Galloping Gent

6-foot-2 Crowley RB Davante' Bourque has a long stride that can aptly be described as a gallop. The junior has put together three straight games with 100-plus rushing yards for the 3A Gents, which sit at 2-1 entering tonight's game with Peabody Magnet of Alexandria.

"We're ready for Peabody," said running back Davante' Bourque. "They have a big defense and they love to blitz, so we might use some screens and try to isolate our receivers on their corners - since they like to play man-to-man.

"One of their corners is only 5-foot-5, so we're going to try to get our wide receiver, Tonori Boutte (10.53 in the 100 meters), matched up against him."

The Gents experienced a bit of adversity at the season's outset, but that hasn't stopped Bourque, Boutte, and the rest of the Crowley squad.

Crowley led undefeated Class 4A Jennings for much of the season-opener, but the larger school rallied in the second half for the win.

In addition to beginning the season with a loss, Crowley also lost its starting QB, D'Myrus Daniels, to an injury.

Fortunately, the Gents have been able to fall back on Bourque, who has rushed for nearly 460 yards this season.

"Losing our quarterback hurt in a way," explained Bourque, "but not too bad, because our backup is experienced.

"It hurt us more on defense than anything, because our backup QB was our team leader in tackles until he had to move to offense."

What does Bourque have to say about his own performance thus far in 2010?

"Many of our TDs (he has six rushing touchdowns) have come off whams and other inside plays between the tackles. On some plays, I've hit the hole in the center and then cutback when I saw another wide-open hole (beyond the line of scrimmage)."

Last week, Bourque dashed for 200 yards on only 16 carries with three TDs vs. Bolton. He also has four receptions on the season for 100 yards with another score.

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