Johnson has been a fixture in this column and he didn't disappoint last week, exploding for 219 yards and four touchdowns on only seven carries as the nationally-ranked Bears destroyed Sam Houston, 65-0. Johnson trails only Carlton Perkins when it comes to in-state season-leading rushers. Through five games, Johnson has 1,180 yards on 99 carries. That's a hefty average of just under 12 yards per attempt.
Walker has won two straight games and it's no coincidence that Perkins has run wild in both contests. Last Friday, the Wildcats handed West St. Mary its first loss of the year by a 21-19 margin. Perkins gained 357 yards on 40 carries and scored all three of his squad's touchdowns. The state's top ground-gainer, Perkins has 1,191 yards. In week four, the junior scored six touchdowns and a two-point conversion versus Riverdale.
Like Carlton Perkins, Jones is a junior standout who led his team to its second consecutive victory with a stellar individual outing. Jones -- who favors LSU and Texas A&M -- collected 20 tackles (15 unassisted) as Washington-Marion prevailed over Leesville in a 40-27 shootout. Jones has 69.5 stops on the year, an average of 14 per contest.
Quinn could not be covered, contained or guarded in his teams' narrow (38-35) setback vs. powerful St. Thomas More. The sophomore snatched 16 receptions for 335 yards and scored all five of the Buccaneers' touchdowns.
Dartez was a workhorse in the Bulldogs' 32-20 win over St. Louis Catholic, amassing 273 yards rushing on 26 carries with a couple of touchdowns. The senior ranks 12th statewide in rushing with 780 yards. He flashes good hands out of the backfield, as well, having caught two passes for 80 yards vs. Church Point.
The four-star junior could be the top-ranked player in Louisiana next year. Last week, he accounted for five touchdowns in Neville's 41-14 rout of 5A Airline. The Tigers are 5-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class 4A by Scout.com.
Continuing the discussion of dual-threat signal-callers, Chaisson had a hand in five touchdowns last week for St. Martinville, which topped Opelousas (43-27). The senior sprinted for 107 yards and a trio of scores and passed for 237 yards (with two TDs). St. Martinville, one year removed from a 2-8 mark, is 4-1 under first-year head coach Gary Adkins. The Tigers can shock the world tomorrow with an upset of Class 4A No. 1 Breaux Bridge.
Breaux Bridge came from behind to defeat Woodlawn-BR, 49-42, and the Tigers relied on a punishing ground game led by Louis (LSU commit). The senior rambled for 209 yards on 24 totes. He also helped pave the way for fellow RB Adrian Menard's 143 yards and two touchdowns. Louis and Menard took turns blocking for each other.
Dural, another LSU commit, caught three touchdown passes against Woodlawn, including the game-winning score in the final minute of the fourth quarter. Approximately 50% of Dural's receptions this fall have resulted in TDs. He also demonstrates a zest for blocking in Breaux Bridge's powerful running game.
A UL (Lafayette) commit, Landor threw for 271 yards and three TDs and ran for 108 yards and another score in the Rebels' 55-20 win over Crowley. Tomorrow night, Landor goes head-to-head with arguably the state's top junior QB: Brandon Bergeron (St. Thomas More).
Lofton gathered in seven receptions for 212 yards and four touchdowns in the Breaux Bridge/Woodlawn thriller. The senior also returned a kickoff 76 yards.
A senior running back, Julien (pictured below) scored five touchdowns (60, 8, 33, 19 and 45 yards) en route to a 170-yard effort vs. Hamilton Christian. Julien is third in the state with 942 yards rushing. His team has a huge district opener this week vs. Bayou Teche rival West St. Mary.