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Saturday, September 15, 2007

A Week 3 Rundown

My thoughts after the third week of high school games in northwest Louisiana:

- Something is awry in Minden. The Crimson Tide got rolled in their rematch with Neville, 36-0, and might have lost star quarterback T.Q. Mims for the season with a shoulder injury. That loss assures that Minden will drop out of the Class 4A Top 10, and from the look of things, the Crimson Tide could be in for a long season.

- It's early, way early, but Calvary and Evangel could be headed for an undefeated showdown in the regular-season finale. Both teams again knocked off tough opponents Friday, with Calvary beating Rayville and Evangel getting the best of Texas High in Texarkana.

- The teams in DeSoto Parish - Logansport, Mansfield and North DeSoto - don't appear to be very good. Even Mansfield quarterback Lacedrick Lane - the area's passing leader in 2006 - is off to a rough start.

-I owe Captain Shreve something of an apology. After predicting a loss to Ruston in our PrepsBeat Pregame video show, the Gators went out and knocked off the state's sixth-ranked team in Class 5A. Kudos to the Ken Ivys. That's another reason why I rarely step foot in the casinos.

- I had a great time in Homer last night, even though the Pelicans easily handled Haynesville in the 100th year of their "Claiborne Parish Super Bowl." The crowd was great, the kids played hard and Homer's players and coaches were particularly gracious in victory.

I must mention, however, that Haynesville running backs Dextrell French and Richard Jones were a sight to behold. Those kids ran hard; they seemed intent on dishing out the most punishment possible.

- One last thing: If you've got ESPNU and you don't want to pay to watch LSU annihilate Middle Tennessee State, make sure to check out the game between Southlake (Texas) Carroll and Miami (Fla.) Northwestern. It's a rare matchup between the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 ranked high school teams. Should be a good one.


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