Figaro, Young top Grid Stars
By: Chris Quebedeaux
CROWLEY – One week ago, it was Crowley and Notre Dame’s defenses that reigned supreme on the list of the Crowley Post-Signal’s Grid Stars.
And those two defenses made strong cases to repeat following solid performances this week.
But they were both outdone by a pair of juniors on the other side of the ball.
Crowley’s Tuskani Figaro and Notre Dame’s Waylon Young combined for 421 yards and seven touchdowns in a pair of blowout victories, highlighting the week’s action and gaining top billing on this week’s parish list.
With Church Point thwarting Crowley’s potent ground attack early on, Figaro went to the air, completing 12 of 22 pass attempts for 225 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-0 victory over the homestanding Bears.
Figaro’s first touchdown occurred on the first offensive play of the game when he hit Tonori Boutte on a slant for a 38-yard scoring strike.
The duo hooked up again on an 18-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and Figaro threw two more touchdown passes to Andre Mills to give the Gents a 26-0 advantage at the break. Mills’ first touchdown reception went for 29 yards and his second for 44.
Boutte finished with five receptions for 88 yards while Mills had three catches for 83.
Figaro also rushed eight times for 42 yards, including a six-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter.
Young was just as impressive, completing 10 of 18 pass attempts for 196 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-20 victory over the Rayne Wolves.
Young connected with Zac D’Aquin on a 39-yard touchdown pass before hitting Stu Cook from 44 yards out for another score. His final touchdown pass was to Drew Trahan from 25 yards out.
D’Aquin led the Pios with three receptions for 69 yards and Cook had two for 60.
Defensively, the units of Crowley High and Notre Dame once again topped the list.
Crowley’s defense pitched its first shutout of the season, limiting the Bears to just 93 total yards and seven first downs.
The Gents held Church Point’s standout backfield of Zack Quibodeaux and Von Duplechain to just 85 yards on the ground and gave up just eight yards through the air.
Jacoby Soloman played a huge role in the Gents’ defensive dominance, logging a number of tackles as well as two sacks late in the contest and a blocked punt for a safety.
Notre Dame’s defense was just as impressive, giving up just 263 total yards against Rayne, most of which came late in the game with the Pios’ reserves on the field.
John Rothermel led the Pios with 13 tackles while Clint Faul, Logan Venable and Beau Petitjean each had one interception.
Iota also earned consideration this week following a 28-21 loss to Lake Arthur.
Bulldog quarterback Thomas Murrell completed five passes for 117 yards, including a 48-yard scoring strike to Bryce Zaunbrecher.
Kyle Leger rushed 12 times for 38 yards and a touchdown while Ethan Navarre had six carries for 20 yards and a score.
Other notable performances were turned in by Rayne’s Brody Bourque (15 carries for 71 yard, including a 47 yard touchdown run) and Church Point’s Duplechain (17 carries for 63 yards).