If you count two preseason contests (versus Bastrop and Cecilia), Carencro has outscored its four opponents by a whopping 142-21 margin, including a 52-14 win over Northside Thursday night, and Scout.com spoke with Northside standout safety Orlando Calhoun to get his take on the Bears.
"I have to give them their respect," said Calhoun, who recorded a sack and seven tackles in the loss. "(Senior RB) Alex Johnson (pictured below) is an animal. He's going to make all-state on that game alone. He's a man on the field. I'm not accustomed to teams running it up the middle on us, due to the defense we had last year. I never thought anyone would be able to run it up the middle on Northside, but they did.
"Even on plays designed to go outside, Johnson would cut it up inside and look for contact. At the same time, he's also an east/west runner, because he put a couple of moves on our guys in the open field. He's listed at 5-10, but he looks more like 6-foot-1 or 6-foot-2. He's pretty quick; I'd say he probably runs a 4.5. He's like an ironman."
Johnson has now rushed for 474 yards and six touchdowns in two contests. He added 198 return yards and caught a 14-yard pass vs. Northside.
Carencro has a nucleus of senior leaders that includes QB Jalen Nixon, OL Jordan Walker, three-star DT Jacoby Briscoe, WR Shawn Thomas and DE Adam Clark.
"Nixon is vocal and leads the team in drills," said Calhoun. "He's a nice running back - playing quarterback. He's a big (6-2, 225), downhill runner. "I like Carencro's defense; Briscoe seems to be the team leader. In the pregame, their team comes out very hyped and with so much juice - but they back it up."
Calhoun knows about talent. As a sophomore, he collected 78 tackles, five sacks and broke up five passes for a team that reached the 4A quarterfinals. He's also one of the top three wrestlers in the state's 189-pound weight class.
During the past two seasons, Calhoun has gone head-to-head with Micah Eugene (LSU), Bakari Hollier (Memphis), Kevin Fouquier (UL-Lafayette commit), Travin Dural (LSU commit), Kavahra Holmes (LSU commit), Montrel Carter (UL-Lafayette), Derek Edinburgh (LSU commit), Jarrell Bennett (Arizona commit) and Tollette George (Alcorn State).