Two traditional northeast Louisiana powers will punch it out this Friday when Ouachita Parish (5-1)…
Triplett, Ouachita Take Down Evangel
Evangel Christian ran into a brick wall last night at Ouachita, as the Lions and senior nose guard Jarett Triplett crippled the Eagles' offense. Evangel only managed 154 yards total offense and 42 on the ground. "Evangel's the biggest o-line we faced all year," said Triplett. "I'm banged up but not injured. It was a real physical game. They're big and they were double and triple teaming me, regardless of whether we were in a three or four man front." Triplett (5-8, 205, 4.48) -- who actually projects as a running back, linebacker or even strong safety on the next level -- had a few memorable collisions with super-sized Evangel junior offensive tackle Josh Thomas (6-7, 335). "I think I made his highlight film," chuckled Triplett after the game. "He got me on a couple of plays - especially one. Our defensive line was able to keep our linebackers roaming free, though. I had three tackles last night and I have 20 for the year. I have a couple of sacks and I ran the ball once for a 16-yard touchdown earlier this season." Triplett isn't hearing from any college programs at the moment, but there's no doubt about his athletic ability. The senior posted a 40-inch vertical at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Combine earlier this year, and he also placed fifth in the shot put at the Class 5A state track meet. He qualified for the regional track meet in four events: the shot, long jump, high jump and 100 meters. Next Friday, Triplett and the Lions (3-1) are up against Ruston and Louisiana Tech commits Cyril Noland and Kentrell Brice. The following week brings another huge district rivalry game versus West Monroe. "It always rains when we play Ruston and they're at their best," said Triplett. "We'll be in for a dogfight." In 2010, Ouachita nipped Ruston (28-26) and lost to West Monroe, 45-13. This year, Ouachita is expected to be much more competitive against a West Monroe squad that is deep on defense but still struggling to find its identity on offense after graduating QB Paul Turner (LSU) and RB Tyler Cain (ULM).
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