Crowley's Davante Bourque headlines Grid Stars
CROWLEY – LSU commitment Davante Bourque struggled in his team’s season opener two weeks ago, rushing for only 60 yards and no touchdowns.
However, it was a different Davante Bourque who showed up in Week 2 when the Crowley High Gents took on Washington-Marion last Friday.
Putting the first game’s experience behind him, Bourque accounted for 206 yards and three touchdowns, sparking the Gents to a 29-16 come-from-behind victory over the Charging Indians.
That effort headlined the week’s prep action in Acadia Parish and earned Bourque top billing on this week’s edition of the Crowley Post-Signal’s Grid Stars.
“That’s the hardest I’ve seen Davante run,” said CHS offensive coordinator Josh Fontenot of Bourque’s performance Friday. “You know, in the last two games we’ve gone up against some huge defensive lines. We are creating (running) lanes, they’re just smaller than what we were accustomed to last year.
“He didn’t have the big runs, but he stuck his head in there and picked up the two’s and the three’s.
“People know who he is this year and it’s going to be tough. It’s not always going to be a big play. He did a good job of taking what was there.”
Bourque rushed for 96 of his 206 yards on 27 carries, scoring twice from one yard out. He also pulled down two passes for 110 yards, including a catch on a swing pass that went for a 69-yard touchdown.
“We have got to get him the ball in different ways,” said Fontenot. “And he took advantage of that. He’s really maturing as a leader and a runner.”
Crowley quarterback Andre Mills also had a big night, completing seven of 18 pass attempts for 198 yards and two touchdowns. His first was the 69-yarder to Bourque, followed up with a 32-yard scoring strike to Chanz Moore in the fourth quarter.
Crowley’s defense had a spectacular night as well, forcing six turnovers.
Brennan Andrus led the charge with a fumble recovery and an interception. Damon Malbrough forced and recovered a fumble and Dorris Senegal, Christopher Hoyt and Cade Abshire each had an interception.
Notre Dame’s Nick Gossen and Connor Goss also earned accolades after their performances in the Pios’ dramatic 21-15 victory over rival Teurlings.
Gossen rushed 24 times for 81 yards and scored twice on runs from three and four yards, respectively.
Goss, a senior linebacker, reined havoc on the Rebels, logging 18 (13 solo) total tackles while also forcing a fumble.
Church Point’s Jacob Boone also earned recognition as well as Rayne’s R.J. Buchanan and Danny Harmon and Iota’s Bryant Fantroy.
Boone paced Church Point’s ground attack, rushing 15 times for 109 yards and one touchdown during the Bears’ 13-6 victory over Cecilia.
Buchanan and Harmon combined for four touchdowns in Rayne’s 51-6 victory over Abbeville.
Buchanan picked up 30 yards on three carries, scoring on an eight-yard run and had two receptions for 49 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown catch.
Harmon scored on a 28-yard scamper and had one catch that went for a 29-yard touchdown.
Fantroy rushed for a team-high 60 yards on 13 carries in the Bulldogs’ 37-14 loss to Lake Arthur . He also had a 26-yard touchdown reception.