Wilson, Pearson Shine in Jam at the Joe

Farmerville's Carl Pearson and Calvary's Brandon Wilson stole the spotlight at Saturday's Jam at the Joe on the campus of Louisiana Tech University. Minden's Hunter Leppert and Ruston's Jaren Johnson had big games as well.

Carl Pearson looks like a Division One wide receiver, he runs like a Division One receiver, and on Saturday he certainly played the part against the Minden Crimson Tide.

Farmerville looked like they would run away from Minden. After scoring on their first two possessions, the Farmers recovered a Minden fumble in the first half. Two plays later, the Farmerville quarterback found Pearson streaking down the middle of the field for a touchdown. Farmerville raced out to a 26-6 lead.

Hunter Leppert led Minden back in the second half. The Tide scored two touchdowns to pull within six points, but that would be as close as they could get before falling 40-26.

Minden junior receiver Jared Johnson was a big target for Leppert. The 6'5" basketball player caught two of Leppert's four touchdown passes. Leppert had good vision and pocket awareness. When he felt pressure, he was able to buy time and find the open man.

In the night game, Calvary ran past Ruston 38-19 behind a strong performance by junior running back Brandon Wilson. Wilson gave the Bearcats fits in the first half and just as Ruston tried to get back in the game, he took a kickoff 90 yards to the house to give Calvary another commanding lead going in to halftime.

Jaren Johnson (two touchdowns) had a few big runs of his own for Ruston, but the Bearcat defense had no answer for Wilson. Nik McCarty led the Calvary attack from his quarterback position. The junior signal caller looked much improved from a year ago, when this same Calvary team played Caldwell in the first Jam at the Joe.

Speaking of improved, Calvary looks to be a title contender in Class 2A. The talented team led by a host of junior playmakers are set up to be a force under Head Coach Bo Meeks for at least the next two years.

All photos courtesy of Tom Morris. (tommorrisphotos.com)

Carl Pearson
Carl Pearson (tommorrisphotos.com)

Carl Pearson
Carl Pearson (tommorrisphotos.com)

Hunter Leppert
Hunter Leppert (tommorrisphotos.com)

Hunter Leppert
Hunter Leppert (tommorrisphotos.com)


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