Week 2 of the YurView Louisiana Game of the Week takes us to Acadiana as the Lafayette Christian Academy Knights host the Woodlawn Panthers. The head coaches of the respective teams are former teammates at LSU.
Faulk was a standout linebacker for the Tigers from 1999 to 2001, earning Second Team All-American honors in 2001.
Randall arrived on LSU’s campus in 2001 after a stellar high school career at Glen Oaks in Baton Rouge. The two won an SEC title in 2001 and Randall became the Tigers starting quarterback in 2002 and is famous for throwing the Blue Grass Miracle to Devery Henderson against Kentucky that season.
Randall is now in his fourth season as the head coach of Woodlawn. He’s been able to develop a future LSU quarterback, as Rickie Collins announced his commitment to the Tigers prior to his senior season.
Coach Marcus Randall was able to take away some positives on defense from a tough night overall to open the season.
“We’ve got to get back to the drawing board as we move on to another state championship caliber team next week.” pic.twitter.com/yVGfkU9105
— Woodlawn Football (@WHSFootballTeam) September 2, 2022
Collins completed 65% of his passes for 1,930 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior. He’s got a strong arm, with 4.5 speed and is ranked as the 13th best player in Louisiana by on3.com.
Collins has two talented receivers in Tramon Douglas and Clayton Adams, a two-time all-district selection.
In the backfield, its speedy running back Jay’veon Haynes who is committed to the University of Louisiana.
The offensive line is led by four-year starter, center Roy Brackins III who is committed to Louisiana Tech.
On defense, Woodlawn has a four-star recruit in the defensive secondary. Jordan Matthews is committed to the University of Tennessee, and he features 4.45 speed and is a student of the game.
100% COMMITED!! pic.twitter.com/qgK9LNtH0f
— Jordan Matthews (@JMatthews_07) August 15, 2022
Linebacker Chris Cooper Junior is coming off a ten-tackle performance against University High last week and senior defensive linemen Devyn Jones and Mark fielder provide strength up front.
Woodlawn was shutout last week in its season opener as they fell to reigning Division II champion University High 25-0.
The Panthers face another championship contender in Lafayette Christian, who has won four of the last five Division III titles. This year LCA has moved up to Division II and they have the talent to make another run at a state title.
The Knights also have an excellent quarterback in junior JuJuan Johnson, who threw for 319 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-21 win over Class 5A powerhouse Acadiana last Friday.
Johnson has a plethora of pass catchers led by Alonzo Ryes and the speedy Alex Beard, who averaged 25 yards a catch last season.
The Knights also have a bevy of backs in Dedrick Celestine, Luke Aragona and Dudley Jackson.
The offensive line has three starters back including three-year starter Jesse Jeffrey.
On defense, there’s a couple of power five recruits on the D-Line in Melvin Hills and edge rusher Sandy Lewis. Faulk says Hills is the total package, great size and the ability to move. While Lewis is smart and competitive and can bring pressure off the edge and plays well in space.
Dolyal Bickham III was an all-district defensive lineman last year and is now at linebacker.
LCA is usually loaded in the defensive secondary and that tradition continues this year with the talented Sam Taylor, who was in on 17 tackles last week. Bennett Derouen is the leader of the group as he possesses great range and is a physical tackler, with a high football IQ.
Brean Leblanc who played wide receiver his first three years, put those hands to good use last Friday with two interceptions.
So, Woodlawn comes into this game looking to bounce back from shutout loss to University High, while Lafayette Christian looks to defend its home field.
You can watch Friday night at 7 PM on Yurview (Cox Cable Channel 4).