This week’s featured game is a second-round Class 3A matchup in the 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Non-Select Prep Classic: #9 Madison Prep Chargers (6-2) vs #8 Donaldsonville Tigers (5-2) – Friday, December 4th at 7:00 pm CT.
What a Difference a Game Makes
It’s been an interesting season for the #8 seed Donaldsonville Tigers. After two wins to open the season, the Tigers lost two straight games to New Iberia (27-18) and E.D White (18-14). The following week they faced the defending LHSAA 3A state champion St. James and turned their season around with a convincing 50-28 upset victory. The Tigers won again the following week over Patterson 54-24 but missed their final two games of the season due to COVID-19.
They didn’t miss a beat in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs with a lopsided 46-0 victory over the Loranger Wolves. The Tigers offense gashed the Wolves for 422 total yards, with 365 of those yards on the ground. The defense held the Wolves to 36 total yards and two first downs.
Donaldsonville running back Rae’land Johnson led the offense with 240 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. Johnson has over 1000 rushing yards in only seven games this season. Tigers quarterback Treveyon Brown went 4-4 passing for 57 yards and 1 touchdown. He added 48 rushing yards including one touchdown.
2020 FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
CLASS 3A SECOND ROUND
(9) MADISON PREP pic.twitter.com/dEIKTfd216
— LA Class 3A Sports (@LAClass3A) November 29, 2020
Chargers Looking to Get Back to Quarterfinal Round
Baton Rouge’s Madison Prep Academy (6-2) enters the game as the #9 seed. The Chargers made it to the quarterfinal round of 2019 LHSAA Class 3A playoffs and hope to advance further this season after an impressive opening-round 46-8 victory over Bogalusa.
With the game scoreless in the first quarter, the Chargers defense stepped up big when linebacker Andre Haynes sacked the Bogalusa quarterback causing a fumble. Defensive tackle Ronald Harris scooped up the ball and rumbled 65 yards for a touchdown
After another turnover by the Lumberjacks, Madison Prep junior quarterback Zeon Chriss took the snap and ran for a 33-yard touchdown. Harris led the team with 15 carries for 117 yards, 4 touchdowns, and nearly eight yards per carry.
The Chargers ground attack dominated with over 300 yards. Brian Chatman rushed for 41 yards/2 TDs and David Jones adding 82 yards rushing. The defense stifled the Lumberjacks throughout the game with standout play from DL Ronald Harris (return fumble for TD), LB Andre Haynes (forced fumble, sack, fumble recovery), and LB Ahmaad Lewis (fumble recovery).
This Madison Prep team is full of talented athletes and speed, but as last year’s 3A state champion found out, never underestimate Donaldsonville. This should be an interesting matchup Friday night between two teams ready to continue their playoff journey.
Players to Watch – Donaldsonville
Senior running back – #3 Rae’land Johnson (5’7″/175 lbs)
Donaldsonville will need another big game from their workhorse running back. So far this season Johnson has delivered the goods with 1086 yards rushing, 11 touchdowns, and nearly 10 yards per carry. In his last two games, Johnson has 570 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns – 240 rushing yards/3 TDs vs Loranger and 330 yds/3 TDs vs Patterson.
— Raeland Johnson (@RaelandJ) November 17, 2020
Soph. running back/middle linebacker – #2 Robert Kent (6’1″/200 lbs)
Kent is another valuable player for the Tigers and contributes on offense, defense and special teams. Head coach Brian Richardson describes Kent as “Electric” on offense and “the anchor” on defense. He has 27 Carries, 340 yards (12.5 Avg) and 5 touchdowns rushing the ball. Kent has also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.
2023 RB Robert Kent Donaldsonville – a little bottle of lightning at RB, also plays special teams as well as on the defensive side of the ball (ATH). Very Bright Future and tremendous upsides for this young man. https://t.co/e3YHO048Wo
— Recruit Louisiana 😷 (@RecruitLouisian) October 31, 2020
Players to Watch – Madison Prep Academy
Junior 3-star quarterback – #19 Zeon Chriss (6’2”/195 lbs)
In order for Donaldsonville to win this game, they will need to contain Madison Prep’s talented dual-threat QB, Zeon Chriss. He leads the potent Madison Prep offense with 1,033 yards passing/16 TDs and 441 yards rushing/11 TDs. Last year, Chriss threw for nearly 3000 yards. The junior play caller currently holds offers from Memphis and William and Mary.
2022 QB Zeon Chriss (@zeonchriss) discusses his 5-TD performance in Madison Prep's 38-20 win Thursday, the Chargers' new-found focus as the playoffs approach, and his recruiting process with #Louisville, #Memphis, #Houston, #Baylor & #Yale among others.https://t.co/Tdd0Kwvqx4
— Jerit Roser (@JeritRoser) November 20, 2020
Senior 3-star corner back/wide receiver – #7 Tyrell Raby (6’1” 175 lbs)
Even though he’s considered one of the top defensive backs in Louisiana, Tyrell Raby is a valuable player for the Chargers on both sides of the ball. On defense, Raby has contributed 10 tackles, 3 interceptions and 1 tackle for loss. As a wide receiver, Raby has 15 receptions for 251 yards and 6 touchdowns. Raby currently holds over 20 offers including Memphis, Arizona, Houston, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan State, Purdue and Virginia Tech.
COMMITTED 📍 #901 🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/SNR5F7la1l
— Tyrell Raby (@ykrell_) June 15, 2020
Junior 3-star defensive end – #2 Quency Wiggins (6’6″/250 lbs)
This is Quency Wiggins’ first season playing football, but he wasted no time making a big impact for the Chargers. In only 7 games this season, Wiggins has 32 tackles, 6 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles and 1 defensive touchdown. The junior already has offers from Arkansas, Indiana, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tulane and Tennessee.
🔥2022 #1 SDE in Louisiana, 6’7 265” — 4.7:40 — 7’1 Wingspan ⭐️ Quency Wiggins (@Quencywiggins) Out of Madison Prep, No stopping this powerhouse coming off the end, quick, aggressive with a appetite for destruction. Huge at the Next Level. @xixnyne @Brodie07Perry #CFBScouts pic.twitter.com/InNwyO9euj
— CFBScouts (@CFBScouts) December 1, 2020
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