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Here is the PelicanPreps.com Top 20 Overall rankings based on games through Sept. 26. Previous week's ranking in parenthesis. Information gathered by Tensey Pricer and Mike Coppage from newspaper and Internet reports and interviews. If mistakes or omissions are noticed, or if you think a team should be ranked better than it is, please provide PelicanPreps.com with the information by clicking here.
1. (1) West Monroe Rebels 3-1
COACH: Don Shows.
TOP PLAYERS: QB Steven Ensminger; RB Frank Goodin; DL Will Blackwell; S Shomari Clemons; DL Luther Davis.
SCOOP: In what was expected to be the Rebels' biggest test until the season finale at Ruston, West Monroe rolled over Airline 50-5. The Rebels were able to spread the wealth when it came to scoring points. The defense even scored twice (Chan Battaglia fumble return and Shomari Clemons blocked punt return). Quarterback Steven Ensminger completed 6 of 11 passes for 127 yards and two TDs. Other good news came in the fact Frank Goodin was the team's leading rusher with 51 yards. He recently had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. He recently told the Monroe NewsStar that he was "about 85 percent," but expected to be 100 percent by this week.
LOSSES: Longview, Texas (21-0), Sept 3.
NEXT: At Natchitoches Central (2-2), Friday.
2. (2) Acadiana (Scott) Wreckin Rams 3-0
COACH: Ted Davidson.
TOP PLAYERS: LB Jacob Cutrera; RB Darrius Eaglin; LB Garrett Theriot; OL Jerell Moss
SCOOP: The Rams trailed 32-27 in the fourth quarter, but scored 21 unanswered points to pull away from winless New Iberia, 48-32. In the fourth quarter Acadiana got TDs from Darrius Eaglin, Javinas Faulk and James Armstrong, Eaglin finished with 4 TDs (1, 2, 2 and 4 yards).
NEXT: Vs. Westgate (0-2), Friday.
3. (3) Hahnville Tigers 3-0
COACH: Lou Valdin.
TOP PLAYERS: RB Terrance Isaac; QB Early James; RB Jordan Stephany; WR Brian Singleton; DE Kentrell Lockett; DB Kemon Jacobs; OL Kevin Maddox.
SCOOP: Outlasted River Parish rival Lutcher 35-21 on Sunday evening. Hahnville was actually on the ropes, trailing 21-20 with less than 11 minutes to play. As has often been the case, the Hahnville defense sparked the late-game heroics with a fumble and an interception. Hahnville went up for good one Ben Pierre's 22-yard TD reception from Early James following the fumble. For good measure, Kemon Jacobs returned an interception 35 yards for the final score with about 6 minutes to go. Also scoring for Hahnville was Terrance Isaac on a 1-yard run, James hit go-to receiver Brian Singleton on 30-yard TD. Former Rummel place-kicker Robbie Broach added field goals of 44 and 38 yards. Hahnville led 20-7 at one point, but Juan Johnson had a 30yard TD and Jordan Gant scored a defensive TD to take the lead.
NEXT: Vs. No. 10 Patterson (3-0), Saturday.
4. (4) East St. John (Reserve) Wildcats 1-1
COACH: Larry Dauterive.
TOP PLAYERS: ATH Ricky Dixon; ATH Johnnie Thiel; WR Louis Lee; WR Roy James; OLB Stefoin Francois.
SCOOP: The vaunted East St. John offense finally flexed its muscles, piling up 467 yards of offense in a 49-7 win over East Ascension on Sunday. QB Johnnie Thiel completed 10 of 13 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns. The three TDs came within his first five passes. Wide receiver Louis Lee had three catches, all of TDs, for 109 yards. Ricky Dixon caught two passes for 100 yards, including a 79-yard TD jaunt, and threw a TD in mop up duty as the team's backup QB.
LOSSES: No. 3 Hahnville (28-27), Sept. 16.
NEXT: Vs. John Curtis (0-0), Friday.
5. (5) Destrehan Wildcats 3-0
COACH: Stephen Robichaux.
TOP PLAYERS: QB Jai Eugene; DT Chaz Washington; WR Edwin Reed.
SCOOP: Jai Eugene threw a pair of TD passes and rushed for two more as his team rolled past outmanned South Lafourche 38-7 on Monday night. Eugene completed 9 of 11 passes for 114 yards and TD receptions to Edwin Reed (14 yards) and Joshua Martin (17). He rushed for 93 yards on 3 carries, including TD runs of 3 and 79 yards.
NEXT: Vs. No. 9 St. James (3-0), Friday.
6. (6) Ouachita Parish (Monroe) Lions 4-0
COACH: John Carr.
TOP PLAYERS: WR Jimmy Young; QB Josh Armstrong; RB Keldrick Johnson.
SCOOP: RB Keldrick Johnson continued to shine in the Lions' one-back set, running for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in a 41-21 victory over 5A Byrd. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound senior has 684 yards rushing and 10 TDs on the year and is averaging more than eight yards per carry. Junior QB Josh Strong leads the Monroe area in passing with 747 yards passing . WRs Jimmy Young (18 receptions, 310 yards, 2 TDs) and Quinton Morris (12 receptions, 280 yards, 4 TDs) continue to prosper in OPHS head coach John Carr's spread attack.
NEXT: Vs. Holy Cross (0-0), Thursday.
7. (7) Notre Dame (Crowley) Pioneers 3-0
COACH: Lewis Cook.
TOP PLAYERS: RB Scotty Francis; QB Andre Robichaux; FS David Hensgens; LB Lance Meche; DE Stephen Hundley.
SCOOP: Game with undefeated St. Louis was canceled because of Hurricane Rita.
NEXT: Status unknown about game with Jennings.
8. (8) Bastrop Rams 3-0
COACH: Brad Bradshaw.
TOP PLAYERS: WR Tommy White, WR DeAngelo Benton, DL Kentravis Aubrey, DL LaMarcus Williams, FS Montrell Gardner.
SCOOP: The Rams were idle after their game with Class A Block was canceled. QB Ryan Rawls has thrown for 386 yards on 30-of-56 passing with four TDs and five interceptions. Rawls may be in a battle for the QB position now Terry Newsome, who was ahead of Rawls on the depth chart prior to suffering an injury in Week One, is healthy. Standout WR Tommy White has 10 catches for 154 yards and a score. White has also rushed for another touchdown..
NEXT: Vs. Ruston (3-1), Friday.
9. (9) St. James Wildcats 3-0
COACH: Rick Gaille
TOP PLAYERS: DE Nick Narcisse; OL Damond Jackson; HB Luther Ambrose; HB Javon Keller; RB Tremaine Dapremont; DB Jason Zenon.
SCOOP: The Wildcats breezed past Varnado 42-6, using 11 different ballcarriers en route to piling up 377 yards rushing on Monday night. According to St. James' web site, it was the school's first Monday night game since 1976. It was Varnado's first game of the season. St. James cashed in on its first five possessions with four different RBs scoring. Tremaine Dapremont scored two of those TDs on a pair of 4-yard runs. Luther Ambrose, Jason Zenon and Tremaine Charles added TD runs of 4, 11 and 5 yards, respectively. The lone blemish for St. James was a staggering 17 penalties for 132 yards, including four unsportsmanlike calls. The Wildcats face biggest test yet at Class 5A Destrehan. Charles, a new name in the St. James rotation, rushed for a team-high 99 yards on 6 carries.
NEXT: At No. 5 Destrehan (3-0), Friday.
10. (13) Patterson Lumberjacks 3-0
COACH: Tommy Minton.
TOP PLAYERS: RB William Griffin; OL Coby Minton; OL Mike Boyce; WR Terance Calais.
SCOOP: The Lumberjacks keep sawing through the competition, beating Class 5A Assumption 46-12 on Monday night. Corey Hilliard, nephew of Tampa Bay receiver Ike Hilliard, completed 8 of 11 passes for 205 yards and four TDs while RB William Griffin rushed for 136 yards on 17 carries, including a 19-yard TD. Steven Scott had TD receptions of 55 and 20 yards and finished with 93 yards receiving on three catches. Travis Griffin (William's younger brother) and Paul Cox also had TD receptions for Patterson, which travels to Hahnville on Saturday in a game recently scheduled because Sam Houston in Southwest Louisiana will not be able to play because of damage from Hurricane Rita.
NEXT: At No. 3 Hahnville (2-0), Saturday.
11. (10) Sulphur Golden Tors 3-0
COACH: Paul Bourgeois.
TOP PLAYERS: RB Isiah Ryan; QB Ben Bourgeois; WR Andy Riche; DE Casey Broussard.
SCOOP: Game with rival and No. 13-ranked Barbe canceled because of Hurricane Rita.
12. (11) Catholic (Baton Rouge) Bears 2-0
COACH: Dale Weiner.
TOP PLAYERS: DL Jason Peters; RB Julius Fleming; CB Byron Washington.
SCOOP: The Bears came out on top of another close game, topping District 3-5A opponent Walker 14-13. QB Ryan Lewis hit Julius Fleming on a 16-yard TD pass to tie the game at 13-13 and place-kicker Jacob Dugas booted the decisive point. The winning TD was similar to the one Fleming caught in the victory over Tara. Fleming finished with 124 yards rushing on 16 carries. On the defensive side, Catholic limited highly touted all-purpose back Toddrick Stevenson of Walker to just 56 yards rushing on 22 carries. Todd Lee scored the other TD for Catholic on a 7-yard run.
NEXT: At Dutchtown (2-1), Friday.
13. (12) Barbe (Lake Charles) Buccaneers 3-0
COACH: Jimmy Shaver.
TOP PLAYERS: RB/LB Steve Hoffpauir; WR/DB Josh Prince; RB Matthew Harrison.
SCOOP: Game with rival and No. 11-ranked Sulphur canceled because of Hurricane Rita.
14. (14) Breaux Bridge Tigers 3-0
COACH: Mike Mowad.
TOP PLAYERS: QB/SS John Williams; OL Chris Joseph; LB Frederick Zenon; DB Darrell Solomon.
SCOOP: Game with undefeated Abbeville canceled because of Hurricane Rita.
NEXT: At St. Thomas More (2-2), Friday.
15. (15) Northside (Lafayette) Vikings 3-1
COACH: Vincent Derouen.
TOP PLAYERS: DT Jarrod Shaw; RB Kenneth Batiste; CB Tremaine Williams.
SCOOP: Topped Opelousas 34-14.
LOSSES: No. 2 Acadiana (15-0), Sept. 2.
NEXT: At Morgan City (0-2), Friday.
16. (16) North Vermilion (Maurice) Patriots 3-0
COACH: Stephen Lotief.
TOP PLAYERS: QB Daniel Montet; FB Travis Broussard; DL Chris Nelson; DL Dusty Romero; DB Nick Trahan.
SCOOP: Game with Lake Charles-Boston canceled because of Hurricane Rita.
NEXT: Vs. Bunkie (0-3), Friday.
17. (17) Redemptorist (Baton Rouge) Wolves 2-1
COACH: Guy Mistretta.
TOP PLAYERS: WR/FS Toren Dixon; DE Jonathan Hollins; QB Justin Rogers; RB Brent Grimes; DB Darrell Glasper.
SCOOP: The Wolves shook off a slow start against West Feliciana en route to a 37-12 victory. Among the second-half highlights for Redemptorist was a 59-yard TD pass from Justin Rogers to Toren Dixon and Terrell Alex's 45-yard punt return for a TD.
LOSSES: No. 7 Notre Dame (16-7), Sept. 9.
NEXT: Vs. Baker (2-1), Friday.
18. (18) Sterlington Panthers 3-1
COACH: Dell Ashley.
TOP PLAYERS: OL Will Merritt; RB Jimmy Douglas; RB DeShanti Mitchell; OL Jordan Stewart; OL Josh Burroughs.
SCOOP: The Panther defense has forced nine turnovers the past two weeks, including four in a 47-20 win over previously unbeaten and top-ranked Class A Oak Grove. Bruising 5-foot-9, 195-pound junior RB Jimmy Douglas totaled 180 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries against Oak Grove. Douglas has 433 rushing and nine TDs on 77 carries this year. Backfield mate Deshanti Mitchell (5-10, 170, So.) has put up even bigger numbers thus far than Douglas, accumulating 538 yards and 7 touchdowns on only 57 carries. Mitchell amassed 175 yards on 13 carries versus Oak Grove.
LOSSES: No. 6 Ouachita (48-33), Sept. 2.
NEXT: At Franklin Parish (0-4), Friday.
19. (NR) South Terrebonne (Bourg) Gators 3-0
COACH: Richard Curlin.
TOP PLAYERS: QB Trent LeCompte; RB Alex Billiot; RB Phillip Livas; WR Corey Dupre.
SCOOP: The Gators are making the leap from Class 4A to 5A appear pretty dog gone easy so far. After slipping past West St. John 31-28 in the season opener, South Terrebonne blanked Ponchatoula and on Monday rolled past Thibodaux (42-26), which was the consensus favorite to win District 6-5A by the coaches. Against Thibodaux, South Terrebonne did not pull away until the fourth quarter. Phillip Livas led the Gators' Wing-T with 133 yards rushing on 14 carries and 2 TDs. Alex Billiot added 74 yards on 9 carries and 2 TDs. Some of South Terrebonne's players suited up despite the fact their homes had several feet of water because of Hurricane Rita.
NEXT: At Central Lafourche (1-2), Friday.
20. (20) Evangel Christian (Shreveport) Eagles 1-3
COACH: Dennis Dunn.
TOP PLAYERS: S/QB Dan Kreamer; DE Greg Greathouse; DE Jon Bell; WR Jeff Hulett; CB Ramon Broadway; CB Derrick Williams; OT Doug Stroud.
SCOOP: Cotton Valley forfeited last week's game with the Eagles. Team leader DB/QB Dan Kreamer is out for the year after reportedly tearing his ACL versus Longview two weeks ago. The Eagles have faced two teams that are highly-ranked in the Students Sports Fab 50: 14th-ranked Longview (5-0) and fifth-ranked Springdale (5-0).
LOSSES: Springdale, Ark. (35-7), Sept. 3; Texas High (45-10), Sept. 9; Longview (52-14), Sept. 16.
NEXT: At Logansport (4-0), Friday.