Though he may not have the height of a top-flight quarterback recruit, Jake Booty of Calvary measures up in almost every other way.
Take Friday night in Springhill
, for example.
Booty, about 5-foot-10 and some change, pulled the Cavaliers from the brink of disaster against surprisingly spunky Springhill
last night. Staring down a 10-point deficit late in the second quarter, Booty turned this key district match into his own little highlight reel
After a starting off 1-for-5 with an interception, Booty completed 11 consecutive passes for 148 yards and four touchdowns to snatch back the lead and push Calvary's advantage to 40-24 early in the third quarter.
Booty also controlled the game with his feet, rushing for a team-leading 65 yards and a touchdown and deftly avoiding the Lumberjacks' furious pass rush. His 25-yard touchdown run - out of an empty backfield in the shotgun set - with 4:16 left in the first half started the avalanche of points.
Over 8:31 spanning the second and third quarters, Calvary scored 26 unanswered points and went from trailing 17-14 to leading by 16 points, essentially putting the game out of reach for the hit-or-miss passing attack of the ground-bound 'Jacks.
It really happened that quickly. And there was essentially nothing Springhill
could do about it - except get ready for the ensuing kickoff.
I'll leave my predictions for next week's game against Evangel
for some other time, but I will say Jake Booty is far and away the most efficient offensive player I've seen this year. And if some top colleges can't overlook his height, then they ought to review the film from last night's game at Springhill
They'd probably like what they see.
Other observations, looking at today's sports section of The Times
- I'll refer you to my blog from last week
when it comes to Ouachita's Montrell
" Conner. Against Huntington, Conner made like Earl Campbell and rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries in a 34-12 rout of the Raiders.
Now finally healthy after being nicked up all season, Conner looms as a huge force heading into the playoffs. In pretty much a handful of games, Choo
has cracked the 1,000-yard barrier with one more game to go in the regular season.
- Also, the Huntington Raiders are confirming what I believed about them from the very start: they're a bit overrated. Good team, but not as good as they'd have you believe.
- It's tough to believe, in one year, Minden
could go from undefeated district champs from getting rolled by 22 at Parkway and possibly missing the playoffs. I know losing quarterback T.Q. Mims
was huge but who could have known the Crimson Tide would be such a mess.
- Is Captain Shreve
really going to go with Travis Anderson as quarterback for the rest of the season? I'm all for putting the ball in the hands of your best athlete, but really, sophomore James Scroggins
has a lot of potential and essentially benching him can't do much for his confidence.
- Byrd's Brittain
White is a really, really tough-as-nails fullback. He's making it easy for the Yellow Jackets to forget about Justan
Gibson, who, oh by the way, just graduated a year ago.
- Better catch Green Oaks runner Lemarien
Parson, the area's leading rusher heading into last week, while you can. Next week will probably be the final game of his career.
- Good to see Ringgold
get off the snide; good to see Loyola recover from last week's heartbreaking loss to Springhill
; and good to see Homer did the same after falling just short of an upset of Evangel
- Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Last year's 5A state champ Acadiana
lost its second-straight last night, 37-7 to Sulphur. Wow. That is not a good way to go into the postseason.
- Finally, St. James knocked off John Curtis, Class 2A's top-ranked team and defending champ. With Calvary at No. 2, that means the other 11 voters in the LSWA
poll will probably join me in putting the Cavs
at No. 1 on their weekly ballot. Know what that means? Calvary and Evangel
could meet next week as the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in Class 2A. As if the game couldn't get any bigger.