The West Feliciana volleyball team has reached the midway point of its schedule and is in a tough battle in the District 4-3A race. Going into this week, coach Celeste Thornhill’s Lady Saints are in third place in district with a 4-2 record and 11-9 overall.
One of the big reasons for the team’s success this year is outside hitter Raven Davis, a senior who has provided quiet leadership for Thornhill’s young squad. Davis is not a rah-rah vocal kind of leader.
That’s the job of senior Alexis Bell-Pierce.
“They’re a good pair, and they’re good kids with a great work ethic,” Thornhill said. “One likes to be more vocal, and Raven likes to lead by example. The rest of the kids look to them for leadership.”
Added Davis, “when one of the younger teammates needs help with something, I show them how to do it because I want them to be able to do it on their own.”
Thornhill said despite a rough patch earlier this season, the team is starting to work well together. She said the team is taking its motto “Teamwork makes the dream work” to heart.
Davis has had a solid season so far. She’s averaged 5 kills per game in district and 4-5 digs per game. The team is working hard to improve its position in the standings. They’ve built momentum in victories over Glen Oaks and False River Academy. Coming up are crucial district matches against Parkview at home on Oct. 21 and at Brusly on Oct. 23.
“We want to win those matches because they’re ahead of us in the standings,” said Davis. “We’re starting to play more consistently.”
Davis’ name is probably familiar to those who follow high school track. She is one of the premier hurdlers in the state. Last year, she earned All-State honors, finishing second in the 300-meter hurdles and fourth in the 100-meter hurdles at the State Championships at LSU. Her times are drawing the attention of college recruiters.
She plans to focus on track at the college level, where she hopes to study forensics. As soon as volleyball season is over, Davis will get ready for indoor track season followed by the outdoor season.
“I’ve been very competitive since I was little,” Davis said. “I really love to compete.”
Davis has a big night ahead of her on Oct. 31. She has been nominated for the West Feliciana High’s homecoming court and the queen will be crowned during halftime of the game that night against University High.
“I’m looking forward to it, maybe a little nervous,” she said of the homecoming festivities.
East Feliciana surprises Episcopal
East Feliciana built a double-digit halftime lead en route to a 30-17 upset victory of 7th-ranked and reigning District 6-2A champ Episcopal, spoiling the Knights’ homecoming.
Junior quarterback Kavon Moore was a catalyst for East Feliciana, accounting for two of his three touchdowns in the first half. He completed 9 of 11 passes for 136 yards with touchdown passes of 24 and 32 yards to wide out Timothy Thompson, who caught three passes for 70 yards.
East Feliciana gained 262 of its 398 yards on the ground with Christopher Chaney carrying 12 times for 127 yards, including a 68-yarder on his team’s first play from scrimmage to set up Tyriece Flowers’ 2-yard TD run.
Moore’s second TD pass to Thompson gave the Tigers a 30-10 lead in the third quarter following Treylan Dunn’s two-point run.
The Tigers, who improved to 4-2 overall and remain unbeaten in district at 3-0, are off this week.
West Feliciana wins again
Ryan Reed scored on runs of 16 and 36 yards in the first quarter and the Saints rolled to a 38-0 shutout victory over winless Glen Oaks.
The Saints improved to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in District 7-3A with the victory, compiling 364 yards of offense while Glen Oaks managed only 45 for the game. Reed finished with 132 yards on just seven carries and Jazz Ferguson had 82 yards on eight tries and a TD. Desmond Wilson also ran for a TD and Lorenzo Green returned an interception 42 yards for a score. Place-kicker Chris Palm added five PATs and completed the scoring with a 38-yard field goal.
The Saints return to action Friday when they host Baker, 3-3, in a District clash.
St. Helena Central can’t hold lead
The St. Helena Central Hawks jumped out to a 14-10 lead, but couldn’t hold on, falling to Northlake Central, 31-14.
“We played a real quality opponent and we just came up on the short end of the stick,” said second-year coach Brandon Brown. “We came out with fire, and did some good things early on. But they made good adjustments and we couldn’t keep up.”
Despite his team’s 0-6 record, Brown said “We’re still searching for our first win. We have a resilient group of kids and they are staying positive. We’re going to keep fighting until that win comes.”
The Hawks will play their homecoming contest this week, hosting Pope John Paul II of Slidell, 1-6, in a District 7-2A contest at 7 p.m.
Silliman rolls over Brookhaven
Silliman Institute held Brookhaven Academy to just 19 total yards of offense in a 35-0 victory last week. The Wildcats’ defense was led by defensive end Jordan Talley’s seven sacks. Their offense was paced by quarterback Keon Brown, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score. Running backs Michael Beauchamp and Tyren Shelton also rushed for TDs.
Head coach T.J. Davis said, “our defense really shut them down and they couldn’t get anything going against us.”
The Wildcats improved to 6-2 and will play their homecoming game against Wayne Academy at 7 p.m. on Friday.