Louisiana 5A Top 10 Rankings - Week 7

Jalen Nixon

The top-ranked Carencro Bears went on the road and earned a hard-fought victory over Barbe Friday night. QB Jalen Nixon got it done for the Bears with his arm and feet, throwing for a touchdown and running for two more. As usual, senior RB Alex Johnson had a big night for the Bears, as well. Read further to find out what's happening around the state in 5A.

(last week's rank indicated in parentheses)

1. CARENCRO (1) -- (7-0) -- Last week, the Bears defeated then-No. 8 Barbe, 28-14. Jalen Nixon ran for two touchdowns and threw another to RB Alex Johnson. The state's second-leading rusher, Johnson added a late scoring jaunt for Carencro, which is ranked No. 48 in the nation. The Bears' defense slowed down a Barbe offense that scored 44 points the previous week vs. defending 5A state champion Acadiana. Head coach Brent Indest's club has surrendered only 29 points over the past four games. Seats will be at a premium this Friday when Carencro faces Acadiana. Three-star DL Jacoby Briscoe and DE/LB Adam Clark anchor the defensive front. OL Jordan Walker is 6-4/300. This week: at Acadiana (5-2)

2. ST. PAUL'S (3) -- (7-0) -- Last week, the Wolves defeated Slidell, 34-7. St. Paul's vaults ahead of Dutchtown after the Griffins struggled mightily without Landon Collins in the lineup (Collins was suspended for the first half of Dutchtown's game vs. East Ascension). Against Slidell, the St. Paul's defense forced five turnovers, according to Roger Glynn of the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune. FB Dylan Long (McNeese State offer) staked the Wolves to a 14-0 lead with back-to-back touchdown runs. Trent Domingue kicked a 36-yard field goal, Reed Wilson picked off two passes, and Kris Brumfield scored on two TD runs. St. Paul's hasn't allowed more than 16 points in a game. Players to Watch: S Jay Washington, RB Markell Powell, WR Marcus Gaines, DL Gustavo Garcia. This week: Ponchatoula (4-3)

3. DUTCHTOWN (2) -- (7-0) -- Last week, the Griffins defeated East Ascension, 35-25. Dutchtown bounced back from an 18-7 halftime deficit to prevail as five-star prospect Landon Collins scored four second-half touchdowns. Dutchtown's offense was severely hampered in the first half without the services of Collins, who was sidelined until the third quarter due to disciplinary reasons. Without Collins in the offensive backfield, the Griffins' only running threat is QB Mason Nickens (111 yards rushing vs. East Ascension). WR Shelby Christy is a favorite target of Nickens in the vertical passing game. Players to Watch: DL Darrien Batiste, DL David Elias, DB Jacolby Bureau, WR Torrance Mosley, LB Landon Joshua. This week: Woodlawn-BR (3-4)

4. BYRD (4) -- (6-0) -- Last week, the Yellow Jackets defeated Parkway, 52-21. Byrd, which fell behind 14-0, staged an impressive comeback to win going away. Parkway and Haughton were both unbeaten until running into Byrd over the past two weeks. The Yellow Jackets beat 2010 5A state runner-up West Monroe in the season opener. Against Parkway, QB Richard Carthon ran for four touchdowns and threw for another, according to Kelly Morris of the Shreveport Times. Free safety Nicholas Peoples had three interceptions. Byrd has won 11 of the past 12 contests vs. Parkway. This week: at Southwood (1-6)

5. JESUIT (5) -- (7-0) -- Last week, the Blue Jays defeated 4A Franklinton, 40-6. According to Doug Moreau of the Times-Picayune, Jesuit RB Paul Stanton scampered for 152 yards on only seven attempts. Stanton, who had a 90-yard TD run, has over 900 yards on the year. QB Cameron Dobbins connected with TE Jay Pyburn on a 13-yard scoring strike. LB Deion Jones, a three-star prospect, is committed to Nebraska. Ralph Freibert booted a 32-yard field goal. OL Todd Jacquet is committed to Tulane. This week: at No. 8 Brother Martin (6-1)

6. ARCHBISHOP RUMMEL (6) -- (6-0) -- Last week, the Raiders defeated West Jefferson, 42-34. Junior QB Damian Williams ran for 176 yards (and a TD) and threw for 152 yards and three scores (on 6-of-8 passing), according to Mike Strom of the Times-Picayune. Senior tailback J.J. Brown gained 145 yards. Peter Santos scooped up a West Jeff fumble that led to a Rummel TD. Players to Watch: OL Dominick Bilich (UL commit), OL Patrick Kliebert (6-8, 280), OL Dylan Manale, CB Jordan Frost. This week: Chalmette (5-2)

7. EAST ST. JOHN (9) -- (5-2) -- Last week, the Wildcats defeated Hahnville, 27-21. Four-star QB/DB Darion Monroe directs East St. John's offense. The Wildcats have captured four straight wins after dropping two of three at the beginning of the year. Don't be misled by East St. John's two losses, which were to arguably the top two teams in the state (Carencro and John Curtis Christian). Three-star DT Gerron Borne (picutred below) is committed to Arizona. Next week: at Destrehan (1-5)

8. BROTHER MARTIN (10) -- (6-1) -- Last week, the Crusaders defeated Chalmette, 38-12. Jabbar Singleton ran for 130 yards on 17 carries. Players to Watch: DB Joshua Moore, DE Julien Obioha (Texas A&M commit), OL Ryan Hoefeld. Brother Martin's only loss was to No. 10 Higgins. This week: No. 6 Jesuit (7-0)

9. WEST MONROE (NR) -- (5-2) -- Last week, the Rebels defeated then-No. 7 Ouachita Parish, 17-14. A 32-yard field goal by Zachary Alexander lifted head coach Don Shows' squad to the overtime victory, according to Cody Futrell of the (Monroe) News-Star. Michael Mims (QB) and Jacob Tyson (FB) ran for TDs. PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE James McFarland, DE Terrell Lathan, RB Bubba Reeves, LB Deano Casola, DB Cade Stone. This week: Ruston (4-3)

10. OUACHITA PARISH (7) -- (5-2) -- Last week, the Lions lost to West Monroe, 17-14. WR Taijuan Thomas (junior) has a Stanford offer. Players to Watch: OL Cameron Robinson, DT/RB Jarett Triplett, QB Quentin Wheeler. This week: at Natchitoches-Central (6-1)

10. HIGGINS (10) -- (5-1) -- Last week, the Hurricanes defeated Bonnabel, 20-14. Higgins held a 20-0 lead at one point. Players to Watch: QB Cedric Jackson, RB Darrel Williams. This week: at Hahnville (2-4)

DROPPED OUT: Barbe (4-3)

ON THE BUBBLE: Barbe (4-3), Acadiana (5-2), Scotlandville (6-1), West Jefferson (5-2), Mandeville (6-1), Covington (5-2)

OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Jalen Nixon, Carencro; Damian Williams, Rummel

DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Reed Wilson, St. Paul's; Nicholas Peoples, Byrd

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