Thursday Night Football: Bonnabel, Higgins square off tonight in search of first victory
A pair of fledgling programs looking to get on track collide at Hoss Memtsas Stadium tonight as Bonnabel faces Higgins in a District 8-5A opener for both teams tonight at 6:30 p.m.
The Bruins (0-3) have been shutout twice, losing to Lusher 19-0 and Country Day 35-0 before finally scoring in a 35-12 loss to West St. John as first-year coach Daryl Thomas looks to rebuild the program.
“We were able to score last week and saw some improvement overall,” Thomas said. “We did not capitalize on some opportunities that we had. We are a work in progress, trying to learn how to play a full game and taking advantage of opportunities when they are presented to us.”
Junior running back Ernest Williams and sophomore quarterback Torrrance Bardell have played solidly for the Bruins thus far.
“Ernest is our do-everything guy,” Thomas said. “He plays offense, defense and special teams and is our leading rusher. He is an awesome kid who wants to do it all and loves the game. We have to amp him down at times. He will just get better. Bardell is a sophomore that we can grow with over the next few years. He is a very good athlete who has great leadership ability. He is already like the captain of the team and he is a sophomore. I have compared him to Keytaon Thompson as a player and a leader. I saw Keytaon up close when I was at Walker. Torrance is taking us in the right direction.”
Higgins (0-3) forfeited to Holy Cross before falling 76-0 to McDonogh 35 with several players not playing and then fell to Belle Chasse 31-8 last week, committing three turnovers. Quarterback Jaleel Henry leads the attack both running and passing and Malik Mackyeon is a top running back. Carline Davis is a solid defensive back for the Hurricanes and head coach Kenny Bush.
“We finally able to get all of our guys back and had a good week of practice,” Bush said. “We have to jell as a team prior to district play. Edward Roe has done a fine job on both sides of the ball at defensive end and at wide receiver on offense. Ronnie Johnson has played receiver and defensive back as well and played quite well. Both are seniors and have done a fine job for us.”
Bush sees stopping Bardell as the key to victory.
“Bonnabel’s quarterback is pretty athletic and we have to contain him,” Bush said. “He is their best athlete. If we limit him, we can be victorious. That is the challenge for us. We know we have to play well and we know we have to grow as a team if we want to get into the win column. We are hoping that starts tonight.”
Thomas knows that this is one of a few chances his Bruins have to post a victory.
“We know this is an opportunity to win but Higgins is a well coached team,” Thomas said. “They are kind of like us, needing to grow and take opportunities when presented. Johnson is very good. Their quarterback runs it well. We need to slow them down. I expect a low scoring game. If we can avoid mistakes, we will have a shot at winning.”
Louisiana Prep Football Schedule for Thursday, Sept. 21
New Orleans Area
Bonnabel vs. Higgins, 6:30 p.m. at Hoss Memtsas Stadium
Lusher at White Castle, 7 p.m.
Around the state:
Ascension Episcopal at Delcambre, 7 p.m.
Lafayette Christian at Highland Baptist, 7 p.m.
Mansfield at Green Oaks, 7 p.m.
Oberlin at Merryville, 7 p.m.
Rayne at Erath, 7 p.m.
Sacred Heart (VP) at False River, 7 p.m.
Tioga at Bolton, 7 p.m.
University Academy at Holy Savior Menard, 7 p.m.
B.T. Washington at Woodlawn (BR), 7 p.m.
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