December 15, 2018

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LSU’S WILLIAMS AND DELPIT NAMED TO FOOTBALL WRITERS ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM

BATON ROUGE – LSU put three defensive players on the All-America team for the Football Writers Association of America, the organization announced on Monday afternoon.

Safety Grant Delpit and cornerback Greedy Williams were both named to the FWAA First Team, while linebacker Devin White was a second team selection.

Delpit, a sophomore from Houston, Texas, earned his fourth first team All-America honor for 2018, while Williams picked up his second first team All-America recognition.

Delpit had previously been named first team All-America by the Associated Press, Walter Camp Foundation and Sports Illustrated. Delpit was also one of five finalists for the Nagurksi Award, which is presented annually to the top defender in college football.

Williams, who was one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back, earned first team All-America honors from the Walter Camp Foundation, while being a second team selection by the AP and Sports Illustrated.

White, who was named the winner of the Butkus Award as the top linebacker in college football, has landed first team All-America honors from the AP, Walter Camp Foundation and Sports Illustrated.

White finished the 2018 season ranked second in the Southeastern Conference in tackles with 115 and he’s 10th in the league in tackles for loss with 12.0.

Delpit finished with 73 tackles, including 9.5 for losses and 5.0 sacks for the 11th0-ranked Tigers. He also led the SEC in interceptions with five.

Williams had 33 tackles to go with two interceptions and nine pass breakups this year for the Tigers.

 

-Michael Bonnette

LSU’S WHITE AND DELPIT NAMED TO AP ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Devin White and Grant Delpit continue to rack up national honors as the defensive duo has been named to the Associated Press First Team All-America squad, the organization announced.

LSU cornerback Greedy Williams and placekicker Cole Tracy earned second team All-America honors from the AP giving the Tigers four spots on the squad. The AP selects three All-America teams each year.

White, who last week was named the recipient of the Butkus Award as the top linebacker in college football, has also earned first team All-America honors from Sports Illustrated and the Walter Camp Foundation.

White finished the 2018 season ranked second in the Southeastern Conference in tackles with 115 and he’s 10th in the league in tackles for loss with 12.0.

Delpit, who was a finalist for the Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defender, earned his third first team All-America honor in 2018. Delpit was also named first team All-America by Sports Illustrated and Walter Camp.

Just a sophomore, Delpit finished with 73 tackles, including 9.5 for losses and 5.0 sacks for the 11th0-ranked Tigers. He also led the SEC in interceptions with five.

Tracy, LSU’s graduate transfer kicker, led the SEC in field goals with 25 and in field goal percentage at 86.2 percent. He also finished second in the SEC in scoring with 113 total points.

Tracy, who was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker, earned his third second team All-America distinction from the AP. Tracy was also second team All-America from both Sports Illustrated and Walter Camp.

Williams, a finalist for the Thorpe Award as the top defensive back in college football, had 33 tackles to go with two interceptions and nine pass breakups this year for the Tigers. Williams had previously been named a first team All-America by the Walter Camp Foundation and he picked up second team honors from Sports Illustrated.

-Michael Bonnette

Sun Belt Bowl Selections Announced

Sunday, December 2, 2018
Sun Belt Communications Contact – John McElwain (mcelwain@sunbeltsports.org)

Sun Belt Bowl Selections Announced
NEW ORLEANS – After a thrilling win by Appalachian State over Louisiana in the conference’s inaugural Football Championship game, the league announced postseason bowl destinations for five teams.

As winners of the Championship Game, App State (9-2, 7-1 Sun Belt) received the conference’s automatic bid to the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.  The Mountaineers will be making their first trip to New Orleans when they face Middle Tennessee (8-5, 7-1 C-USA).

League runner-up Louisiana (7-6, 5-3 Sun Belt) will head to Orlando for the AutoNation Cure Bowl where they will face Tulane (6-6, 5-3 American). The Cajuns will be making their sixth bowl appearance.

Troy, making its third consecutive bowl game, will play in the Dollar General Bowl against Buffalo (10-3, 7-1 MAC).  It will be the third appearance for the Trojans (9-3, 7-1 Sun Belt) in the game annually played in Mobile, Ala.

Georgia Southern, making their second bowl appearance since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision, will play in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.  The Eagles (9-3, 6-2 Sun Belt) will play Eastern Michigan (7-5, 5-3 MAC).

As previously announced, Arkansas State (8-4, 5-3 Sun Belt) will be making a trip to Tucson for the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl.  The Red Wolves will be making a conference record ninth bowl game when they face Nevada (7-5, 5-3 MWC).

Bowl Pairings and Game Information

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Appalachian State vs. Middle Tennessee
Saturday, December 15
New Orleans, La. – 8 p.m. CT (ESPN)

AutoNation Cure Bowl
Louisiana vs. Tulane
Saturday, December 15
Orlando, Fla. – 12:30 p.m. CT (CBS Sports Network)

Dollar General Bowl
Troy vs. Buffalo
Saturday, December 22
Mobile, Ala. – 6 p.m. CT (ESPN)

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Georgia Southern vs. Eastern Michigan
Saturday, December 15
Montgomery, Ala. – 4:30 p.m. CT (ESPN)

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Arkansas State vs. Nevada
Saturday, December 29
Tucson, Ariz. – 12:15 p.m. CT (CBS Sports Network)

Stay tuned to www.sunbeltsports.org and the Sun Belt’s official social media accounts for more information throughout the bowl season.

About the Sun Belt Conference
Entering the second decade of the new millennium, the Sun Belt Conference continues to challenge itself, and its competitors, in all aspects of intercollegiate athletics. Not content with being simply the youngest football conference in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the conference has shown that it can rise each and every season that comes along. And since the birth of the league as an FBS member in 2001, the evidence is clear that the conference is indeed rising above competitors and peer conferences.

The Sun Belt finished second in bowl winning percentage among all 10 FBS conferences the last two seasons. Reaching back to the 2014 season, no conference has a better total bowl winning percentage (.611) than the Sun Belt. All that success comes as the 2018 season will see the conference split into East and West divisions for the first time and stage its first-ever championship game at the end of the regular season on December 1, 2018.

Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Louisiana, ULM, South Alabama, Texas State and Troy give the league 10 football members. Little Rock and UTA compete as Sun Belt members in sports other than football.

NO. 11 LSU AND NO. 8 UCF WILL MEET IN THE 48TH ANNUAL PLAYSTATION® FIESTA BOWL

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – The 48th Annual PlayStation Fiesta Bowl will feature a first-ever matchup, as No. 11 LSU and No. 8 UCF will face off for first time in history in a Tuesday, January 1, 2019, College Football Playoff New Year’s Six contest at State Farm Stadium.

Kickoff is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. MST and will be broadcast live on ESPN. Tickets are available, starting at $95, by visiting Fiesta Bowl.org.

The Tigers will participate in the Fiesta Bowl for the first time in school history. LSU becomes the sixth Southeastern Conference school to compete in the Fiesta Bowl and the first since 2000 when Tennessee fell to Nebraska, 31-21. This will be UCF’s second time in the Fiesta Bowl, previously winning in 2014 when quarterback Blake Bortles led the Knights to a 52-42 victory over Baylor.

“One exciting aspect is having teams come to the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl who have never been here or haven’t been here in a long time. We have that, as these two programs play each other for the first time and LSU makes its first trip to the Fiesta Bowl. Of course, UCF has been on an impressive roll the last two seasons and in its first trip here, the Knights put on quite a show,” said Mike Nealy, Fiesta Bowl Executive Director. “The Fiesta Bowl has a great tradition of putting on a world-class college football bowl game with unique matchups and we are looking forward to continuing that when the Tigers and Knights come to town.”

After starting the season 5-1, the Tigers (9-3, 5-3) knocked off then-No. 2 Georgia 36-16 and surged up the rankings, securing a spot in the Top 10 ever since. LSU made history in its regular season finale, putting up the largest combined score in Division I college football before falling to Texas A&M 74-72 in seven overtimes.

Since 2016, Ed Orgeron has served as the head coach of the Tigers and previously coached in the Fiesta Bowl as a defensive line coach in 1997 while at Syracuse.

Owning the nation’s longest winning streak at 25 straight games, UCF (12-0, 9-0) enters the Fiesta Bowl for the second time in school history and returns to a New Year’s Six bowl game for the second consecutive year and third time in the last five seasons. The Knights continued their dominance in 2018, capping off a perfect regular season by beating Memphis, 56-41, to win the American Athletic Conference.

UCF first-year head coach Josh Heupel is no stranger to big games after winning a national championship during his career playing quarterback at Oklahoma. Heupel returns to the Valley for the fourth time, previously coaching in the Fiesta Bowl as a member of the Sooners coaching staff in 2011, 2008 and 2007.

The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl has served over three million college football fans, hosted 12 Heisman Trophy winners, seven national championships, one College Football Playoff Semifinal and has become an integral part of college football’s postseason. Some of the bowl’s most memorable games include the 1987 national championship matchup between Miami and Penn State; the Ohio State double-overtime thriller against Miami in 2003 to win the national title; and Boise State pulling off a series of trick plays to upset Oklahoma in 2007.

“It is a great honor to host two of the most prolific college football teams who bring with them extremely passionate fan groups,” said Steve Leach, Chairman of the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors. “We look forward to showing them all that Arizona has to offer, including the Fiesta Bowl hospitality that we are known for.”

During game week, fans are invited to attend the 2018 Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade, presented by Cheez-It in Central Phoenix. There are also two on-site pregame options at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl starting at 7:30 a.m. – the Fan Fest Pregame Party is free with a PlayStation Fiesta Bowl game ticket or the ticketed APS Stadium Club Pregame Party.

 

The APS Stadium Club Pregame Party at University of Phoenix Stadium is $100 and will elevate any tailgating experience and feature big-screen televisions, live entertainment and an all-you-can-eat buffet right up until kickoff time.

 

All tickets purchased for the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl support Fiesta Bowl Charities, which has given $12.5 million to the Arizona community in the last eight years in charitable giving, including $2.5 million for the 2018-19 season, the most of any college football bowl organization.

 

Fans that are interested in ticket and hospitality packages for the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl can purchase packages and resell tickets through PRIMESPORT, the Official Ticket Exchange and Hospitality Provider of the 2019 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. PRIMESPORT is a division of On Location Experiences, a premium experiential hospitality business. For full details on package options, visit PRIMESPORT.COM.

 

ABOUT THE FIESTA BOWL

The Fiesta Bowl is a world-class community organization that executes innovative experiences, drives economic growth and champions charitable causes, inspiring pride in all Arizonans. As a nonprofit organization, it believes in the importance of community outreach and service. Through charitable giving, the organization strives to enhance Arizona nonprofit organizations that contribute to the success of communities through youth, sports and education. Since 1971, the Fiesta Bowl has worked to increase its footprint across the state and work to benefit Arizonans year round, during and outside of bowl season.

REMEMBER THE ALAMO!!!

The Saints 10 win streak ends and no one saw it coming.The Saints loss to the Cowboys left everyone in a daze wondering what happened and they now know how Davy Crockett felt. The team just looked disjointed and the Cowboys defense was all over them. Many are blaming it on bad calls by the officials but the fact is the Saints took a beating from the beginning. Even Drew Brees seemed out of sorts and never got anything going. At one point he was trying to angrily unsnap his his chinstrap and missed that too……

In the end after some bad decisions by Sean Payton all the Cowboys had to do is take a knee and win it with a painful lead of just 3 points and with a final score of 10 to 13. Certainly not the high-scoring game everyone expected.

The Saints would have secured a playoff spot with a win but there is still plenty of season left. Definitely not time to panic.

GEAUX SAINTS!!

Tayte Langley, Louisiana’s Best Linebacker

One of the joys of my job is that I get to travel this great state and watch lots of football. This past spring, I was traveling the back roads of Louisiana and I happened to stop in at Iota High School to watch spring practice. I quickly noticed this young man filling the “A” gaps then bouncing out to the flat to make a tackle for a loss. So I walked up to his defensive coordinator, and asked who this young man was. He told me that he was a transfer and that his name was Tayte Langley. I continued to watch him and on every play he was wherever the ball would be. So I wrote a Diamond In The Rough article on this young man (https://louisianagridironfootball.com/diamond-in-the-rough-tayte-langley-iota-high-school/).

As the 2018 season progressed, I continued to keep an eye on Tayte and follow his games. Check out his film: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/9384123/5bbbb66dff026615948206a5

I know with a recruiting class like we have in 2018, to say that Tayte is the best is a big statement. Well lets clear this up. I do not take money from players to say things like this about them. We sell adverting for the monthly magazine. I believe that football is a pure sport and I keep it pure by not selling recruiting packages. So NO-ONE has ever paid me for recruiting. I have worked in college football and one of my jobs was to look for recruits. One area I learned is that when people are paid to post about players, that those companies give a “watered down” report to colleges. So here at Louisiana Gridiron Football, if we say someone is good, than they are really good.

Tayte has been a force for the Iota Bulldogs this season. He has compiled over 140 Total Tackles, 24 tackle for a loss, 5 sacks, 3 pass breaks, and 1 interception. While stats do not tell the whole story, because most teams that are up by 20+ points will sit their Seniors to give some of their underclassmen a few reps. This is true with Iota as well. In their current hunt for a state championship, they have yet to loose a game this season going 10-0 in the regular season. Tonight (Friday, Nov 30th, 7pm) the Iota Bulldogs host Sterlington.

I spoke to his Defensive Cordinator and he told me that Tayte is a leader on that team. His is a model student. He is quite, asks questions, and never late. As an athlete, Tayte dose whatever it takes for his team. Coach said that Tayte is one of those kids that you wish you had 30 of. He will play on the line in goal line situations, and play tight end on punt.

When you look into Tayte and all his accomplishments in 2018, you too will learn that he is the best Linebacker in Louisiana.

 

Louisiana Gridiron Football Announces All-Star Bowl Game at Louisiana College

Denham Springs, La: Louisiana Gridiron Football (LGF) is proud to announce their first ever LGF All-Star Bowl Game. It will be played at Louisiana College’s Wildcat Stadium in Pineville, La at 1 p.m. on Saturday December 29th. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. and tickets will be sold outside the gate for $10 each, $5 for children 12 and under, and $5 for active duty military/ veterans/ first responders with valid ID.

This game features 100 of the best high school seniors from across the state. Players like Running Back Freddie Mango from Delta Charter High School who has committed to Tulane University, ATH Byron Lockhart from Walker High School who has received offers from Arizona State and Louisiana Tech, and Tight End Brandon Hubicz from Catholic High of Baton Rouge who has offers from Louisiana Tech and Cincinnati. These young men are the stars of football tomorrow. 

LGF is also proud to announce that the game will be coached by several high-profile coaches and celebrity coaches. Coaches Dennis Dunn (Pineville High School), and Jason McClendon (Lakeside High School) will be the two head coaches. Coach Dunn is the prior head coach of Louisiana College and has won several Louisiana State Championships. Coach McClendon has won several State Championships in Texas before moving to Louisiana and turning around a team that had not won a game in three years. In his first season at Lakeside he took them to the playoffs and hosted their first home playoff game in school history. Other coaches for the game are; Marcus Randall, National Champion QB (LSU) and Blue Grass Miracle QB, Marlon Favorite, National Champion DT (LSU) and Super Bowl Champion DT (New Orleans Saints), and Trey Langley prior LSU OL and Washington Redskin OL.

This year’s game will be live broadcasted by Rich Dupree and Doug Gann of 104.3 the Bridge in Alexandria (www.1043thebridge.net ) and will air across the state. Rich and Doug will also be the play by play announcers which will be live streamed on Louisiana Gridiron Football’s Facebook page and the Louisiana College Athletics Facebook page.

Louisiana Gridiron Football looks forward to this great event as it is shaping up to be the event of the year in Pineville/Alexandria. Come and enjoy the fun and let the kids get autographs from the stars of tomorrow. For more information check out www.LouisianaGridironFootball.com

Southern Defeats Grambling in the 45th Annual Bayou Classic

The 45th Annual Bayou Classic weekend completed the Thanksgiving holiday in high spirits for the state of Louisiana. This year the city of New Orleans anticipated over 200,000 people to arrive Thursday evening to participate in the heavy itinerary of festivities. Friday evening kicked off the action with the annual National Panhellenic Council Greek Step Show and Battle of the Bands Competition between the Human Jukebox of Southern University and the Tiger Marching Band of Grambling State University.

Saturday afternoon the Southern University Jaguar football team and Grambling State Tiger football team sold out the Mercedes Benz Superdome in the #1 rated Historically Black College and University Classic Rivalry game. An early touchdown for the Southern University Jaguars on a blocked punt by Kordell Caldwell, and recovered by Benjamin Harris helped the Jaguars take an early 7-0 lead. The Grambling Tigers answered with a 30-yard pass complete to Darrel Clark from quarterback Geremy Hickbottom for a touchdown after a successful 90-yard drive. A successful 47-yard field goal attempt, followed by a 23-yard touchdown to Trey Smith helped the Jags secure the lead. Closing the first half the GSU Tigers offense was held to a field goal, Jaguars lead 17-10.

An 80-yard touchdown pass from Ladarius Skelton to Kendall Catalon opened the third quarter. After dominating the first half both offensively and defensively, the Jaguars hoped to finish out strong. Unanswered, the Southern offense was able to connect a 44-yard pass from Ladarius Skeleton to Randall Menard to secure a 31-13 lead. Quarterback Geremy Hickbottom rushed for 2-yards to gain a touchdown for the Grambling State Tigers and put them back in the game. The attempted two-point conversion was completed to Quintin Guice, closing the difference in score to 31-21 with Southern on top. A forced fumble recovered by the Tiger’s linebacker Jeremy Carter helped the Tiger offense to gain another touchdown making the game a 3 point game: 31-28. Sparking the energy and nerves throughout the arena, the Southern offense countered with another touchdown by Devon Benn, to hold on to the lead and close out the game.

Southern Univerity’s success throughout the season, and especially in this game has earned them the title of SWAC West Champions and will give them the opportunity to compete for the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship against the Alcorn State Braves on December 1st in Alcorn, Mississippi.

From parades to concerts, musical battles to competitive football, the 2018 Bayou Classic was an unforgettable weekend for men and women of all ages. It continues to create memories and hold traditions, so that no matter what team you are supporting, you look forward to making new experiences each and every year.

 

New Orleans Quarterback Drew Brees Leads Pro Bowl Voting By Fans

Pro Bowl Special on Tuesday, December 18 at 8:00 PM ET – 

New Orleans Saints quarterback DREW BREES, with 487,400 votes, leads all players in balloting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon.

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES (459,325 votes) ranks second overall, while Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY (402,238 votes), Pittsburgh running back JAMES CONNER (384,643 votes) and New York Giants rookie running back SAQUON BARKLEY (363,609 votes) round out the top five.

Fan voting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones atNFL.com/ProBowlVote until Thursday, December 13.

During the final two weeks of 2019 Pro Bowl voting – November 29-December 13 – fans will also be able to vote directly on Twitter. To cast such a vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, the player’s official Twitter handle, or a hashtag including the player’s first and last name. All three of these methods must include the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. Voting via Twitter is in addition to the online ballot at NFL.com/ProBowlVote, which will be available throughout the entire voting period.

The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon, which kicks off at 3:00 PM ET, will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Disney XD and simulcast on ABC – the second time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks, and the first time that the game is being televised on Disney XD.

Tickets to the game are on sale at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. New this year, tickets will also grant fans special benefits on gameday, including AFC & NFC seating sections, player red carpet viewing, special kid zone activities and postgame fireworks.

Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 14.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 18 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 PM ET. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

NFL PRO BOWL TOP-10 VOTE-GETTERS

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

QB

Drew Brees New Orleans 487,400

QB

Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 459,325

RB

Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 402,238

RB

James Conner Pittsburgh 384,643

RB

Saquon Barkley New York Giants 363,609

WR

Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 353,169

QB

Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams 337,765

RB

Alvin Kamara New Orleans 312,083

RB

Kareem Hunt Kansas City 293,209

TE

Travis Kelce Kansas City 283,104​

AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

POS. CONF. NAME, TEAM VOTES POS. CONF. NAME, TEAM VOTES  
QB AFC Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City 459,325 DE AFC J.J. Watt, Houston 212,514  
QB NFC Drew Brees, New Orleans 487,400 DE NFC Danielle Hunter, Minnesota 149,946  
RB AFC James Conner, Pittsburgh 384,643 DT AFC Geno Atkins, Cincinnati 132,284  
RB NFC Todd Gurley, LA Rams 402,238 DT NFC Aaron Donald, LA Rams 201,789  
FB AFC Roosevelt Nix, Pittsburgh 92,592 OLB AFC T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh 167,030  
FB NFC Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco 229,543 OLB NFC Khalil Mack, Chicago 178,678  
WR AFC Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh 353,169 ILB AFC Jon Bostic, Pittsburgh 59,201  
WR NFC Odell Beckham, Jr., NY Giants 278,490 ILB NFC Luke Kuechly, Carolina 132,323  
TE AFC Travis Kelce, Kansas City 283,104 CB AFC Denzel Ward, Cleveland 147,901  
TE NFC Zach Ertz, Philadelphia 266,553 CB NFC Patrick Peterson, Arizona 125,114  
T AFC Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh 125,152 SS AFC Jamal Adams, NY Jets 92,765  
T NFC Terron Armstead, New Orleans 128,234 SS NFC Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Washington 75,331  
G AFC David DeCastro, Pittsburgh 157,292 FS AFC Derwin James, LA Chargers 57,858  
G NFC Zack Martin, Dallas 114,083 FS NFC Harrison Smith, Minnesota 57,938  
C AFC Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh 145,261 P AFC Britton Colquitt, Cleveland 66,746  
C NFC Max Unger, New Orleans 125,249 P NFC Michael Dickson, Seattle 51,852  
K AFC Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh 47,581 ST AFC Roosevelt Nix, Pittsburgh 63,995  
K NFC Graham Gano, Carolina 59,923 ST NFC Justin Hardee, New Orleans 45,658  
RS AFC Tyreek Hill, Kansas City 91,964          
RS NFC Tarik Cohen, Chicago 54,362          
*Totals reflect players currently on active rosters through Tuesday, November 20 at 3:00 PM ET

For the third consecutive year, Pro Bowl Week festivities will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort and across the Orlando area, bringing free experiences and activities to fans as well as an extraordinary number of events focused on commemorating all levels of football – from youth to high school to the NFL’s best. Some of the Pro Bowl Week events include: Pro Bowl Practices, Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, NFL FLAG Championships Powered By USA Football and Play Football Celebrity Flag Game.

More information about these and all of the events taking place during Pro Bowl Week is available at ProBowl.com.

SAINTS PLUCK EAGLES 48 TO 7

The New Orleans Saints continued their winning streak to nine games with an almost embarrassing  48-7 win over the reining Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles’ defense struggled to contain the Saints’  offense for the entire game. The Saints were able to score on all but two drives, except the knee that ended the game. The Saints are also well on the way to a record total scoring season.( That’s why Brees was not pulled)

 Brees was 22 for 30, passing for 363 yards and four touchdowns. Tre’Quan Smith had 157 and a touchdown on 10 receptions, while Mark Ingram had 103 rushing yards and contributed two touchdowns of his own. Alvin Kamara, Austin Carr and Michael Thomas were credited with the other three touchdowns in the game.
To me the Saints look better then they did during the Superbowl wining year, and I look for them to have roast Falcon for Thanksgiving dinner. (Yes I stole that one from a man on the street but too good to pass-up)
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
GEAUX SAINTS!

DITR: Joshua Jones

Joshua Jones is a name that will be forever used when talking about Louisiana High School football. Senior, running back, from Berwick High School, broke and set the new  Louisiana record for the most rushing yards in a single game. He is a hardworking and dedicated individual with a great personality. Just alone from last season, Joshua had 2021 yards averaging 202.1 yards per game. Also, he had a total of 28 touchdowns, 24 of them rushing and the other 4 receiving. These numbers are just a snippet of the many things he has to offer to a college football team. First one to everything and last one to leave. When he puts his helmet on, he says it is time to show all the hard work that has been put in to lead up to game days. He is the true definition of actions speaks louder than words. A quality that cannot be taught, something that is just in you.

Check out Louisiana finest recruits!

When did you start playing football?

I started playing football in the 5th grade, I have always loved the sport and seeing guys do what they love made me want to try.

What aspect of football has taught you how to overcome adversity?

Football has taught me a lot about overcoming adversity. The main thing it has taught me is when you’re under pressure you can rise to the challenge or fold. The decisions that you make in those circumstances ultimately dictate who you are as a person. The person that I am, I chose to rise to every challenge because I learn from these challenges that help me grow as a person.

How has football helped you in other aspects of your life?

Football has taught me how to be competitive. I use that competitiveness on the track and in life. If you want something good in life you have to work for it, nothing will be handed to you.

If you could describe yourself using one word, what would it be and why?

Humble, because I let my actions on the football field speak for themselves. Also, I am very respectful, I was taught that respect is earned now given. Through my hard work and determination, I think I exemplify that because I am always willing to go the extra mile and it shows on the field.

What has been your greatest achievement thus far in your football career?

When I broke the Louisiana state record for most rushing yards in a single game. We were playing North Vermilion High School and I rushed for approximately 617 yards. I never thought I could break a record. It was never on my mind. I just went out there and played each snap to the best of my abilities, then they announced I broke a record.

What could you bring to a college team that they do not already have in your opinion?

The fact that I am a team player. No matter what I am always encouraging my teammates to be the best they can be on and off the field.

What could you take that you learned from football that will help you become a successful businessman in the future?

In football, things aren’t going to always go your way. That is like your going up against one of the top defenses, they are going to still be there and be great but as an offense, you have to make a way to score so that your team can ultimately win the game. The same goes with being a businessman, you can’t run from the bad times you have to face time and figure out a way to get through them.

What has your senior football season taught you about yourself that will help you better prepare to play football in college?

It has taught me that no dream is too big. I would have never dreamt of breaking a record, but because of my hard work and endless dedication day in and day out I achieved something that I considered far beyond my reach.

 

Height: 5’9

Weight: 185

Bench: 265

GPA: 3.3

LSU BURNS RICE 42-10

On a night that LSU would send off 18 seniors, the Tigers entered the game as 42 point favorites.  After having their offense seemingly lose its identity after the Georgia game, the Tigers look to bounce back in what should be a high scoring affair for LSU. Coach Ed Orgeron said earlier in the week that the offense would have some different looks that had not been seen before.

The LSU offense got off to a very fast start, they won the coin toss and elected to receive, and right out of the gate drove the ball 79 yards down the field in less than four minutes. Capping off the drive with a score by sophomore running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire from three yards out. Senior tight end Foster Moreau tied his career high receptions of four in the first half.

The Tigers defense was stingy and had a stranglehold on the Owls all night allowing less than 200 yards of total offense for the Owls who came into the game averaging nearly 325 yards of total offense. Unfortunately that offensive production has not been enough for Rice as the Owls have not won a game since August.

LSU scored on every possession it had except for the first drive of quarterback Myles Brennan who did well, “he was a little rusty at first, his first couple of throws were not on the money, but afterward he got the hang of it.” Coach Orgeron said in the post-game press conference. Brennan would lead the Tigers next drive 80 yards in six plays to pay dirt that ended in a three yard touchdown by Lanard Fournette.

Quarterback Joe Burrow had a spectacular night going 20 of 28 for 307 through the air and adding two touchdowns, and senior tight end Foster Moreau ended up breaking his single game career records for catches and yardage. This was a great send off for his last home game in Tigers Stadium.

There was never any question about a Tiger victory, as they were heavily favored in this matchup. The defense continued to do what it has done all season long, while the offense looked like it found its lost identity. The up tempo scheme that Coach Steve Ensminger put together for this game worked out well and if the Tigers can keep up this pace a ten win regular season is not far-fetched at this point. Going forward LSU will savor this victory for 24 hours. By Monday, it’s “tell the truth Monday” and a new week and a new team to prepare for. They will see what they did right, and especially see what they did wrong.

Iota battles Baker and comes out on top, 31-14

Although the final score suggests a one sided game, the battle that ensued at Wedge Keyes Stadium in Baker, Louisiana was anything but. In the first quarter the defenses were locked in, giving each other’s’ offenses trouble. The first score of the game, after four straight punts, occurred when Iota’s quarterback #9 Trae Rambin broke off a 27-yard touchdown run. The quarterback is tall, athletic and has a lefty cannon but where he struggles is his accuracy, usually missing high due to his ultra-strong arm.  In an immediate response, senior wide receiver #3 Bryant Williams caught a 39-yard pass from quarterback #12 Tyren Henderson setting up the Buffaloes on the 1-yard line that was punched in for a touchdown by fullback #33 Travonte Spears. Williams also caught the two-point conversion following the touchdown and recording another catch of 25-yards later in the game.  Williams is a tall, rangy wide receiver who has potential as a return specialist tallying two returns over 35-yards.

The entire second quarter was a defensive battle until the Bulldogs were in a 4th down situation. The Bulldogs had four yards to gain on the Baker 45-yard line with 2:14 left in the first half and decided on a wide receiver reverse to pick up the first down. The drive ended in a 37-yard field goal, sending the Iota Bulldogs into half with the lead 10-8.

The opening drive of the second half for Iota finished with a 50-yard touchdown run by running back #21 Kollin Guillory. Guillory had a superb game, rushing for over 150 yards including two rushing touchdowns. The Buffaloes would respond with 35-yard touchdown run by their star running back #20 Desmond Windon. Windon is a powerful, low center of gravity back that has incredible balance. This young man can flat out play some football. Windon finished with just under 150-yards, recording four runs over 20-yards.

Going into the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs led the Buffaloes 17-14. After another hard fought quarter with very little offense, Iota had a chance to run out the clock. The Bulldogs got the ball on their own 35-yard line with under 4:00 minutes to play, driving the ball all the way down to the Baker 27-yard line converting multiple third downs in the process. With just over two minutes to go, Iota fullback #18 Luke Doucet gave the Iota Bulldogs a comfortable lead after a 27-yard touchdown run.

Although the Baker Buffaloes were not done just yet, after a nifty 50-yard hook and ladder play the home team had hope. Unfortunately, the Baker offense turned it over on downs giving Iota a chance with one first down to ice the game. Kollin Guillory had other plans. Guillory broke off a 74-yard touchdown to put the final nail in the coffin.

Although Baker’s season is over, this was an incredible game to watch. Iota will move onto the quarterfinals to face North Webster, which will more than likely be a home game for the Bulldogs.

The game is not over until it is over: Denham Springs vs Acadiana

Coming into this game the Denham Springs Yellow Jackets had something to prove. In the first round, they were considered the underdogs and they came out and upset there opponent. Tonight, the Yellow Jackets showed up and out against the Acadiana Rams. The Acadiana Rams matched this energy and then some. For 48 minutes it was a score for score game, there was no way you could predict the ending because the unthinkable kept happening. Everyone in the stadium was on edge every snap just as the players from both teams were.

The Denham Springs Yellow Jackets brought out all the stops tonight. At the very beginning of the game, the Yellow Jacket defense got a safety. From that very moment, it was clear that this game was going to be something serious. Senior, Wide Reciever, Kaleb Drummer (13) marched to the sound of his own drum tonight scoring 3 touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets. Senior, Runningback, Treveon Muse(5) was the force that drove the ball down the field time and time again to gaining 1st down after 1st downs so this offense could eventually score. When in doubt DJ Williams(7) it all the way out. Senior, Wide Reciever went in on the big risky plays and turned nothing into something. The reason that half of these plays were even possible Senior, Quarterback, Luke Lunsford(12) when he did not have options, he created one running the ball to gain yards, throwing the deep passes that lead to touchdowns. Lunsford even scored 2 touchdowns that contributed to the final score. Just as efficient and effective the offense was, so was the defense. The Yellow Jacket defense forced multiple 3 and outs, even shock up the Rams offense a few times causing a few false starts. They made the necessary stops throughout the game, which had the Acadiana Rams trailing the entire game until the end of the 4th quarter.

Although the Acadiana Rams had a slow and shaky start, this had no effect on their ending. Senior, Runningback, Larryll Greene(22) scored 3 touchdowns and a 2-point conversion. This speed demon, footwork, and stamina were unmatched every time he touched the ball. Junior, Quarterback, Keontae Williams(8) was another key asset for the Rams offense. He also had a 2-point conversion to keep the Rams in this game tonight. One pivotal moment for this Rams defense that changed the entire game was Senior, Cornerback, Latrell Charles(9). Midway through the 4th quarter Charles goes up and brings down a pass from Lunsford that was intended for the Yellow Jackets Reciever. This allowed the Rams offense back onto the field to tie up the game. Ultimately, the Rams went on to take the lead for the first time this entire game. This momentum shift was what the Rams needed, and it happened at the right time.

Both Denham Springs and Acadiana played this game with everything in them, and they left it all on the field. Unfortunately, only one team can move on to the next round and tonight that was the Acadiana Rams. After all, the playoffs are the survival of the fittest. Despite the score, both teams had a phenomenal game. The final at Denham Springs vs Acadiana was 37-38 Acadiana. Acadiana heads into the 3rd round of playoffs to face the Zachary Broncos, a matchup you do not want to miss.

 

 

Diamond in the Rough: Jacob Bernard, Lakeshore High School

Jacob Bernard is a 5’10 senior at Lakeshore High School, in Mandeville, LA. Jacob is a slot receiver and running back for the team. Jacob started playing football around the age of 8. He also played multiple other sports like baseball and soccer throughout his whole life. Jacob really enjoyed playing all three sports and has continued to play all three throughout his years in high school. During his freshman year he received All-Freshman, All-State for the soccer team, and first team All-District in baseball. During his sophomore and junior year he received All-District for all three and All-State for football his junior year. Even though he plays all three sports, Jacob grew up with football being a big part of his life, and he has his father to thank for that.  He expressed how his father is someone who inspired him to play the sport; his father played in college and Jacob wishes to follow in his footsteps. Both his parents taught him well, when he was growing up and they have worked hard to get him and his brothers and sisters what they need.

Jacob is a very humbled athlete and likes to be himself out there on the field. With a 4.45 40 time, he is a very quick and aggressive player. Jacob loves the excitement of the game and he loves to create highlights of himself. Hurdling over other players and he enjoys open field moves that show how fast he can be. Off the field Jacob describes himself as a very laid back guy. He enjoys spending time with friends and he likes to have fun.

This season Jacob has scored around 25 touchdowns, and he says that his biggest moment this year is hurdling over a player from East Jefferson and scoring on that play. Football has been a teaching experience for Jacob and he has been using those lessons throughout life. Football has taught him that nothing in life is ever going to be handed out. It had taught him how to talk to other people, and how to treat them as well. When asked about what he loves the most about football, Jacob said “I love winning, everybody loves winning!”. Jacob has a great relationship with his teammates and he enjoys uplifting them and keeping them motivated out there on the field. Jacob works hard and if something is very important to him he will put his all into whatever it is. He likes  being a physical player on the field.  Being a student-athlete is something that Jacob takes very seriously and he believes that school is very important. He has always been taught how important school is from his parents and with a 3.6 GPA, it shows how serious he is about school. When Jacob gets to college he wants to study Kinesiology and then one day become a coach.

Jacob strives to be the best he can on both the football field and in the classroom. He is a very hardworking and dedicated student athlete and likes to remind himself every day the importance of giving 100% in everything that he does.

Height: 5’10

Weight: 195

Bench: 285

Squat: 435

https://www.hudl.com/profile/4783182/Jacob-Bernard

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