SIDELINES with Tryve Brackin

TRYVE BRACKIN

Great holiday prep sports

We have a few days of some great prep sports during this holiday period.

It began Saturday with eight Iberville Parish senior football players getting an opportunity to showcase their talent in the annual U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl game up in Zachary.

Two of the parish players, White Castle’s Terrance Taylor and Da’vante Williams of St. John High were named earlier in the week to the Class 1-A first-team All-State grid honors squad by the La. Sportswriters Assn. (See article in this section) Two others, SJHS’ Christian Primeaux and Chris Bordelon netted All-State Honorable Mention to the 1-A team.

Taylor ended up starring for the losing Rough Riders squad with a pair of long touchdown passes. They were the only two TDs in the game for the RR club, which lost to the Black Knights by a 31-16 score. Taylor tallied the first touchdown of the game on a 34-yard pass play, catching a ball from Scotlandville High quarterback Kimani Smith. The WCHS standout also tallied the final TD of the game, this time grabbed a 39-yard bomb from Denham Springs High’s Kyle Cedotal.

Taylor’s WCHS teammate Gerad Carlin also came up with a big play. The big Bulldog defensive lineman blocked a point-after place kick try by the Black Knights to give the Rough Riders a short-lived 10-9 halftime lead.

Meanwhile, former bullish Livonia High RB standout Mark Lewis came up big for the victorious Black Knight offense, leading the team in rushing with 54 yards on 12 carries.

St. John High’s trio of Williams, Primeaux, and Bordelon saw plenty of playing time for the victorious Black Knight team.

Williams was named a team captain for the BK squad and played wide receiver at least half the time the Knight offense was on the field. Primeaux got off a 10-yard carry and another for 6 yards, while Bordelon split time at offensive center with a teammate from 5-A Catholic High.

Plaquemine High’s senior duo of Deondre Philson and LaRen Phillips saw duty in the Black Knight’s secondary and played well.

Along with Taylor and Carlin on the Rough Riders, East Iberville’s Nicholas Brooks saw time at linebacker.

AND, BEGINNING Tuesday of next week is the annual Green Devil Basketball Classic at Plaquemine High. All prep hoop fans from the area ought to go catch a few of these games to see some of the better teams and players from south Louisiana. PHS’ annual tourney is one of the most prestigious in the area. PS SPORTS has provided an in depth rundown of the tourney in this section.

RED HOT parish basketball teams going into last weekend were Plaquemine High’s boy and girl clubs and boy clubs from East Iberville and White Castle.

PHS boys were 11-1 going into Saturday’s round of Wedge Kyes (Baker) tourney play, while EIHS’ boys were on a six-game win streak after losing their first three contests of the season.

WCHS knocked off 5-A McKinley, 4-A Ellender, and 4-A Assumption over their last three games in an impressive streak to boost their early season mark to 7-3.

And the PHS Lady Green Devils improved their overall mark to 6-2 with victories last week over 5-A East Ascension and 3-A West Feliciana.

Struggling in the early season are hoop clubs from St. John and the WCHS girls. Both the SJHS boys and girls, and the WC Lady Bulldogs got late starts to the hoop season due to football and volleyball state playoff competition.

Individually, the parish trio of PHS’ Jesse Ward, WC’s Jarrian Jenkins, and EI’s Frank Broussard have all hit the 30-point mark in ball games already this season. St. John’s Da’vante Williams has yet to tally 30 or more in a game, but he leads the Eagles in scoring. Amber Smith and Kadijah Mims (PHS), Jessie Brown (SJHS), Skylar O’Bear and Erica Jones (WC), and EI’s Ariel Fuller and Kaitlyn Knight have all be steady offensive leaders thus far this hoop season for their girl clubs.

But, alas, scoring average isn’t everything in the round ball sport. You win with defense, good transition play, accurate passing, blocking out, and hitting the open baskets at key times.

PS SPORTS will publish the annual All-District football teams list in next week’s newspaper with special notes.

Also, picked up some late weekend scores in prep basketball. More information will come:

White Castle’s boys beat 5-A H.L. Bourgeois High 83-57 in the Ellender Memorial Tournament, while St. John High’s Lady Eagles posted a 1-2 record in the Episcopal High Lady Knights tournament, beating Brusly 52-39, but losting to Welsh High 48-44 and to West Feliciana by a 63-55 score. East Iberville’s girls  beat hosting Pointe Coupee Central in tourney play by a 52-42 score, but lost to Capitol by a 38-26 score.