Louisiana 5A Top 10 Rankings - Week 6

Alec Osborne

Dutchtown downed a solid St. Amant team with no problem last Friday to improve its record to 6-0. Did TE Alec Osborne and the Griffins move up in our Class 5A rankings? Multiple new teams are making their debut in our Top 10, which, of course, means that other clubs had to exit. Read further to get the details.

(last week's rank indicated in parentheses)

1. CARENCRO (1) -- (6-0) -- Last week, the Bears defeated Comeaux, 55-8. Senior QB Jalen Nixon (6-2, 225) ran for 123 yards on three carries. Alex Johnson, who ranks No. 2 in the state in rushing with 1,374 yards, went for 192 with four touchdowns. Johnson and Nixon scored the first two touchdowns of the game on runs of 5 and 79 yards, respectively. DE/LB Adam Clark was impressive for Carencro's defense, which intercepted two passes. The Bears are holding steady at No. 48 in the nation. Three-star DT Jacoby Briscoe (6-4, 290) ranks No. 67 nationwide at his position. Junior WB Jaylan Rose scampered for five touchdowns in a week three 69-48 shootout vs. Calvary Baptist. The Bears have scored at least 35 points in each game. In the season-opener, Carencro held East St. John and four-star Texas A&M commit Darion Monroe to seven points. This week: at surging Barbe (4-2)

2. DUTCHTOWN (3) -- (6-0) -- Last week, the Griffins defeated St. Amant, 48-14. Five-star prospect Landon Collins -- the nation's #2-ranked safety -- opened the scoring with a 31-yard run in the first quarter. Collins (6-0, 205) racked up 156 yards on 12 rushes, according to William Weathers of the (Baton Rouge) Advocate. Torrance Mosley ran for a TD and caught another from junior QB Mason Nickens. Dutchtown hasn't missed a beat on offense in 2011, despite having to replace RB Effrem Reed (UL Ragin' Cajuns) and QB Leon Blouin (Tulane). Nickens crashed into the end zone from 1-yard out in the second quarter, and Antoine Magras tallied 94 yards and a pair of scores. DL David Elias is a top junior prospect. DL Darrien Batiste is committed to the Ragin' Cajuns. WR Shelby Christy (6-4, 195, Jr.) keeps defenses honest due to his deep threat capability. The Griffins have scored a minimum of 43 points in three games and haven't been held to less than 28. Head coach Benny Saia's squad is responsible for 4A power Lutcher's only loss. This week: East Ascension (4-2)

3. ST. PAUL'S (2) -- (6-0) -- Last week, the Wolves defeated 4A Salmen, 17-0. St. Paul's shut out its opponent in a regionally-televised game last Thursday. Salmen lost to 2A Riverside Academy in week two. Thus, St. Paul's was expected to dominate the Spartans and the Wolves' defense did hold the visitors scoreless. However, that wouldn't have been the case, if not for junior safety Jay Washington making a handful of difficult solo stops in the open-field. St. Paul's is definitely a contender for the state title, and that's why the Wolves only dropped one spot. Right now, Dutchtown simply appears to be playing a better brand of football. Trent Domingue, St. Paul's senior kicker/punter, connected on a 41-yard field goal vs. Salmen. Senior RB Markell Powell looks the part from a physical standpoint, and he jumped high into the air to wrestle a catch from a DB for a nice chunk of yardage. Powell caught two passes for 80 yards. Frankly, St. Paul's might be even better next year, as their roster is full of juniors with great potential (DL Gustavo Garcia, OL Christian Voelkel, TE Ryan Malone). Senior fullback Dylan Long ran for two touchdowns. He has a McNeese State offer. This week: Slidell (2-4)

4. BYRD (5) -- (5-0) -- Last week, the Yellow Jackets defeated then-No. 9 Haughton, 48-7. Byrd broke loose for 349 yards of total offense, according to Kelly Morris of the (Shreveport) Times. QB Richard Carthon's 55-yard keeper gave the Yellow Jackets a 21-7 lead. Junior RB Tony Griffin crossed the goal-line three times, and Chris Wilson returned a blocked punt for six points. This week: at Parkway (6-0)

5. JESUIT (6) -- (6-0) -- Last week, the Blue Jays defeated Chalmette, 28-0. The Jesuit defense, led by three-star LB and Nebraska commit Deion Jones, held the Owls to 125 yards total offense, according to Roger Glynn of nola.com (Times-Picayune). It was Chalmette's first loss of the year. Paul Stanton has been a huge plus at RB for the Blue Jays; he had 114 yards Saturday night. Cam Dobbins reached the end zone on a short run. Jesuit is allowing only eight points per game. The Jays have blanked three opponents. This week: 4A Franklinton (3-3)

6. ARCHBISHOP RUMMEL (8) -- (5-0) -- Last week, the Raiders defeated Thibodaux, 42-0. J.J. Brown burst for 121 yards and three touchdowns, according to Teddy Renois of bayoupreps.com. Senior CB Jordan Frost, a transfer from John Curtis Christian, scored his first offensive touchdown of the season (on a 14-yard run). Offensive tackle Patrick Kliebert, a junior, is 6-foot-8 and 280 pounds. One year after missing the playoffs, Rummel is rolling along. The Raiders have posted at least 30 points on the scoreboard in each game, including 41 vs. both St. Augustine and Denham Springs. This week: at West Jefferson (5-1)

7. OUACHITA PARISH (NR*) -- (5-1) -- Last week, the Lions defeated Ruston, 42-0. Head coach John Carr's club has only lost to Class 4A No. 2 Neville. RB Demarkus Sledge sliced his way through Ruston's defense for 160 yards, according to Reina Kempt of the (Monroe) News-Star. QB Quentin Wheeler and DT Jarett Triplett are senior stars. This week: West Monroe (4-2)

8. BARBE (NR) -- (4-2) -- Last week, the Buccaneers defeated then-No. 4 Acadiana, 44-21. Sophomore WR Trey Quinn caught a 51-yard TD pass and ran for a 12-yard score. QB Keenon Fontenot threw for 391 yards and four touchdowns. TE Desean Smith (LSU offer) hauled in a 54-yard pass from Fontenot. Senior defender Stephen Benjamin did terrific work containing Acadiana's explosive veer offense. In week five, Barbe almost upset undefeated Class 4A St. Thomas More. In that contest, Quinn put on a spectacular show, catching 16 passes for 335 yards and scoring all five of the Bucs' touchdowns. Barbe's two losses were to Evangel Christian and St. Thomas More. This week: No. 1 Carencro (6-0)

9. EAST ST. JOHN (NR) -- (4-2) -- Last week, the Wildcats defeated John Ehret, 43-15. Four-star Darion Monroe accounted for six touchdowns. He's projected as a corner for Texas A&M, where the senior is committed, but Monroe also plays QB for the Wildcats. Three-star DT Gerron Borne is an Arizona commit. East St. John has won three straight. The Wildcats' only two setbacks were to arguably the best two teams in the state: Carencro and John Curtis. This week: Hahnville (2-3)

10. L.W. HIGGINS (NR) -- (4-1) -- Last week, the Hurricanes defeated Destrehan, 26-20. This West Bank (Marrero) school continues to get my vote for most underrated Louisiana program of the past decade. QB Cedric Jackson broke a tie in overtime with an 11-yard sprint vs. Destrehan. RB Darrel Williams ran for two TDs, according to Michael Harris of nola.com. This week: at Bonnabel (4-1)

10. BROTHER MARTIN (NR) -- (5-1) -- Last week, the Crusaders defeated then-No. 7 West Jefferson, 34-22. Brother Martin's only loss was to fellow 10th-ranked Higgins. DE Julien Obioha (pictured below) is committed to Texas A&M. Offensive lineman Ryan Hoefeld is among the state's most coveted junior prospects. This week: at Chalmette (5-1)

ON THE BUBBLE: West Monroe (4-2), Parkway (6-0), Fontainebleau (6-0), Zachary (5-1), West Jefferson (5-1)

DROPPED OUT: Acadiana (4-2), West Jefferson (5-1), Haughton (5-1), Scotlandville (5-1)

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Darion Monroe, East St. John


"NR" = Not Ranked

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