When one player get injured, it can open the door for another player to make big plays, which is exactly what Brother Martin running back Jabbar Singleton did Friday night.
With starter John West sidelined by an injury, Singleton took over in a big way, running for 132 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-22 victory over then fifth-ranked West Jefferson High.
Singleton scored twice in the first half but provided the game’s biggest play in the fourth quarter. West Jefferson had scored twice to rally within five points, at 27-22, with 10:43 remaining.
Following a short WJHS punt, Singleton scored on a 34-yard run to help put the game out of reach.
Fourth-ranked C.E. Byrd (6-0, 1-0) of Shreveport led Haughton 21-7 in a District 1-5A opener last Friday.
The second half proved to be a totally different story as the Yellow Jackets defeated 5A newcomer Haughton 48-7 in a game at Lee Hedges Stadium. Included in the final half were three fourth-quarter TDs.
The loss snapped a 23-game regular season winning streak for Haughton (5-1, 0-1). Byrd outgained Haughton 349 to 269 in the game, including a 55-yard TD run by quarterback Richard Carthon.
Fourth-ranked Menard-Alexandria (6-0) set the stage for this week’s Class 2A showdown with No. 2 Winnfield (6-0) by ousting Many (4-2) by a 27-23 score last Friday.
Menard tallied 335 yards rushing and averaged nearly 10 yards per carry.
John Gutierrez ran for 204 yards on 11 carries and scored two TDs, including a 60-yard TD run, to lead the Eagles. Mason Deville averaged 99 yards on six carries with a TD.
Winnfield ousted Lakeview by a 62-8 margin in its Week 6 game. Alonzo Moore scored four TDs for WHS.
Menard’s Gutierrez was not the only central Louisiana-based running back to put up notable numbers during the sixth week of the regular season.
Jena High’s Marlon Bell ran for 241 yards on 16 carries and scored five TDs to help the Class 3A Giants roll up 591 yards of total offense in a 58-20 a District 3-3A win over Vidalia.
Also, Derion Porchia of No. 2-ranked St. Mary’s-Natchitoches ran for 211 yards on eight carries with five TDs and a 26 yards per carry average in a 46-6 win over Northwood-Lena.
Richwood on a roll
After opening its season with a one-point loss to Class 6A Vicksburg, Richwood High-Monroe has won five straight and is now up to No. 6 in the Class 3A.
The Rams powered past Carroll 52-8 in a District 2-3A opener last week.
Interestingly, Richwood has won its last two games without top running back Martez Carter, who has been sidelined by an injury.