Crowley's Davante Bourque earns Grid Stars' top honor
CROWLEY – Davante Bourque has had a number of memorable performances in his two-year career at Crowley High School, but his performance Friday just might have been his best yet.
And the senior tailback barely even broke a sweat
Bourque, an LSU commitment, punished the Iowa Yellow Jackets, rushing for 243 yards and five touchdowns on a season-low 11 carries to lead the Gents to a 54-30 victory in the District 4-3A opener for both teams.
That performance was more than enough to earn Bourque top honors on this week’s edition of Grid Stars.
“That’s what hard work gets you,” said Bourque, who after some nifty moves to get to Iowa’s second line of defense, outran the Yellow Jackets for touchdowns from 78, 56, 55 and 13 yards. He also had a 1-yard touchdown run.
“And if it wasn’t for my offensive line, I wouldn’t have had the yards I had. My yards come from my offensive line.”
Three of Bourque’s first five runs accounted for touchdowns in the first half while two of his final three touches in the second half resulted in scores.
Bourque broke a 28-yard run early in the first quarter to get the Gents down to the IHS 1-yard line, after which he scored on the next play. Then, on the second play of Crowley ’s next series, he weaved through the defense and spun away from a tackle en route to a 78-yard touchdown.
He wasn’t finished just yet though.
Bourque added his third touchdown of the night early in the second quarter when he scored on a 13-yard run.
He added his final two touchdowns in the second half, the first after breaking loose for a 55-yard scoring scamper midway through the third quarter to give the Gents a 40-14 advantage.
He was then sidelined for the Gents’ next series due to the large lead.
However, Iowa scored on its next possession and Bourque re-entered the game - for 13 seconds.
He took a pitch on the first play and raced 56 yards for his final touchdown of the night.
Also earning recognition last week were Notre Dame’s Blake Miller and Waylon Young, Iota’s Thomas Murrell and Brandon Fantroy, Rayne’s Clerance Leger and R.J. Buchanan and Church Point’s Chance Roy.
Miller had a big night for the Pios’ in their 34-30 victory over Jennings . He accounted for 82 yards and a touchdown on five carries and he also hauled in a 77-yard scoring strike from Young in the third quarter that proved to be the game-winning touchdown.
Young finished the night with seven completions for 159 yards and three touchdowns.
Murrell led the Bulldogs’ ground attack in their 22-14 loss to Bunkie. He racked up 143 yards on 26 carries while Fantroy picked up 77 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.
Leger accounted for the bulk of Rayne’s offense in the Wolves’ 52-19 loss to Livonia , rushing eight times for 88 yards while completing seven passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Buchanan had three receptions for 118 yards and two scores.
Roy showed his speed in the first quarter of the Bears’ 21-12 victory over Port Barre when he took a punt and raced 60 yards for a touchdown.