National Signing Day is a big one in the world of college athletics as high school student athletes from all over the nation make their college decisions official by signing their National Letter of Intent, and in Southwest Louisiana, that is no different.
Thursday night the Jennings Bulldogs hosted the Saint Louis Catholic Saints in what would be Head Coach Rusty Phelps final career game. Early on the Bulldogs took a 14-7 lead off of touchdowns by their tailbacks Rejohn Zeno and Jamanc McZeal. The Saints would respond though as their run game would dominate the second half as Saint Louis Catholic would go on to edge out Jennings 31-21. Coach Phelps finishes his career with 213 total wins, and lead the Bulldogs to the 3A State Championship in 2019.
Two week 10 high school football games have been moved from Friday to Thursday due to the threat for inclement weather on Friday night, adding to what was already a packed Thursday night slate. Both the Grand Lake at Dequincy game, and the Lake Arthur at Vinton game, have been moved from Friday to Thursday due to weather.
Barbe High School’s Landon Victorian is not only one of the top players in the state of Louisiana, but he’s one of the top players in the nation as a whole as he’s the 10th ranked player in the Class of 2024, and the second ranked starting pitcher according to Perfect Game, and on Wednesday he announced where he would be playing his college baseball.
Reese Ashworth is a multi-sport athlete for Dequincy High School as he plays baseball, basketball, and football for the Tigers, but on Tuesday he signed his National Letter of Intent to focus on baseball in college, where he will play for the LSU Eunice Bengals.
The St. Louis Catholic Saints are off to their best start to a season in over a decade as they are 7-1 for the first time since 2010, and they’ve done it against tough competition as well, as they’ve beaten teams like Lake Charles College Prep, and Iota, but now they have maybe their toughest test of the season so far, against the Iowa Yellow Jackets on Thursday.
This week the Vinton Lions were supposed to be on the road to play the (8-0) Welsh Greyhounds, but that all changed after the team sustained multiple injuries this past week against Grand Lake. Due to losing 3 more players to concussions this past Friday, the Lions have now decided to forfeit their game against Welsh.
The Lake Charles College Prep Trailblazers haven’t exactly gotten out to the start they would’ve hoped for this season after going 8-2 last season, and are now 3-3 through six weeks, but they’re not your average 3-3 high school football team.
The St. Louis Catholic Saints are off to one of their best starts in recent memory as they are 5-1 overall, and hold a record of 3-0 against conference opponents after wins over Kinder, South Beauregard, and Westlake, but now things get turned up a notch. This week the Saints are set to face off against a team they’ve struggled against in recent years, the Lake Charles College Prep Trailblazers.
The Elton Indians had a horrible 2021 season as they finished with a record of 0-10, but in 2022 they’ve completely left that behind them. This season, the Indians are off to a red-hot start as they’re 3-0 with an average margin of victory of 31.7 as they’ve outscored their opponents 143-48.
Coming off of a close week three loss 13-7 against Sacred Heart, Basile Head Coach Kevin Bertrand thinks that defeat will help his team learn. This week his team hosts a Elton team that hadn’t won a game in two and a half years. This year is different though as the Indians are (3-0) on the season so far this year.
The Iowa Yellow Jackets had an impressive 2021 season as they finished with a record of 10-2, and in 2022, they’ve picked up right where they left off as they are 2-0 heading into their week three matchup against Leesville.