Here are the Louisiana Sports Writers Association's statewide rankings that were released Tuesday. First-place votes are in parenthesis followed by record, total votes and last week's ranking.
WALKER – What were the odds that senior Roger Brooks would be his team’s second leading tackler this season and rank in a tie for seventh in the parish?
WATSON – Live Oak’s defense did its best to hold Walker High wide receiver Brian Thomas to a series of base hits in the first half.
DENHAM SPRINGS – Denham Springs fell behind in the first quarter, came back in the second quarter, and kept it close in the third quarter.
WATSON – With just over four minutes to play and trailing the two-time reigning state champions by five points, Live Oak got the ball back amid a frenzied home crowd.
CENTRAL – Central took advantage of some well-timed explosive plays to quickly put away their rivals Denham Springs 42-13 in Friday’s 4-5A opener.
WATSON – Live Oak football coach Brett Beard addressed his 29-member senior class following last week’s 35-0 homecoming win over Sci Academy that pushed their record to 5-0 for the first time in 17 years.
WALKER – With his team on the brink of District 4-5A play, Walker High’s first-year coach Chad Mahaffey was candid in his assessment of his team’s chances in the ultra-competitive league.
WALKER – Walker spent the entirety of Friday’s first half in Broadmoor’s territory and ultimately in the Buccaneers' end zone, turning homecoming into a happy occasion.
WATSON – Live Oak scored on its four first possessions against Sci Academy and never looked back, cruising to a 35-0 victory Friday night.
WALKER – While his father, Walker High’s first-year defensive coordinator Chris Womack toiled in his office after spring practice, senior-to-be Aubrey Womack slowly went through the introductory process with his soon-to-be new teammates.
WATSON – Through four weeks of a 4-0 season, Live Oak coach Brett Beard has walked away from each game with a similar sentiment.
DENHAM SPRINGS – Through the first four weeks of the season, Denham Springs has run the gamut of emotions.
Here are the latest statewide rankings released by the Louisiana Sportswriters Association with first-place votes in parenthesis followed by record, total points and last week's ranking.
KENTWOOD – Heading into Friday’s game at Kentwood, Live Oak coach Brett Beard was curious to see how his team would handle a road test against one of the state’s top programs.
NEW ORLEANS – This time there would be no denying Brian Thomas, Demetri Wright and the rest of the Walker Wildcats Friday night.
WALKER – Walker High running back Demetri Wright’s a part of the team’s senior class that still remembers the team’s last trip to face Landry-Walker at Behrman Stadium.
DENHAM SPRINGS - Denham Spring senior outside linebacker Kaydon Berard decided to make his biggest statement against a 6-foot-6, 250-pound quarterback bound for Tigertown.
WATSON – A couple of Live Oak’s offensive assistant coaches were joking around with senior linebacker Bret McCoy before the start of Wednesday’s practice.
DENHAM SPRINGS – For a split-second Denham Springs’ sideline and home half of Yellow Jacket Stadium went silent.
BAINS – Behind a stifling defensive performance, Live Oak cruised to a 29-0 victory Friday over West Feliciana to remain undefeated on the season.
MANDEVILLE – After opening the season with a win over Madison Prep two weeks ago, Walker was hoping success would continue throughout the season.
PONCHATOULA – Denham Springs football coach Bill Conides saw some of the growth he was looking for from his team in Friday’s game at Ponchatoula.
WATSON – Live Oak’s secondary didn’t wait several weeks into the season to provide the answer their coaching staff and observers of the program were looking for.
DENHAM SPRINGS – The sun didn’t rise as hoped last Saturday morning in the coaching world of Denham Springs High’s Bill Conides.
WALKER – Walker High senior Keondre Brown said it felt peculiar standing on the sideline when the call came for the Wildcats' first-team defense to return to the field in last week’s season-opening game with Madison Prep Academy.
(Here are this week's statewide rankings released by the Louisiana Sports Writer's Association. First-place votes are in parenthesis followed by team's record, total points and last week's ranking).
WATSON – It’s not often, if ever, Live Oak’s defensive lineman Jalen Lee ever has to look up at an opposing offensive player.
DENHAM SPRINGS – Nearly three years ago, Denham Springs' Kaydon Berard got a good look at a Hahnville football team on the brink of a run to Class 5A state championship game, spurred by the state’s best player.
WATSON – Live Oak had as great a start as a team could hope for in their 28-19 victory over West Jefferson in Friday night’s All-Star Automotive jamboree.
BATON ROUGE – Of the first four offensive plays that Walker High ran from scrimmage, two turned disastrous, setting an ominous tone which the Wildcats never recovered from.
The black and gold No. 92 jersey encased on the wall in the rear of Live Oak football coach Brett Beard’s office is striking and makes for quite a conversation piece.
He’s a resource Denham Springs quarterback Luke Lunsford can tap into as much as possible.