Max Emfinger’s Louisiana High School Players of the Week #4

Hakeem “The Dream” Deggs had three intercepted this week after rushing for 199-yards last week.


Zachary, Louisiana – Last week I drove to Zachary to see the Zachary Broncos and the East Feliciana Tiger play and I was not disappointed as I was able to see one of the most exciting games that I have seen in recent years. Also remember that this was the game that I wanted to evaluate Super Athlete Kendell Beckwith to find out whether I believe he can really play quarterback at the next level or whether he needs to play defensive end, where he was dominating as a freshman, sophomore, and junior.

I also wanted to check out the Zachary quarterback, Trey Hills, who had passed for 298-yards the week before. And Donald Gage had just transferred to Zachary and he had also just put up some big numbers the week before.

Let me start by saying that I found out a lot of things at that game. I found out that Kendell Beckwith is “The Real Deal” at quarterback. College Coaches can fiddle around with him on defense and he probably will become that difference-maker that they are looking for on that side of the football, but he is already a 6-3 dropback passing quarterback who can throw it 65-yards with touch and he can make every throw. In my years of Scouting, I have not seen too many quarterbacks that are better.

In that game, Beckwith (6-3, 235, 4.56) completed 25 of 35 for 403-yards and five touchdowns. I also found from that game that Gage (6-0, 175, 4.4) can play for anyone in the country and that Hills (5-11, 180, 4.5) is a short quarterback, but he is a great Playmaker who might can play quarterback or another position in college. I found that Chris Taylor (6-3, 305, 5.0) is a great physical specimen and I also think that Larry Cage (6-3, 195, 4.4) is a fast and active linebacker who can play linebacker or safety for someone. 

East Feliciana also showed ne some other great athletes and some great physical specimens. Beckwith had some great receivers to throw to and they made some great catches. WR Thocorence Hawkins (6-0, 190, 4.4) and WR Trent Anio (6-3, 190, 4.45) were very impressive and sophomore RB Kameron McKnight (6-2, 210, 4.5) made some great plays on offense and defense and he was a great physical specimen.

Although Beckwith passed for 403-yards and five touchdowns, Hills hit Gage to tie the score at 40-40 in Overtime and Senior Kicker Jacob Garrett kicked the extra point for the 41-40 winning kick for Zachary.

On the same night at Dutchtown, Junior running back Corey McBride (6-2, 180, 4.33) ran a 56-yard touchdown on the very first play from scrimmage for Dutchtown and ended his play by running for another 66-yard touchdown. McBride carried the football three times for 122-yards and two touchdowns as they beat Sulphur 49-17. 

Senior Quarterback Mason Nickens (6-0, 190, 4.6) hit Junior WR Torrance Mosley (5-10, 170, 4.4) on a 75-yard touchdown and hit Shelby Christy (6-3, 190, 4.5) on a 49-yard touchdown pass. Nickens completed 9 of 13 passes for 234-yards and three touchdowns and Nickens added another 53-yards on the ground, giving him 287 All-Purpose yards in the victory.

Since Dutchtown was going to come to Zachary to play the next week, I thought that there were not many better games in the Baton Rouge area and so I decided to go back to Zachary to see all of these great athletes play. I also might add, that Beckwith, Gage, and Christy have been selected to my recent 2012 Gulf-Coast Super 75 Skills Team.

I was able to evaluate all of these great players in their Pre-Game warmups and I was impressed with all of them, including Gage and Hills for Zachary and McBride, Nickens, Christy, and Mosley for Dutchtown. I also thought that DT David Elias (6-2, 270, 4.9) was very impressive in drills and cornerback Tevin Reed (6-2, 185, 4.4) looked great and has the great size and speed for  Dutchtown. The Dutchtown kicker, Tyler Sarrazin (6-4, 170) was also very impressive as he was booming field goals in the 50-yard neighborhood. Sarrazin also kicked the ball out of the end zone on the kickoff after their first touchdown in the first quarter.

You know they play the game, because anything can happen when the game starts. Sometimes the most unthinkable things happen and an unknow player might become the star of the game. Once the game started, the Zachary Special Teams took over and blocked an amazing three kicks, returning two for touchdowns and then a late fourth quarter interception saved the victory in a 21-14 victory for Zachary.

It’s pretty hard to believe, but the smallest player on the field, Kentrell Fisher, was the Hero as he blocked two kicks and returned them both for touchdowns. Fisher blocked a punt in the second quarter and returned it 40-yards for a touchdown to tie the score at 7-7. Then Fisher blocked a field goal in the third quarter and raced 58-yards for another touchdown to tie the game again at 14-14.

I left this game at halftime to go to the Plaquemine and Assumption game, but before I left, I had counted seven tackles for Cage and three tackles and three pass breakups for Reed.

As I was walking onto the Plaquemine football field, I looked up at the scoreboard clock and it read 6:07 left in the third quarter. Almost the very second that I stepped onto the field Plaquemine Super Star Hakeem “The Dream” Deggs intercepted a pass and ran it back 35-yards. This was not just an interception, because Deggs (5-8, 160, 4.3) made at least three ninety-degree turns on the play and there were at least two and maybe three defenders that he had made look silly on the play.

Then, about five minutes later, Deggs picked off another pass and ran it 65-yards for a touchdown. Deggs is usually the offensive star of the game, but in this game Junior RB Julius Maracalin (5-10, 195, 4.45) led all rushers with 161-yards rushing on 23 carries and he scored three touchdowns as the Green Devils won their first game of the season by a 35-12 score.

Last week, in their third game of the season, Deggs rushed for 199-yards and three touchdowns, including two 63-yard touchdown runs; while Maracalin rushed for 156-yards, including a 73-yard touchdown.


OFFENSE: Junior RB Leonard Fournette (6-1, 225, 4.4) of New Orleans St Augustine rushed for 188-yards on six carries in the second game of the season. Fournette, who already has fifty scholarship offers, scored three touchdowns on runs of 53, 24, and 73-yards and his team beat New Orleans Brother Martin by a 59-7 score. In this game,  Fournette, averaged an amazing 31.3 yards per carry. He did not play in the second half.

OFFENSE: Junior RB Chris Thomas (5-10, 200, 4.4) of Slidell Salman rushed for 330-yards in his opening game of the season on 14 carries and his team beat Riverside by a 51-8 score. Thomas scored four touchdowns and averaged 23.6 yards per carry.

OFFENSE: Senior QB Dakota Duron (5-10, 175, 4.6) of Shreveport Evangel might have had two of the greatest back-to-back passing games in the last two weeks. Last week, Duron passed for 509-yards and five touchdowns, but lost to 5A power Lake Charles Barbe by a 48-47 score. This past week, Duron brought the Eagles from behind and completed 27 of 38 passes for 402-yards in a 36-33 victory over another 5A power, Lafayette St Thomas More. Duron is a great Playmaking quarterback who follows in the footsteps of some of his brothers.

OFFENSE: Senior QB Daniel Fitzwater (6-6, 217, 4.8) of Shreveport Calvary Baptist completed 25 of 36 passes for 404-yards and two touchdowns in a 52-28 loss to Lafayette Teurlings Catholic.  Fitzwater went to summer camps as a senior to be from Liberty, Texas, but he transferred to Calvary Baptist just before the season started.

OFFENSE: Senior AP Dimario Jackson (5-10, 165, 4.4) of Brusly returned the opening kickoff 92-yards for a touchdown and then rushed for 200-yards, including touchdown runs of 70 and 30-yards. This gave Jackson 292-yards of offense on only 13 touches and a 22.5-yards per touch average. Brusly kept their record perfect at 4-0 as they beat St John of Plaquemine by a 56-21 score.

OFFENSE: Senior QB Jay Christophe (6-3, 200, 4.56) of Brusly has been outstanding all year as he has led his team to a 4-0 record. In his third game, Christophe passed for four touchdowns and rushed for 136-yards on 14 carries as they beat Riverside by a 49-16 score. Christophe threw two touchdowns of 20 and 18-yards to Dimario Jackson in the first quarter. Christophe then threw an eight yard touchdown to Jaylon Green in the third quarter and a 30-yard touchdown to Terrance West in the fourth quarter.

OFFENSE: Senior RB Trey Washington (5-9, 185, 4.4) of St Amant rushed for 238-yards last week and scored four touchdowns as they beat Lafayette by a 51-7 score. This week, Washington rushed for 103-yards on eight carries and scored on a 61-yard touchdown as they beat Baton Rouge Glen Oaks by a 55-0 score. Senior Teammate Jamal Vaughn (5-9, 165, 4.4) also rushed for 131-yards, this week, including touchdown runs of 26, 74, and 31-yards. 

OFFENSE: Senior RB Kaleb Blanchard (6-0, 215, 4.4) of Denham Springs was a sophomore sensation when he rushed for 1,799-yards on 190 carries, scored 21 touchdowns, and averaged 9.5 yards per carry. Then he was injured as a junior and rushed for about 400-yards before the injury. In his first game, Blanchard was back to his ole self as he rushed for 213-yards and scored three touchdowns before the second quarter was over and then he did not play the second half as his team won their game in a rout. Blanchard is committed to Arkansas.

OFFENSE: Senior QB Connor Cronin (6-5, 230, 48) of Lafayette Teurlings Catholic completed 23 of 28 passes for 288-yards and four touchdowns as 5A Power beat 3A Super Team Shreveport Calvary Baptist by a 52-28 score.

OFFENSE: Senior QB Leonard Davis of Reserve East St John completed 11 of 23 passes for 275-yards and two touchdowns in a 51-22 loss to Parkview Baptist. WR Dez Broussard caught five of his passes for 163-yards and both touchdowns.

OFFENSE: Senior QB Brett Courville (5-10, 210, 4.5) of Central completed 14 of 18 passes for 249-yards and scored on a 40-yard touchdown in the third quarter to help his team defeat Baton Rouge Catholic by a 31-23 score. Courville also made a key 23-yard run in their opening drive. With his 249-yards passing and those two runs, Courville finished with at least 312-yards of total offense.

OFFENSE: Senior QB Chris Auzine (6-0, 185, 4.6) of Northside completed 11 of 23 passes for 266-yards and three touchdowns as the defeated Baton Rouge Woodlawn by a 29-8 score.

OFFENSE: Junior RB Kaleb Kador (6-0, 190, 4.4) of Baton Rouge Tara ran for 221-yards and scored three touchdowns last week as they beat Northeast 20-13 for their first win of the season. Kador also made 14 tackles on defense from his linebacker position.

OFFENSE: Sophomore RB Nick Brossette (6-0, 210, 4.5) of Baton Rouge University rushed for 211-yards on 22 carries and scored six touchdowns as the Cubs beat Loyola Prep by a 55-0 score. Brossette rushed for 1,551-yards and scored 32 touchdowns as a freshman last year.

OFFENSE: Senior QB Nik Kragthorpe (6-0, 195, 4.6) of Baton Rouge University completed 16 of 21 passes for 186-yards and rushed seven times for 83-yards, giving him 269-yards of offense in their 55-0 win over Loyola Prep. Kragthorpe is the son of LSU Offensive Coordinator Steve Kragthorpe, so you know that he is a polished quarterback.

OFFENSE: Junior RB Julius Maracalin (5-10, 195, 4.45) of Plaquemine led all rushers with 161-yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Green Devils won their first game of the season by a 35-12 score over Assumption.

OFFENSE: Senior AP Khalil Thomas (5-8, 180, 4.4) of Baton Rouge Catholic rushed for 97-yards a second quarter kickoff 95-yards for a touchdown, giving him 192 All-Purpose yards, but they still lost to Central by a 31-23 score.

OFFENSE: Senior WR Larry Clark (6-1, 175, 4.5) of Scotlandville caught seven passes for 123-yards, including a 20-yard touchdown in the first quarter and a 29-yard touchdown in the third quarter as they beat Baton Rouge Northeast by a 40-0 score. His new teammate, Brian Bridgewater, an All-State basketball player, was just ruled eligible on Friday and he played in his first game. Bridgewater (6-5, 245, 4.6) caught 3 passes for 50-yards

DEFENSE: Senior Hakeem “The Dream” Deggs (5-8, 160, 4.3) intercepted a pass and ran it back about 35-yards. This was not just an interception, because Deggs made at least three ninety-degree turns on the play and there were at least two and maybe three defenders that he had made look silly. Then, about five minutes later, Deggs picked off another pass and ran it 65-yards for a touchdown. Earlier in the first half, Deggs picked-off his first pass and returned it 66-yards for a touchdown, but it was called back because of a block in the back penalty.

DEFENSE: Senior DE Tim Williams (6-4, 230, 4.56) of Baton Rouge University was battling a slight ham-string pull, but in the Loranger game, Williams was still one of the most disruptive defensive ends. Unofficially for the game and even with a slight ham-string pull, Williams recorded 16 tackles, including two quarterback sacks, eight quarterback hurries, four tackles for a loss, and a tackle for a no-gain. His best quarterback hurry was with 3:07 left in the game and Loranger was driving for the winning touchdown.

DEFENSE: Senior CB Noel Ellis (5-10, 180, 4.4) of New Orleans Karr recorded one interception, ten tackles, and picked-up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown as they beat Salman by a 20-0 score. Ellis is committed to Texas A&M.

DEFENSE: Junior DE Davon Godchaux (6-4, 248, 4.68) of Plaquemine had an incredible game with 14 tackles with six tackles for a loss, including four sacks for a minus 28-yards in losses as they won their first game of the season with the 35-12 victory of Assumption.

DEFENSE: Junior LB Raejuan Marbley (6-0, 200, 4.5) of Destrehan recorded 14 tackles, including nine solo tackles, and four quarterback sacks as Destrehan beat West Jefferson by a 22-12 score.

DEFENSE: Senior LB Larry Cage (6-3, 195, 4.4) of Zachary had seven tackles and two pass breakups in the first half alone. I’m assuming if Cage did half that well in the second half, he would have at least 11 or 12 tackles in the game as the stout Broncos defense ws the key as they UPSET Dutchtown by a 21-14 score.

DEFENSE: Senior LB Kameron Eckland (5-10, 180, 4.5) of Hammand St Thomas Aquinas had a sensational game as he returned two fumbles for touchdowns. It’s pretty rare for a linebacker to return one fumble for a touchdown, but Eckland returned two. His first return was in the second quarter and gave STA a 17-3 lead. His second return was in the fourth quarter and gave them a 24-10 lead as they beat Bonnabel by a 38-10 score.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Senior Kentrell Fisher (5-3, 129, 4.6) of Zachary was the Hero as he blocked two kicks and returned them both for touchdowns. Fisher blocked a punt in the second quarter and returned it 40-yards for a touchdown to tie the score at 7-7. Then Fisher blocked a field goal in the third quarter  and raced 58-yards for another touchdown to tie the game again at 14-14 and later won the game 21-14.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Sophomore Shun Brown (5-10, 180, 4.4) of Shreveport Calvary Baptist returned the opening kickoff 96-yards for a touchdown, but they still lost to Teurlings Catholic by a 52-28 score.

Beckwith, Gage, Blanchard, Deggs, and Christy have been selected to my recent 2012 Gulf-Coast Super 75 Skills Team. The 2012 Gulf-Coast Defensive Team will be selected next week.

CLICK THE LINK: 2012 Gulf-Coast Super 75 Skills Super Bluechip Team


About maxemfingerrecruiting

My mission and goal is to search for that hidden high school football talent that has not been found yet. I then evaluate him and try to help him to get some publicity. In 2003, 2004, 2005. and 2006, I hosted my Annual 7on7 National Championship. My goal was to get great athletes to one area where I could evaluate them and then help them with college coaches. The only drawback was that college coaches wanted to see the hidden gems in a game-type highlight film and so the college coaches suggested to me that I host a real All-American Bowl Game so that they could view these talented players in a highlight film, playing against other talented players. It's noted that the NCAA doesn't allow the college coaches to attend All-American Games or practices and so the Game Film is a great tool for the college coaches. In 2005, I hosted my 1st Annual All-American Bowl Game. In nine games in nine years, my wife and I have helped 549 HS football players to get a scholarship that came to our first Bowl Game practice without a single scholarship offer. This also does not count over 1,000 players who we have helped that did not play in our game, including over 100 players in the 2010 Recruiting Season. My Super Elite Top Gun Camp idealogy, is of course, to get as many Top Football Players to a Top Gun Camp so that all of my coaches and I can evaluate them, rate them, rank them, and promote them. There will always be "Diamonds in the Rough" to be found. My First Annual Max Emfinger's Super Elite Top Gun Camp was in July of 2010. The Camp was amazing and loaded with unknown and known talent. Many of them were invited to play in our 2011 All-American Bowl Game Classic. In 2007, in my 3rd Annual All-American Bowl Game, a player by the name of Kareem Jackson came to our first Monday practice, without a single scholarship offer. Jackson decided to come out early and he became a #1 Draft Choice in the 2010 NFL Draft for the Houston Texans.
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