Crowley (La.) senior running back Davante' Bourque was in action Friday night vs. crosstown rival…
Big Week For Bourque
Last year, Crowley and Westlake exchanged punches for four quarters before Westlake ultimately prevailed in a 55-54 shootout. At halftime, Crowley looked down for the count -- trailing 41-20 to the Rams -- but the Gents and RB Davante' Bourque bounced back in the second half before falling just short. The game ended with Crowley in the red zone; near the the Westlake 15-yard line. Bourque had a superhuman night vs. the Rams, running for 360 yards and six touchdowns. "If we come out with intensity, everything will be okay" said Bourque, who ran for 127 yards in last Friday's 21-6 loss to crosstown private school Notre Dame. "We owe Westlake one from last year." Bourque has shown increased speed and power this fall and he put both on full display vs. Notre Dame, running over several defenders with an impressive burst. He attributes the improvement to summer workouts conducted under the watchful eye of father, Kirk Landry. "When I was in Mississippi over the summer (Bourque went through a rigorous summer school program in Jackson to boost his academics), my dad had me running 40s, 60s, 80s and a lot of drills," he recalled. "Every other day, we were out there running. I wanted to continue working to become a better player." Crowley and Notre Dame have a good-natured, albeit intense rivalry, and Bourque wanted to make a statement with punishing runs when he got the chance. "During the week of the game, Notre Dame players were sending messages to my inbox on Facebook, telling me they were going to do this or do that to me," he laughed. "I tried to keep our momentum high (against Notre Dame) but it got ugly (on the scoreboard)." What does Bourque have to say about this week's LSU vs. Alabama game? "It's going to be crazy. Both teams seem equally-matched," he said. "I can't say what will happen, but I don't think it will be a particularly high-scoring game." Crowley is currently projected to be on the road in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs, which begin in two weeks. Last year, the Gents reached the second round before succumbing to Carroll.
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