Scotlandville Super-Star Quarterback Levi Lewis (#1) was Sensational in 24-21 Victory over Zachary!
ANOTHER SPECIAL FRIDAY AT SCOTLANDVILLE FOOTBALL STADIUM!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger
For a Very Long Time, I have realized that Every Friday was a Very Special Friday Day, because it’s the Day of most High School Football Games. It also seems that not only the Game or Games that I go to are Special, but it seems that some other “Really Special Things” also happen on that Day and it can not be Explained in any other way, but “Special” and this Past Friday was another “Very Special Friday” in Scotlandville.”
So Friday October 7, 2016 was Another Very Special Friday for The Super Scout, but the Game between Scotlandville and Zachary was also going to be a Very Special Friday for both of the Teams Involved. First of all, this was not just a Regular District 4-5A Game, this was a Huge Game between two Teams that are in the Same High School District.
Both Scotlandville and Zachary needed a Victory to maintain their lead in the District and also to win the District, but they also needed to strengthen their 5A Power Rating for the Playoffs. Both Teams had some Fabulous Defensive Players on their Team, but both Teams had One Offensive Player that the other Team would need to Stop or they could not win the Game.
The Scotlandville Super Star was an Undersized, but Extremely Athletic Southpaw Quarterback Named Levi Lewis (5-11, 185, 4.42, 38, 4.13) and the Zachary Super-Star was going to be an Undersized, but Very Athletic and Speedy Running Back named Braylon Jones (5-5, 160, 4.38, 38, 4.16).
As a Junior, Lewis (#1 Above) was Outstanding as he Completed 137 of 216 Passes for 2,588-Yards and 22 Touchdowns; while Rushing for another 978-Yards and 9 Touchdowns, giving him 3,566-Yards of Total Offense and 31 Touchdowns.
Jones (#13 Below) played Running Back as a Sophomore, but he Played Defense as a Junior and now he’s playing Running Back again as a Senior. In Game #4 for Zachary, Jones was Sensational as he Rushed for 302-Yards on only 14 Carries and he also had 6 Catches for 169-Yards, giving him 471-Yards of Total Offense and 23.6-Yards Per Touch in their 63-33 Victory over Shreveport Calvary Baptist.
In all of my years of Scouting and Evaluating of the High School, College, and Professional Football Players, I have RARELY EVER seen a High School Quarterback that could completely change the Direction of the Game, like Lewis, so fast, except maybe one guy that I saw Play in 2006. He was a Sophomore Quarterback for Copperas Cove, Texas and he Signed with The University of Houston. Oh Wait! He Signed with the Head Coach of The Cougars, but when that Head Coach changed jobs; he took Robert Griffin III or commonly called RGIII to Baylor with him. Griffin then became the 2011 Heisman Trophy Award Winner.
This doesn’t count the Three Great Passing Quarterbacks, including Ty Detmer, Kliff Kingsbury, and Drew Brees, who led their High School Football Teams as Seniors to Championships, but since they did not get on the Early College Coaching Recruiting Lists, they were not Heavily Recruited as Seniors. Undersized Quarterbacks, Detmer and Brees, however, were in New York for the Heisman Trophy Award and Detmer won it. Between these Three Quarterbacks, there were only Three Scholarship Offers and all three made it to the NFL.
The Speed of RGIII was around a 4.3 in the Forty. RGIII was and still is a Fabulous Passer and Great Runner. Lewis is not as Fast as Griffin, but another Similarity that both RGIII and Lewis have is that both are Super Athletic Players that can play many other Positions at the Next Two Levels. RGIII, Detmer, Kingsbury, and Brees, were Lightly Recruited which makes absolutely no sense at all to me; except for Football Politics, although they were all Super-Stars, just as Lewis, as Seniors in High School. Lewis was and is more Heavily Recruited than the Four other Quarterbacks, and he has already given a Verbal to ULL, but he may play another Position for the Ragin’ Cajuns.
Jones reminds me of another Running Back from Zachary, Louisiana named Trindon Holliday (5-5, 169, 4.21, 42) who still has the Fastest Forty Time ever run at the NFL Scouting Combine and he did it in the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine. Jones may not be as Fast as Holliday (#8), but nobody on the Football Field can catch him if he has the Football and is in the Clear.
I think it was 2004, when I heard about this Unbelievable Player at Northeast High School. I was living in Covington, Louisiana and so I decided to go and see him play. When I left Covington, it started to Rain, but I thought that maybe it wasn’t raining in Zachary and so I kept driving. It did stop raining and I got to the Stadium and onto the Field for the Opening Kickoff and I am glad that I did, because Holliday Returned that Opening Kickoff about 95-Yards for Touchdown.
Holliday also Returned another Kickoff for a Touchdown and at the End of the Game, he had a Braylon Jones Type Game with around 450-Yards of Total Offense. Holliday did not have any Scholarship Offers at that time, but at the 2005 State Track Meet, when he won the 100-Meter and 200-Meter Championships and led his Northwest Team to a Track State Championship, LSU Offered Him.
At the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine, Holliday Ran a 4.21 Forty which Tied him with Bo Jackson as the Fastest Forty Ever Run. Not even Bob Hayes, #34 Herschel Walker, or Willie Gault ran that Fast at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Before I go to my Friday Night Game or Games, I always do my Homework and List all of the Players on both Teams with their Jersey Number and Height, Weight, and Forty. On this Special Friday, I had planned to go to Scotlandville for the First Half of the Zachary Game and then go to Nearby Doug Williams Leadership Lab Stadium for the Second Half of the Plaquemine and St Michael’s Game.
Our 2011 All-American Bowl Game was Played at Doug Williams Stadium. Coach Williams was going to be one of my Head Coaches, but he got the Grambling Head Coaching Job and he could not do our Game. I had not seen any of the Four Teams Play and I was Really looking forward to these Games.
OK! My biggest problem in getting to Scotlandville Stadium was going to be the horrible Mississippi River Bridge in the 4:00 and 5:00 P.M. Traffic. With this in mind, I left Plaquemine around 3:30, thinking I could get to Scotlandville by 6:30.
The Special on this Special Friday was that I got through all of this Traffic and got to the Stadium around 5:30, giving me a Great Opportunity to talk to a bunch of Coaches and finally watch both Teams take the Field, around 6:00, for Pre-Game Warmups. Coach Chris Carrier is one of the Zachary Coaches he is a Long-Time Friend and a Former Coverboy Player on one of my Pre-Season Magazines.
Coach Carrier was a Super-Star Two-Way Player for Eunice High School in 1980-1982. I was living in Houston, Texas, after I Founded the First High School Football Recruiting Service in 1979. I Selected Coach Carrier to be on my 1982 National High School Football Pre-Season Magazine, and then he led his Senior Team to the Louisiana 3A State Football Championship.
Carrier then Signed with LSU and Made All-SEC in 1986-1987 and he also played in the 1984 Sugar Bowl, 1985 Liberty Bowl, 1986 Sugar Bowl, and the 1987 Gator Bowl. Coach Carrier is Currently the Zachary Defensive Backs Coach.
During the Pre-Game Warmups, there were some Lulls in the Action that gave me an opportunity to say Hi to all of the Players that I wanted to see Play. The Zachary Players included #13 Senior RB Braylon Jones (5-5, 160, 4.38), #8 Senior ATH/CB Shyron White (6-1, 180 4.4), #94 Senior DE Brad Jones (6-2, 235, 4.6), #28 Senior LB Donovan Perkins (6-0, 225, 4.52), and #1 Junior WR Trae Shropshire (6-3, 180, 4.45); while the Scotlandville Players included #1 Senior QB/ATH Levi Lewis (5-11, 185, 4.45), #58 Senior OG Bryan Thomas (6-4, 285, 5.2), #75 Senior OC/OG Richard Bates (6-3, 300, 5.3), #7 Senior DE Triston Brown (6-2, 235, 4.7), #90 Senior DE Kamau Batiste (6-2, 230, 4.7), and #90 Senior CB Marquis Britten (6-0, 175, 4.4). Also: Scotlandville Juniors #12 RB Trenton Charles (5-9, 165, 4.3) and #20 CB Kelvin Joseph (6-2, 195, 4.4).
Two other Players that I thought looked Great in the Warmups and looked like Great Physical Specimens were Sophomore #44 MLB Jimyon Profit of Scotlandville and Senior #45 MLB Herbert Cummings (5-11, 235, 4.6) of Zachary. All Ten of these Seniors have Received Invitations to Play in our 13th Annual 2017 All-American Bowl Game.
So now, it’s time for the Big Game to Begin. Out of all of these Super-Stars, Who do you think made the First Big Play and also on the Very First Play of the Game after the Kickoff.
Zachary Kicked-Off to Start the Game and the Scotlandville Return-Man misplayed the Football and it bounced all the way to the 5-Yard Line where he picked-up the Football, but was tackled on the 5-Yard Line. On the Very First Play from Scrimmage, Super-Star Quarterback Levi Lewis faked a hand-off and then Raced 95-Yards, right Up-The-Middle, for a Touchdown. After this Touchdown, and after the Kick Failed, it was 6-0, and there was 11:38 Left in the First Quarter.
On the Second Series of the Game for Zachary, #77 Super Sophomore NG William Myles made a Great Tackle For A Loss for Scotlandville and then on 3rd Down and 8, Super Cornerback Marquis Britten made a Fabulous Tackle, forcing Zachary to Punt. Then with 6:08 Left in the First Quarter, Super Junior Kicker Martell Fontenot Kicked a Great 36-Yard Field Goal for Zachary and cut the Lead to 6-3.
On the Ensuing Kickoff, Junior Trenton Charles (5-9, 165, 4.3) ran the Kickoff 52-Yards to the 27-Yard Line. Then with 4:36 Left in the First Quarter, Lewis basically ran the same Play that he ran on the First Play of the Game, but this time, he Raced 21-Yards for his Second Touchdown of the Game to make the Score 12-3 after the Two-Point Conversion Pass was Incomplete. On the Lewis Touchdown, I was Standing in the End-Zone.
In the Second Quarter, Jadarion Davis Caught a 30-Yard Touchdown Pass from Quarterback Keilon Brown, to bring the Score to 12-10 after the Fontenot Kick. Then with 46 Seconds Left in the First Half, Zachary had the Football again on the 19-Yard Line with a First Down and 10, but after three Incomplete Passes, there was One Second Left when Fontenot Kicked a 30-Yard Field Goal to make the Score 13-12 at Halftime in Favor of the Returning 5A State Champion, Zachary.
I had already Decided to go to the Plaquemine and St Michael Game at Halftime and so I left this Game and missed-out on seeing Lewis make another Beautiful 51-Yard Touchdown Run, with 11:03 Left in the Third Quarter to give Scotlandville an 18-13 Lead. Then in the Fourth Quarter, Braylon Jones had a Great 17-Yard Run to the 10-Yard Line and then Keilon Brown Scored from the 10-Yard Line and after Jones ran for the Two-Point Conversion, it gave Zachary the Lead again at 21-18, but with only 5:31 Left in the Game.
With only 5:31 Left in the Game, Lewis went to work again, as he Completed Three Clutch Passes, including a 41-Yard Completion to Junior Vernon Powell (5-10, 155, 4.46). Then with 8-Seconds Left, Lewis hit David Augustus (5-10, 150, 4.45) on a Quick Pass, in the Left Flat, and Augustus made a couple cuts and Ran into the End-Zone with Three Zachary Defenders on him for the Winning Touchdown.
And of course, the Scotlandville Stands went Crazy after they had been Stopped at least twice in the Red-Zone on Penalties and a Fumble into the End-Zone that was Recovered by Zachary.
I expect at Five or Six of these Super-Star Players will Play in our 13th Annual 2017 All-American Bowl Game and it is Quiet Possible that most all of them will be in our Game. One of our 2016 MVP Players was WR Doug Colemen (6-1, 180, 4.38, 38, 4.15, 124) of Zachary Played and Signed with Texas Tech.
When I got to the Plaquemine Game with St Michael, it was already 47-0 in Favor of Plaquemine. Since they were not going to play their Seniors in the Second Half, I said Hi to all of the Players that I went to see Play that I would be at their Game Next Friday Against Tough District 6-4A Foe, Livonia.
So I Guess, on Friday October 14, will be my Very Special Friday and it will be when I will Drive a Mile to Green Devil Stadium to see all of the Super-Star Players at Hometown Plaquemine and Livonia. Lavonia has a lot Super-Stars and they Beat Baton Rouge Tara 42-2 last week while Plaquemine Beat St Michael 61-9.