Local football all-stars come together for I-10 Bowl victory

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Mike Coppage
Special to the Advertiser
Noah Bourgerois runs the ball as Acadiana area football All-Stars vs. Lake Charles area All-Stars. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018.

Defense was the name of the game in the I-10 Bowl on Saturday at St. Thomas More.

The Lafayette-area Cajun All-Stars recorded six sacks and intercepted two passes to defeat Lake Charles, 17-7.

Lafayette Christian Academy linebacker Martin Lee, who was named Most Outstanding Player for his team, spearheaded a defense that limited Lake Charles to 44 yards of total offense in the first half.  

"The coaches put me in the right position to make plays," said Lee, who is receiving interest from McNeese State and Southeastern Louisiana. "Before the game, they told us to have fun and go play and that's pretty much what I did. It's pretty much what I did all season. I'm grateful and thankful for being here."  

Delison Allen (Cecilia), Marcus Cormier (St. Martinville), Dominique Prejean (Cecilia), Johntrell Steward (Breaux Bridge), Jabraylon Spencer (NISH) and Lee dominated the Lake Charles offensive line and constantly harassed quarterbacks Luke Richard (Barbe) and Morgan Clark (Sulphur).

"We had a bunch of great athletes on the defensive side," said Spencer, a UL commit. "We started clicking early in the game. My school had a tough season. We went 2-8, so it was a great opportunity for me to come out here and play with a bunch of great guys and go out with a win."  

Meanwhile, Louisiana Tech commit Christian Archangel (Comeaux) swiped a pass and headlined a secondary that allowed only eight completions.

"I was just trusting my technique," said Archangel, who plans to sign with the Bulldogs next week. "During the season, I didn't get many chances with attempts thrown my way. I knew this was going to be the game because they had some good wide receivers, and I knew they were going to try to get them the ball. I just had to do my job and stay patient."

Quarterback Zachary Clement throws a touchdown pass as the Acadiana area football All-Stars vs. Lake Charles area All-Stars. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018.

LCA quarterback Zachary Clement had a hand in both of this squad's touchdowns. On Lafayette's second possession, Clement was 3-of-3 through the air for 34 yards. He capped off the drive with a 20-yard scramble around the left side with 4:14 remaining in the first quarter.

"We got comfortable with each other practicing all week, and that really helped us to put it all together," said Clement, who talked about his recruitment. "I still have my three offers from Nicholls, Northwestern State and Southeastern. I'm going to go through the process and enjoy it. I'm going to take official visits to those schools in January." 

Lafayette went up 14-0 when Clement found St. Thomas More wide receiver Deion Senegal on a 20-yard fade with 28 seconds remaining in the first half.

"They told me to run a go route, and I knew I could beat him," said Senegal, who reports offers from Southern Miss and Northwestern State. "It feels good to win my last high school game on the field at the school I'm graduating from."

LSU commit Thomas Perry (Teurlings Catholic), the marquee recruit on the field, talked about the decision to participate in a postseason game.

"My parents really didn't want me to play because there's a risk of injury, but at the same time I wanted to come out and show everyone what I'm about," he said. "I wanted to keep a memory for myself. There's so many great athletes in Lafayette. It was great just being together because normally we're on opposite sides of the field. 

"We always hated each other, but now we were able to regroup and become friends and it was pretty cool. I was always a big hater on STM until the first practice when I made my move and said, 'What's up, man?' There were two STM guys on the line with me, and yesterday we came together and are pretty good friends now."

Early in the third quarter, Clark connected with his Sulphur teammate, wide receiver Gage Rapp, on a 12-yard scoring strike to put Lake Charles on the board but subsequent interceptions by Latrelle Charles (Acadiana) and Archangel, combined with a 28-yard field goal by LCA kicker Collin LaHaye, put the game on ice for the Cajuns.

Clement was 7-of-12 passing for 102 yards with 40 of those coming on a long completion to Ethan Lege (Vermilion Catholic). Notre Dame all-purpose back Noah Bourgeois ran for 46 yards on eight carries and added a 15-yard punt return. 

Travien Benjamin (St. Martinville) toted the pigskin eight times for 30 yards and Grant Arceneaux hauled in three catches for 29 yards.