From a kickoff return for a touchdown to big pass plays and runs for scores, the list goes on and on.
But even with all the offensive outbursts, top honors on the first edition of The Post-Signal’s Grid Stars goes to the defense.
In two of the four games in the Acadia/Vermilion Parish Jamboree, Crowley High and Church Point each pitched shutouts in their respective games while Rayne gave up just one touchdown in a blowout victory over Erath. And Notre Dame’s defense also shined in a 21-7 victory over Class 4A St. Martinville.
“Defensively, we saw some improvement,” said Crowley coach Tommy Tate, whose squad limited Kaplan to just 114 total yards and six first downs in a 13-0 victory over the Pirates. “We played with great effort. We got them in some long yardage situations and I thought we played pretty good first down defense and we did that for the most part.”
The Gents held Kaplan to just 45 yards and one first down in the first half before the reserves hit the field for most of the second half.
Crowley also forced three turnovers in the contest. Dorris Senegal recovered a fumble and Damon Malbrough and Brody Deshotel each recorded interceptions
Church Point’s defense was also stellar last Friday in their 41-0 victory over Abbeville in Erath.
The Bears held Abbeville to just four first downs while forcing three turnovers and limiting the Wildcats to 69 total yards.
Rayne held Erath to minimal yardage except for a 60-yard touchdown run in the Wolves’ 34-7 victory over the Bobcats while Nortre Dame limited St. Martinville to 142 yards, 53 of which came on one drive late in the game against the Pios’ reserves, in a 21-7 victory.
Also earning honors offensively were Notre Dame’s Blake Miller, Crowley’s Andre Mills, Church Point’s Jacob Boone, Iota’s Brandon Fantroy and Rayne’s R.J. Buchannan and Jalen Williams.
Miller returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and also had a reception for a score en route to earning the game’s Outstanding Player award for his performance.
For Crowley, Mills rushed for 37 yards and a touchdown while also completing six passes for 95 yards and another score.
Church Point’s Jacob Boone ran five times for 52 yards and two touchdowns while also hauling in one pass for 23 yards.
Buchannan and Williams combined for four touchdowns in Rayne’s victory. Buchannan had a 60-yard touchdown reception and scored once on a run while Williams’ two scores came on the ground, including one from 33 yards out.
Fantroy was one of few bright spots for Iota. The junior running back racked up 43 yards on eight carries in the Bulldogs’ 10-0 loss to North Vermilion.