Rayne's Williams, Notre Dame's Young top Grid Stars
CROWLEY – Rayne’s Jalen Williams and Notre Dame’s Waylon Young both had outstanding performances for their respective teams during the second week of the 2011 prep football slate.
Both accounted for two touchdowns, one doing it on the ground while the other did it through the air.
But it was Williams who earned the nod as performer of the week on the Crowley Post-Signal’s Grid Stars after helping lead his team to a 20-14 home victory over Welsh.
Williams slashed the Welsh defense for 151 yards on 12 carries, picking up the bulk of those yards on two touchdowns runs of 57 and 58 yards, respectively.
“Jalen is a real good back,” said RHS coach Curt Ware of Williams, who just started playing football a year ago as a sophomore. He’s made a huge jump this year. He’s one of those guys that on any carry can take it to the house.
“His has decent speed. But he’s strong and he makes real good cuts. Once he gets loose, he’s hard to catch.”
Young was also impressive, completing 15 of his 30 pass attempts for 199 yards and two touchdowns in the Pios’ 28-12 loss to Class 4A’s second-ranked team, Breaux Bridge .
The senior quarterback connected with Blake Miller (1-40) for a 40-yard touchdown in the first quarter and then hit Josef Schmid (1-94) on an 8-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter.
Rayne’s R.J. Buchanan and Notre Dame’s Nick Gossen also went over the 100-yard mark on the ground. Buchannan picked up 120 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries while Gossen posted 103 yards on 26 carries.
Church Point’s defense also earned recognition after pitching another shutout, this time against Class 3A Kaplan.
The Bears limited the Pirates to just 118 total yards and eight first downs in a 28-0 victory.
Offensively, Jacob Boone and Gallen Williams combined for 153 yards on the ground. Boone, last week’s top honoree, ran for 67 yards, scoring on scampers from 10 and 11 yards, on 12 carries. Williams racked up 86 yards on 13 carries.
Andre Mills was one of the few bright spots for Crowley High, which dropped their season opener, 49-7, to Class 5A Comeaux.
Mills completed eight of his 22 pass attempts for 137 yards. His biggest play was a 48-yard scoring strike to senior tight end Kaleb Cormier (3-84).
Standout running back Davante Bourque rolled up 51 yards on 12 carries but also had a 48-yard kickoff return.
Iota’s Michael Thevis ran 20 times for 44 yards and Ryan Chapman had a 16-yard reception for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 42-6 loss to St. Edmund