Iberville Parish well represented at U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl in Baton Rouge

Nine players from Iberville Parish participated in last Saturday's Red Stick Bowl at Olympia Field iin Baton Rouge.

All four of Iberville Parish’s football teams had participants in Saturday’s U.S. Army All-Star Red Stick Bowl at Olympia Field.

Most notable were St. John High’s stars, quarterback Adam Blanchard and wide receiver Justin Rivet, who played together in the first quarter just like during the regular season with a touchdown connection, trademark Blanchard-to-Rivet pass to put the first points on the scoreboard.

For his effort, Blanchard received the Best Quarterback Award while Rivet was the leading receiver on Iberville Parish’s side of the opposing teams.

Local players were assigned to the Eagles squad, which played hard but lost by a 15-14 margin to the Patriots in Baton Rouge under dreary skies and in cold weather that seemed to turn colder as a light drizzle began to fall at the end of the first quarter.

Of the Iberville Parish schools, Plaquemine High’s Green Devils contributed the most players with four.

On defense, J’Vonte Powers played defensive back, Herman Christophe was at the linebacker position, O’Darius Jackson took his place on the defensive line, while on offense, the Green Devils’ Zayvian Bouvay played on the offensive line.

East Iberville’s Tigers were represented in the all-star game with two stars, defensive back Michael Triplett and linebacker Lester Joseph.

Eddie Ned, the only representative of the White Castle High Bulldogs, played a spell as linebacker for the Eagles.

Players on the other side of the bowl game, the Eagles, included Player of the Game B.J. Lockhart of Walker High, who blocked a punt in the first quarter and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown.

The Eagles led for much of the game but a fourth-quarter, 4-yard rushing touchdown by Lutcher High’s Rondell Mealey sealed the victory for the Patriots.