Week 8 – Vernon Parish Football Wrap-Up

Jaython Hurd leads the way for Xavier Ford in Leesville Homecoming Win

Leesville thrilled the 2023 Homecoming crowd with a 62-20 drubbing of district foe Lagrange, while Rosepine’s offense looked anemic in a 16-0 loss to Menard; and the Pickering Red Devils continue to set records of the wrong kind, losing to Oakdale 53-0.

Pickering dropped to 0-8 on the year with a 53-0 loss at Oakdale. The district 4-AA encounter left the Red Devils 0-3 in the league standings. Oakdale improved to 6-2 (1-1) with the win. Pickering is currently on the longest losing streak in Louisiana high school football over the past two years. Things don’t get any easier for Senior Night this Thursday as South Beauregard comes to town for a non-district matchup. The Golden Knights are 2-6 on the season, 0-5 in district 3-AAA.

Rosepine hit the wall offensively in a 16-0 loss to Menard on Friday, October 20. The Eagles managed just 37 yards rushing by a combined four backs. They completed two of eight passes for eight yards. Landon Lawrence led Eagle defenders with seven and a half tackles and a QB sack. Rosepine fans will next celebrate Senior Night Friday, October 27, at 7 p.m. in McKee-McCain Stadium. The Avoyelles Mustangs ride into town for the district contest.

Rosepine 3-6 (1-1 district 4-AA) hosts Avoyelles 1-7 (1-1 District 4-AA) 7 p.m.

Leesville bounced Lagrange 62-20 in a big District 3-AAAA game to move to 3-0 in the district race as the team they are tied with, Eunice, comes calling this Friday night at Wampus Cat Stadium.

Homecoming alumni who return for annual festivities like to see their team at their best. Leesville fans had few complaints last Friday. What they witnessed was a total team effort complete with big plays on both sides of the ball. The offense scored seven touchdowns and the defense two, as the Wampus Cats rang up a five-touchdown lead early.

All State running back Xavier Ford showed the alumni from years past that he’s as good as any of the great Leesville running backs they saw in their time at LHS. Ford carried nine times for 233 yards and 5 TD’s, scoring on runs of 24-23-40-24 and 90 yards. That is a gaudy 25.8 yards per carry. His 90-yard scamper in the second quarter was shiftiness and elusiveness personified as Ford zigged and zagged his way down the field for the score.

Senior quarterback Corbitt Robbins found four different receivers on his eight-of-eleven night for 111 yards and two touchdowns, including a 22-yard toss to Izaiah Farley and a 13-yard scoring hookup to Boston Manci. Leesville had 16 first downs and did not face a third down conversion all night.

The Wampus Cats’ defense turned in two big scoring plays. Ra’zavion Taylor blocked a punt in the end zone for a safety in the first quarter, while his teammate, Taj Jackson, took his interception 70 yards for the score in the third quarter. Jeremiah Lee also picked off two Gator passes. Leesville left the Homecoming crowd smiling as they scored on the final play of the game.

Leesville moves to 5-3 (3-0 District 3-AAAA), and this week they will host the team they are tied with atop the league standings. Eunice is 6-2 on the season (3-0 District 3-AAAA). Last week the Bobcats edged DeRidder at home 21-20. They are 4-0 on the road this year and the teams have three common opponents. Eunice lost at home to Jennings while Leesville won at Jennings. Both teams lost to Catholic of New Iberia, and Leesville beat DeRidder the week before Eunice did.

Leesville is currently ranked 12th in the Division II Non-Select schools statewide, with a 12.24 power rating and a strength-of-schedule ranking of 7.86 — one of the top schedule rankings in the state in that division. Eunice is currently ranked 13th in Division II Non-Select schools with a 12.24 power rating and a 6.57 strength-of-schedule ranking.

Leesville will honor the football team, band, cheerleaders, and staff during Senior Night Friday, October 27.

Eunice at Leesville is Friday, October 27, at 7 p.m. Listen Live on KJAE-FM/93.5 and KVVP-FM/105.7.