Crowley High running back Obadiah Butler
Crowley High’s Butler headlines Grid Stars
Crowley High senior tailback Obadiah Butler has been the sparkplug for the Gents for the better part of the last two years and last Friday, the speedster was at it again.
Butler had yet another impressive outing in the Gents’ Week 9 matchup against District 5-3A foe Erath, racking up nearly 300 all-purpose yards in a heartbreaking 40-36 loss to the Bobcats.
In earning the Crowley Post-Signal’s Grid Stars Player of the Week top honor, Butler rushed for 163 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 10 carries. He broke free on a 51-yard scoring burst early in the game and then electrified the crowd with a 90-yard touchdown run just before the half.
Butler also hauled in a 16-yard scoring strike from Marquis Garrett in the first quarter.
His 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with just over four minutes to go in the game gave the Gents a 36-33 lead.
The night could have been even more impressive for Butler, but he had a pair of scoring runs called back on the same series in the third quarter due to penalties.
Garrett, meanwhile, completed 10 of 19 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown and rushed five times for 25 yards.
Pushing Butler for top honors for the top Grid Stars award were Iota’s Luke Doucet and Church Point’s Rodney Dupuis.
Doucet rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs in their 18-7 loss to Northwest Friday and teammate Tyrone Charlot had a good night with five catches for 53 yards.
Dupuis, who broke the school’s all-time rushing record last week, rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in the Bears’ 41-15 blasting of Mamou Friday.
Gavin Richard, Kollin Guillory and Brandt Boone also had impressive performances for the Bears. Richard tallied 111 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and Guillory added 65 yards and a score on just seven carries. He also had one reception for 44 yards and a score.
Boone completed four of eight pass attempts for 90 yards and two touchdowns, including a 6-yard scoring strike to Dax Moore, who also had a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Other notable performances were turned in by Notre Dame’s Dominic Thibodeaux, Josh LeJeune, Ben Broussard and Parker Seilhan during the Pios’ 42-0 shellacking of Lake Arthur.
Thibodeaux, who moved over from defense to offense when standout C.J. Thibodeaux was injured two weeks ago, rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown on seven carries; he also had a pair of receptions for 65 yards, including a 47-yard scoring strike from Broussard.
LeJeune was the Pios’ leading rusher with nine carries for 55 yards.
Broussard completed 4 of 8 pass attempts for 112 yards. He also rushed for 29 yards and had a 7-yard touchdown reception from Seilhan.
Seilhan was just as effective under center and completed all five of his pass attempts for 105 yards. He hit Broussard for a touchdown and also connected with Jack Faulk for a 33-yard touchdown.
Rayne’s Darian Chevalier rounds out the group after rushing for 91 yards on nine carries during the Wolves’ 42-0 loss to Lafayette Christian.