West Monroe has been the most dominant Class 5A program in Louisiana since the LHSAA expanded from…
Focus 2016: Jon Randall Belton
Jon Randall Belton is a name to remember on the Louisiana recruiting scene. A 6-foot-2, 185-pound dual-threat signal caller, Belton was dominant last year at Good Hope Middle School, which is one of West Monroe's three feeder programs. "That was my first season at quarterback," Belton said. "I played defensive end before last year. I've been getting used to throwing in pads with practice, and we had a scrimmage last week against Zachary. "I played with the freshmen and scored a few touchdowns. I had three touchdowns passing and rushed for two or three. Our offensive line did great blocking for me. The passing touchdowns probably averaged 55 yards apiece." Belton, who accounted for 21 combined TDs (passing/rushing) last fall, declined to name any favorite college programs. "I'm open for everybody," he said. "Playing for West Monroe is like playing at a college. The coaches push you hard. I hope to get some reps in games if we're leading by 25 or 30 points." The Rebels, coached by Don Shows, have won two of the last three Class 5A titles. West Monroe beat Carencro last year and Archbishop Rummel three years ago with a loss in the championship game to Acadiana sandwiched in between. West Monroe has a preseason jamboree tilt this week vs. 4A state champ Neville. The Rebels host Byrd on August 31 in the regular season opener. West Monroe seeks payback after getting stunned by Byrd in 2011.
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