After a strong showing in a scrimmage against Iowa last week, the Sam Houston Broncos are looking to put the finishing touches on their offense this week in preparation for its season opener next week.
“We felt like we had a good showing last week,” Sam Houston head coach Chad Paulk said. “We are healthy, that is one of the keys. If we can stay healthy and have a nice clean game on the field as well as on the sidelines then that is what you are looking for in a jamboree.”
Sam Houston will face DeRidder at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the SPOT Therapy/Billy Navarre Jamboree at Sulphur High School’s Matt Walker Memorial Stadium.
Quarterback Kyle Bartley and wide receivers Tavyen Grice, Luke Yuhasz and Elijah Mouton all excelled in last week’s scrimmage.
“I thought that Kyle Bartley played his best game as a Sam Houston Bronco,” Paulk said. “I know it is just a scrimmage, but he took a lot of snaps, showed a lot of poise and really showed that he is truly the leader of the offense.
“Luke Yuhasz had a great showing, he scored three or four touchdowns in the scrimmage. He caught a lot of balls and only missed two. We knew what he (Grice) was all about coming in, but he is different this year because he has a year under his belt. Elijah Mouton did some good things at receiver.”
DeRidder’s defense, which has five returning all-district players, including defensive lineman Derron Griffen and linebacker Josiah Henry, will be a good test for the Broncos’ run game.
“We would definitely like to establish some sort of run game,” Paulk said. “We are always going to talk offense first because I am an offensive coach, but we want to be able to establish some sort of run game and we want to be able to play fast.
“I felt like the tailback was tough and ran the ball well between the tackles (against Iowa) and I felt our offensive line help up pretty well. It is one thing having the knowledge of what to do, but it is another thing having the ability to do it. I think our front realizes they do have the ability to do it.”
The jamboree will open at 5 p.m. Thursday when Grand Lake takes on Vinton.
The Hornets have a new coach in former Sulphur head coach Jeff Wainwright. Grand Lake test its triple-option attack led by former South Cameron quarterback Brayden Richard against the Lions’ seasoned defense led by defensive lineman Adam Beard and linebacker Austin Benoit.
The Lions are expected to be solid on the offensive side as well with the return of 1,000-yard passer Drew Heinen, 1,000-yard rusher Jordan Janice and wide receiver Jaden Carrier, who accounted for 12 touchdowns last year.
Barbe and Lake Charles College Prep will close out the first day of the SPOT Therapy/Billy Navarre Jamboree at 8 p.m.
Lake Charles College Prep went 11-2 last year and reached the Class 3A quarterfinals. The Trailblazers return several offensive weapons including quarterback Dillon Simon (134-226-5, 2,006 yards, 21 TDs), running back Orenthal Lewis (78 car., 944 yards, 15 TDs) and wide receiver Glynn Johnson (33 rec., 719 yards, 11 TDs).
Barbe went 8-3 last year, but returns four starters on offense and six on defense, including three all-district players in linebacker Trenton Bono, defensive lineman Hayden Singleton and offensive lineman Hunter Brown.
On Friday, Westlake will face East Beauregard at 5 p.m., LaGrange and St. Louis will face off at 6:30 p.m. and Sulphur and Washington-Marion will close out the jamboree at 8 p.m.