The stars shine

The LSU recruiting class gets stronger by the months, putting together one of the nation's elite classes yet again. How are the future Tigers faring under the lights on Friday? Here is a look at the past weekends events on some LSU commitments and some targets for 2009 and 2010.

LSU Commitments


Chris Garrett and Tupelo lost a heartbreaker to division 1-5A rival South Panola as the Tigers held on for a 14-13 win. The Golden Wave came within a point of stopping South Panola's 82-game win streak, which includes five state championships in a row.

Tupelo scored with one minute left in the game and the two-point conversion pass was in the receiver's hands but was jarred loose by a defender. Garrett was 18-of-29 for 170 yards and 2 TDs on the evening.

Note: Garrett spent a good part of the night in the emergency room. A South Panola player hit Chris directly in the head with his helmet at the middle section of the fourth quarter. He blacked out and lost vision in his right eye, but got up after a few seconds and asked for the play. Tupelo's head coach had no idea that it had happened, according to our source. Then, Tupelo scored with a little over a minute left, and instead of kicking the extra point to go into overtime, the coach decided to go for two. Chris had a CT scan, which was clear, and the doctors reported a slight concussion.




Russell Shepard and the Cy Ridge Rams rolled to an impressive 68-21 win over Cy Falls on Thursday night's televised game on ESPNU. Shepard, who accounted for four total scores, was a perfect 11-of-11 in the air for 175 yards and two touchdowns, from 28 and 63 yards out. He also ran 13 times for 121 yards and two scores, covering 37 and 26 yards.


On the year, Shepard has completed 64-of-119 through the air for 993 yards with 10 scores and three interceptions. He leads the Rams in rushing with 701 yards and nine scores on 115 rushes.




Leesville's Michael Ford rushed 35 times for 230 yards in a 27-25 win over Abbeville. It was the first time this season that the 4-star back did not rush for a touchdown.


Ford's season totals have now climbed to 1,620 yards and 16 touchdowns on 170 carries.




Kevin Minter and the Peachtree Ridge defense bottled up the Collins Hill running game in handing them their first loss of the season, 21-0.


Minter and the Lions, who won their fifth in a row and posted their second shutout in three weeks, held Collins Hill to 23 yards on 25 carries, forced two turnovers and registering 11 plays for negative yards.




Drayton Calhoun had another big night in leading Tucker (Ga.) to a 20-13 win over Chamblee. The speedster scored on a 60-yard pass play and took a 70-yard run to the house.


The week prior, Calhoun scored on all three of his carries as he rushed for 171 yards on the game.




Kenny Bell hauled in seven passes for 125 yards as Rayville defeated Green Oaks 49-28.


On the year, the 4-star wide out has 29 receptions for 585 yards and six touchdowns.




Willie Ferrell was credited with 9.5 tackles and a fumble recovery in FAMU High's 12-6 loss to Rickards.




Janzen Jackson helped No. 4 Barbe top the No. 1-ranked Acadiana Wreckin’ Rams in an instant classic that was not decided until the final minutes, where the Bucs pulled it out a 24-20 victory.


Jackson blocked the extra point attempt after the Rams first touchdown and later picked off his third pass on the season.




Derek Helton went into the weekend averaging 34.9 yards on 43 punts with his longest on the year going for 68 yards.




Josh Downs does not find many chances to score a touchdown. Yet, when the opportunity arose Friday night, Downs was all over it as he recovered a fumble in the end zone during Bastrop's 28-22 loss to Evangel.



LSU 2009 Targets


Bastrop fell to Evangel 28-22 to put an end to the Rams' 49-game win streak. Still, the Rueben Randle show was on display.


Randle completed 17-of-34 for 194 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Randle also added 147 yards on the ground on 16 carries, including one that he broke open for 67 yards before being tripped up at the 1-yard line.


On the season, Randle has accounted for 16 touchdowns. He is 71-for-138 through the air with 978 yards, throwing three interceptions and 10 touchdown passes. On the ground, Randle has run 60 times for 406 yards and six scores.




Escambia running back Trent Richardson had 224 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries en route to a 54-0 win over Panama City Bay.


***************** 5-star safety DeVonte Holloman picked off a pass and returned it for a touchdown in South Pointe's 42-0 win over Ridge View in Friday night's homecoming affair.




Harding Academy's standout two-sport star Marlon Brown was held in check Friday night, rushing for just 50 yards on six carries as the Lions dropped the contest 21-14 to undefeated First Assembly Christian. Brown was unable to record a catch on the night.



LSU 2010 Targets


Taylor Burch led Neville to a 41-8 win over Franklin Parish this weekend. Burch was 11-for-19 for 153 yards and a touchdown. He rushed twice for 10 yards.




Sterlington quarterback Logan Dopson led his team to a 25-6 victory over Ferriday Friday night. Dopson connected on 8-of-12 passes for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns.




Jarrett Fobbs led the way on both offense and defense as Huntington got past North Desoto. Fobbs punched in a two point conversion on the offensive side of the ball. Yet, the real excitement came when he intercepted a Curtis Carter pass with 1:14 left in the game, returning it 55 yards for the game-winning touchdown.




Baton Rouge-Capitol’s Terrance Broadway completed 24-of-35 passes and accounted for four touchdowns and 306 yards of total offense. He fired a pass to Bradley Brown for a 12-yard score and the other three came by way of the ground attack.


It was a losing affair, however, as Capitol went blank in the fourth quarter as Parkview Baptist came back for the win, 41-35.




Sam Carter led Sharpstown to a 50-30 win over Austin this weekend going 14-of-21 through the air for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Carter also rushed 15 times for 117 yards and two scores.


Carter is now 80-of-195 passing on the season for 916 yards with seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions. On the ground, Carter leads the team in rushing with 115 carries for 687 yards and seven scores.




Temple standout Lache Seastrunk carried the ball nine times for 94 yards and one touchdown Friday night. Seastrunk has seen the pressure to carry the load taken off of him in the last couple of games through the play of fullback (converted linebacker) Derrick Davis and wide receiver Tevin Reese. Reese had three touchdowns in the first half, while the 230-pound Davis has carried the ball 14 times for 191 yards and three touchdowns in two games.




Byrnes running back Marcus Lattimore carried the ball 7 times for 118 yards while pulling in one catch for 37 yards. The Rebels topped visiting Hillcrest, moving to 9-0 on the season.


2011 Prospects


Kenny Hilliard led Patterson (La.) to a big 63-21 win over Berwick. The talented back ran for 273 yards and scored four touchdowns on only 15 carries.




Jeremy Hill rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown on three totes in Baton Rouge-Redemptorist’s 38-0 victory over Baker. His scoring run closed out the scoring and was from 34 yards out.

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