Grid Stars: Running backs shine in Week 1
CROWLEY – The first week of the 2013 prep football season was loaded with highlights for Acadia Parish fans.
From explosive offenses to stellar defensive performances, four of the five local teams were able to pull off victories.
However, the top individual performances were turned in by a pair of running backs - Crowley’s Ty’Von Griffin and Notre Dame’s John Michael Besse.
That duo combined for 293 yards and six touchdowns on 51 carries to help lead their teams to victories in their home openers.
Griffin, a sophomore, carried much of the load for the Gents in their 34-20 victory over Wossman Friday by breaking loose for 162 yards and three touchdowns.
He had five carries for 10 yards or better in his varsity debut with his longest run being a 15-yard scamper. He scored on a pair of runs from seven yards out and closed out the night with a 3-yard scoring plunge.
“We kind of put it on Griff’s back tonight and he handled it pretty darn well, I thought,” said CHS coach Josh Fontenot. “He’s definitely a kid to watch.”
Besse was equally impressive in his performance Thursday evening at Gardiner Memorial Stadium.
The junior picked up 131 yards and scored three touchdowns, all in the first half. In addition, he had two receptions for 40 yards before leaving the game late in the third quarter.
“We knew going in that he (Besse) is a guy that can give us some big plays and the first play of the game, we ran him out of the backfield and hit him with a pass for about 35 yards,” said ND coach Lewis Cook. “He had two receptions and he ran the ball really well.”
Rayne also had a pair of running backs post big numbers in the Wolves’ 45-19 victory over St. Edmund.
Javon Cormier torched the Blue Jays for 144 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. His longest was a 71-yard scoring run.
Trent Duhon added 135 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. His longest touchdown run was from 73 yards and he also hauled in a 32-yard touchdown pass.
Byron Mouton had a highlight reel run when he returned a punt 58 yards for a touchdown.
Church Point spread out its offense in a 42-3 beatdown of Beau Chene Friday.
The Bears pounded out 219 yards on the ground with multiple running backs getting carries. Quarterback Jake Morvant picked up 59 yards and two touchdowns on three carries to lead the charge while Deion Monroe had eight carries for 57 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Defensively, the Bears forced five turnovers and held the Gators to just two first downs and 89 total yards.
One of Iota’s few bright spots in the Bulldogs’ 22-12 loss to Oberlin Friday was the play Michael Thevis. The senior running back posted 64 yards on 20 carries and scored both of the Bulldogs’ touchdowns on the night.