Louisiana Overall Top 15 Rankings (Week 3)

Louisiana Overall Top 15 Rankings (Week 3)

Acadiana running backs Dillan Monette (left) and Lucky Brooks (right)

 1) John Curtis Christian (2-0) previous rank (1)  last week:  beat (Fulton County, GA) Westlake, 55-27.  Curtis set a new rushing record at the Battle on the Border with 444 yards, according to Shawn White.  The Patriots’ veer offense was paced by Georgia commit Corey Wren, who gained 209 yards and scored twice on the ground and once on a touchdown pass from Army commit Collin Guggenheim.  Shane Goins added 97 yards rushing with another TD.  Wren scored on carries of 55 and 64 yards. This Week:  at Landry-Walker (1-1)

2) Edna Karr (1-1) previous rank (2) last week:  beat McDonogh #35, 34-14.  Playing on Thursday for the second straight week, the Cougars built a 28-0 cushion by the third quarter, according to Mike Strom.  Quarterback Leonard Kelly threw for a pair of scores and defensive back Jamie “Greedy” Vance, an Arkansas commit, returned an interception 73 yards for another.  Junior wide receiver Destyn Pazon caught a 32-yard touchdown from Kelly, and sophomore Aaron Anderson continued to excel on special teams, returning a punt 51 yards to set up another score.  This Week:  at no. 14 Warren Easton (1-0)

 3) St. Thomas More (2-0) previous rank (3) last week:  beat Barbe, 56-17.  Harvard QB commit Caleb Holstein was 25 of 37 for 457 yards passing and seven touchdowns, according to James Bewers.  By halftime, Holstein already had amassed 303 yards passing.  Junior wide receiver Jack Bech had a huge night, catching 14 balls for 179 yards and four touchdowns.  STM basketball standout Carter Domingue grabbed a 52-yard TD pass from Holstein.  Domingue caught 2 passes for 69 yards as four different Cougars had at least 56 receiving yards.  This Week:  vs. Plaquemine (1-1)

 4) Acadiana (2-0) previous rank (4) last week:  beat Ruston, 28-20.  According to Cody Junot, the Wreckin’ Rams raced to a 21-0 lead before Ruston mounted a comeback.  Senior running back Dillan Monnete, an Army commit, ran for two early touchdowns before exiting with an ankle injury.  His backfield mate and fellow Army commit, Lucky Brooks, picked up the slack with 143 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown.  Tyvin Zeno replaced Monette and picked up 80 yards on 16 touches with a TD.  After attempting only one pass in Week 1 vs. Carencro, quarterback Keontae Williams was 3 of 6 for 16 yards.  This Week:  vs. no. 12 Lafayette Christian (2-0)

 5) Catholic-BR (2-0) previous rank (5) last week:  beat North Little Rock (Ark.), 24-17.  The Bears accumulated 393 yards of total offense to win their first-ever game at the Battle on the Border, according to Jimmy Watson.  QB Jackson Thomas was 8 of 13 passing for 141 yards and a touchdown.  The Bears rushed for 252 yards and erased an early 7-0 deficit.  Kicker Kylan Dupre nailed a field goal to put Catholic on top 17-7 at the half.  This Week:  at University Lab (1-1)

 6) Archbishop Rummel (2-0) previous rank (7) last week:  beat Slidell, 37-0.  The Raiders still haven’t allowed a touchdown as we enter Week 3.  According to Roger Glynn, Rummel completely stymied Slidell, which accrued only 63 yards of total offense.  On the negative side, the Raiders were penalized 20 times for 178 yards.  Vanderbilt commit Donovan Kaufman continued to make big plays, returning a free kick following a safety 80 yards to paydirt.  Kaufman also swiped an interception.  LSU wide receiver commit Koy Moore caught 5 passes from quarterback Jeff Wickersham for 32 yards.  This Week:  at (Hattiesburg, Miss) Oak Grove (3-0)

 7) Destrehan (2-0) previous rank (8) last week:  beat Walker, 48-21.  Both Kyle Edwards and Razan Keller topped the 100-yard rushing mark, according to Scott Hotard.  The Wildcats held a 34-21 advantage early in the fourth quarter before pulling away.  Edwards (Alabama commit) carried 13 times for 104 yards and a touchdown.  He also caught a 10-yard TD pass.  Keller gained 110 yards on 12 tries, and quarterback Damarius Jackson scampered for three scores.  The Wildcats will want to shore up their pass defense after getting torched by Walker junior WR Brian Thomas for 270 yards on 10 catches.  Quincy Brown, listed as a wide receiver, did intercept a pass in the fourth quarter to help put the game on ice.  This Week:  vs. St. Paul’s (2-0)  

 8) Neville (2-0) previous rank (11) last week:  beat University Lab, 28-0.  Neville ended U-High’s 27-game win streak in one-sided fashion at Bill Ruple Stadium in Monroe where the Tigers have lost only twice since 2011.  Sophomore A.J. Allen ran for 102 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown.  Quarterback Andrew Brister was 6 of 11 for 51 yards with a touchdown. Brister, who was picked off four times in Week 1, tossed a couple of interceptions vs. the Cubs, who were held to less than 100 yards of total offense, according to Jake Martin.  In Week 1 vs. John Ehret, U-High running back Derrick Graham went for 226 yards.  Graham, a sophomore, was held to 56 on 17 carries vs. the Tigers, who have one of the nation’s best sophomore prospects in offensive tackle Will Campbell.  This Week:  at Ouachita Parish  (1-1)   

 9) West Monroe (2-0) previous rank (12) last week:  beat Byrd, 24-0.  Cayden Pierce and Derome Williams combined for three rushing touchdowns as the Rebels blanked the Yellow Jackets at the Battle on the Border.  First-year starting quarterback Lane Little was intercepted twice.but he also had a potential TD dropped in the end zone, according to Jimmy Watson.  This Week:  vs. Longview (Tx.) (3-0) at Shreveport 

10) Haughton (2-0) previous rank (NR) last week:  beat then-No. 5 East Ascension, 41-23.  Quarterback Peyton Stovall accounted for three touchdowns – two rushing and one passing – according to Lee Hiller. Stovall recently committed to Arkansas for baseball.  Senior running back Keyshawn Davis gained 101 yards on 18 carries with a 43-yard scoring jaunt.  Stovall was 15 of 25 for 201 yards.  He tossed a TD pass to Louisiana Tech commit C.J. McWilliams, who also threw a TD pass.  The Buccaneers led by as much as 41-10 before the Spartans scored some points to make the final score more respectable.  This Week:  at Woodlawn-SH (0-2)

11) St. James (2-0) previous rank (NR) last week:  beat then-No. 9 East St. John, 30-13.  Is St. James the frontrunner in Class 3A?  The Wildcats lost to North Webster in the second round last year, but this year’s team is obviously much stronger.  On Friday, quarterback Shamar Smith accounted for four touchdowns – three rushing and one passing – as St. James capitalized on a litany of East St. John errors, according to Lori Lyons.  A scintillating showdown with Destrehan looms in two weeks.  This Week:  at Riverdale (0-2)

12) Lafayette Christian (2-0) previous rank (NR) last week:  beat Northside, 51-6.  The Knights debut in the rankings as they travel to Acadiana this week in a game with huge city-wide implications.  Although the blowout win over Northside – which is in rebuilding mode – doesn’t reveal much about LCA’s team strength, their Week 1 shutout of Westgate looks good on the resume, especially after the Tigers turned around and hung 53 on a 4A opponent (Vandebilt Catholic) in Week 2.  Northwestern State running back commit Logan Gabriel ran for 69 yards and three touchdowns vs. Northside, and four-star junior Sage Ryan caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Rogers.  This Week:  at No. 4 Acadiana (2-0)  

13) Notre Dame (2-0) previous rank (NR) last week:  beat Sulphur, 46-7.  C.J. Thibodeaux gained 187 yards on 22 carries with three touchdowns as the Pioneers took down a 5A opponent.  Parker Seilhan was 7 of 10 passing for 76 yards, while the Notre Dame held Sulphur quarterback Tag Stelly to 3 of 13 passing for 41 yards.  This Week:  vs. Comeaux (1-1)

14) Bastrop (2-0) previous rank (NR) last week:  beat then-No. 14 Evangel Christian, 32-25.  The Rams fell behind 7-0 but rallied to defeat Evangel.  No other details from the game were available.  Bastrop is off to a surprisingly good start considering the Rams are starting fresh with a new coach who lost multiple transfers to Sterlington and West Monroe, among other schools.  In addition, last year’s quarterback, Quaterius Hawkins, graduated and is now playing JUCO. This Week: vs. Carroll (2-0)

15) Warren Easton (1-0) previous rank (NR)  last week:  open.  The Eagles didn’t play last week, but their come-from-behind win over De La Salle in the opener, in comparison with Lakeshore playing an inferior South Plaquemines squad, gave them the nod for the final spot in this week’s rankings.  Versus De La Salle, the Eagles climbed back from a 21-6 deficit in the second half with a flurry of late touchdowns.  Dayshawn Homes ran for two scores and threw for another to junior wide receiver Casey Cain.  This Week:  vs. No. 2 Edna Karr (1-1)

Dropped Out:  No. 6 East Ascension (1-1), No. 9 East St. John (1-1), No. 10 University Lab (1-1), No. 13 Zachary (0-2), No. 14 Evangel Christian (1-1), No. 15 Lakeshore (2-0)

On the Bubble:  Lakeshore (2-0), St. Paul’s (2-0), Alexandria (2-0), Eunice (2-0),  Leesville (2-0), Teurlings Catholic (2-0)