BOSSIER CITY - Some teams know exactly what to do when another team mounts a rally. Neville High-Monroe proved that point in its 41-14 victory over Airline High last week.
The Tigers, ranked third in Class 4A, held a 21-14 lead over 5A Airline with just 38 seconds left in the first half. It was enough time for Neville quarterback John Diarse to launch a 60-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Walker.
Neville (5-0) led 27-14 at halftime and then mounted an 11-play drive in the third quarter. A 3-yard TD run by Kyron Jones helped the Tigers pull away from Airline (3-2).
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Gabriel Fusilier wasn’t the game’s top rusher or the statistical leader for his team. By scoring on a 69-yard run in the fourth quarter, Fusilier helped Catholic-New Iberia come away with a 16-9 victory over Notre Dame-Crowley.
Neither team scored in the first half. Luke Broussard ran for 200 yards on 20 carries with one TD for Notre Dame (2-3), ranked ninth in Class 3A.
Joe Lissard completed 14 of 30 passes for 229 yards to pace Catholic-NI, ranked seventh in Class 2A, and coached by former Central High head coach Keith Menard. Fusilier finished with three carries for 71 yards and the game-winning TD.
Fifth-ranked Assumption High, of Class 4A, pushed its record to 5-0 by compiling 518 yards of total offense in a 48-21 nondistrict win over 3A St. James.
The Mustangs finished with 351 rushing yards and 167 passing in the game played at St. James. Chris Johnson led Assumption with 204 yards on 24 carries. Johnson had one rushing TD and one TD reception from Hunter Gauthreaux. Dejuawan Oliver had three catches for 92 yards and a TD as AHS scored the game’s final 19 points.
The best of four
Ouachita High, ranked ninth in Class 5A, built a 21-0 lead en route to a 24-7 win over Class 2A power Evangel Christian Academy.
It marked the first time in four tries that Ouachita (4-1) came away with a win over Shreveport’s Evangel (1-4), ranked ninth in 2A.
QB Quentin Wheeler ran for a career-high 202 yards and two TDs to pace the Lions. Running back Demarkus Sledge (156 yards, 1 TD) also had a career high rushing total for the Monroe-area team.
Fontainebleau limited the Ponchatoula offense to 105 total yards in 44 plays while claiming a 3-0 District 6-5A victory last week.
Jacob Finn ran for 116 yards on 26 carries for the Bulldogs, who got a game-winning 19-yard field goal with 11:18 remaining in the game.
Quarterback Dylan Sheffield, of Wichita Falls (Texas) High, passed for 687 yards and seven TDs in a 53-49 victory over Denton last week.
Included in that effort was a TD in the final seconds to secure the win. Sheffield’s total ranks second nationally since 2000 to the 764 yards tallied by David Koral of Pacific Palisades, Calif., in 2000.