Bourque off to fast start

By Shaun Hearen

LSN STAFF WRITER

GUEYDAN — Gueydan’s Devantae Bourque wanted to play running back when he was younger.

“I wasn’t big enough to play running back,” Bourque said. “I was too skinny.”

His wiry stature indeed kept Bourque from finding his way to the position he most desired. That is, until now.

Gueydan entered the season with top running back Darin Gums on the shelf nursing an ACL injury. Gums is expected back in a couple of weeks, but his absence left a hole at running back.

And Bourque, finally able to run the ball, has filled in nicely.

Bourque ran 22 times for 191 yards and five touchdowns as the Bears (3-0) claimed a 46-20 win over East Iberville Friday.

Bourque, who moved to Gueydan after starring at Crowley Middle School for two years, has racked up 409 yards and eight touchdowns in the Bears’ first three games. He also has a 92-yard kickoff return for

“I’m pleased with the win,” Gueydan head coach Jay Landry said. “And I’m proud of how hard our kids fought.”

That includes Bourque.

“He has done a tremendous job,” Landry said. “This kid is 15, and he didn’t play any running back for us last year, just receiver. The strides he is making each week is amazing.

“And he’s tough. He did what he did tonight on a bum ankle.”

The ankle did not slow Bourque down. He capped the Bears’ first drive, a 10-play, 68-yard march, with a 7-yard touchdown run. Bourque added the two-point conversion to put the Bears up 8-0 with 6:54 remaining in the first quarter.

“It had a little pinch to it,” Bourque said of the injury. “You try to fight it, though, to help the team.

“You have to be tough all of the time.”

Bourque showed that toughness on the other side of the ball, too. Playing safety, Bourque delivered a jarring hit that broke up a third-down pass by East Iberville. That forced EIHS to punt.

“I thought our defense played well,” Landry said.

The Bears’ offense took advantage of the change of possession as they marched down the field, this time on a 67-yard drive, which Bourque once again ended, this time on a 5-yard dart to the end zone. Bourque put the Bears up 16-0 on his second two-point run.

East Iberville got on the board midway through the second quarter with a touchdown run. A fake punt earlier in the drive made the 1-yard score possible.

“That was one of the first big mistakes we have made this year,” Landry said.

The Bears had an answer: Trevor Derouen, who finished with 93 and a touchdown on 17 attempts.

“I think we played with a lot of heart tonight,” Landry said. “I can’t ask for more than that.”

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