Salmen DE is on fire

Salmen High School is 6-0 and all signs point to a late October showdown with district rival Franklinton in a game that could quite possibly be a precursor to a Class 4A state title rematch between the same two teams. DE T.J. Price is one of the stars for the Spartans and he has an offer from Louisiana Tech.

The Salmen Spartans are undefeated this season and ranked No. 1 in Louisiana's 4A classification, according to the LSWA polls. With the help of players such as defensive end T.J. Price, Salmen has decimated most of its competition, winning by scores such as 49-7, 50-7, 49-6, 44-0, and 55-7.

The only close call for the Spartans came last month on the road at always-formidable John Curtis Christian, a program that was formerly a fierce Class 4A rival of Salmen (Curtis is now in Class 2A).

In the Curtis game, Salmen enacted some revenge from a narrow 2009 loss, beating the Patriots by the score of 28-21 in Kenner's Muss Bertolino Stadium.

Price, a 6-foot-3, 215-pounder who also excels on the basketball court, made the biggest play of the game vs. Curtis, scooping up a fumble and dashing 82 yards for a touchdown that provided the Spartans with a 21-7 advantage midway though the third quarter.

"It's nice playing on a team where everybody is being recruited by colleges," said Price, who is joined on the roster by QB Daniel Sams (Kansas State commit), three-star DT Malcolm Pichon, CB Chrishawn Dupuy, and QB Matt Lipham. "We're basically just working on keeping our heads up and staying focued."

Last year, Salmen went 10-3 and reached the semifinals, only to lose for the second time to District 9-4A rival Franklinton. That second game, a 60-0 whitewash -- literally -- occurred in an extremely rare south Louisiana snowstorm.

"I'm excited about playing Franklinton again," Price said. "We've been thinking about that game since last year, and I'm amped up for it."

Price said that he doesn't keep up with his stats, but he's known as an elite pass rusher.

"I like to get to the quarterback," he said. "I'm quick and fast and my thing is coming off the edge. It's my favorite thing."

What's the recruiting news on Price and will he play two sports in college (he's routinely scored 30-plus points vs. the best basketball programs in the state)?

"I'm getting a lot of love from Louisiana Tech and they're on my list of favorites. My other offers are from South Alabama and SMU," he said.

"Some schools want me to play hoops - or they'll allow me to play both. That's a touch decision that I haven't made yet. It would be difficult to play two sports in college."

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