RUSTON DOMINANT ON BOTH SIDES OF BALL TO SHUT OUT OPELOUSAS

Lincoln Parish Sports Services

MONROE, La. – On offense, it was the “Dyson Fields Show” at the 2021 Bayou Jamb for the Ruston Bearcats.

On the first offensive play of the second half, the junior tailback ran through four Opelousas defenders on his way to a 58-yard touchdown rush that summed up the entire night for Ruston’s ground game, capping his night totaling 151 yards rushing. The Bearcats would go on to beat the Tigers by a final score of 27-0, shutting out their opponent from South Louisiana.

“Overall, I was pleased with us as a team by how hard we played,” Ruston head coach Jerod Baugh said. “That was what I wanted to see. We executed our game plan and the things that we do best; that was what I was really pleased with.”

Fields scored on a pair of long touchdowns in the first half, both over twenty yards. Fields totaled 93 yards on the ground and 48 yards through the air for 141 first half yards.

“Dyson had some big runs; he really showed he can be a physical runner,” Baugh said. “He had some nice stiff arms and turned back into defenders and scored on some long runs. Our offensive line and fullbacks did good things by openings areas for him to get started. I was very pleased with him and what he was able to do.”

Fields put the Bearcats on the scoreboard first with a 29-yard touchdown run with 4:35 in the first half thanks in part to a stellar downfield block by senior wide receiver Dawson Willis, and he was able to get his second touchdown of the half thanks to a clean pass in the flat by junior quarterback Jaden Osborne from 26 yards out.

The second touchdown for Fields came on a 26-yard touchdown reception after a check-down pass to the flats that saw Fields score nearly untouched by the Tiger secondary. Osborne completed his second touchdown pass of the half to senior Dylan Rhone for eight yards near the one-minute mark of the first half.

Baugh added how pleased he was with the way the entire defense played in holding the Tigers scoreless for the night.

“Our defensive line competed well up front,” Baugh said. “Any week, that’s a big determiner on how the game will go. Early on, we felt pretty good about our guys and the pressure they could put on the Opelousas quarterback. Anytime you can get pressure on just the line without having to blitz is a good thing. We felt really comfortable with our guys up front getting pressure on the quarterback and kept him off-tempo to make some errant throws. I was pleased overall on the both sides of the ball on the well they competed.”

The Bayou Jamb is an exhibition game format and is split into two 12-minute halves.

Ruston opens the 2021 regular season Friday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. against the Neville Tigers. The game will be broadcast live on KXKZ 107.5 FM with the pregame coach’s show starting at 6 p.m.

NOTES: Osborne completed 3 of 4 passes for 56 yards and 2 touchdowns… Ruston totaled 178 yards rushing on 20 carries… Rhone caught 1 pass for 8 yards and a touchdown… Fields averaged 21.6 yards per carry… Senior kicker Brady Beason converted 3 of 4 extra point attempts… Seven Bearcat defenders tallied multiple tackles… Junior running back Lajaveon Ellis rushed 5 times for 26 yards.


Thomas Leads Creek to Jamboree Wins

Jamborees are just that … jamborees.

Glorified scrimmages against another team.

But high school jamborees give coaches one final opportunity to see their teams live prior to the season opener.

On Friday night in Rayville at Mangham Stadium, Cedar Creek head coach Matt Middleton saw his Cougars win a pair of jamboree “games” defeating the host Hornets 6-0 before edging Lincoln Parish neighbor Lincoln Prep 8-6.

Junior AJ Thomas did the bulk of the damage for the Cougars offense, scoring a pair of rushing touchdowns – one in each game.

In the 6-0 win over Rayville, Thomas scored on a 12-yard run for the only points in the ball game. The Cedar Creek defense would do the rest, shutting out Rayville on the Hornets home field.

In the win over Lincoln Prep, Cedar Creek trailed 6-0 until three minutes to play in the game when Thomas scored from six yards out to tie the game at 6-6. Thomas finished the night with 20 yards rushing on three carries on what Middleton called the Cougars “goal-line package.”

Quarterback Caden Middleton then gave the Creek the lead and the eventual “win” with a successful rushing play for the two-point conversion.

Middleton said he was happy with much of what he saw.

“Defensively, we played really, really well,” said Middleton. “I was pleased with us defensively. We also moved the ball on offense. We didn’t punt all night long. The problem is we had two turnovers that ended a couple of drives. But we bounced back. We made some plays. We just have to circle up and clean up a few things offensively before next Friday.”

Middleton completed 11-of-15 passes for 129 yards and one interception in the two games while sophomore running back Lawson Lillo led Cedar Creek with six catches for 45 yards.

“We threw it (a number of) times,” said Middleton. “We threw a couple of vertical balls. We had a couple of 40-yard gains, which is good. We want to stretch the field. So we were able to do that. It opened some things for us.”

Middleton said he was pleased with his entire defense, but specifically praised the efforts of senior defensive back Jed Worthey, who recorded his third interception in two weekends, as well as junior lineman Bryce Rushing, senior linebacker Carson Riley and Thomas.

Cedar Creek will open the regular season Friday night when the Cougars travel down south to Baton Rouge to face Liberty Magnet at Olympia Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

PHOTO:  by Darrell James)


Lincoln Prep Falls in Jamboree

By T. Scott Boatright

RAYVILLE — The Panthers proved they’re competitive, but unfortunately, Lincoln Preparatory School fell in a pair of 15-minute games at the Rayville Jamboree.

Lincoln Prep was downedl 8-6 by Lincoln Parish rival Cedar Creek in the opening stanza/game.

“It was nip and tuck, pretty much,” said Lincolne Prep coach Glen Hall. “They threw an out and my guy (Chauncy Harper) picked it off and ran for a touchdown. “It was about 65 yards. We missed that PAT and pretty much we held them in check. They didn’t get a lot of long runs … they won by a two-point conversion with about 2:30 left.”’

Hall admitted fatigue and miscues paid a late price in the opener.

“We had a chance to win in the end and we ran out of time. It’s something we have to learn from,” Hall said.
In the nightcap, the Panthers were stung by the Hornets 20- 6.
Rayvillle 20-6

“We were tied 6-6 with 3:00 left,” Hall said. “ They scored up and went 14-6 and then picked a ball off later.
“They didn’t just beat us. They made a lot of plays. I just have to get my team in better condition”

Lincoln Prep opens the 2021 season at home on Friday against Beekman-Charter at Eddie G. Robinson Stadium.

Photo:  by Darrell James


HURRICANE IDA: Tech takes in Nicholls State students

Tech President Les Guice helps feed one of the Nicholls State students, who evacuated to Ruston over the weekend.

Louisiana Tech welcomed 40 students from Nicholls State University this weekend as they sought to escape from Hurricane Ida.

The students arrived at Tech Saturday night and are currently being housed at Lambright Sports and Wellness Center with their two police officers and two staff members from Nicholls’ Residential Life.

“Providing support for Nicholls State students is a part of our culture and an expression of Louisiana Tech’s values,” Tech President Les Guice said. “These are the kinds of things we do as a system to support each other, and Nicholls State was helpful to us when we suffered from the tornado.”

Tech suffered greatly in spring 2019 when an EF-3 tornado ripped through the parish, destroying baseball, softball, soccer and tennis courts on the campus.

The Nicholls’ State students’ story is not the only time Tech has taken in students after a hurricane. Sixteen years ago, Tech took in students from Tulane University following Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane.

Ida made landfall Sunday morning as a Category 4.

“I want to thank President Les Guice, Louisiana Tech and the Ruston community for welcoming our students with open arms,” Nicholls President Jay Clune. “It is because of them that we can feel comfortable that so many students are out of harm’s way.”

Clune said he was saddened that his students’ experience is being disrupted in so many ways.

“So many families have already been adversely affected by the pandemic, and this storm will only pile on the stressors that they are facing,” Clune said. “But our student body is a resilient community. They care for one another. They will weather this storm and come out stronger than before. And we will do everything we can to support them.”

Jim Henderson, president of the University of Louisiana System, which includes both Tech and Nicholls State, said this was an example of the collaboration that is evident in the ULS.

“Louisiana Tech opening its arms to the students of Nicholls State is the embodiment of our notion of system,” Henderson said. “The collaborative leadership of President Guice and President Clune is focused where it should be: on students.”


Scrimmage Caps LA Tech Fall Camp

Saturday morning at Joe Aillet Stadium served as a final rehearsal for Skip Holtz and the Louisiana Tech Bulldog football team.

With the 2021 season opener at Mississippi State less than a week away, Holtz and the Tech coaching staff utilized the opportunity to work on a number of areas despite not conducting a true game-like scrimmage.

“We have a couple of positions we are low on numbers as far as injury standpoint. Outside wide receiver and at linebacker we just aren’t as deep right now with injuries,” said Holtz. “So I ended up not going live this morning. I just couldn’t afford to lose another player at one of those positions. We just went team thud and really just simulate game day.

“We have so many new faces and so many new coaches that haven’t been through it. I wanted to go through pregame. We got coaches in the box. We are signaling in calls. Going gameday mechanics for everything. From a staff stand point it was really productive. And from a team standpoint in that we got a lot of those logistical things done in a game-like situation. It was productive.”

Holtz has yet to announce the starting quarterback for the Bulldogs, something the ninth-year Tech boss said he would do later in the week. However, during Saturday’s scrimmage, the Bulldogs looked a little lethargic on both sides of the football.

“I thought the play on the field looked like it was the last day of camp,” said Holtz. “These guys have been going non-stop almost every day for over three weeks. The scrimmage didn’t quite have the energy I would have like for it to have. There were some good things and some bad things. It was certainly a great teaching opportunity to show how drops, turnovers, penalties affect a football game. It was a good lesson for us to learn. It will be a good teaching tape for us to show when we come back on Sunday.”

Tech is coming off a 5-5 record and a seventh straight bowl appearance during the COVID-19 challenging 2020 campaign. The Bulldogs roster boasts more than 20 DI transfers and plenty of experience, something Holtz said provides Tech plenty of depth.

“One of the criteria we had for bringing in (transfers) was they had to have playing time (at their previous school),” said Holtz. “I didn’t want a guy who wasn’t playing somewhere who thought he was just going to transfer into a playing position. You look at our secondary, we have three guys who transferred from Arkansas, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt and have all played at that level. We just have much more experience than we’ve had in the past.”

Saturday’s opener in Starkville is set for a 3 p.m. kickoff and the game will be televised live on ESPNU. Tech fans can hear the contest on the LA Tech Sports Radio Network on 107.5 FM with the pregame show starting at 1:30 p.m. Malcolm Butler and Teddy Allen will provide the call of the game.


Grambling great Melvin Lee remembered

By T. Scott Boatright

The late Eddie Robinson, legendary football coach at Grambling State University once had a motto: “One job, one school, one wife.”

Just maybe, the phrase “one assistant should have been added.

Former longtime Grambling assistant coach Melvin Lee, a walk-on for the Tiger football team in 1952, met a lasting friend and mentor in Robinson.

Lee, who served as a cornerstone for Robinson, passed away Thursday in Shreveport.

Lee played both ways for Grambling — as center and linebacker, despite only weighing 195 pounds.

And in 1955, Lee played a crucial role in Grambling earning its first black college national championship.
After serving in the Army and working as a cement finisher in New Orleans, Lee returned to Grambling at Robinson’s request in 1960 to serve as offensive coordinator, a role he held until 1997.

That’s 37 years of guidance during Grambling’s greatest football heyday.

“Melvin Lee was an important and crucial part of Grambling College and later State University,” said Hall of Fame baseball coach and former GSU associate athletics director Wilbert Ellis. “He and his wife Pauline are in all of our prayers.”

Robinson could be a fiery, emotional coach. That wasn’t Lee.

“They called him ‘Silent Lee’ .. never raised his voice,” Williams said. “Coach Rob was famous for the ‘Wing T’ offense. And with that offense, you have to get the blocking down. That’s

the greatness Melvin Lee brought to Grambling. He knew it inside and out.

For Eddie Robinson III, Lee and his wife Pauline were more family than friend.

“Coach and Miss Pauline, they’re like my aunt and uncle,” Robinson III said. “I didn’t see it coming. A lot of people didn’t realize, he didn’t only build great offenses. He was a great builder and contractor. He was doing ‘Do-It-It Yourself’ projects all the time. … Always working …. always a force.”


HURRICANE IDA: South Louisiana residents seek shelter in Ruston

Hurricane Ida evacuee Jayne Boudreaux made sure to bring her cat, also named “Boudreaux,” with her when she came to Ruston

As Hurricane Ida barreled into the Louisiana coast on the 16th anniversary of the devastating Hurricane Katrina, many south Louisiana residents sought shelter with friends and family in Lincoln Parish.

Aubrey Simmons, a Nicholls State graduate student originally from Ruston, returned home Friday with her cat to wait out the storm.

“I am nervous and worried for the people I know who stayed behind,” Simmons said. “They’ve assured me they’ve made the necessary preparations, but Ida is massive, and I’m just super worried.

“I’m also afraid of having nothing to go back to. Thibodaux has been my home for the past seven years – it’s a wonderful community – and it’s heartbreaking to know the damage and destruction that is about to happen.”

Simmons said she chose to leave Friday in hopes of avoiding empty gas stations and bumper-to-bumper traffic.

“When this storm started to really develop and we saw its possible path, my mom and I decided then that it would be best for me to leave,” she said. “Leaving Friday helped me to get ahead of traffic and I was able to easily get gas. I am fortunate enough to have been able to leave, but I am sure there are those who want to evacuate but do not have the means to do so, and my heart breaks for them. Thibodaux is doing a wonderful thing in that they are providing free transportation for wheelchair bound residents who were unable to evacuate and taking them to the shelter that has been set up.”

Simmons said Ida running through Louisiana on the anniversary of Katria is eerily similar.

“I have friends who went through such tragedy and loss for that storm, and I can’t even imagine the emotions they and other people in southeast Louisiana who went through Katrina are feeling right now on top of the worry for Ida,” she said. “I really do appreciate Ruston lending a helping hand to those in south Louisiana. I love the support that my hometown is showing to my Thibodaux/Nicholls community that I love dearly.”

Jayne Boudreaux, of Luling, evacuated with her 17-year-old cat, also named Boudreaux, who had to evacuate during Hurricane Katrina as well.

“She handled this evacuation better than I expected, but she’s not happy,” Boudreaux said. “She’s a homebody and not sociable. She did fine in Katrina, but we had her sister at the time, and they were still kittens.”

Boudreaux sought shelter with Ruston relatives, but her husband, A.J., is an emergency worker with Roehm.

“He actually should be in good shape,” Boudreaux said. “He’ll be safe at the plant and have air conditioning, food and shelter. I’m more worried about the house.”

The Boudreauxs home was recently remodeled, and Boudreaux said she wasn’t sure which – if any – of her neighbors had decided to weather out the storm.

“I’m still trying to see who is around,” she said. “I just don’t know.”


Weekly events

Each Monday and Friday, the Lincoln Parish Journal will post a list of upcoming events happening in the parish. If you would like to add your event to this list, please email us at lpjnewsla@gmail.com.

Monday, Aug. 30
6 p.m.: Inside Bulldog Football (Dawghouse Sports Grill)

Tuesday, Aug. 31
4:30-6 p.m.: Hillcrest Elementary School Open House

Wednesday, Sept. 1
5 p.m.: Trinity United Methodist Church free back-to-school tailgate
6:30 p.m.: Louisiana Tech women’s volleyball vs. Jackson State (Thomas Assembly Center)
7:30 p.m.: Trivia night at Champs

Friday, Sept. 3
Louisiana Tech fall quarter residence halls open
Noon to 3 p.m.: Mommy and Me Movie Day at 2 High Trampoline Park
4 p.m. LA Tech Volleyball vs. Prairie View A&M (Houston, Texas)
7 p.m. Cedar Creek Football at Liberty Magnet (Baton Rouge)
7 p.m. Beekman Charter vs. Lincoln Prep Football (Eddie Robinson Stadium)
7 p.m. Ruston High School Football at Neville (Monroe)

Saturday, Sept. 4
12:30 pm. Louisiana Tech Volleyball at Houston Baptist (Houston, Texas)
3 p.m. Louisiana Tech Football at Mississippi State (Starkville, Miss.)
4:30 p.m. Louisiana Tech Volleyball vs. Lamar (Houston, Texas)

Sunday, Sept. 5
3 p.m. Grambling State Football vs. Tennessee State (Canton, Ohio)
1 p.m. Nicholls State at Grambling State Soccer (GSU Soccer Complex)


LA Tech Weekend Roundup

Tech Volleyball Picks Up Win; Soccer Falters

Both the Lady Techster volleyball and soccer teams were in action this weekend on the road with the Tech volleyball squad picking up its first win of the young season.

Volleyball

The Lady Techsters opened their season with three games at the Arkansas Classic in Fayetteville and picked up their first victory with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-17) decision over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday.

Tech (1-2) fell in the first two matches of the event, dropping 3-0 decisions to both the host Razorbacks (25-14, 25-17, 25-19) and Little Rock (25-13, 25-21, 25-18).

Sophomore Faith Menary led Tech in the victory over the Golden Lions with a career-high 22 kills, including the final point of the match.

“What I’m most pleased with in this win is we finally found a way to score in a number of different ways,” said head coach Amber McCray. “Faith Menary was on fire offensively and also made numerous runs behind the service line to lead us, but our first contact anchored by a core group of defensive specialists and Samantha Hicks gave us chance after chance to take confident swings in system.

“We also won a number of scrappy pursuit plays in crucial moments that were huge momentum builders for us against a fiery UAPB team who plays extremely hard. It feels great to end the weekend on a win, and we will look to carry that boost into our home opener this Wednesday against Jackson State.”

Menary earned a spot on the all-tournament team for her performance this weekend, totaling 34 kills and a .316 hitting percentage.

Hicks and Morgan Smith led Tech with five kills each in the loss to Little Rock while Tech totaled 10 blocks in the match with Carly Doros and Imana Ellis each registering five block assists.

Ellis (6) and Hicks (5) led Tech in kills against the Razorbacks, while Mallory Meers set a career-high with 24 assists.

Tech hosts Jackson State Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center. Admission is free.

Soccer

The Lady Techsters (2-2) managed just five shots on goal in dropping a 2-0 decision to McNeese State Friday evening at Cowgirl Field in Lake Charles.

The two teams played to a scoreless tie in the opening 45 minutes before McNeese State (2-1) scored two goals within a six-minute stretch to open the second half of play.

McNeese took a 1-0 lead in the 59th minute on a goal by Anna Watson and then added a second goal in the 65th minute on a goal by Abbi Morrell.

Anna Loftus recorded a pair of shots on goal for Tech while Valeria Rios, Lauren Egbuloniu and Greta Streich each added one.

“We competed hard, playing the way we wanted to play,” said Tech Interim Head Coach Steve Voltz. “At the end of the day, we lost to two goals that started 40 yards out. We did not get broken down defensively.

“Our players have been doing a really good job of keeping things in front of them. It was just two long, direct balls creating something out of nothing. I liked the way we moved forward and attacked. There is no quit in this group. We just need some of those bounces to fall our way.”

Tech returns to action Wednesday when the Lady Techsters travel to Natchitoches to face Northwestern State at 7 p.m.


Inside Bulldog Football Airs Monday Night

RUSTON — With Louisiana Tech’s season opener less than a week away – the Bulldogs kickoff Saturday at 3 p.m. at Mississippi State – the inaugural 2021 edition of Inside Bulldog Football airs Monday at 6 p.m. at the Dawghouse Sports Grill in Ruston.

The one-hour radio show features Bulldog coach Skip Holtz and Malcolm Butler and will air live every Monday night (except bye week) with Tech fans being encouraged to come out to the Dawghouse Sports Grill and join the fun.

This week Holtz and Butler will take a look at fall camp, talk about position battles, new and old faces, answer fan questions, preview this week’s opponent in Mississippi State and more. Fans can text their name, location and question to the Inside Bulldog Football hotline at 318-614-4513.

LA Tech VP and Director of Athletics Eric Wood will also be a guest on the show to talk about his first 10 months on the job and what is in store for the upcoming year.

For those fans that can’t make it out to the Dawghouse Sports Grill, they can listen to the show on KNBB 97.7 FM, KDBS 1410 AM (Alexandria), KDBS 94.7 FM (Alexandria), WUBR 910 AM (Baton Rouge), KOKA 980 AM (Shreveport) and KOKA 93.3 FM (Shreveport).

Inside Bulldog Football and all 12 games can be heard through the Louisiana Tech Athletics app which can be downloaded through the Apple app store and Google Play.


Notice of Death – August 29, 2021

Mary Brown
March 10, 1933 – August 27, 2021
Visitation: North Monroe Baptist Church, Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 9:30 am
Service:  North Monroe Baptist Church, Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 11:00 am
Cemetery:  Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery, Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Mary “Toady” Jordan
May 24, 1934 – August 27, 2021
Visitation:  River of Life Assembly, Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Service:  River of Life Assembly, Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 11:00 am
Cemetery:  Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Maurine Roberson Armstrong
August 13, 1932 – August 28, 2021
Visitation:  Paron Baptist Church, Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 1:00 pm
Service:  Paron Baptist Church, Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 2:00 pm
Cemetery:  Rocky Branch Cemetery, Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Louisiana Tech announces Summer 2021 honor roll lists

Louisiana Tech University has announced the names of students on its summer quarter president’s and dean’s honor lists.

Students whose names are followed by an asterisk earned recognition as members of the president’s honor list. That distinction signifies achievement of at least a 3.8 academic grade point average on a minimum of nine semester hours completed (100-level or higher), with no grade lower than a B.

To be eligible for the dean’s honor lists, a student is required to earn at least a 3.5 academic grade point average with no grade lower than a C on a minimum of nine semester hours completed (100-level or higher).

Courses yielding satisfactory/failure grades and courses audited do not count toward eligibility for either recognition. Only undergraduates with no incomplete grades are eligible to make either list.

Honor students are listed below by their hometowns, with all Louisiana students listed first by parish.

 

Louisiana

Allen

  • Kinder:  Kaytlin Connor Davis*

Ascension

  • Gonzales:  Jacob M. Venable*

Avoyelles

  • Evergreen:  Bruce Peter Hukins
  • Hessmer:  Lance Francis Gauthier III*

Beauregard

  • Deridder:  Emily R. Meaney

Bossier

  • Benton:  Molly Caitlin Dickens, Jordan Breann Eyler*, Bret Charles Frotz*, Greyson Tyler Jadwin, Jackson E. Kennedy*, Isabel Anneliese Robinson
  • Bossier City:  Brandon Buckalew*, Rebecca Lily Cisler, Ashley M. Gardner*, Leigh Goodwin, Ashlyn Taylor O’Glee*, Austin Ryan Shelton*, Erik Sullivan
  • Haughton:  Haylee Anne Bridewell*
  • Plain Dealing:  Sean A. Camp*, Daniel R. Cason

Caddo

  • Keithville:  Kylee Jo Moore
  • Shreveport:  Lindsey-kathryn Albritton Bowen E’yanna Yvette Davis*, Byron Christopher De Bouse Jr., Kelton R. Dubois*, Ian Dale Golsby*, Daylen Jerome Griffin*, Christian Jenkins, Benjamin Gene Kevil, Ashley Crystiane Mays*, Coby Ryan Snead, Jack A. Tisdale, Camryn Claire Tucker, Peighton C. Watson

Calcasieu

  • Lake Charles:  Kennedy Marie Guidry*, Corbin James McEntire*, Zachary John Mercy*, Shane Richard*, Shiloh Rhianna Taylor
  • Vinton:  Ryson J. Shelton*

Caldwell

  • Columbia:  Samantha A. Hillman

Claiborne

  • Homer:  Jonathan Andrew Ceccarelli

East Baton Rouge

  • Baton Rouge:  Annabelle Catherine Broussard*, Derek Christopher Messelt, Garrett Michael Rhinehart*

East Feliciana

  • Jackson:  Wesley D. Brady

Iberia

  • New Iberia:  Chandler Gage Bertinot, Matthew David Fangue*

Jackson

  • Eros:  Kaitlyn Brooke Emory
  • Jonesboro:  Kanishea M. Chambers
  • Quitman:  Sydney Clarae Leonard

Jefferson

  • Harahan:  Devin Michael McCartney*
  • Marrero:  Danielle H. Orcutt*
  • Metairie:  Mason Conner Naremore

Lafayette

  • Lafayette:  Ethan Charles Blanchard, Zachary Hunter Hanks*

Lafourche

  • Thibodaux:  Deven A. Hymel*, Sawyer Christopher Kees

Lincoln

  • Choudrant:  Lacey Claire Futch*, Lena Marie Johnson
  • Dubach:  Zoey K. Baskin*, Lauren Brooke Carter, Caitlin Raye Owen
  • Ruston:  Alyson Sue Braddock, Ciaran R. Carbery-shaha*, James G. Colvin*, Macey Elizabeth Craighead*, Robert Roy Davenport, Connor Michael England, Gabriel James Harrison, Lydia E. Jett, Hansol Kang*, Taylor Nicole Lamkin, Marilyn Chloe Marcus*, Sadie E. Mercer, Seth Joseph Quigley*, Dianne W. Webb*, Alexandra Skias Wilken, Chrystiana S. Woodard*

Livingston

  • Denham Springs:  Adam Peter Giarrusso*, Brittany Hetrick*, Richard Kendall McCoy*, Joseph Randy Richard

Morehouse

  • Bastrop:  India A. Coston, Lauren Baylee Petrus
  • Collinston:  Robert Cole Ringle*
  • Oak Ridge:  Leon Jackson Green

Orleans

  • New Orleans:  Ariel Alexis Montague

Ouachita

  • Calhoun:  Kerington Lyn Bass*, Hailey Frasier Fabian*
  • Monroe:  Bryan Breard, Micah Fletcher Bridges, Quanterecia S. Buckner*, Daisjah Danshell Clayton, Gavin H. Corder, Etavia Y. Davis, Matthew D. Matherne*, Kimberly Shea Patrick, Lailian La’rae Smith
  • West Monroe:  Cassidy B. Rhea, Lauren Celeste Robinson*, Emily Grace Smith

Rapides

  • Alexandria:  Austin Wayne Cleveland, Cameron Alexander Lewis*, Emily Madeline Miller*
  • Ball:  Braeden Reid Ferguson
  • Boyce:  Andrew L. Ray
  • Deville:  Amber Lee Edwards, Matthew Scott Lemoine*
  • Pineville:  Hannah Ruth Campbell, Sharon Emilie Flue*, Grace Marie Roberts*, Morgan Elisabeth Tassin*

Richland

  • Delhi:  Joshua Colin Gilmore

St. Bernard

  • Chalmette:  Jessica L. Adubato

St. Charles

  • Luling:  Caden M. Crass

St. Landry

  • Opelousas:  John Paul Braham*, Aaron Ardoin Robinson

St. Martin

  • Breaux Bridge:  Max Scott Broussard*

St. Tammany

  • Mandeville:  Benjamin T. Olivier*
  • Slidell:  Lani Ruby Desoto

Tangipahoa

  • Amite:  Cayla E. Leto
  • Hammond:  Kiara Denae’ Maxie
  • Ponchatoula:  Lauren A. Welch

Terrebonne

  • Houma:  Armand Michael Patrick Erhart, Emma C. Moreau

Union

  • Farmerville:  Tanya Lynette Crain, Christopher Caleb Ellis*, Dylan Wade Fine*

Washington

  • Franklinton:  Gunnar Sullivan Peterson

Webster

  • Cotton Valley:  Patricia Greer
  • Dubberly:  Julie A. Ortega*
  • Minden:  Annette King*, William Tate Towns

West Carroll

  • Oak Grove:  Ashley Rayann Tate

Winn

  • Winnfield:  Kiarra Grace Bombard, Brooklynn M. Martinez*

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All Eyes on LA Tech QB Room

It’s the million-dollar question floating around the Louisiana Tech fan base as the start of the 2021 season gets closer and closer.

Who will be the Bulldogs starting QB when Tech opens Sept. 4 at Mississippi State. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

According to Tech head coach Skip Holtz – who is playing it close to the vest when it comes to announcing a starter – the QB room in the Davison Athletics Complex has plenty of options.

Aaron Allen. Luke Anthony. JD Head. Austin Kendall. Caleb Holstein.

It’s a starting five on a basketball court. But only one of them can take the field for the first snap in less than two weeks.

“All of the quarterbacks have rolled with ones,” said Holtz following Thursday’s practice session. “All of them have rolled with the twos and all of them have rolled with the threes.”

One thing is for sure. It won’t be Anthony, who is still recovering from off-season surgery following a gruesome injury at TCU last December. No definitive timetable has been set for Anthony’s return to the field, but the reigning Conference USA Newcomer of the Year will add valuable experience when he does.

Allen and Head both saw action in the New Orleans Bowl setback against Georgia Southern in mid-December and are a year older and that much further along. Allen made two starts in 2020, including the postseason bowl, and completed 73-of-121 passes for 602 yards and four scores.

“The quarterback competition has been really good so far,” Allen said. “We come out every day and compete and critique each other on what everybody needs to work on. It’s been going really good so far.”

Head saw his only action of the year coming off the bench in the New Orleans Bowl, where he was 9-of-14 for 78 yards.

“This fall camp has been awesome,” Head said. “All the quarterbacks have been battling it out and really competing. Not only competing, but also helping each other. We all want to see each other doing really good. I can’t complain about anything. I’m having a great time with the guys and having a great fall camp experience

“Aaron and JD have both done a great job and both had good camps,” said Holtz. “We’ve got three quarterbacks we could play with right now. We’re just going to have to make a decision as we come out of Saturday on who the starter is going to be and start to put the depth chart together.”

Kendall has received the most buzz from Tech fans after signing late this summer. The former Oklahoma and West Virginia signal caller should see time this year, even if he isn’t the opening day starter.

“You have a new quarterback in Austin Kendall who is learning the system,” said Holtz. “He’s done an excellent job with the short amount of time he’s had. Certainly, the newness sometimes shows up like, ‘Oh, I have to turn the other way’ and little mistakes. He has a lot of thinking going on. If Austin’s the guy, we’ll have to build the offense around him a little bit with him being here a short time.”

Kendall, a native of Waxhaw, N.C, played at Oklahoma for three seasons before transferring to West Virginia the past two campaigns.

“Fall camp has been good,” Kendall said. “We have a good group of quarterbacks with Aaron, JD and Caleb. Then Luke Anthony, I really appreciate him. He’s helped me a long way as far as learning the offense and certain reads because he’s been in the system for a year-and-a-half now. He’s been a lot of help to me as well as coach Sloan and the rest of the quarterbacks.”


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