Figaro, Stoma headline Grid Stars
CROWLEY – For one, it was his first start at a new position. For the other, it was business as usual.
But for both, it was their performances Friday evening that helped lead their respective teams to victory and land top honors on this week’s edition of Grid Stars.
Crowley High’s Tuskani Figaro took the top offensive player honor while Notre Dame’s Ricky Stoma earned the nod on defense.
Figaro, getting his first varsity start at quarterback in place of injured starter D’Myrus Daniels, put forth a stellar effort in the Gents’ 55-14 victory over Abbeville. The versatile junior, who also handled the punting and kickoff duties, rushed 13 times for 77 yards while also completing 10 of his 13 pass attempts for 182 yards and three touchdowns.
Fiagro hit Davante Bourque on a 40-yard scoring strike in the first quarter and then connected twice with Tonori Boutte later in the game for touchdowns, the first covering 3 yards and the second 60.
Stoma was the lone Pio to hit paydirt in Notre Dame’s 17-0 victory over Breaux Bridge at Gardiner Memorial Stadium. And he did so in dramatic fashion, returning two interceptions for touchdowns.
Stoma picked off a Chris Huval pass late in the first quarter and raced 77 yards for the first score of the game. He then picked Huval again early in the second quarter, returning that one 39 yards for a touchdown.
Stoma, who had 10 interceptions last season, now has three in the Pios’ first two games, all of which he returned for touchdowns.
Crowley’s Bourque also earned consideration for offensive honors as did Boutte while CHS’ Christian Allen and Joski Banks both had impressive defensive games.
Bourque rushed 17 times for 104 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown run. He also caught one pass for a touchdown.
Boutte had five receptions for 99 yards and two touchdowns and rushed once for 11 yards.
Allen had numerous pass breakups and intercepted two passes, one of which he returned 90 yards for a score. Banks logged a number of tackles to lead the Gents defense and also blocked a punt that was returned for a 6-yard touchdown by Boutte.
John Rothermel and Kevin Johnston paced Notre Dame’s defense with eight and seven tackles respectively. Johnston also had a sack.
Church Point running backs Von Duplechain and Zack Quibodeaux and Rayne’s Jaylen Williams and Brody Bourque also had stellar performances in leading their respective teams to victory.
Duplechain (12-118) and Quibodeaux (15-100) combined for 218 yards and four touchdowns in the Bears’ 47-8 thrashing of Avoyelles. Duplechain also had two receptions for 20 yards and Quibodeaux had one for 13.
Williams was a guiding force in Rayne’s 42-20 victory over Welsh, rushing 16 times for 177 yards and one touchdowns. Bourque had 20 touches for 134 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively for the Wolves, Aaron Chaisson racked up 15 tackles while also recovering a fumble.