August 29, 2009

Bayou Jamb 2009

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Despite ULM not having a home game for another two weeks, the campus took on a game day atmosphere, as Malone Stadium played host to the fourth annual Bayou Jamb. The event has come to signal the beginning of the high school football games in northeastern Louisiana, while giving fans a small taste of the football action to come from area schools, including a pair of nationally ranked teams

The three games were shortened to two 15 minute halves, without overtime.

Oak Grove vs. Jonesboro-Hodge

The opening game of the evening featured a battle of the Tigers, as Oak Grove squared off against Jonesboro-Hodge. Both teams made brief playoff runs in the 2008 season, with Oak Grove advancing to the quarterfinals in class 1A, while Jonesboro-Hodge dropped a first round 2A contest to Calvary Baptist.

Jonesboro-Hodge's Robdonovan Lewis was named the game's MVP with a pair of touchdowns, but it was the Tigers of Oak Grove that prevailed in the end, 25-14.

Jonesboro-Hodge struck first with a 50 yard end-around run by Lewis from the receiver position. The ensuing PAT was no good. Oak Grove answered with a long score of their own, as Kendrick Jackson evened the score at 6. The ensuing two-point conversion was no good.

Lewis was not done on the evening though, as a third and long from their own seven yard line ended with him hauling in an amazing over the shoulder touchdown reception to put the Tiger back on top 14-6, following a successful two-point conversion.

Oak Grove then rattled off 19 unanswered points, as sophomore Jacob Pippin scored a pair of touchdowns of his own from one and two yards out to pace the Tigers.

Oak Grove will open the season on September 3 hosting Rayville, while Jonesboro-Hodge will host Winnfield on September 4.

West Monroe vs. Rayville

The West Monroe Rebels entered the contest looking to build on the momentum from last season's state-runner up title, but having to replace playmakers such as D.J. Banks, Barkevious Mingo, and Ladarius Adams is a daunting task. Rayville Head Coach Bo Barton is looking to replace his own share of players, as he must replace offensive threats Kenny Bell who signed with Alabama, and Abrecus Martinez.

West Monroe didn't miss a beat though as they rolled 23 - 0 win over the Hornets.

Deon Fowler got West Monroe's first score in the game, as he took a bubble pass from Paul Turner 66 yards. The Rebel defense held to a three and out stand, and on the next possession, West Monroe would strike again. Junior Tyler Cain scampered 42 yards for the score, putting West Monroe up 13-0. Kicker Cody Hollis tacked on a 37 yard field goal to cap off the first half scoring.

The lone score in the second half was a Rebel score by Doncorius Powell from 42 yards out.

West Monroe ranks #41 in the Rivals.com Rivals100, and will start the 2009 season on the road, as they travel to Leesville September 4. Rayville will travel to Oak Grove for a September 3 contest.

Neville vs. Bastrop

In a preview of week eight, the District 3-4A powerhouses of Neville and Bastrop closed the night out with another hard hitting chapter of their rivalry.

The Tiger defense held Bastrop to a three and out series to open the game. This was followed by a quick three play drive that was capped off by a Taylor Burch pass to Corry Sampognaro to put Neville up 7-0. Neville looked to be running away with the game, going up 13-0 on Cedrico Pollard's three yard run.

Jonathon Daniels finally got Bastrop on the board with a 75 yard, but the Ram offense couldn't muster much offense beyond that score.

Andravious Brandon's interception of Burch late in the second half looked to be the spark that the Rams were looking for in the second half, but turned the ball over on downs with just over two minutes remaining.

Neville ranks #76 in the Rivals.com Rivals100




 

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