would you compare yourself to, in college or the NFL?

P: As a tight end, George Kittle and, the more I think about it, Darren Waller. Waller used to play receiver and moved to tight end and plays similarly to how I do.

What is your goal for this season with Benet? 

P: The goal for the season is to win out, as a team we’ve been struggling with injuries. I want to make it to playoff, make a playoff run, and make sure I contribute anyway I can. Nothing better than Friday Night Lights, and I’m going to have fun my junior season.

What are you going to bring to the college team that recruits you?

P: Passion for the game and someone who is going to make play on the field and won’t be a problem off field. Someone who the coaches and players want to be around. I will have fun with the guys, and I’ll be a good influence for them. Football is supposed to be fun when it is said and done. 

Pierce has offers from Illinois State, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Miami (OH), Toledo, Northern Illinois.

Click here to check out Pierce’s Hudl.

Tyler Announces The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week

TYLER, Texas – Memphis quarterback, Seth Henigan has been named The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for the second week of the college football season.

True freshman quarterback Henigan was tremendous, completing 22-of-33 passes for 417 yards and five touchdowns in the win over Arkansas State 55-50.  Henigan’s 417 passing yards rank eighth all-time in program single-game history. 

Seth Henigan is a graduate of Denton Ryan High School in Denton, Texas.

Honorable Mentions Week 2:

B.J. BAYLOR, RB, OREGON STATE 

Junior 

Wharton, TX (Wharton HS) 

18 carries – 171 yards, 3 TD 

W 45-27 vs. Hawaii 

TAHJ BROOKS, RB, TEXAS TECH 

Sophomore 

Manor, TX (Manor HS)
11 carries – 103 yards, 2 TD + 7-yd reception 

W 28-22 vs. SFA

ULYSSES BENTLEY IV, RB, SMU 

Sophomore 

Houston, TX (C.E. King HS) 

10 carries – 141 yards, TD | 21 yards receiving, TD 

W 35-12 vs. North Texas 

GERRY BOHANON, QB, BAYLOR 

Junior

Earle, AR (Earle HS) 

17/23 – 247 yards, 3 TD | 27 yards rushing, 2 TD 

W 66-7 vs. Texas Southern 

LOGAN BONNER, QB, UTAH STATE 

Junior 

Rowlett, TX (Rowlett HS) 

21/33 – 390 yards, 4 TD, INT 

W 48-24 vs. North Dakota 

JARRET DOEGE, QB, WEST VIRGINIA 

Senior 

Lubbock, TX (Cooper HS) 

14/22 – 259 yards, 3 TD 

W 66-0 VS. Long Island 

MAX DUGGAN, QB, TCU 

Junior 

Council Bluffs, IA (Lewis Central HS) 

17/31 – 234 yards, 3 TD, INT | 71 yards rushing, TD 

W 34-32 vs. Cal 

SEAN DYKES, TE, MEMPHIS 

Senior 

Houston, TX (Manvel HS) 

9 catches – 143 yards, 2 TD 

W 55-50 @ Arkansas State 

TRESTAN EBNER, RB, BAYLOR 

Senior 

Henderson, TX (Henderson HS) 

10 carries – 125 yards | 4 catches – 70 yards, TD 

W 66-7 vs. Texas Southern 

ZACH EVANS, RB, TCU 

Sophomore 

Houston, TX (North Shore HS) 

22 carries – 190 yards, TD + 14 yards receiving 

W 34-32 vs. Cal 

ERIK EZUKANMA, WR, TEXAS TECH 

Junior 

Fort Worth, TX (Timber Creek HS) 

6 catches – 143 yards, TD 

W 28-22 vs. SFA 

QUENTIN JOHNSTON, WR, TCU 

Sophomore 

Temple, TX (Temple HS) 

5 catches – 95 yards, 2 TD 

W 34-32 vs. Cal 

ISAIAH NEYOR, WR, WYOMING 

Sophomore 

Fort Worth, TX (Arlington Lamar HS)

4 catches – 87 yards, 2 TD + 2-point conversion | 13 yards rushing, TD 

W 50-43 @ Northern Illinois 

TYQUAN THORNTON, WR, BAYLOR 

Senior 

Miami, FL (Booker T. Washington HS) 

5 catches – 103 yards, 2 TD 

W 66-7 vs. Texas Southern 

DEUCE VAUGHN, RB, KANSAS STATE 

Sophomore 

Round Rock, TX (Cedar Ridge HS) 

26 carries – 120 yards, 3 TD 

W 31-23 vs. Southern Illinois 

THE EARL CAMPBELL TYLER ROSE AWARD

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, announced in 2012 by the Tyler Chamber and SPORTyler, recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community, and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals.

In addition, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four year D1 Texas college.

For more information about The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award go to www.earlcampbellaward.com or contact Cindy Smoak, SPORTyler, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce: csmoak@tylertexas.com or 903-595-7226.

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