Arayvis Davenport’s 3 TD Performance Carries Team East to 24-14 Win Over Team West in 2023 Gridiron Football Junior High All-American Bowl Game

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The second annual Gridiron Football Junior High All-American Bowl Game proved to be a great appetizer for a great day of football on Saturday, December 30th at Memorial Stadium. Throughout the week, close to 60 7th and 8th graders from all across the state of Louisiana took part in this game in order to get their name out there, and it was certainly clear that one particular 8th grader stole the show with his incredible performance.

From the very start, Arayvis Davenport from T.O. Rusheon Middle School in Bossier, Louisiana represented the 318 in flying colors for Team East. On the second play of the game, the big, physical and athletic specimen took a direct snap where he broke seven tackles and outraced the entire West defense for a 47 yard touchdown run to put Team East up 6-0. That run would set the tone for what would be a dominant individual performance by Davenport.

Along with the opening touchdown, Davenport also helped Team East jump out to an 18-0 lead as he showed not only his power, but his breakaway speed with two 78 yard touchdown catches. The star running back from Bossier, Louisiana was not only great on offense as he finished with 207 all-purpose yards and three total touchdowns, but he also made it tough for the Team West offense to sustain any success with 4.5 tackles, a force fumble, and a quarterback hurry on defense.

Davenport, who eventually took home the Team East Offensive MVP, was not the only standout performer as both of his quarterbacks ended up throwing touchdown passes in the game. One of the most talented young rising quarterbacks in South Louisiana had an impressive performance as well in Youngsville Middle School QB Carson Gurzi, who completed four of seven passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns to Davenport. Gurzi showed great pocket presence, mobility, and the ability to throw the football in different arm angles.

While Gurzi and Davenport proved to be a great 1-2 duo, Delta Charter QB Andy Keith connected with Ferriday Junior High WR Zyion Alexander for an 80 yard touchdown to put Team East up 24-0.

Team East was in control for most of the game, but Team West came soaring back late. After a fumble recovered by Plaquemine Middle DT Hendren Stewart gave Team West the ball in prime scoring position, the offense finally got on the scoreboard with a short touchdown run by West Feliciana RB Ty London to make it 24-6.

Team West would then recover their onside kick to give them the ball right back after the touchdown. That’s when Northwestern Middle School QB Willie Johnson III and Woodlawn Middle WR Brayden Jean accounted for 8 points with both players connecting on a touchdown and the two-point conversion to make it 24-14 late in the game. However, the late rally would end when Team East recovered the onside kick to run out the clock.

After getting blown out in last year’s inaugural game, Team East, led by head coach James Taylor, got revenge over Team West, led by head coach Quinton Dixon, by a final score of 24-14 this year.

As indicated earlier, Arayvis Davenport earned Team East Offensive MVP honors, but he was joined by Ferriday Junior High DT Sammond Davis, who finished with two tackles and a fumble recovery as the Team East Defensive MVP. Other defensive standouts included Ferriday Junior High DB Chris Sheppard, who had 2.5 tackles and an interception, Griffin Middle Academy DB Kelton Bennett, who had 1.5 tackles and a forced fumble, and Zyion Alexander, who along with a touchdown had an interception on defense. The Team East defense came up big in forcing four Team West turnovers throughout the game to help them secure the win.

For Team West, Brayden Jean was named the team’s Offensive MVP with his touchdown catch and two-point conversion. While Team East had two notable performances at quarterback, so did Team West as both Southern Lab Middle School’s Dexter Ricard Jr. and Northwestern Middle School QB Willie Johnson III had their fair share of good plays during the game. Ricard is a great athlete and did a fantastic job of extending a lot of plays by rushing for 49 yards on the ground. Johnson did a great job of complimenting Ricard as he was the team’s leading passer completing seven passes for 57 yards and a touchdown. The Northwestern Middle School passer is accurate, has a great release, and shows commanding authority on the field.

Defensively, Brusly Middle School DE Hagan Collins was named Team West Defensive MVP as he led the way with five tackles and a sack. Woodlawn Middle School ATH Daelyn Early made it tough for the quarterbacks as he had 2.5 sacks throughout the game. Northwestern Middle School LB Joshua Morgan and Rougan Middle School DL Jacorryan Franklin also posted sacks. Finally, Westdale Middle School DL Ivory Johnson stuffed the stat sheet with a half sack, a fumble recovery, and a quarterback hurry. With the exception of four big plays, the West defense did a good job of holding their own and keeping the offense in check, but in the end, did not get things going on offense until it was too late in the game.

In front of a good crowd at Memorial Stadium, the second annual Gridiron Football Junior High All-American Bowl Game was a smashing hit filled with even better talent. We are looking forward to an even better third annual game next season with the best talent yet.

For the next couple of weeks, keep an eye on our website where we will get to interview all of these young players that participated in our game as our Rising Stars!

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East Roster

NumberNamePositionSchoolCityState
0Kelton BennettWR/DBGriffin MiddleLake ProvidenceLA
1Carson GurziQBYoungsville Middle SchoolYoungsvilleLA
2Aiden TaylorWR/DBGriffin MiddleLake ProvidenceLA
3Jase HarrisQB/DBFerriday Junior HighFerridayLA
4Jumyri CarterRB/LBFerriday Junior HighFerridayLA
5Ty SimpsonRB/DEDelta CharterFerridayLA
6Amareya ReynoldsWR/DBFerriday Junior HighFerridayLA
7Chris SheppardWR/DBFerriday Junior HighFerridayLA
8Zyion AlexanderRB/DBFerriday Junior HighFerridayLA
9Andy KeithQBDelta CharterFerridayLA
10McKale WyattTE/LBFerriday Junior HighFerridayLA
11Logan SprunkWR/DBKenner DiscoveryKennerLA
12Jeremy FreemanWR/DBGriffin MiddleLake ProvidenceLA
20Gary WilsonDLEinstein Middle SchoolNew OrleansLA
21Javon NorthernRB/LBFerriday Junior HighFerridayLA
22Brayden AllenDLCrowville SchoolCrowvilleLA
23Xavier WalkerRB/LBVidalia Junior HighVidaliaLA
24Arayvis DavenportRB/LBRusheon Middle SchoolBossier CityLA
26Anthony JamesWR/DBFerriday Junior HighFerridayLA
27Kam AndersonLBFerriday Junior HighFerridayLA
30Montrevelle LewisWRRusheon Middle SchoolBossierLA
50Sammond DavisOL/DLFerriday Junior HighFerridayLA
52Johnterrius JacksonOL/DLBaskin BaskinLA
65Dillan ScottOL/DLFerriday Junior HighFerridayLA
77Isaiah McLaurinOL/DLEinstein Middle SchoolNew OrleansLA
77Kobe LewisOL/DLFerriday Junior HighFerridayLA

West Roster

NumberNamePositionSchoolCityState
0Aiden MelanconWR/DBNorth IbervilleMaringouinLA
1Willie Johnson IIIQBNorthwestern Middle SchoolZacharyLA
2Dexter RicardQBSouthern LabBaton RougeLA
3Ty LondonRBWest Feliciana St. FrancisvilleLA
4Dustin DavisWR/DBNorthwestern Middle SchoolZacharyLA
5Brayden JeanWR/DBWoodlawn Middle SchoolBaton RougeLA
6Cameron CarterWR/DBRougon Middle SchoolRougonLA
7Sevin DomingueRB/DBParkview BaptistBaton RougeLA
8Daelyn EarlyATHWoodlawn Middle SchoolBaton RougeLA
9Javonta ThomasDBNorth IbervilleMaringouinLA
10Jayden JonesDBGEO Prep AcademyBaton RougeLA
11Hagan CollinsDEBruslyBruslyLA
12Brice FisherWR/DBNorthwestern Middle SchoolZacharyLA
20Troy RamosWR/DBSoutheast Middle SchoolBaton RougeLA
21Jacob ScottRB/LBWestdale Middle SchoolBaton RougeLA
22Kendarius BridgesWRWestdale Middle SchoolBaton RougeLA
23Stratton CainLBCatholic Pointe CoupeePointe CoupeeLA
24Jamarion CampbellDLLivonia Middle SchoolLivoniaLA
26Talamesi AlbertRB/LBWoodlawn Middle SchoolBaton RougeLA
27Tyler PayneWR/DBCaneview Middle SchoolPort AllenLA
30Roddrick JamesDLPrairieville Middle SchoolPrairievilleLA
42Ivory JohnsonDLWestdale Middle SchoolBaton RougeLA
50Joshua MorganRB/LBNorthwestern Middle SchoolZacharyLA
52Jacorryan FranklinOL/DLRougon Middle SchoolRougon LA
65Karter WilliamsOL/DLWestdale Middle SchoolBaton RougeLA
67Kieran RobinsonOL/DLWestdale Middle SchoolBaton RougeLA
68Hunter JarreauOL/DLCatholic High SchoolBaton RougeLA
75Jax SpillerOL/DLWestdale Middle SchoolBaton RougeLA
78Heyzen VasquezOLWestdale Middle SchoolBaton RougeLA
99Hendren StewartOL/DLPlaquemine Middle SchoolPlaquemineLA

Team East Stats:

Passing:

#PLAYERC-AYDSTDIC%
1Carson Gurzi4-71622057.1%
9Andy Keith2-3841066.6%
3Jase Harris2-3180066.6%
3 Passers8-132643061.5%

Rushing:

#PLAYERATTYDSTDAVG
24Arayvis Davenport94515.0
5Ty Simpson6801.33
6Amareya Reynolds1202.0
30Montrevelle Lewis1-30-3.0
8Zyion Alexander1-60-6.0
23Xavier Walker1000.0
6 RUSHERS194612.4

Receiving:

#PLAYERNOYDSTDAVG
24Arayvis Davenport2156278.0
8Zyion Alexander180180.0
30Montrevelle Lewis222011.0
4Jumyri Carter1606.0
0Kelton Bennett1404.0
12Jeremy Freeman1-40-4.0
6 RECEIVERS8264333.0

Defense:

#Player (Starter)TotTkSackIntBrUpQBHFFFR
24Arayvis Davenport4.500011
7Chris Sheppard2.501000
50Sammond Davis2000001
52Johnterrius Jackson2000001
6Amareya Reynolds200000
0Kelton Bennett1.500001
10McKale Wyatt1.500000
8Zyion Alexander0.501000
22Brayden Allen0000001
4Jumyri Carter000100
TOTALS18021123

Team West Stats:

Passing:

#PLAYERC-AYDSTDIC%
1Willie Johnson III7-16571143.8%
2Dexter Ricard2-6280116.6%
2 PASSERS9-22851136.3%

Rushing:

#PLAYERATTYDSTDAVG
2Dexter Ricard74406.3
3Ty London72313.3
7Sevin Domingue5801.6
1Willie Johnson III1808.0
21Jacob Scott1808.0
5 RUSHERS219114.3

Receiving:

#PLAYERNOYDSTDAVGFumble2 PT
5Brayden Jean128128.01 catch for 2 point conversion
12Brice Fisher228014.0
7Sevin Domingue21507.51
0Aiden Melancon2603.0
4Dustin Davis1606.0
6Cameron Carter1202.0
6 RECEIVERS98519.411 catch for 2 point conversion

Defense:

#Player (Starter)TotTkSackIntBrUpQBHFFFR
11Hagan Collins5100000
23Stratton Cain4000000
8Daelyn Early3.52.500000
42Ivory Johnson1.50.500100
50Joshua Morgan2100000
52Jacorryan Franklin1100000
5Brayden Jean1000000
6Cameron Carter1000000
99Hendren Stewart0.5000001
24Jamarion Campbell0.5000000
10Jayden Jones0001000
TOTALS20601101

Punt Returns:

ReturnerNOYDSAVGLNGTD
Brice Fisher11515150

Kick Returns:

ReturnerNOYDSAVGLNGTD
Cameron Carter15550

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