September 30, 2022
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Belaire falls to Walker

The Belaire Bengals faced Walker High School in a Thursday Night matchup. The Walker Wildcats were able to gain momentum early, scoring on their first 4 drives to take a 22-0 first-half lead. After that point, they didn’t look back and went on to beat the Bengals 42-0.

One player that stepped up for Belaire was #16, Caleb Joseph. He played on both sides of the ball and despite some of the struggles from Belaire he showed his resiliency and continued to battle all 4 quarters. He was the spark the Bengal offense needed in a lot of situations and ran the ball with a lot of grit despite trailing the entire game.

During the second quarter, the Belaire defense showed what they were capable of doing when they played together as a unit and played fearless. They held Walker to only 6 points in the second quarter while also forcing 2 turnovers on downs and recovering a forced fumble.

At the end of the day, the Walker Wildcats played a very good football game and were able to recover from last week’s loss to 1A Kentwood, by capturing a big win in their home stadium on Home Coming night.

Diamond in the Rough: Nick Oliveira

Nick Oliveira is a class of 2023 offensive tackle from Clearview High School in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. He is a 6’5 aggressive and physical lineman with tremendous run blocking ability. Weighing in at about 285 pounds, Nick is an athletic lineman who uses his athleticism to move up into the secondary and make blocks downfield. While watching his highlights, I noticed his aggression is on display every time he steps on the field. He plays hard and does not stop blocking his defender till the whistle blows. Nick’s pass protection was also impressive. He does a great job of not allowing his defender to get inside of him or contain the outside. With his physicality and athleticism, I’m surprised he’s only been playing football since his freshman year of high school. Currently Nick has a max 315lbs bench, 400lbs squat, 600lbs deadlift and 280lbs clean. 

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Nick’s Twitter handle

When did you start playing football?

I started playing football my freshman year of high school 

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is definitely my aggressiveness. Every play has to end in a pancake.

What is your personal goal for this season?

My personal goals were to break my pancake record I set last year and to make 1st team all state. 

What have you learned about yourself playing football?

I learned that I can battle thru a lot of adversity and push my body to its limits.

Are there any aspects of the game that you worked on this past offseason/summer?

I really worked on my pass protection skills. I went to many camps and perfected my stance and steps. 

What do you love about playing football?

I love being able to do and see so much that I never could if I didn’t achieve this level of success in football .

Can you describe a time where you might have experienced some type of diversity ?

I tore my PCL last year mid-way through my junior season. I was fortunate enough to be able to not miss any games. But it was a struggle to find confidence to not be afraid of getting hurt again .

What are some of your hobbies?

My hobbies have always been pretty normal. Playing Xbox and going out with my friends. I’ve always loved lifting weights and trying to make myself as big as possible.

Who would you say is your biggest role model/ someone you look up to?

I look up to Trent Williams a lot.

What separates you from the thousands of other recruits trying to play division I football?

What separated me from others was my physically dominant play style. I think that’s why Cincinnati loved me so much .

What is something that you would want college coaches to know about you?

I want Cincinnati coaches and fans to know I’m ready to work and get us to a national championship.

Kentwood Takes On Amite In Battle Of Tangipahoa Parish Titans

Two of Tangipahoa Parish’s most successful football programs square off against each other tonight in the Kentwood Kangaroos and the Amite Warriors. The Kangaroos and Warriors have combined for an incredible 15 state championships. Both head coaches in Kentwood’s Jonathan Foster and Amite’s Zephaniah Powell have two state titles a piece, and both think that they will add some more hardware to the mantle by season’s end.

“Amite is a great football team. They are the defending 2A state champions. They got a lot of kids, a lot of size, and they still have a lot of speed. It’s going to be a dogfight. It’s a rivalry and football weather is here. We couldn’t ask for anything more and our kids will have to continue to rise up coming off that big win last week. They want to knock Kentwood off and we want to knock Amite off. It is going to be a good game.”

Kentwood Head Coach Jonathan Foster on Amite

“You are looking at two of Tangipahoa Parish’s historically top tier football programs. Kentwood is a very experienced squad. The majority of this team is sophomores and juniors. It seems like his kids have been playing three or four years, but you are starting to see the fruition of them playing so early as freshmen the last couple of years. He has a very good team as I expect that to be the team that plays in the Superdome in December and actually going to the Superdome and winning that championship. From a complete standpoint, they are there offensively, defensively, and special teams. They are clicking.”

Amite Head Coach Zephaniah Powell on Kentwood

The Kentwood Kangaroos are clicking right now jumping out to a 4-0 start to their season. In the Kangaroos’ non-district schedule, they have defeated Loranger, Jewel Sumner, East Feliciana, and Class 5A Walker High School. Up to this part of the season, the Kangaroos have looked very strong in all three phases of the game as Coach Powell mentioned. For Coach Foster and the Kangaroos, it seems that everything is coming together for this veteran football team.

“When you watch the film, we see progress every week. The kids are not making any mental mistakes, no pre-snap penalties. Our conditioning is getting better. The kids are cramping less and less. Anytime that you have a good football team, you just want to see progression. We’ve been seeing that as coaches every week. If we can continue to do that, we will see some good things.”

Kentwood Head Coach Jonathan Foster on team’s 4-0 start

Meanwhile, the Amite Warriors are coming in with a target on their backs as they are trying to defend their state championship crown from last season. There have been some hiccups along the way and some adversity for both the coaches and the football team, but as tough as Amite is, they have bounced back winning three straight games setting themselves up for one of their biggest tests of the season.

“We’re there. We are still putting pieces together. Our biggest thing is up front right now because we had to replace pretty much every starter that we had on the offensive line. I think our kids are starting to jell a good bit.”

“What a lot of people don’t know is this is actually my second week coaching these kids. I had a medical situation in which I had a mild stroke and had to get a pacemaker installed. From our scrimmage week to week three, I wasn’t there with my guys, but I want to give kudos to my coaching staff and our interim Courtney Whigham, who did a great job of keeping these kids together.”

“It’s football. Hammond High seized the momentum and they are off to a good start. Coach Buckels is doing a great job with these kids. Once we got that out of the way, we went back to work. The second game of the season, we played against Loranger and took care of business there. We played St. Helena the following week and took care of business there. Then, we went to New Orleans in which we seemed like it was 100 degree weather and took care of Country Day too. Our kids are resilient. We have a good group of seniors that is leading the way and we are excited about tonight.”

Amite Head Coach Zephaniah Powell on team’s start to the season

It is a big opportunity for both teams to pick up on momentum even more in a big time matchup. When playing in a game like this that features two talented teams that are well coached, it is the small things that will make the difference.

“The biggest thing offensively is limiting penalties. The second thing is that we can’t turn the football over. They thrive off momentum whether it is a fumble, an interception, etc. If we can do those things offensively, I think that we will be okay. The key for us defensively is attacking in space because they will get their athletes in space. It is going to happen. If we can tackle in space, I think that we will be okay.”

Amite Head Coach Zephaniah Powell on key to victory tonight

“I think both teams are evenly matched. Both teams have a lot of speed and we both run the spread. Whoever wins the turnover battle eight times out of ten is going to win the game. That’s our focus, which is to win the turnover battle, limit our mistakes and finishing drives. If we finish every drive with a kick, we will be okay.”

Kentwood head coach Jonathan Foster on key to victory tonight

As always, both the Kentwood Kangaroos and the Amite Warriors have a lot of talent. Here are some of the top key players for both teams to keep an eye on for this matchup.

Key Kentwood Players To Watch:

QB Germarcus Wilson (Class of 2024):

“Germarcus Wilson is our first year quarterback. He has done a wonderful job for us. People don’t realize that the first four games of our pre-district schedule has been rough. He has stepped up and has gotten better.”

Kentwood Head Coach Jonathan Foster

WR Ke’vante Carter (Class of 2024):

“Ke’vante Carter has been lightning in a bottle for us. This is what we expected of him. Every time he touches the football, he is a threat to score.”

Kentwood Head Coach Jonathan Foster

WR Jermichael Carter (Class of 2023):

“Jermichael Carter is a senior for us and he has stepped up big time for us. He caught the touchdown and a two point conversion for us last weekend.”

Kentwood Head Coach Jonathan Foster

Kentwood Offensive Line:

“Those guys have done a great job. I must say those kids names with Jayvelon Smith at left tackle, PJ Wilson at left guard, Israel Norman at center, Chris Gordon at right guard, and James McKnight at right tackle. Our offensive line has really stepped up this year.”

Kentwood Head Coach Jonathan Foster

DE Lamikal Callahan (Class of 2025):

“Lamikal Callahan is trying to become one of the best players to ever come through Kentwood. That’s a lofty goal, but he is on his way.”

Kentwood Head Coach Jonathan Foster
Kentwood High School sophomore DE Lamikal Callahan is already on his way to becoming one of the program’s great according to his head coach Jonathan Foster.

Key Amite Players To Watch:

QB Jalen Robinson (Class of 2023):

“Jalen is a returning starter for us. He helped us as a quarterback when winning the state championship last year. To have him back this year means a lot. He knows everything offensively and to have that trigger man back is very important.”

Amite Head Coach Zephaniah Powell

C Ashlon Matthews (Class of 2023):

“We pretty much play Ashlon anywhere that we need him to play upfront. He does a great job for us at center and at guard.”

Amite Head Coach Zephaniah Powell

WR Ashton Terrell (Class of 2023):

“Ashton Terrell is dynamic and reminds me of a kid that we had a couple of years ago in Cameron Henderson. He actually may be even a bit faster, but once he gets the ball in his hands, he is electric.”

Amite Head Coach Zephaniah Powell

WR Lemar Harris (Class of 2023):

“Lemar is going to be our next big Power Five kid. We’ve taken visits to LSU, Auburn, Mississippi State, and there are some other SEC schools that he is planning on visiting this fall.”

Amite Head Coach Zephaniah Powell

DE Jalen Vernon and DT Jeremy Robertson (Class of 2023)

“Both guys have been starters for us since their tenth grade year. Talk about experience. They were both semifinalists as tenth graders, state champions as juniors, and so having those guys for us is very important for us on the front lines.”

Amite Head Coach Zephaniah Powell

OLB Christian Smith (Class of 2024)

“Christian Smith is actually DeVonta Smith’s brother. He actually started last year for us playing linebacker. Having him back is critical because we have six guys that can all play and having Christian back leading that group is very important for us.”

Amite Head Coach Zephaniah Powell

CB Simeon Powell (Class of 2023):

“Simeon Powell is actually my son. He’s a basketball kid, but he is definitely enjoying playing football. He’s done a great job of taking his guy one on one and a lot of times has to trail the opposing team’s best receiver. He’s doing a great job.”

Amite Head Coach Zephaniah Powell

S Derrick Thomas (Class of 2024):

“Derrick Thomas has gotten an interception in every game that we played, and he also has two pick sixes on the year. He’s off to a fast start.”

Amite Head Coach Zephaniah Powell
Amite High School senior WR Lemar Harris is the next Division I recruit to come out of this football factory.

The Kentwood Kangaroos will make the short travel to play at Amite tonight. To keep up with everything, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. After the game, I will recap this big time matchup featuring two of the area’s winningest football programs.

LSU Finds Punt Returner, Quarterbacks Take Next Step, Defense Continues To Shine, And Other Big Takeaways From New Mexico Heading Into Auburn

The LSU Tigers handled their business the way they needed to this past Saturday night against New Mexico in a 38-0 victory. Like the Southern game, the New Mexico game was an opportunity for the Tigers to focus on themselves and to improve as a team heading into the SEC gauntlet starting this Saturday on the road against Auburn. Coming off three straight wins, the Tigers are riding a big wave into their second SEC matchup, and although the outcome of last week’s game did not come as a surprise, there are some positive takeaways from their last game that will help this team move forward.

1. The Tigers have found their punt returner in Jack Bech.

There are still a lot of questions in regards to the LSU Tigers’ special teams unit, but if there was a question that was answered, it would have to be that the Tigers have found their punt returner in Jack Bech. Bech, who returned punts back in high school at St. Thomas More High School, has the perfect mix of playmaking ability and dependability. Bech showed off what he could do with the ball in his hands as he returned a punt for a touchdown that was eventually called back due to a blindside block call. LSU head coach Brian Kelly was also impressed with the fearlessness that he showed returning punts.

” Fearless. Fearless. We’ll work on a couple of things where fearless shouldn’t be always the number one criteria for returning punts. We want some decision-making in that as well, but that’s how Jack plays, right?”

“He is at his best when he is not worried about any factors other than competing and getting the ball in his hands, and it’s fun to watch, right? That’s just the kind of player he is. You can see what kind of impact he can have in our punt return game.”

“Look, the trickle-down is the other ten guys, they want to block for him. That is an added incentive when you have a punt returner that can break it. It adds a great energy to the entire group.”

Brian Kelly on Jack Bech’s performance at punt returner”
LSU Wide Receiver Jack Bech shows off his punt return skills against New Mexico. (Photo taken by Billy Metcalf)

2. Both Jayden Daniels and Garrett Nussmeier take positive steps in running the offense.

For LSU starting quarterback Jayden Daniels, everybody knows what he can do escaping the pocket and running the football, but the goal for him against New Mexico was to go through his progressions and to stay in the pocket as much as possible. That’s what he was able to do until he left the game early in the third quarter. Daniels was efficient through the air completing 24 of 29 passes for 279 yards while running the ball nine times compared to when he ran the ball 16 times twice against Florida State and Mississippi State. When Daniels left the game with a strained back, it was an opportunity for Garrett Nussmeier to show that he has improved after throwing two interceptions against Southern, and he did take advantage of the opportunity. Throughout the rest of the game, Nussmeier made sure that he was not going to get broke when taking a profit taking what the defense gives him. He completed nine of ten passes for 137 yards and a touchdown. Both Daniels and Nussmeier were in control and did a great job of spreading the football to all their offensive weapons.

“There are a couple of things. Decisiveness is starting to be part of the vocabulary instead of being hesitant, and that comes with knowledge of the offense.”

“I think the other thing is that he has become a lot quicker in his setup. I think I mentioned this quick feet, but slowing down and not rushing through progressions.”

“I think one of the bigger plays in his development was the dig that he threw to Jaray Jenkins in the red zone. That was his fourth receiver through a progression.”

“Those are the kind of things you’re looking for in terms of development of a quarterback, and we’re starting to see that as well as the screen to Malik Nabers, how quickly that ball comes out. I think a little bit of everything was coming together, and the word I would use is just he is becoming more comfortable and more decisive.”

Brian Kelly on Jayden Daniels’ growth as a quarterback
LSU QB Jayden Daniels was decisive in his decision making completing 24 of 29 passes for 279 yards against New Mexico. (Photo taken by Billy Metcalf)

3. The offense will utilize all of the team’s playmakers.

It is hard to have all of these great wide receivers and skill players with only one football to spread amongst them, but Mike Denbrock and the offensive coaching staff did a great job in making sure that these great offensive weapons do indeed touch the football. There were plenty of targets to go around in the passing game as ten different receivers had a catch. Malik Nabers and Jack Bech had six catches. Jaray Jenkins had five catches. Kyren Lacy and Mason Taylor had four catches. Brian Thomas Jr. had three catches for a touchdown, and finally, Chris Hilton had a 51 yard reception. The Tigers have a lot of mouths to feed even with Kayshon Boutte being out. Still, when Boutte does return to the lineup, this offense will still not feature just one guy as the number of offensive weapons will keep every opposing defense honest.

LSU WR Malik Nabers was one of the top receiving targets this past Saturday. (Photo taken by Billy Metcalf)

4. The running back rotation is finding its groove.

After struggling to get anything going in the run game against Florida State, the running game outside of Jayden Daniels’ legs is starting to come together. Armoni Goodwin had two touchdowns in the first half. John Emery Jr. is finding his rhythm playing in his second game after coming off the year long suspension. Noah Cain showed off his ability with a 49 yard touchdown run while also having another touchdown run in the game. Then, finally, Josh Williams was versatile in the game showing off his ability to not only run, but catch too. Now, Goodwin did leave the game in the second half because of a hamstring injury, and his status is uncertain for the Auburn game, but the running back rotation has shown to be complimentary these last couple of weeks.

LSU RB Armoni Goodwin is a part of a heavy running back rotation. (Photo taken by Billy Metcalf)

5. The defense continues to shine even without starters in the lineup.

Despite BJ Ojulari, Jay Ward, and Major Burns not being in the starting lineup, the LSU defense continued to build on its strong performance against Mississippi State. It was tough sledding for the New Mexico Lobos all night long as the LSU defense only gave up 88 total yards and two first downs in the shutout victory. With backups and starters playing at different positions including Harold Perkins at Jack and Jarrick Bernard-Converse at safety, the Tigers defense showed no signs of slowing down and is continuing to build confidence going into the Auburn game.

LSU cornerback Mekhi Garner was one of the standout defensive performers this past Saturday. (Photo taken by Billy Metcalf)

Diamond in the Rough: Drew Lindsay

Drew Lindsay is a class of 2023 wide reciever and cornerback out of Avon High School in Avon, Ohio. Standing at 5’8″ and weighing 160 pounds with a 4.6 GPA, the senior has a 4.54 40-yard dash time, can bench 255 pounds, and can squat 315. Lindsay has been described as not only talented, but posesses a much-needed energy and desire to constantly get better. Earlier this week, I had the delightful freedom to speak with Lindsay.

Q: Why do you play the game?
“I play the game to represent my family, community, and school, but also to have fun with my friends and compete. I started playing in first grade flag football and have played every year since.”

Q: Where do you see football going in your life?
“After highschool I don’t plan on playing collegiate football, but would like to be apart of football intramurals and club. Football will still live in my life through the relationships with players and coaches I’ve made along the way.”

Q: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned playing football?
“The biggest lesson I learned playing football is that no matter what struggle you are going through, somebody, somewhere is going through the same thing. This attitude is very comforting when you are either feeling exhausted, sore, or injured from football because you know that somebody else is feeling the same way. Once you can realize this, it can drive you to handle the challenge better. If somebody else handles it then why can’t you, and why can’t you handle it better?”

Q: What does football mean to you?
“Football is an outlet to me for my high energy and competitiveness. Fortunately with our communities support, it is also a huge opportunity and responsibility for us to be role models to the youth. We try to get to every youth camp and even have a big brother program where we hangout with younger kids that need help in our community. Our goal now is to inspire younger kids to be even better people and players then we are today.”

Q: What challenges have you overcome?
“I have dealt with many injuries in my career, but most recently I broke my collarbone during training camp last year. I played through the first 3 weeks of the injury on and off, but in the end it set me back 12 weeks and I missed the first half of my junior season.”

Q: What motivates you to keep playing, especially after those injuries?
“The main way I was able to handle the set back was staying positive and always being mentally engaged. I was able to grow as a football player throughout my injury because of mental reps. Additionally, when times get hard besides injury, like soreness, exhaustion, and defeat, I am able to keep pushing because I know that all of the other people around me are going through the same struggles. If my body doesn’t feel 100% one day, I can’t slack off because there is another person feeling the same way, and fighting through it.”

Q: How do you balance sports with your other responsibilities?
“Thankfully I am able to not work during football season so it makes everything a little easier, but it can be hard sometimes with the amount of workload from high school classes. I often find myself being more organized and on top of things during football season because it gives me a set schedule. Additionally, school work and AP tests don’t ramp up as much until the end of the year, so you are still getting introduced to your classes a bit during the season.”

Q: Do you have a favorite football memory?
“My favorite football memory was the TCCC game last year. Going into the game, we knew it was going to be a difficult task and would be a tight, four-quarter game. And that is just what it was, with every player from both teams fighting hard and playing a good game. The whole game was back and forth and went into overtime after our field goal attempt got blocked. In overtime they scored quick, and we were forced into a 4th and 9 where we needed to convert or we would lose. Sam Detillio through me a perfect low ball across the middle where nobody could catch it besides me, and thankfully I caught it and converted. From there, Sam ran the ball in for the score and Coach Elder made the hard decision to go for two. We ran a reverse play to Ethan Holbrook and he ran outside and scored the conversion. I will never forget the happiness and celebration from our stands and throughout the players on our sideline.”

Q: How do you stay trained and in football-shape during the offseason?
“In the beginning of the offseason around winter time that is where the past few years I have tried to put on some muscle and weight, because I always have been undersized. We lift heavy 4 days a week and then also have [speed] training as a team twice a week. After the winter months go by, I start my track season, which is perfect for getting used to the added weight and getting back in good condition. Through lifting, [speed] training, and track, I’m able to start camp in June in good shape, but still have to work into football shape.”

Q: How are you looking to improve your game?
“Offensively, every receiver on the team has the mindset that their routes could always be better. We are constantly working on releases and different concepts. More specifically for me, I have been focused on getting off of physical man on man press and coverage because towards the later playoff games, teams like TCCC and Hoban run a lot of man. Additionally, with our offense our running backs can get to the second level quickly so perimeter blocking has been a huge focus for us this year, and I am still constantly working to improve my ability. Defensively, I have focused a lot on tackling and man on man coverage. Most of the running backs we play, I have to be able to tackle low, and that has been a big focus for me.”

Q: On the other side, what is the strongest aspect of your game?
“I think understanding our defense and offense as a whole is my strongest skill. I have been fortunate to been practicing with the varsity unit since my sophomore year, and great previous older players helped teach me plays. This has given me three years of reps in our offense and our defense.”

Q: Do you try to model your game after any players, pro or collegiate?
“Of course I love watching receivers and cornerbacks in the league right now, like Cooper Kupp, Justin Jefferson, JaMarr Chase, Denzel Ward, and Jalen Ramsey, but I have modeled my game the most after the players who have came through Avon ahead of me. Each practice in my sophomore and Junior year I was behind great players like Timmy Conwell, Michael Matlak, Michael Ptacek, and Kam Erskine (to name a few). Everyday, I tried to soak up as much of what they do so well and try to apply it to my game.”

Q: What are some goals you’ve set for yourself?
“A lot of my goals have been team goals. This year, we have a very special group of guys and I think the main goal is to win the last one, the State Championship. However, that can not happen if we do not take it one week at a time. A personal goal for me has just been to improve from week to week in whatever way possible. We have a large group of selfless guys who any week anybody can go off, but I don’t think anybody is overly worried about individual stats, but rather the top priority is winning games each week and playing our best football by the end of the season.”

Q: What is your favorite part of playing?
“My favorite part of playing is the great environments on Friday nights that our communities and SWC football provides us with. This year, our rivalry game against Lake was sold out to the point where people had to line the fences. When you play on those games, there is a buzz that you will feel no where else and it brings the best out of you. Not many teams get to experience that and we fortunately do.”

Q: Do you consider football to be more physically challenging, mentally challenging, or a bit of both?
“I think football is both mentally and physically challenging. You can not use your physical talents and skills until you understand the mental part of the game and your assignment each play. We spend almost as much time watching film as we do practicing. During practice, if you are not in, you have to get mental reps on the sideline and be as – Coach Elder says – ‘competitively excellent.’”

Q: What is something you want your coaches to know about you, past, present, or future?
“My main goal each practice is to improve, but I also am at football to have fun and bring positive energy. Football is a hard sport and has a lot of downs, but (to me) is the most enjoyable game and is meant to be played with team of friends working hard and having fun together.”

You can view his highlights here.

Diamond in the Rough: Jacob Zamot

Jacob Zamot is a class of 2024 quarterback from Millville High School in New Jersey. He is a 6’1 and weighs around 190 pounds. Jacob is a dual threat quarterback with great speed and incredible pocket awareness. While watching his highlights, I noticed Jacob does a good job at staying composed in the pocket and not letting the defensive pressure get to him. He has the ability to extend plays and uses his athleticism to gain yards with his legs. Jacob is a physical ball carrier, who is not afraid to put his head down and gain a few more yards for his team. He also does well at getting out of the pocket, keeping his eyes downfield and reading coverages to find his receivers. Jacob has a strong arm with a great touch on the deep ball. Through four games this season, Jacob has 910 passing yards with 8 touchdown passes. Jacob currently has a 4.0 GPA. 

Click here to see Jacob’s highlights

Jacob’s Twitter handle

When did you start playing football?

When I was 5 years old.

What is your biggest strength as a player?

My Confidence and athleticism 

What is your personal goal for this season?

Win Back to back championships

Is there anything specifically you worked on this past offseason/summer?

Ability to read the defenses, pocket movement, speed, strength, and accuracy

Can you talk about the leadership aspect that comes with the role of QB?

Qb is the main leader of the team and the team’s success depends on the QB Play. I take a lot of pride in my leadership qualities.

What motivates you as a player?

My love for the game and to be successful so I can make it to the next level so my parents don’t have to pay for college

Can you describe a time where you might have experienced some type of adversity?

Absolutely, I faced adversity my entire life and I was always a backup, but I put in so much work to be successful and it’s showing this season.

Is there any current NFL or college player that you might model your game after or like to watch on film?

Josh Allen

Football aside, who would you say is your biggest role model/ someone you look up to?

My dad and my big brother who’s a division 1 Quarterback.

What are some of your hobbies?

Of course football but also, working out, reading my Bible, and playing video games.

What separates you from the thousands of other recruits trying to play division I football?

My Faith in Jesus Christ, my Confidence, my leadership and definitely my Work ethic.

What do you love about the game of football?

Everything, putting on my pads, getting in the huddle with my teammates, leading game winning drives, and playing in the spotlight hearing the crowd screaming.

What is something that you would want college coaches to know about you?

I’m an extremely hard worker, I’m extremely dedicated, and I will do whatever it takes to help my team be successful

Gridiron Football Player of the Week (Week 4 Edition): North Caddo High School Senior WR Omarion Miller

Gridiron Football Louisiana Player of the Week Previous Winners:

Week 1: St. Edmund High School Freshman Running Back Kevon Johnson

Week 2: Ouachita High School Junior Running Back Carldell Sirmons

Week 3: Oak Grove High School Sophomore Quarterback Jackson Bradley

1. North Caddo High School senior WR Omarion Miller:

North Caddo High School senior wide receiver Omarion Miller is our Week Four Gridiron Football Louisiana Player of the Week. The Nebraska wide receiver commit went off in a losing effort against Neville High School with seven catches for 243 yards receiving and three touchdowns. He also had a 98 yard kickoff return for a touchdown and scored all of North Caddo’s 24 points in the football game. To touch the football eight times and to score on half of those touches for 341 yards is absolutely impressive and the main reason why Omarion Miller is our number one player of the week.

Make sure to check out The Chase With Jace tomorrow as Jace interviews Omarion Miller about his standout performance.

This week was our biggest one yet by far with 40 coaches sending nominations for Louisiana High School’s Gridiron Football Player of the Week. Once again, we appreciate every coach for sending in your player nomination. All of the players that were sent by coaches were talked about in the article or on the show. To check out this week’s Gridiron Football Player of the Week show, click below as Jace and intern Tyler Barros break the standout performances in Louisiana from this week down.

2. Airline High School senior WR Daxton Chavez:

Airline High School senior wide receiver Daxton Chavez was the main receiver on the receiving end of the majority of those touchdown passes from his quarterback Ben Taylor. The Taylor/Chavez connection just couldn’t be stopped as Chavez had nine catches for 233 yards and five touchdowns in just an extraordinary performance at the receiver position. With the top two players being receivers, it has definitely been a good week for the wideouts.

Airline High School senior WR Daxton Chavez

3. Mangham High School senior RB Jalen Williams:

In speaking of video game numbers, Mangham High School senior running back Jalen Williams did put up some incredible numbers too in the Dragons’ 60-26 victory over General Trass as he had 18 carries for 285 yards and five touchdowns, two catches for 95 yards and another touchdown, and finally, a 73 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Overall, those numbers put him with 453 total yards and seven touchdowns in an unbelievable effort.

Mangham High School senior RB Jalen Williams

4. Airline High School sophomore QB Ben Taylor:

Airline High School sophomore quarterback Ben Taylor was lighting up the scoreboard this past Friday night as he helped the Vikings score 75 points on the scoreboard in their victory over Benton High School. Taylor put up video game numbers completing 26 of 37 passes for 412 yards and seven touchdowns in one of the most impressive quarterback performances of the season.

Airline High School sophomore quarterback Ben Taylor

5. Union Parish High School senior RB Trey Holly:

Union Parish High School senior running back and LSU commit Trey Holly became the rushing king in Louisiana high school football history with 8,705 rushing yards this past Friday in a 62-12 victory over Bastrop High School. In fact, Holly broke the record on a touchdown run in the middle of the third quarter passing Nick Brossette for number one all time. Holly would finish the game with 250 yards rushing and four touchdowns. For Holly, it was a stat line that we were accustomed to seeing from him, but the significance of that game is what makes it a top five performance.

Union Parish High School senior RB Trey Holly

6. Delcambre High School senior RB Jaxon Wiggins:

Delcambre High School senior running back Jaxon Wiggins ran wild rushing for 317 yards and four touchdowns on only 19 carries, which means he averaged 16 yards per carry in the Panthers’ 42-12 win against Lake Arthur to help improve the team’s record at 3-1 on the season.

7. Parkway High School senior LB Barrett Newman:

Parkway High School senior linebacker Barrett Newman did whatever it took in order for his team to remain undefeated this season. He was the difference maker in the team’s 17-14 victory over Haughton as he was all over the field making 19 tackles and a sack on defense while also having five carries for 45 yards and the game tying touchdown on offense. On three of those five carries, he also moved the chains for the Panthers.

Parkway High School senior LB Barrett Newman

8. St. Mary’s High School senior QB Adam Parker:

St. Mary’s High School senior quarterback Adam Parker is one of the best athletes in CenLa and showed why he is such a dynamic dual threat in the Tigers’ 42-14 victory over Bossier. He completed nine of 13 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown while also running for another 107 yards and five more touchdowns on six carries as he accounted for all six of the Tigers’ touchdowns in the football game.

St. Mary’s High School senior QB Adam Parker

9. Eunice High School senior WR Tylon Cooper:

Eunice High School senior wide receiver Tylon Cooper makes another appearance on our Gridiron Football top performances list after a great performance in week one. Once again, he continues his strong start to the season with another great performance in the team’s 44-20 victory over Northwest. Cooper made plays on both sides of the football with nine catches for 128 yards and a touchdown on offense with also a carry for 29 yards, and then, also having two interceptions on defense including one that was returned 85 yards for a touchdown.

Eunice High School senior WR Tylon Cooper

10. Dr. Martin Luther King High School junior QB Joseph Riley:

Dr. Martin Luther King High School junior quarterback Joseph Riley made his dad Joseph Riley Sr. proud this past Friday night accounting for over 300 yards and five touchdowns in a 50-0 win over McMain.

11. De La Salle High School senior RB PJ Martin:

The De La Salle Cavaliers always have a big offensive line and good running backs going back recently to when Ryan Manale took over the program and the team continues to have it now under head coach Graham Jarrott as they are now 4-0. The Cavaliers’ bell cow PJ Martin had 36 carries for 283 yards and three touchdowns plus three kick returns for 34 yards to put him at 317 all-purpose yards against a good defense in St. Charles Catholic for the 27-14 victory.

De La Salle High School senior RB PJ Martin

12. Teurlings Catholic High School junior QB Preston Welch:

Teurlings Catholic High School junior quarterback Preston Welch is coming on as one of the top junior quarterbacks in the state of Louisiana. After having an impressive performance last week in snapping St. Charles Catholic’s winning streak, Welch follows that up with an even better performance completing 13 of 18 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-14 victory over Notre Dame High School in Crowley.

Teurlings Catholic High School junior QB Preston Welch

13. Scotlandville High School senior safety Kam Reed:

Just like Scotlandville High School quarterback Zae Teasett gave the West Monroe Rebels all they can handle offensively, Kam Reed did the same thing defensively coming up short against the Rebels on the road in a 31-28 loss. The senior safety did a little bit of everything as he had 11 tackles, two assisted tackles, one tackle for loss, and even returned a fumble 65 yards for a touchdown.

Scotlandville High School senior safety Kam Reed

14. Belle Chasse High School junior RB Jaedon Voisin:

Belle Chasse High School junior running back Jaedon Voisin had a big game as the Cardinals’ leading ball carrier with 31 carries for 327 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-30 win against Salmen. This huge statistical performance from the 6’1, 210 pound junior running back helped propel the team to a 4-0 record.

Belle Chasse High School junior RB Jaedon Voisin

15. Central High School senior RB Glen Cage:

The Central Wildcats had a bounce back week this past Friday in a 51-21 victory over East Jefferson High School after losing to Slidell the week before and Glen Cage was a big reason why with 19 carries for 211 yards and four touchdowns. He also had a catch for 58 yards too.

Central High School senior RB Glen Cage

16. St. Martin’s Episcopal High School sophomore RB Harlem Berry:

St. Martin’s Episcopal High School sophomore running back Harlem Berry is one of the rising stars in the state of Louisiana as he has already received an offer to play for LSU. He certainly showed off his ability this past Friday in a 47-6 victory over Sci Academy with nine carries for 138 yards and four touchdowns. He also did not play a full game as he was pulled out of the fourth quarter. Harlem is a big reason why the Saints are currently sitting with a 4-0 record.

St. Martin’s Episcopal High School sophomore RB Harlem Berry

17. Ellender High School senior WR Royal Williams:

Ellender High School senior wide receiver Royal Williams made the most of his opportunities when he did touch the football as although he only touched the football five times, he scored three times off those five touches with one touchdown coming off a 65 yard run while also having two touchdown catches off four receptions for 148 yards in a 52-7 win over Morgan City.

Ellender High School senior WR Royal Williams

18. Sophie B. Wright High School senior QB Edward Mckinnis:

Sophie B. Wright is off to their best start in school history with a current 4-0 record, and a lot of it has to do with their quarterback Edward Mckinnis, who completed 16 of 25 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 152 yards and another touchdown on 12 carries in a 36-8 win over Higgins.

19. Terrebonne High School senior DE Kobie Jones:

Terrebonne High School senior defensive end Kobie Jones was living in H.L. Bourgeois’ offensive backfield all game long in a 22-17 victory as he had five tackles, three assists, three tackles for loss, two sacks, and one forced fumble.

Terrebonne High School senior DE Kobie Jones

20. Kenner Discovery High School senior RB Marcus Clark:

Kenner Discovery High School senior running back Marcus Clark played a huge role in the Swamp Owls’ 27-20 victory over Patrick Taylor rushing for 201 yards and three touchdowns on only 13 carries. He also helped his defense out too by having eight tackles in the football game.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Slaughter Charter High School senior RB Marrion “Happy” Perry: 19 carries for 162 yards and a touchdown; also had four two point conversions in 44-16 win over Springfield
  • Collegiate (Baton Rouge) High School junior DT Calvin Battley: 6 tackles and 2 sacks in 30-0 loss to Glen Oaks
  • North DeSoto High School sophomore WR Cole Cory: 4 catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns in 40-12 win over Minden
  • Destrehan High School junior RB Shane Lee: 15 carries for 124 yards and one touchdown in 41-3 win over Hahnville
  • Westgate High School senior QB Amaaz Eugene: Completed 5 of 7 for 50 yards and one passing touchdown; 10 carries for 180 yards and one rushing touchdown in 55-20 win over St. Martinville
  • Catholic High School (Pointe Coupee) senior QB Connor Achee: 5 carries for 75 yards and two touchdowns; 6 tackles and one interception on defense in 57-14 win over Wilkinson County (MS)
  • Port Barre High School junior RB Keenan Hardy: 17 carries for 130 yards in 32-6 loss against Mamou
  • Evangel Christian Academy junior QB Rodrigo Ballesteros: Completed 13 of 16 passes for 204 yards and four touchdowns in 33-14 win over Bossier
  • Comeaux High School senior WR Jaylon Domingeaux: 6 carries for 71 yards and two touchdowns, a passing touchdown, and a catch for nine yards in a 62-22 loss to Sam Houston
  • McDonogh 35 High School junior QB Santana Price: 202 yards passing and four touchdowns in 29-0 win over West Jefferson
  • West Feliciana High School junior RB Ja’Terrius Johnson: 6 carries for 124 yards and five touchdowns in 42-6 win over Tara
  • Carencro High School freshman WR Chantz Babineaux: 4 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown averaging 30 yards per catch; had four tackles and two pass breakups on defense in 43-0 win over Sulphur
  • Scotlandville High School senior QB Zae Teasett: Completed 15 of 25 passes for 317 yards and a touchdown; 8 carries for 51 yards in 31-28 loss to West Monroe
  • Pope John Paul II High School sophomore RB Blaze Rodriguez: 27 carries for 214 yards and three touchdowns and two catches for 45 yards in 35-16 victory over Ben Franklin
  • Kaplan High School sophomore DE Remy Broussard: 2 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, and 9 tackles in 34-14 win over Rayne
  • Beekman Charter High School junior RB Devon Guyewski: 13 carries for 147 yards and three touchdowns averaging 11 yards per carry in 44-0 victory over Northwood Lena
  • Cecilia High School senior RB Ridge Collins: 6 carries for 134 yards and two touchdowns in 52-27 win over Crowley
  • Lincoln Prep High School senior WR Brandon Heard: 9 catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns; three solo tackles and one assisted tackle in 30-26 loss to Jonesboro Hodge
  • Episcopal High School sophomore RB Reid Chauvin: 171 yards and three touchdowns in 38-14 victory over Port Allen
  • Catholic High School junior RB Barry Remo: 296 yards and four touchdowns in 49-28 victory over St. Thomas More
  • Archbishop Shaw High School senior RB David Kency: 7 carries for 206 yards and three touchdowns including a 50 yard touchdown run, a 44 yard touchdown run, and a 79 yard touchdown run in a 41-14 victory over Bonnabel
  • Union Parish High School senior CB D’Antwone Hopkins: two interceptions including an interception returned for a touchdown in 62-12 victory over Bastrop
  • St. Michael High School sophomore RB John Martinez: 170 yards rushing and three touchdowns in 62-0 victory over Broadmoor
  • Archbishop Hannan High School senior RB Josh Alonzo: 18 carries for 196 yards and two touchdowns; one catch for 20 yards in a 21-7 victory over Northlake Christian

Diamond in the Rough: Sam DeTillio

Sam DeTillio is a class of 2023 quarterback out of Avon High School in Avon, Ohio. Standing at 5’11″ and weighing 185 pounds with a 4.3 GPA, the senior has a 4.8 40-yard dash time, can bench 255 pounds, and can squat 375 pounds. DeTillio has been described as one of the best QB’s around, and as smart as can be at the position too. Earlier this week, I had the absolute pleasure of speaking with DeTillio.

Q: Why do you play the game?
“I started playing football in the fourth grade when I joined the Avon Youth Football program. I play the game because I feel it gives me a sense of purpose and direction in my day to day life. It also serves as a tool in my life to surround me with other like-minded students and high achievers. I love working as a team to reach a common goal and the relationships that form from this game.”

Q: Where do you see football going in your life?
“Discipline is the biggest lesson that football has taught me. The Avon football program is very demanding between long and early practice times, strict diet, lifting throughout the season, and extra film sessions. Balancing my school, social, and football life has made me into a better leader and built my multitasking skills.”

Q: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned playing football?
“Discipline is the biggest lesson that football has taught me. The Avon football program is very demanding between long and early practice times, strict diet, lifting throughout the season, and extra film sessions. Balancing my school, social, and football life has made me into a better leader and built my multitasking skills.”

Q: What does football mean to you?
“Football is more than a game to me. It is a catalyst for self growth that will give you life long relationships and memories on the way.”

Q: What challenges have you overcome?
“The tallest challenge that I have had to overcome is not being the most physically gifted player. I have had to work hard for my strength and speed, whereas it is natural to some people. I have had to put more time and effort into the weight room, my diet, and fine tuning my skills at quarterback, so that when I go against a defense with multiple D1 athletes who tower over me, outlift me, and can run faster than me, I am able to compete. I am able to play the game of football smarter, not harder. By this, I mean that I will mentally confuse the defense instead of trying to physically attack them head on.”

Q: What motivates you to keep playing, despite those challenges?
“My teammates motivate me to show up everyday and get better. I would not be in the position I am now without them. They support me when I am not playing my best and compliment me when I play well. They hold me accountable and force me to be the best version of myself, on and off the field.”

Q: How do you balance sports with your other responsibilities?
“Being very involved in extracurriculars on top of school has caused me to develop time management skills. I plan out my days to make sure that I don’t waste any time and I know what I need to get done on that day.”

Q: Do you have a favorite football memory?
“My favorite football memory is winning the regional championship last year. It was a very close and hard-fought game against a talented Toledo Central Catholic team. The game went into overtime and they scored first, putting the pressure on our offense. They got to us on fourth down where we made a thrilling first-down conversion that led to the score on the next play. We then went for two and converted on a reverse to end the game 43-42.”

Q: How do you stay trained and in football-shape during the offseason?
“We lift year round as a team. After last season we were given a week off, then it was time to get back at it in the weight room. A lot of student athletes at Avon High School take a class during the school day called ‘speed strength,’ where we lift four days a week and learn about nutrition and recovery on the remaining day. We also had speed training twice a week throughout the winter. Outside of all this, I would go to a training facility to work on QB-specific drills, as well as working on routes to continue to build chemistry with my receivers.”

Q: How are you looking to improve your game?
“I am looking to improve my speed outside of the pocket as well as working on using different arm angles, depending on the type of throw.”

Q: On the other side, what is the strongest aspect of your game?
“I believe my ability to manage the offense, stay calm no matter the circumstances, read the defense, move in the pocket, and extend plays are the strongest parts of my game.”

Q: Do you try to model your game after any players, pro or collegiate?
“I love to watch Josh Allen, and I feel that our play style is very similar. We are not the fastest or most athletic, but being quick and shifty allows us to make plays with our legs.”

Q: What are some goals you’ve set for yourself?
“Some of my personal goals are to be first team all-state as well as the Golden Helmet winner. A more so team goal is to win a conference championship for the seventh year in a row, regional championship for the sixth year in a row, and win a state championship for the first time in school history.”

Q: What is your favorite part of playing quarterback?
“I enjoy the mental aspect of playing quarterback. You have to know every role on the offense, as well as what the defense is doing. There is more pressure, but also more opportunities to show out. And I like to perform.”

Q: Do you consider football to be more physically challenging, mentally challenging, or a bit of both?
“I think at the quarterback position, it is a more mentally challenging position. You are put in situations where you must make split-second decisions, and if you choose wrong, it could drastically change the outcome of the play. [Maybe even] the game.”

Q: What is something you want your coaches to know about you, past, present, or future?
“I am my hardest critic, but I shine when outside pressure is applied.”

You can view his highlights here.

Diamond in the Rough: Frankie Weaver

Frankie Weaver is a class of 2024 quarterback out of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney, Maryland. He is 6’4.5” and weighs around 190 pounds. Frankie has a strong cannon for an arm. He has the ability to fire the ball into tight windows before defenders can even react. He also has incredible accuracy and a great touch on the deep ball. He senses pressure well in the pocket and does a great job of extending the play and reading the defense’s coverage while finding his receivers downfield. While watching his highlights, the one thing I noticed is his throw on the run accuracy. Frankie’s pocket awareness allows him to escape pressure, read the field, and make incredible throws down field with amazing accuracy. According to MaxPreps, through four games Frankie has 43 completions out 69 attempts, 625 yards, and 7 touchdowns. He currently has 3.88 GPA and is an Academic All-American.

A few weeks ago, I had the great opportunity to speak with Frankie’s head coach, Andy Stefanelli. Coach Stefanelli said, “Frankie Weaver, our quarterback. He’s a high level guy and made some huge strides since last year. He is reading coverages better, he’s got a cannon for an arm, he’s becoming more mobile as he is kind of growing into his 6’4 frame”. 

Click here to see Frankie’s highlights

Frankie’s Twitter handle

When did you start playing football?

 I started playing at 6 always a QB 

What is your biggest strength as a player?

I think my biggest strength is my composure when handling tough things 

What is your personal goal for this season?

Personal goal of mine is to throw 25 TDs 

Is there anything specifically that worked on this offseason/summer? 

I worked on gaining weight and getting through my progressions cleanly 

Do you play any other sports?

I used to play basketball and baseball but now I mostly play golf and football 

Can you talk about the leadership aspect that comes with being a quarterback?

The leadership is a huge part of playing qb, everyone looks to you to be a leader whether you want to be or not. I feel as if you play Qb you need to learn to be a strong leader. 

Are there any current NFL or college players that you might model your game after or study their film?

I like to say I am more of a Josh Allen arm type (strong arm) and a Aaron Rodgers type of play style.

What have you learned about yourself playing football?

I have learned about the brotherhood of football and how important trust is on and off the field 

What motivates you as a player?

What motivates me is my whys, which is losing my sister to cancer at 13 and her not being able to play any sports

What separates you from the thousands of other recruits trying to play division I football?

 What separates me is not only my play and height, but my work in the classroom being an academic all american 

What is something that you would want college coaches to know about you?

I want college coaches to know that I am ready to play whenever I commit

LSU Head Coach Brian Kelly Talks About Taking On First SEC Road Challenge Against Auburn

In Monday’s LSU press conference, Brian Kelly talked about taking on his first true SEC road test as the Tigers’ head coach, and that it would prove to be a different challenge than what the team previously had in the first month of the season.

We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. This month will tell us a lot, right? We’ve got an SEC slate in front of us over the next four weeks, which will challenge us to a new level. We’ll certainly find out even more about our grit and what kind of football team this will continue to grow to be.”

Brian Kelly on SEC gauntlet coming up

“Now we get into, obviously, the SEC over the next month. Two games on the road, two at home, and we begin with Auburn. I think the first thing is that routines will stay the same other than we’re going to get on a plane, but we’ll be in a stadium that will not be pro-LSU.”

Brian Kelly on first true road game as LSU head coach

The Tigers have built some momentum as the team is currently on a three game winning streak. For Coach Kelly, not only the wins are starting to pile up, but the team is forming good habits that will help them along the way during this stretch.

“So, I’ve been really proud of the way they have embraced change and done the things that we’ve asked them to do to become more consistent on a day-to-day basis and within our process and their preparation and their mindset, their habits, the way they think. We’ve been able to make the progress necessary to have a modest winning streak, and this is modest.”

“I just wanted to make sure that from my perspective that this win this past weekend against a New Mexico team was significant in that we built some consistency with a group that has been willing to follow a whole new pattern. It’s been enjoyable.”

Brian Kelly on three game winning stretch

The Tigers’ first challenge in this SEC gauntlet that stretches from Saturday all the way to November 12th is the Auburn Tigers that are currently 3-1 on the season after coming off an overtime victory against Missouri.

“Auburn has some talented football players offensively. Both backs are outstanding. Bigsby, obviously, he is a three-year starter, over 2,000 career rushing yards, 19 touchdowns. I think that’s kind of for us when we’re watching film, the running backs are outstanding players.”

“Ashford at quarterback started last week against Missouri. He, too, is a great runner. That’s going to be our biggest concern is to keep him in wraps in terms of running the football. He is very capable. He is a transfer from Oregon. Extremely gifted athlete. Again, I think from our perspective, a guy that can throw it, but more importantly, a dual-threat quarterback that is dangerous running the football.”

“Outstanding receiving corps and a defense that has a guy that’s a game-wrecker in Derick Hall. He is a guy that you’re going to have to find. We’ll have to game-plan and make sure we know where he is. Riley, outstanding linebacker. Again, a football team that’s playing at home, coming off its SEC win against Missouri in overtime. It will be a great challenge for our football team.”

Brian Kelly on Auburn

The Auburn Tigers have shown to play two different quarterbacks this season with opposite skill sets in Robby Ashford and TJ Finley.

“I think you always have to keep an eye on whether Finley plays as well. Certainly he gives you the throwing end of things, so we’ll have to prepare for both. We don’t have any firsthand information that one is playing over the other, but we’ll be prepared for either one.”

Brian Kelly on preparing for both Auburn quarterbacks

Kelly also updated the media on a couple of different injuries heading into the week.

“Jayden, no residual effect from Saturday. He will be able to practice. Let’s see, Jay Ward feeling really good. I think he is a go for Tuesday. We’ll probably limit his workload on Tuesday, but he should be able to go. Armoni, it will be a day-to-day situation with him.”

Brian Kelly on injury updates

With Ward and Major Burns being out this past Saturday, there has been a lot of constant movement in the secondary and even though Burns is out for a couple of weeks, the secondary does have good news of not only Ward returning, but also Joe Foucha coming back to the team after his four game suspension.

You would like a little more continuity. I think Matt and Kerry have done a good job of communicating what we need to do back there. I think it’s going to be a little bit easier with Joe Foucha in terms of he is an experienced player, so it was a little bit more difficult when we had to move Jarrick back there because you didn’t have an experienced safety.”

“As we move forward now with Jay Ward probably coming back this week and being healthy and getting Joe, you’ve got experience back there. In one instance we would like a little more continuity, but on the positive side with Brooks, Foucha, and Jay Ward, you’ve got experience.”

Brian Kelly on rotating starting lineup in the secondary

With the news of Hurricane Ian approaching, Coach Kelly and his staff is carefully monitoring the situation.

” Yeah, no doubt. We’ve talked about a game plan in terms of what it might look like. Hopefully that’s going to pass through.”

“We’re going to get probably some rain of some kind, and that will be our first time in that kind of element. It’s a grass situation, so you put those plans together relative to what that would look like if, in fact, we did get hit with some severe rain.”

Coach Kelly on monitoring Hurricane Ian

Jayden Daniels is continuing to improve on staying in the pocket and finding receivers in the progression as the New Mexico game was a big game for him in that instance.

“There are a couple of things. Decisiveness is starting to be part of the vocabulary instead of being hesitant, and that comes with knowledge of the offense.”

“I think the other thing is that he has become a lot quicker in his setup. I think I mentioned this quick feet, but slowing down and not rushing through progressions.”

“I think one of the bigger plays in his development was the dig that he threw to Jaray Jenkins in the red zone. That was his fourth receiver through a progression.”

“Those are the kind of things you’re looking for in terms of development of a quarterback, and we’re starting to see that as well as the screen to Malik Nabers, how quickly that ball comes out. I think a little bit of everything was coming together, and the word I would use is just he is becoming more comfortable and more decisive.”

Brian Kelly on Jayden Daniels’ growth as a quarterback

Last week was also the first start at punt returner for Jack Bech, who showed that he was fearless returning punts against the Lobos.

” Fearless. Fearless. We’ll work on a couple of things where fearless shouldn’t be always the number one criteria for returning punts. We want some decision-making in that as well, but that’s how Jack plays, right?”

“He is at his best when he is not worried about any factors other than competing and getting the ball in his hands, and it’s fun to watch, right? That’s just the kind of player he is. You can see what kind of impact he can have in our punt return game.”

“Look, the trickle-down is the other ten guys, they want to block for him. That is an added incentive when you have a punt returner that can break it. It adds a great energy to the entire group.”

Brian Kelly on Jack Bech’s performance at punt returner

Going back to Joe Foucha, the coaching staff is confident that he will just fit right in considering that he is coming off a suspension and not an injury.

“Yes, he has been actively involved. He has been involved in any articulation between our offense and defense that hasn’t involved game plan, which is quite a bit.”

“Every day we’ll have some 11-on-11 work where there is no, hey, we’re getting ready for New Mexico or we’re getting ready for Mississippi State. He is involved in that. He is in our defensive structures.”

“When we start to over the past month when we got ready for team time for our opponent, he would come over on to scout. He was a pain to deal with because he was so good playing so hard as a scout team member that he made us better, so I have been able to firsthand see his action on a day-to-day basis, and he will be ready to play right away.”

Brian Kelly on getting Joe Foucha ready to play against Auburn

Kelly was then asked about Kayshon Boutte and if he would be available for Auburn, and Kelly’s response was that he will be ready to play this week.

With BJ Ojulari resting, Harold Perkins got some starting action and has continued to show why he was so highly regarded coming out of high school.

“Here’s the thing with Harold. He is going to flash because of his skill set. I mean, he is twitchy. He is fast. He has all those tools that are going to allow him to show.”

“Then, Matt is doing a great job of keeping it in the easiest form within a defense. He has just gotten here, so to give him the entire playbook is not fair to him, so Matt has given him pieces of the playbook that allows him to go play fast because that’s his best trait, but he is learning.”

“I’ll tell you what, he is so coachable. That’s the great part about it. He comes to the sideline. He wants to know what he needs to do better each and every snap.”

“We’re really pleased with his progress, but I think what we’re more pleased with is what he is doing off the field in the classroom and then how coachable he is.”

Brian Kelly on Harold Perkins

I then asked Coach Kelly of what he thought about the offensive line to this point of the season and if he feels that they made any strides run blocking. This is what he had to say.

“Yeah, I don’t know that it was our banner day this past weekend. That’s a tough defense. They’re standing up. They’re moving around. There’s so much movement. O-linemen want to know that what they see, they’re going to hit. That wasn’t the case on Saturday. The guy in front of you wasn’t going to be there on the snap of the ball. That takes a little bit of, I would say, the aggressiveness away from your offensive line.”

“We won’t have that this weekend. They’re going to have to put their hand in the dirt. They’re going to have to get off the ball. They’re going to have to move people against their will, and I think you’ll see a good indication over the next month of this offensive line really having to get after it.”

Brian Kelly on offensive line

Specifically, one of the changes the Tigers made on the offensive line the last couple of weeks was putting Charles Turner at center. This week will prove to be a big test for the Tigers center.

“Yeah, I think it’s a really good question. First of all, he is a great communicator. He knows what he is doing up front. He is getting people in the right place, but it’s going to get harder. It’s going to get harder.”

“The competition is going to be such that he is going to be in the mix each and every week. He knows, and he is up for the challenge. Again, I think we’re putting him in a situation where he has two guards next to him that are big guys. Big, physical guys.”

“The center is always working in combination. You know, most centers today are not the biggest. They’re usually the smartest, and they’re usually guys that can move, and Charles can do those things for us.”

Brian Kelly on Charles Turner

Finally, Coach Kelly updated the kicker situation by stating that Damian Ramos will continue to be the team’s starting placekicker.

“I have full confidence that he will be our field goal extra point kicker. You saw that we went and made a change on kickoffs, and that might be the case. I haven’t made that decision yet. I’ll talk to Brian as the week goes on because that obviously impacts a redshirt situation. We’ll see how that plays out during the week, but I have the utmost confidence in his ability.”

“There’s some technical things that he has to clean up. He gets a little bit too fast to the ball on his kickoffs. He gets his shoulders over himself. Those are technical things that we can clean up, but he has a great mindset for his PATs and field goals, so I have 100 percent confidence in him.”

Brian Kelly on the kicking game

Make sure to keep up with everything going on at Gridiron Football as tomorrow, I will post my takeaways from LSU’s victory against New Mexico.

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School Spotlight: Avon High School

Avon High School – located in Avon, Ohio – plays in division two and is ranked the #21 football team in Ohio (according to MaxPreps). The Eagles are home to some great talents, including current assistant wide recievers coach for the New England Patriots Ross Douglas and current Ohio University kicker Nathanial Vakos, who missed his first PAT attempt in highschool and never missed again, going on to make 260 straight. That feat is a state and national record. This week, I had the honor of talking with Avon Eagle’s head football coach Mike Elder, and got to ask him how he got to be interested in becoming a coach, to what needs to happen to win the state championship for the first time, to overcoming the challenges the team is facing.

Coach Elder first started as a Head Coach with Indian Valley in 2000, followed by Ravenna Southeast in 2001, and then Perry (Lake County) from 2002 to 2006 before becoming Avon’s head coach. But how did he become interested in the first place? After going to the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio as a Business major, he recognized that he wanted to coach in his senior year. “Football had such an impact on my life through high school. Because of football, I went on to college. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. I had coaches in high school who had great confidence in me when I didn’t really have it. They believed in me…. Football provided me with the self-confidence and the motivation to go onto college and graduate. I had some space left [in my senior year] in my last semester schedule, and I took an education class. It was an observation class, where I could get into classrooms and watched. It was at that time where I knew I wanted to teach and coach. So, I turned down some jobs in business and went back to get my teaching degree [from Cleveland State University]. As I was pursuing it, I was teaching and coaching at Alliance High School, right where Mount Union is. I think my experience with [the Mount Union football staff] is really what put me over the edge. It got me the bug, and I wanted to figure out how to make coaching part of my life.”

One of my favorite questions to ask coaches is their personal coaching philosophy. With this, there isn’t really a bad answer, but my opinion is that the best of coaches say that they to help develop their players to be adults and not as much into good players. Coach Elder is one of those coaches. “I always say ‘we coach kids, not football.’ What I mean by that is we’re good at coaching football… but that’s not our overall goal and purpose. Our goal and purpose is to develop young people. I always tell our guys that when ‘you coach kids, not football,’ it means you will coach them all. Not just the kids who are going to help you look good by performing on Friday nights and win games. [A lot of young coaches have the same problem as me, cause] when I was a young coach, I was just trying to survive, get kids lined up right and win games. Now I’m more intentional about what I do. We have about 124 kids on our Varisty team… We demand excellence from all of them and want every kid to be the best version of themselves. That’s what I am most proud of; we coach kids, not football, which means we coach them all. I don’t care if you are an All-Ohio player or on an IED, every one of those kids is coached and valued in our program. All of our coaches understand that and buy into that.”

To go with developing their players into adults, coaches usually have one specific value that they try to instill. For Coach Elder, that one is accountability. “To me, everything we do in our program is surrounded by accountability. We ask kids to get up at 5:45AM every Monday during school, and then three times a week during summer and show up for practice. They need to because they need to be accountable to their teammates, their coaches, and more importantly themselves. If you’re not going to be somewhere, you need to contact people and let them know. There’s a certain conduct in which you have to hold yourself to to play football in our program, and if you fall short of that or something happens where you don’t meet expectations, then you just need to take accountability for it, responsibility for it, and grow and learn from that stuff. We don’t make excuses and we hold each other accountable, and that is huge in our program. I think when kids leave, that’s the one thing they will do: own their own actions.”

Team-building is an ever-important factor in sustaining a winning team. Each coach has a few different ways of doing it, but the only wrong answer is not doing it at all. Luckily for Avon, Coach Elder does it year-round. “To me, that’s all done in the off-season. I think during the season, you could build commrodary. We do team meals. We’ll have a pink event for cancer awareness and bring our kids together to eat. We eat meals together every Friday before games. We will have our rivalry dinner on a Wednesday. All of our players and their parents take turns hosting get-togethers throughout the season. But the most important team-building happens in the offseason, in the weight room in the summer. We always go away to a team camp at Mount Union. This year we did not go to Mount Union, because we took a trip down to Florida. We went down to Orlando to play our first game of the season. But when you get a bunch of teenage kids on a plane together, you fly down to Florida, and stay at a hotel together, you inevitably are building some bonds. I think those are created when you put kids in adverse situations with eachother, and consistently demand from them, and they lean on eachother. That’s how it happens. It is in the weight room, and through the rigors of what we ask them to do.”

In the previous five seasons, Avon has fallen short of winning the state championship by ending in the final four each time. As an outsider, it seems like something has to give in order to win the illustrious honor. Coach Elder says that it is about “getting to that point. I remind our players that historically, we play our best football at the end of the year. But because we’ve done it historically does not mean it is going to happen. We want to be playing the best football Avon is playing come week eleven. We want to grow and get better every week. So, I do not lie to our kids. We played our rivals [last week and] beat them 42-21. They were excited and leading up to the game, I explained to them that we are nowhere we need to be to accomplish our goals [of winning the state championship]. We’re not even close, but hopefully we are good enough tonight to beat them. So they recognize that we do not care who our opponent is and who we are playing Friday night. Every day we are just trying to grow and get better as a team. We have a process in place. We need players, leaders, and seniors to buy into the idea that come every day with the mindset that this team is going to get better, you are going to get better individually, and we are going to get better collectively. I think we are doing that.”

On their press release, Avon listen six of their starters as captains. Leadership often comes as an unsung trait for players, but is very much remembered by their coaches. “In society, when people do something for you, it makes you feel good for a day or two. But when you do something for someone else, it makes you feel good forever. That is what serving leadership is. Not only are you helping somebody else and doing things for others, but inherently it is going to make you a happier person. We’re all happier when we do something for other people. So we’ve created a mentoring program, where all of our seniors are partnered up with a first, second, or third grader, and once every week (if schedule permits), go down to our elementary schools and hang out with these kids. We have a lot of youth football camps in the offseason, where our kids are there because they realize that these kids and young players are coming not to see Coach Elder, but they want to see them. [These players] are their role models and who they look up to. If you’re going to be that role model… then you have to walk the walk. You have to make good decisions and choices. In our building, we talk all the time. Our Friday night experience in Avon in unbelievable. Our student section is packed, the crowds are big. I remind our players all the time to be humble, and give credit to the marching band and just part of that to the cheerleaders, the student section, your parents, and thinking about us – not you. Because if you walk around thinking that you are better than everyone else, like it’s all about you, you will lose your supporters real quick. Nobody wants to come and support arrogance. We have got a bunch of humble kids who are just true gentleman, on and off the field.”

Every team has a weakness, just as they do a strength. For Avon, their listed weakness is the lack of depth and experience on the offensive line. To combat that, there is really only one way to combat that. “It’s continually getting kids into games and developing Friday night experience for kids… In games, we play seven to eight different guys. We find ways to rotate people in and play them. We don’t play just eleven guys on offense or eleven guys on defense. We play, on Friday night, probably sixteen to eighteen guys rotated on both sides of the ball. So by finding moments for a kid to go in, you grab their attention and their focus throughout the week, because they know they are going in the game, even if it is just for two series’. They know they are going ot play. I think that is crucial to get kids engaged, to get better and grow, when they know they are going to get to see the field. [This way,] if they are called upon in week twelve or week thirteen because of injury, it is not their first time playing on Friday night.”

On their press release, the team posts three key returning players for both sides of the ball. For offense, this includes Ethan Holbrook, Sam DeTillio, and Jakorion Caffey. Holbrook is the second-team South Western Conference wideout, racking up 10 touchdowns on 30 receptions last season. DeTillio is the third-team All-Ohio quarterback, throwing 29 touchdowns against four interceptions last year. Caffey is the second team All-Ohio runningback, rushing for 24 touchdowns and 1,478 yards in the 2021-22 season. For defense, the team lists Cam Santee, Austin Mitchell, and Gavin Ehrhardt. Santee is the first team All-County strong safety, picking up ten tackles for loss and two interceptions in the 2021 season. Mitchell is the honerable mention All-Ohio defensive lineman, accumulating six and a half sacks and 28.5 tackles last year. Ehrhardt is an honerable mention All-Ohio linebacker, placing second on the team last season with 86 tackes.

Gridiron Top 300: Emmett Mosley

 Emmett Mosley is an uncommitted 4⭐ ATH from Santa Margarita Catholic High School (CA). According to 247 Sports, Mosley is the 16th ranked recruit from the State of California and the 24th ranked ATH in the country, for the Class of 2024. He holds offers from schools such as Alabama, Georgia, USC, and Texas; among others.

Hudl: https://www.hudl.com/profile/14752609/Emmett-Mosley

The first thing that comes to mind when you turn on the Emmett Mosely film is intensity. He plays very aggressively with the ball in his hands and can force missed tackles to get upfield. He is a dynamic player with the ball in his hands and can be used in a variety of ways to create offense for the Eagles.  

He comes from a very athletic bloodline with his Father being a former Notre Dame running back and his Mother being the 1996 Hermann Trophy winner for Notre Dame soccer. His sister is also a division-1 soccer player at the University of Iowa. 

Here are some of Mosley’s responses from my interview with the 4⭐ ATH. 

Do you have any goals for the rest of 2022? 

“My goal is to win a chip.”

What is your biggest strength as a football player?

“My biggest strength is probably mental approach.”

What makes you different than every other recruit in the country? 

Iq and motor.” 

What is your proudest achievement in football?

Getting my first offer.”

What is an example of you overcoming adversity as an athlete?

Being injured my whole sophomore year.”

If you had to compare yourself to a college of a professional player, Who would it be? Why? 

Deebo Samuel, versatility.”

What is something you are looking for in a college program during your recruitment? 

How much the coaches care about the players, and development.”

What’s your favorite football memory? 

Going to Florida for nationals in middle school.”

What is something you would want college coaches to know about you? 

That I don’t care bout nothing else but ball when it come down to it.”

Who is someone you look up to off the football field? 

My Dad.”

What role do you play as a leader on the team?

“Lead by example.”

Diamond in the Rough: Lincoln Kienholz

Lincoln Kienholz is a 3⭐ Quarterback and the top-ranked recruit from the State of South Dakota in the class of 2023. He committed to continue his academic and football careers at the University of Washington. The 6”3’ 185-Pound Qauterback chose to play there over schools such as Wisconsin and North Dakota State. He also plays basketball and baseball at T.F. Riggs High School (SD). 

So far this season he has gone 5-0 in his first 5 games throwing for 91 completions,1589-Yards, and 23-Touchdowns. He also ran for 462-Yards and 4 more touchdowns on 47 carries, averaging almost 10 yards a run! 

Hudl: https://www.hudl.com/profile/13245682/Lincoln-Kienholz

Do you have any goals for the rest of 2022? 

“My goal is to lead my team to another state championship.”

What is your biggest strength as a football player?

“Being able to make plays both with my arm and my legs.”

What makes you different than every other recruit in the country? 

“I think I am different from every other recruit because of my ability to run the ball as well.”

What is your proudest achievement in football?

“Winning state every year I have been in high school.”

What is an example of you overcoming adversity as an athlete?

“We were down 27-7 at one point in the state championship last year and came all the way back and kicked a 40-yard field goal to win 30-27.”

If you had to compare yourself to a college of a professional player, Who would it be? Why? 

“I like to watch Bryce young a lot because of his arm and shiftiness and also Trey Lance because of his ability to make plays by running and throwing.”

What is something you are looking for in a college program during your recruitment? 

“I want a college that fits me for schooling and also football.”

What’s your favorite football memory? 

“Right now, winning state last year was a movie!!”

Who is someone you look up to off the football field? 

“I look up to my mom a lot because she is my role model.”

What role do you play as a leader on the team?

“I play a vocal leader and lead by example for my teammates.”

Diamond in the Rough: Bryan Wilson (CA)

Bryan Ayala is a well-rounded dual-threat quarterback out of Ayala High School in Chino Hills, Califonia. He is a 3⭐ and the 33rd ranked recruit from the state of Califonia in the class of 2024, according to 247 Sports Composite. He has played in 4 games so far in his junior season and has thrown for 47 completions, 905 yards, and 8 touchdowns. He added another 46-yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. The 6”0’ 205-Pound QB is currently uncommitted but holds offers from Florida State and Texas A&M.

He plays extremely composed when in the pocket and can sense pressure while still making reads on receivers downfield. He goes through his pocket progressions extremely well for a junior in high school, which allows the Ayala high school offense to operate very smoothly, and in turn, they consistently put up points.

Hudl: https://www.hudl.com/profile/14659333/Bryan-Wilson-QB

What is something you would want college coaches to know about you?

“I want college coaches to know that I am ranked the #1 dual-threat quarterback in California and can bring a winning mentality to any college program. I have started since I was a freshman and my win/loss ratio is currently 19-1. I would also want them to know that I take great pride in my academic success as I have an accumulated 4.2 GPA, and I work very hard to earn these grades consistently.”

What makes you unique as a prospect?

“My work ethic is second to none, and I am a student of the game. Instead of just relying on my talent, I rely on my preparation, such as breaking down film, making sure the offense clicks, and consistently working on my quarterback mechanics. I can beat defenses with my arm as well as my legs.”

Do you have any goals for the rest of your high school career?

“I have a couple of goals:

I want to win a CIF championship as our school has never won one

I want to increase the exposure for my teammates and help them get opportunities to play at the next level.

I want to continue improving, growing, and becoming a better player and leader.”

What is your biggest strength as a football player?

“Most quarterbacks can throw the ball well and be athletic when needed at this level. What sets me apart is my IQ, my knowledge of the game, my grit, and my leadership.”

Who do you look up to as an athlete?

“A great role model I look up to as an athlete is Lebron James because he embodies what it means to be “more than an athlete.” I realize that playing a sport is only for a very short time in life, and like Lebron, I hope to be able to use my success as a launchpad for more extensive endeavors.

When I look back on my life when I’m older, I’m not going to determine if I was successful just on the football field; I will be judging myself through my success in all areas of life.”

What role do you play as a leader on the team?

“I lead the team by example and take care of the details in games, practices, and meetings; for instance, running the quarterback room, ensuring everyone is on the same page in offensive meetings, going 100% in practice, and doing their job.”

What’s your favorite football memory?

“My favorite football memory was being named varsity starter as a freshman. It felt great that my coaches and team believed in me as a freshman to lead our team, comprised mostly of juniors and seniors.”

If you had to compare yourself to a college of a professional player, Who would it be? Why?

“My game resembles Russell Wilson’s as we can both extend and make plays with our feet, are great leaders, and throw a great deep ball.”

What is an example of you overcoming adversity as an athlete?

“After getting injured in the last game of the regular season last year, which caused me to miss the playoffs. After several months of aggressive rehab and extra work to get back on the field, playing our first game in San Diego and winning was a great moment for me and one, I will never forget.”

LSU Takes Care Of Business On Both Sides Of The Football En Route To 38-0 Shutout Victory Over New Mexico

The LSU Tigers were in control on both sides of the football cruising to a 38-0 victory over the New Mexico Lobos. The Tigers were dominant out gaining the Lobos a staggering 633 total yards to 88.

“It was a really good performance something to build off. I told our guys one time is an accident, second time’s a coincidence, and a third time’s a habit. They’ve won three in a row and we are building good habits. We look to build on that going into SEC play in the next month.”

Brian Kelly on the 38-0 victory over New Mexico

Offensively, the Tigers marched down the field on their first drive of the football game 57 yards on eight plays with a five yard touchdown run from Armoni Goodwin. The Tigers would score one more touchdown right before halftime with another Goodwin touchdown run as LSU would take a 17-0 lead to halftime. The Tigers could have had a bigger lead at halftime as two touchdowns were taken off the board after Jack Bech’s big punt return touchdown was called back because of a blindside block penalty and Kole Taylor’s touchdown catch was taken off the board because of an offensive pass interference penalty.

“I’ve been coaching 32 years so I’ve had some of those games. I think in most of them, you know that you’re in a dominating performance and you just wish you had more points on the board at that time. It was pretty clear that they were going to have a difficult time moving the football on us. I thought our plan was excellent and we felt pretty good going into halftime even though it was 17-0.”

Brian Kelly on 1st half

Jayden Daniels was efficient tonight completing 24 of 29 passes for 279 yards. However, Daniels would not finish the game after hitting his head on the turf following a 16 yard run in the middle of the third quarter. Garrett Nussmeier would enter the football game and was just as efficient throwing the football completing nine of ten passes for 135 yards and a touchdown pass to Brian Thomas Jr.

“He (Garrett Nussmeier) was decisive and made some really high level throws. I would have loved to see him hook up with Malik down the field, but he is a talented football player. He’s making good decisions, take what they give you, be disciplined, and you got another great quarterback.”

Brian Kelly on Garrett Nussmeier’s performance

The good news is that Daniels would have been cleared to go back in the game, but the coaching staff thought it was best to put Nussmeier in the game with the game being controlled by the Tigers at that point.

“Jayden strained his lower back; he could have gone back in but there was no need at that time of the game. He was all cleared by the doctors.”

Brian Kelly on Jayden Daniel’s injury status.

Goodwin would also get injured early in the second half after holding his hamstring and getting carried off by trainers, but it was next man up for the Tigers and Noah Cain stepped up with 11 carries for 94 yards and two touchdowns in the second half including a masterful 49 yard touchdown run.

“I thought they ran with low pads. They were physical. Noah Cain obviously played really well. I thought all of them played hard. They took it to the defense and that has been the emphasis all week. They are not big up front. They do a lot of things obviously. They run with low pads and I thought they were extremely physical at the running back position.”

Brian Kelly on the running backs tonight

Without Kayshon Boutte in the lineup, both Tigers quarterbacks spread the wealth to all of its playmakers. Jack Bech had six catches for 43 yards while also being the team’s starting punt returner tonight. Malik Nabers had six catches for 65 yards. Jaray Jenkins had five catches for 57 yards. Kyren Lacy had four catches for 41 yards. Mason Taylor had four catches for 34 yards. Brian Thomas Jr. has three catches for 76 yards and a touchdown. Then, Chris Hilton had a long catch himself of 51 yards. Overall, the Tigers had 414 yards passing and 219 yards rushing in the football game.

“There are so many of these guys that can make plays. To get Mason some playing time and watch him run after the catch, that’s what he does in practice. Then, to watch Jack, it was fun seeing him get going and have him out there. Jaray Jenkins continues to make play after play late in the second half when we need him to make plays. He catches the ball in traffic. I can go on and on. Malik Nabers, obviously, Brian Thomas, Chris is involved. There are a lot of great players and we got the ball out to all of them.”

Brian Kelly on spreading the ball to all of the Tigers’ playmakers

Defensively, the Tigers may have been been more impressive by making it tough for the Lobos to pick up even a yard throughout the game. The LSU defense continues to be impressive with their tackling even without Jay Ward and BJ Ojulari’s services in the football game. Linebacker Harold Perkins led all tacklers with eight. Ohio State transfer Sevyn Banks made his LSU debut with four tackles. Greg Brooks was a menace all night long for the Lobos with four tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss, and a pass breakup. Saivion Jones, Ali Gaye, and West Weeks also had sacks with the Lobos only registering two first downs.

“We’re pleased, obviously, anytime you get a shutout. It’s difficult to shut out an opponent anytime, college football is set up for success on offense. We had three or four starters out on defense, and we had to juggle the lineup. We had Jarrick Bernard-Converse playing safety, and the guys really rallied. We held them to under a hundred yards.”

Brian Kelly on dominant defensive performance

However, the Tigers got a big blow when it was announced that Major Burns would miss a couple of games after suffering a neck injury.

“Major’s situation is that he is going to be lost probably for anywhere between three to six weeks with an upper neck injury. I don’t want to get in the specifics with any type of neck injury, but he has been cleared by all the doctors, but he will need some rest. It’s probably going to take three to six weeks before he gets back on the field.”

Brian Kelly on Major Burns’ injury situation

The LSU Tigers needed to do what they needed to do by dominating on both sides of the football and improving to 3-1 on the season. Next up, the Tigers make their first SEC road trip to take on the 3-1 Auburn Tigers.

Check out the photos taken by Billy Metcalf during the first half of LSU and New Mexico. Make sure to check back with us tomorrow for the complete photo gallery.

Drive By Drive Summary:

1st Quarter:

New Mexico won the toss and elected to receive the kickoff to start the football game.

After three straight runs, the New Mexico Lobos would punt on the opening possession of the football game. Coach Brian Kelly indicated earlier in the week that Jack Bech would get plenty of touches and immediately, he lines up as the Tigers’ starting punt returner. With only a 25 yard punt, the Tigers start the first possession of the football game at their own 44 yard line.

Jayden Daniels starts off firing on a couple of short completions and puts the Tigers quickly in the red zone. A couple of plays later, Armoni Goodwin punches the football in the end zone for the five yard touchdown run. It would be Goodwin’s fourth rushing touchdown of the season. Daniels completed all four passes to four different receivers in Jack Bech, Brian Thomas Jr., Josh Williams, and Malik Nabers. It was an eight play, 57 yard scoring drive to give the Tigers an early 7-0 lead on New Mexico.

The LSU defensive backs get physical in the running game as Ohio State transfer Sevyn Banks gets his first tackle as a LSU Tiger. Greg Brooks, Jarrick Bernard-Converse, and Mekhi Garner have already shown their presence early in the football game as well. After six plays, the Lobos punt the football back to the Tigers. Jack Bech returned the punt, but was immediately tackled. The Tigers would start their second drive of the football game at their own 15 yard line.

On the first play, Jayden Daniels takes a deep shot and hits Chris Hilton Jr. for a 51 yard strike. He would then hit Jack Bech on a drag route for a second consecutive completion for a nine yard gain. Goodwin would pick up the first down on the ensuing play. After Daniels would be sacked, he would connect with Nabers for a six yard pickup in order to put the Tigers at a third down and six situation. Daniels and Nabers would not be on the same page forcing the Tigers to try a 31 yard field goal attempt. Damian Ramos would convert on the field goal attempt and extends the Tigers lead to ten. It was a seven play, 71 yard scoring drive for the Tigers.

On the second play of the next drive, Saivion Jones and Harold Perkins carry on their performance form last week by bringing the heat and sacking New Mexico quarterback Miles Kendrick for an eight yard loss. Once again, the Tigers’ defense force a three and out.

Jack Bech electrifies the crowd on what seemed to be a big punt return for a touchdown, but it was called back because of a blindside block called against Kolbe Fields waving the touchdown return. The penalty marks the Tigers as they start from their own 20 yard line. The Tigers’ offense would run one untimed down and run out the rest of the first quarter. At the end of the first 15 minutes of play, LSU leads New Mexico 10-0.

2nd Quarter:

On third down, Jayden Daniels hits Josh Williams for a 21 yard pickup followed by a six yard pass completion to Jack Bech and then a 23 yard run from Daniels would showcase his legs for the first time tonight. After an incompletion and then a six yard reception from Daniels, Daniels would run out of bounds short of the first down mark, but Daniels gets knocked out of bounds late thus forcing a first and goal at the nine yard line for the Tigers. The Tigers would then get penalized on a holding call by Kole Taylor. It would push the Tigers at the 20. Bech would get a ten yard catch to put the Tigers back at the ten yard line. Then, Daniels finds what seemed to be a wide open Kole Taylor for the ten yard touchdown, but Malik Nabers gets called for the offensive pass interference call. The Tigers would continue to go backwards when Daniels gets sacked by the Lobos’ Justin Harris putting the Tigers all the way back to the 32 yard line. Daniels completes an 11 yard pass to Kole Taylor setting up a 38 yard field goal attempt for Ramos. This time, Ramos misses the field goal attempt. It would be a missed opportunity for the Tigers after having two touchdowns wiped off the scoreboard because of penalty and then coming up empty with a missed field goal. Score remains the same at 10-0.

The Lobos take advantage of busted coverage from the Tigers’ secondary as Kendrick completes a 38 yard pass to a wide open Jaden Hullaby. The Tigers defense would soon make up for the big completion as Greg Brooks makes a great break on the football and almost intercepts Kendrick’s pass. After a 26 yard punt, the Tigers would start their next drive from their own 12 yard line.

Jayden Daniels hits Mason Taylor for the first time tonight for a four yard pickup. Daniels would then throw a rifling pass to Kyren Lacy for a 12 yard pickup to move the chains. After a four yard pickup on first down by Daniels and a five yard catch by Mason Taylor, the Tigers had a third down and one from their own 37 yard line before the Lobos would call their first timeout of the first half. After being stuffed on third down and one, the Tigers do go for it on fourth and the Tigers would move the chains with a 13 yard run by Josh Williams. Mason Taylor would have his third reception on the drive with an eight yard catch. Two plays later, Daniels connects on the slant to Jaray Jenkins, who picks up 16 yards to the Lobos’ 28 yard line. The Tigers would look at another third down and once again, Daniels finds Jenkins for the second third down in a row this time for 19 yards. The Tigers would call their first timeout of the first half with the ball at the six yard line. Daniels keeps the football and gets tackled at the two yard line. Tigers call their second timeout of the first half. After getting stuffed on second and goal, the Tigers offense hurries up to the line and gives the football to Goodwin again as he successfully scores the second time around giving him his fifth touchdown of the year. The ensuing extra point is good. The Tigers take almost six minutes off the clock on a 15 play, 88 yard drive. Tigers extend their lead at 17-0 with less than 20 seconds left to play until halftime.

Lobos would run out the rest of the first half and the LSU Tigers take a 17-0 lead to halftime.

3rd Quarter:

On the first play of the second half, Armoni Goodwin gets a catch, but twist his knee awkwardly and has to be carried off the field by trainers. John Emery Jr. gets into the ball game and excites the crowd leaping over a Lobo defender for a first down. The Tigers would pick up another first down on a 17 yard completion from Daniels to Mason Taylor. However, the Tigers would turn the football over on downs after Daniels misfires on two straight passes. New Mexico takes over from their own 38 yard line.

The Lobos offense could not take advantage of the defensive stop and would punt the football back to the Tigers. LSU takes over from their own 20 yard line after the touchback.

Daniels pitches the ball forward to Nabers and then throws a completion to Jenkins to pick up the first first down of the drive. Then, Daniels rolls outside the pocket and finds Nabers for a 16 yard gain to move the chains once again. The Lobos defense would get a big play by sacking Daniels in the backfield. For the third straight drive, the Tigers go for it on fourth down and would pick up the first down after a 16 yard run by Daniels. The following play, Garrett Nussmeier would check into the game and complete a pass to Jack Bech. There would be some miscommunication on the sidelines and Nussmeier would have to burn a timeout for the Tigers.

Nussmeier completes a screen to Nabers, who almost breaks it for the Tigers bringing it down to the seven yard line. Noah Cain gets his first carry of the ball game and brings the football to the one yard line. From there, Cain scores the touchdown from the one yard line and the Tigers extend their lead at 24-0 as Ramos’ extra point attempt is good. The Tigers have another long scoring drive marching 80 yards and taking nearly another six minutes on the clock.

Greg Brooks makes a big hit on Kendrick for a three yard sack forcing a third down and 11. Kendrick would then get sacked by Ali Gaye for a seven yard loss forcing a fourth down. It was the first sack of the season for Gaye, who is one of the Tigers’ defensive leaders.

Nussmeier continues to be the quarterback for the Tigers after Daniels hit his head on the turf during the fourth down pickup on the previous drive. Nussmeier hangs tough in the pocket and hits Lacy, who makes a couple of moves after the catch to pick up 16 yards. Noah Cain breaks through the line of scrimmage, runs through two defenders, and shoves off three more defenders in a very impressive run for the 49 yard touchdown. This was by far the longest run of his Tigers career as the Penn State transfer scores his fourth rushing touchdown of the season. Tigers continue to pad on their lead at 31-0 over the Lobos.

Kendrick recovers a fumble for the Lobos as the snap hits a player in motion. The Lobos offense backtracks to a third and 18 once again forcing a New Mexico punt. The third quarter would run out as the Tigers are in command with a 31-0 lead.

4th Quarter:

Nussmeier throws a deep ball and just overshoots Nabers on first down. Kyren Lacy comes across as Nussmeier hits him in stride for a nine yard completion. John Emery would then pick up the first down for the Tigers on a seven yard run on third and one. Brian Thomas takes a short completion from Nussmeier and takes it from there as he makes a couple of Lobo defenders miss and scores his second touchdown of the season from 57 yards out. The Tigers extend their lead at 38-0 after a four play, 73 yard drive. This was also Nussmeier’s first touchdown pass of the season.

Laterrance Welch comes in the game and makes a tackle on first down. It would continue to be tough sledding for the Lobos offense against the Tigers’ defense after only picking up two first downs the entire game. Gregory Clayton comes in the game as the Tigers’ punt returner. He is immediately tackled after fielding the punt.

Nussmeier continues to be in rhythm after completing six consecutive passes in a row. After Nussmeier completes four passes to Jenkins, Nabers, and Thomas, the Tigers were content with handing the football to Emery and Cain. The Tigers would suffer their first turnover of the football game when Emery fumbled the football caused by Bryce Santana. The fumble was recovered by CJ James and the Lobos would recover at their own 28 yard line ending an 11 play, 62 yard drive.

Kendrick would be sacked on third down by West Weeks and for the ninth time, the Lobos would punt. Gregory Clayton gets a nice return after stiff arming a Lobo defender with a 20 yard return.

The LSU Tigers would run out the rest of the clock and seals the shutout victory with a final score of 38-0.

Stats:

Offensive Cumulative Stats

STATNew MexicoLSU
NET TOTAL YARDS88633
NET RUSHING YARDS41219
Rushing Attempts2641
Average Per Rush1.65.3
Rushing TDs04
Yards Gained71233
Yards Lost3014
NET PASSING YARDS47414
Completion-Attempts5-733-39
Completion Percentage71%85%
Avg Per Completion9.412.5
YAC37225
Passing TDs01
Drops (%)0 (00%)1 (03%)
TOTAL 1ST DOWNS228
Rushing 1st Downs011
Passing 1st Downs216
Penalty 1st Downs01
TOTAL PLAYS3380
Avg Yds/Play2.77.9
Rushing-Passing26-741-39

Offense Efficiency Comparison

STATNew MexicoLSU
RED ZONE ATTEMPTS0-04-5
Red Zone Points024
RZ TDs Rush-Pass0-03-0
RZ FG Made-Att0-01-2
RZ Turns00
3rd Downs1-107-12
4th Downs0-02-3
Penalties2-145-60
Fumbles-Lost1-02-1
Pts Off Turns00
POSSESSION TIME22:5037:10

Special Teams Comparison

STATNew MeicoLSU
Punts-Avg9-43.20-0
Inside2030
Field Goals0-01-2
Kick Returns3-561-23
Punt Returns0-05-20

Defensive Comparison

STATNew MexicoLSU
TACKLES10249
Solo Tackles4215
Tackles for Loss58
TFL Yards-14-27
Pass Breakups11
QB Hurries00
Sacks44
Sacks Yards-12-20
Takeaways FR-INT1-00-0
Forced Fumbles20
Fumble Recoveries10
FR Yards00
Interceptions00
INT Yards00
TDs INT-FR0-00-0

LSU Passing

#PLAYERC-AYDSTDIC%RTG
5DANIELS,J24-292790083163.6
13NUSSMEIER,G9-101351090236.4
PASS TOTALS33-394141085

LSU Receiving

#PLAYERNOYDSTDLNGAVGTGTC%YACDR
8NABERS,M66501710.8967440
80BECH,J6430107.2786370
10JENKINS,J55701911.45100210
2LACY,K44101610.34100200
86TAYLOR,M4340178.54100100
11THOMAS JR.,B37615725.3475591
27WILLIAMS,J23102115.5367270
17HILTON JR.,C15105151110000
87TAYLOR,K11101111110040
22GOODWIN,A15055110030
10 RECEIVERS3341415712.539852251

LSU Rushing

#PLAYERATTYDSTDLNGAVG
21CAIN,N11942498.5
4EMERY JR.,J9450115
5DANIELS,J9370234.1
22GOODWIN,A824273
27WILLIAMS,J4190134.8
5 RUSHERS412194495.3

LSU Punting

PunterNOYDSAVGLNGI2050+

LSU Field Goals

KickerTimeDistResult
D.Ramos1st-02:2331GOOD
D.Ramos2nd-09:1238MISSED
TOTAL1-2LONG OF 31

LSU All Purpose Yards

PlayerTotRushRecKORPRIR-FRTDs
CAIN,N949400002
THOMAS JR.,B760760001
HILTON JR.,C7405123000

LSU Defense

#Player (Starter)TotTkSoloSackTFLIntBrUpQBHFF
40H.Perkins Jr. (LB)83000000
1S.Banks4100.50000
3G.Brooks Jr. (S)41110100
6M.Jones Jr. (LB)4000.50000
33W.Weeks41120000
2M.Garner (DB)31010000
11A.Gaye (DE)3111.50000
24J.Bernard-Converse (CB)33000000
99J.Roy (DL)3000.50000
12D.Davis Jr.20000000
23M.Baskerville22000000
35S.Jones (DE)21110000
92M.Wingo (DL)20000000
17Z.Carter10000000
25K.Fields10000000
27L.Welch11000000
32D.Tolan10000000
93Q.Wiggins10000000
TOTALS4915480100

LSU Punt Returns

ReturnerNOYDSAVGLNGTD
CLAYTON JR.,G22010200
BECH,J3000110
TOTAL52004200

LSU Kick Returns

ReturnerNOYDSAVGLNGTD
HILTON JR.,C12323230

LSU Team Stats By Quarter

1stRushPassCAITotYAvg3rdsPens
1st66-228-1067-8-01289.10-11-15
2nd713-4513-11811-13-01636.34-62-25
3rd811-9811-939-11-01918.70-20-0
4th711-547-976-7-01518.43-32-20
Total2841-21939-41433-39-06337.97-125-60

LSU Scoring Summary

QtrClockScoreTypePlayDriveScore
109:52TDRUSHA.Goodwin 5 yd rush
PAT kick by D.Ramos (GOOD)
8/57/2:497-0
102:23FGD.Ramos 31 yd Field Goal7/71/3:1110-0
200:23TDRUSHA.Goodwin 1 yd rush
PAT kick by D.Ramos (GOOD)
15/88/5:4417-0
305:27TDRUSHN.Cain 1 yd rush
PAT kick by D.Ramos (GOOD)
11/80/5:4424-0
301:45TDRUSHN.Cain 49 yd rush
PAT kick by D.Ramos (GOOD)
4/74/1:2631-0
413:14TDPASSB.Thomas Jr. 57 yd reception thrown by G.Nussmeier
PAT kick by D.Ramos (GOOD)
4/73/1:3338-0

New Mexico Passing

#PLAYERC-AYDSTDIC%RTG
5KENDRICK,M5-7470071127.8

New Mexico Receiving

#PLAYERNOYDSTDLNGAVGTGTC%YACDR
15WYSONG,L2004036790
28HULLABY,J138038381100250
8PORTER,G16066110000
25JONES,N13033110030
4 RECEIVERS5470389.4771370

New Mexico Rushing

#PLAYERATTYDSTDLNGAVG
25JONES,N8330104.1
22WASHINGTON,C213086.5
9WHITE,S39053
28HULLABY,J28044
8PORTER,G27053.5
15WYSONG,L3-101-0.3
5KENDRICK,M5-2100-4.2
7 RUSHERS26410101.6

New Mexico Punting

PunterNOYDSAVGLNGI2050+
RODRIGUEZ,A938943.25531

New Mexico Field Goals

KickerTimeDistResult
TOTAL0-0LONG OF 0

New Mexico All Purpose Yards

PlayerTotRushRecKORPRIR-FRTDs
WASHINGTON,C6913056000
HULLABY,J468380000
JONES,N363330000

New Mexico Defense

#Player (Starter)TotTkSoloSackTFLIntBrUpQBHFF
44R.Hannah (LB)114000000
24A.Haulcy (S)102000000
58C.Moon (LB)103000000
9J.Reed II (DB)95000000
18A.Morenco (LB)82000000
97J.Harris (DL)64220000
4A.Odums (CB)52000000
95J.Saltonstall (DL)51000000
42D.Hunter52110000
8D.Martin41000000
92O.Darame (DL)41000000
16B.Johnson43000000
36S.Riley43000000
51B.Santana43110101
45K.Drake3100.50000
6R.Wilson (DB)21000001
12A.Hunt20000000
21Z.Morris22000000
26T.Zimmerman11000000
52I.Shewell1000.50000
85T.Bruckler11000000
99J.Phillips10000000
TOTALS10242450102

New Mexico Punt Returns

ReturnerNOYDSAVGLNGTD

New Mexico Kick Returns

ReturnerNOYDSAVGLNGTD
WASHINGTON,C35619230