CHS' Bourque off to good start
CROWLEY – When Davante Bourque transferred to Crowley High from Gueydan last spring, the main concern was how he would adapt moving from Class A football to Class AAA.
After all, he had rushed for nearly 2,000 yards at Gueydan and was voted as the LSWA Class A Offensive Player of the Year in 2009.
But could he still thrive in Class AAA where the teams are bigger, stronger, and for the most part, better than the majority of the Class A teams across the state?
The critics got the answer last Friday when Bourque and the Gents took on Erath in the Acadia/Vermilion Parish Jamboree in Kaplan.
Bourque, who had just seven carries in the contest, rushed for 143 yards and scored once on a highlight reel, 88-yard run in making an impressionable debut at CHS.
“We were definitely impressed with what we saw,” said CHS coach Tommy Tate of Bourque’s performance that included two big runs that were negated by penalties. “It was exciting for us to see something that we were hoping to see.”
Bourque started things off with a 27-yard kickoff return. He had a 19-yard run called back for holding and then popped runs for 16 and 17 yards before going down with an injury midway through the first half on a 20-yard gain that was called back for a hold.
Bourque returned in the second half and broke loose for his 88-yard score on an option play. During the play, he ran through two Erath defenders to get to the far sideline before crossing the field to the opposite sideline and outracing two more EHS defenders to the end zone.
“Davante has good speed, he has great vision and he makes good cuts,” said Tate. “And he accelerates through tackles and that’s what good backs do.”
Tuskani Figaro also had a solid outing under center for the Gents, rushing 10 times for 88 yards while completing five passes for 61 yards and one touchdown - a 14-yard pass to Tonori Boutte (3 catches for 41 yards).
Other standout jamboree performances last week were turned in by Notre Dame’s John Rothermel and Stu Cook, Rayne’s Brody Bourque, Church Point’s Zack Quibodeaux and Von Duplechain and Iota’s Colby Wickman.
Rothermel logged numerous tackles in the Pios’ 15-0 loss to Acadiana en route to being named Notre Dame’s Most Valuable Player in the jamboree. Cook, who played only in the first half, ran for 28 yards on three carries and completed three passes for 33 yards.
Brody Bourque paced Rayne with 13 carries for 79 yards and one touchdown - a four-yard run - in the Wolves’ 8-7 loss to Abbeville.
Quibodeaux was the workhorse for the Bears, racking up 131 yards on 13 totes, his longest run going for 50 yards. Duplechain followed with seven carries for 85 yards and one touchdown.
Wickman led Iota with three carries for 32 yards.