NOVEMBER 25, 2016 INCREDIBLE FRIDAY NIGHT JOURNEY
For a Very Long Time, I have realized that Every Friday Night was a Very Special Friday Night, because it’s the Day of most High School Football Games. It also seems that not only is the Game or Games that I go to Very Special, but it seems that some other “Really Special Things” also Happen on that Day or at the Game and it can not be Explained in any other way, but “Very Special” and this Past Friday was another “Unbelievable Very Special Friday Night” in Scotlandville.”
On this particular Friday Night, I was going to try To-Catch at least Two Incredible Football Playoff Games in the Baton Rouge Area. The Three Teams that I was most interested in seeing play were Scotlandville (11-0) against Brother Martin (9-3) at Scotlandville and then Zachary (9-3) against Acadiana (8-3); just around the corner from Scotlandville, in Zachary. And then, if possible, I also wanted to see the Second Half of my Home-Town Plaquemine (9-3) against McDonough 35 (11-1).
The Louisiana Playoffs are Unbelievably Political and Very, Very Confusing, and although Scotlandville and Zachary, both played in the same District 4-5A; they don’t play in the same Playoffs. Scotlandville was playing Brother Martin in the Division I Semi-Finals of the Select Football Playoffs; while Zachary was playing a Very Tough Acadiana Team in the 5A Quarter-Finals of the Non-Select Football Playoffs; and then Plaquemine was playing in the 4A Quarter-Finals of the Non-Select Football Playoffs.
So Friday November 25, 2016 was Another Very Special Friday for The Super Scout, but this Game between Scotlandville and Brother Martin was also going to be a Very Special Friday for both of these Two Teams Involved. First of all, Scotlandville had an Enormously Loaded and Undefeated Team and Brother Martin was Hoping to get to their First Championship Game since 1989.
Both Scotlandville and Brother Martin had Great Defenses with some Fabulous Defensive Players on each Team, but both Teams also had a Great Offensive Team with at least One Offensive Player that the other Team would definitely need to stop or they could not win the Game. I was also hoping to get to the Stadium with time to watch Both Teams in their Pre-Game Warmups.
It usually takes me about an Hour to get past the Mississippi River Bridge in the 5:00 Traffic, once you get past Brusly, so I left Plaquemine around 4:30 and I was hoping to get over the Bridge by 5:30 and then to Scotlandville around 6:00.
The Traffic was not too heavy on this Friday and I, unexpectedly, got to the Scotlandville Stadium around 5:30, or about 30-Minutes Early and as I was parking my car, I became Friends with one of the Great Scotlandville Policemen, Melvin Edwards, of the East Baton Rouge Parish. Policeman Edwards and I spent about 15-Minutes together, talking about Football.
So then, I get on-to the Football Field around 6:00, which is what I was hoping to be able to do. During the Pre-Game Warmups, there were some Lulls in the Action that gave me an opportunity to say Hi to some of the Players that I wanted to see Play. The Super Scotlandville Offensive Players included #1 (In Photo at Top) QB/ATH Levi Lewis (5-11, 185, 4.45); #58 L-OT Bryan Thomas (6-4, 285, 5.2); #75 OC/OG Richard Bates (6-3, 300, 5.3); and #76 OG Jhaelyn West (6-3, 320, 5.3).
The Super Defensive Players included #7 DE Triston Brown (6-2, 215, 4.5, 36, 4.23, 116); #90 DE Kamau Batiste (6-2, 230, 4.7); #10 (In Photo Above) CB Marquis Britten (6-0, 175, 4.39, 38, 4.19, 118); #23 MLB Marcus Harris (5-11, 210, 4.46, 36, 4.26); and Junior #20 CB/FS Kevin Joseph. Super Sophomore #44 MLB Jimyon Profit is One of the Most Impressive Physical Specimens on the Football Field and he also makes a lot of Tackles.
Also: Super Scotlandville Junior RB #12 Trenton Charles is in the Photo Below, taking a hand-off from Lewis.
Scotlandville Super QB #1 Levi Lewis hand the Football Off to Super Junior RB #12 Trenton Charles!
During the Lulls During Pre-Game Warmups, a Couple Very Special Things happened. I was Standing On the Sidelines, at Mid-Field and the Scotlandville Quarterback Coach and Offensive Coordinator, Coach Hansoni Holland, came over and Introduced himself to me. As we talked, I was Very Impressed with him and I Invited him to Help West Team Head Coach Eric Holden and Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach C.J. Maiden as the West Team Offensive Coordinator in our All-American Bowl Game.
Then, about 15-Minutes later, Scotlandville Offensive Line Coach, Roddrell Stewart also came over and Introduced himself to me and he now will help Coach Andy Bryson with the Offensive Line. Coach Stewart also Coaches some Great Offensive Linemen, including Bryan Thomas, Richard Bates, and Jhaelyn West.
The Unbelievable Thing about these two Coaches is that these Two Coaches are Coaches on what may be the Number-One High School Football Team in the State of Louisiana. And also, these Two Coaches might be Coaching on One of the Top Two or Three High School Football Teams in the South.
About this time, both Teams came out for Pre-Game Warm-Ups and since Brother Martin had their Game Jerseys on, I decided to Go-Over and watch them in their Drills. As I was Walking-Up to the Brother Martin Team, there was an Unbelievable Physical Specimen, in the middle of the Football Field, that Completely stood out and as I looked at my Roster, I realized that it was #9, their Offensive and Defensive Super-Star, Bruce Jordan-Swillng.
Two other Brother Martin Players that were Impressive in the Defensive Drills and I wanted to see them play were #3 WR/CB Jeremy Singleton (6-1, 175,4.4, 36, 4.09) and #5 CB Tre Swilling (6-1, 185, 4.4, 36). Jordan-Swilling (6-2, 215, 4.47, 36, 4.27) and Swilling are both Sons of Former New Orleans Saints Super-Star Pat Swilling and they are both Committed to Georgia Tech; while Singleton is Verbally Committed to Houston, although that Might Change after the Weekend Coaching Change.
And then there was still Another Incredible Thing that Happened on Friday Night in Scotlandville and the Football Game had not yet to got Started.
I’ve been in Football Scouting for a Few Decades and I have Never been so Motivated as I was in the Pre-Game Warm-Ups. Most High Schools Play Unbelievable “Rap-Music” during their Pre-Game Drills and Warm-Ups and on Friday Night in Scotlandville Stadium, it was no Different, but on This Special Friday Night, it was a Completely Different Atmosphere.
I know that most all of the Players on both Teams have heard the Rap Song Titled “From My Dead To My Toes” and most of the Players were Really Feeling the Urge to Dance, while doing these Drills. Even some of the Coaches and I felt that Urge. It was an Unbelievable Special Friday Night.
Now, it’s almost time to Start the Game, but since Cox Cable was Televising the Game and the Game was not going to Start until 7:07, there was a little time left.
Just before the Opening Kickoff, the Great Scotlandville Band, Singer, and Color Guard did a Beautiful National Anthem.
Brother Martin Kicked-Off to Start the Game, but both Defenses were Awesome until Brother Martin Junior QB John Paul Pierce (6-2, 180) hit #15 Senior WR Pat Hughes on a Beautiful 44-Yard Quick Slant Over-The-Middle Pattern for a 6-0 Lead with 3:03 Left in the First Quarter and then it was 7-0 after Senior K Sam Walters Kicked the Extra Point.
Levi Lewis was Outstanding all Night, but #3 Singleton and #5 Swilling were Incredible in Batting-Away the Football on Would be Completions and Scotlandville was Unable to Score until Lewis Completed a Pass for a First Down on the Brother Martin 45-Yard Line. On the Very Next Play, Lewis did not see anyone in the Clear and then kept the Football on a Bootleg and Raced 45-Yards, Right-Up-The-Middle, for a Scotlandville Touchdown, with 2:37 Minutes Left in the Second Quarter to make it 7-6.
All that Scotlandville had to do was Kick the Extra Point and the Score would have been 7-7 at Half-Time, but some really Strange things happened. First of all, Brother Martin was Off-Sides and the Football was Moved to the 1 1/2 Yard Line. Then, Scotlandville had a Penalty and the Football was moved back again, but the Kick was Missed.
Brother Martin got the Kickoff, but then had to Punt. Scotlandville was moving down the Field but #3 Singleton made another Sensational Defensive Play as he Batted the Football Away on a Sure Scotlandville Touchdown With 13-Seconds Left before Half-Time.
Scotlandville Defensive Super-Stars were able to keep Super RB Jordan-Swilling in Check for most of the Game. The Scotlandville Super Defensive Players Including Super Freak #7 DE Triston Brown (In Photo Above) with 3 Sacks, a Fumble Recovery, Numerous Tackles, and Pressures; Two-Way Super Freak #58 DT Brian Thomas with 2 Sacks, Numerous Tackles, and Pressures; and #90 DE Kamau Batiste with Numerous Tackles and Pressures.
Two Super-Star Scotlandville Defensive Backs who had Numerous Great Defensive Plays for the Night (In the Photo Below) Included Senior #10 CB Marquis Britten and Junior #20 CB/FS Kevin Joseph. As you can see, that both #10 Britten and #20 Joseph are making another Tackle on Brother Martin Super-Star RB #9 Bruce Jordan-Swilling.
Brother Martin Battled-Back and got Within Two-Points with about One-Minute to go in the Game when Jordan-Swilling Scored a Touchdown on a 9-Yard Run, but then the Super Scotlandville Defense Stuffed Him on the Two-Point Conversion, that would have Tied the Game, and then the Hornets ran out the clock and got Their Ticket to the Division I Select Football Championship Game Next Friday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Wonder if it will be Another Special Friday Journey for the Super Scout.
So it was a Sensational Game, but since there were a lot of TV Commercials, I was still going to be Running Late to the Plaquemine Game, but I Left the Scotlandville Game at Half-Time and Headed for Plaquemine. Scotlandville did win this Unbelievable Exciting Defensive Game as Lewis hit Super-Star WR Vernon Powell for Two Touchdowns in the Second Half and Powell Ended with 9 Catches for 81-Yards and Two Touchdowns.
When I finally got to Plaquemine, the Green Devils were ahead by a 25-18 Score with only a Few Minutes Left in the Game and Absolutely Nowhere to Park. So after Trying to Find a Parking Place, without success, I decided to go home and then I later found out the News that McDonogh 35 had Rallied with a 10-Play, 61-Yard Touchdown Drive in the Final Minutes and then with a Two-Point Conversion, were able to Defeat the Green Devils by a 26-25 Score.