1997 West Monroe Football Season
By Jack Killian
08-29-97 WM-35 West Ouachita 00 (H) Jamboree
09-05-97 WM 44 Vicksburg, MS 19 (H)
09-12-97 WM 42 Byrd 07 (H)
09-19-97 WM 29 Warren Central, MS 00 (T)
09-26-97 WM 52 Bastrop 12 (H) Homecoming
10-03-97 OPEN DATE
10-10-97 WM 28 Neville 06 (T)
10-17-97 WM 41 Ruston 09 (H)
10-24-97 WM 10 Ouachita 07 (H)
10-31-97 WM 61 Rayville 32 (H)
11-06-97 WM 54 West Ouachita 00 (T)
Regular season highlights:
West Monroe would face its long-time cross-town rival Ouachita Lions in a game that was decided by an unlikely first year player. Ouachita Head Coach Pat Collins and his Loins looked like they were heading for an upset of the undefeated defending 1996 state champion West Monroe Rebele. Ouachita standout Byrant Jacobs scored in the first quarter to put the Lions up 7-0. A stingy Lion defense held the potent Rebel offense scoreless, well into the fourth
With the game mired in a defensive struggle, West Monre\oe reserve tailback Kenny Robinson scampered 71 yards for the TD to pull the Rebels within 1 point.
However, an unsportsman-like penalty for excessive celebration would cost the Rebs 15 yards. The PAT was drilled by place kicker Eric Briggs, from 35 yards to tie the game 7-7.
Ouachita began to drive for the winning score, but the vaunted West Monroe
defense took control. LB Adam McConathy sacked the Ouachita QB on a critical third down to force the Lions to punt. DB David Cole blocked the Ouachita punt and DB Michael John Lenard recovered on the Lion's 15-yard line.
Ouachita Coach Collins later said that they would have attempted a fake punt, but McConathy's sack had set the Lions too far back.
After two WM plays, a first year converted soccer player named Eric Briggs booted a 33-yard field goal with 14 seconds left to give the Rebels a hard fought
Coincidentally, Briggs was a next door neighbor of Coach Don Shows and had joined the team only two weeks prior to the football season.
Airline vs. WM: (Bi-district)
West Monroe dominated the Airline Vikings holding them to about 100 yards of total offense, while rolling up over 400 yards on offense themselves.
The high-powered Rebel defense accounted for 31 points.
WM 60 Airline 00
Salmen vs. WM (Regionals)
West Monroe relied on it's rugged defense to shut down a better than expected Salmen. Other than a first quarter 89-yard touchdown run by TB Kenny "Quick Six" Robinson, the Salmen defense shut down a robust West Monroe offense. DB David Cole intercepted a Salmen pass and returned it 77 yards for a score, giving West Monroe a 14-0 half-time lead. WM's high-powered defense kept Salmen in check for the duration of the game, holding them for less than 60 yards rushing and 92 yards passing. Salmen scored on the sloppy play of our special teams, that resulted in a safety. This was the result off of one of two Rebel blocked punts. West Monroe
DE Jason Ledoux picked off a Salmen pass returning it for a TD and giving West Monroe a 21-2 victory.
WM vs. Barbe (quarterfinals)
West Monroe once again utilized its powerful defense to dispose of a scrappy Barbe team, that had intentions of sending West Monroe home for the playoffs.
Speedy TB Kenny Robinson gave West Monroe a 7-0 first quarter lead, when he ran for a 33 yard TD. However, the pesky Barbe defense blocked a WM field goal attempt and held the Rebel offense in check on several occasions. The WM defense once again saved the day. Barbe only scored on two field goals.
WM sacked the Barbe QB seven times and LB Adam McConathy harassed the Barbe offense backfield all night long.
However, it took Tramisian Davis' touchdown run with 2:14 left in the game, to seal the game and send West Monroe to the
semi-finals. WM 20 Barbe 6
Jesuit vs. WM (semi-finals)
The West Monroe Rebels defense again answered the call against the high
scoring Jesuit offensive machine. The Reb defense only allowed six first downs and only gave up a trash TD in the fourth quarter on a Jesuit fake punt.
WM used big plays from FB Willis Britton, who scored on runs of 85 and 82 yards. Rebel QB Lane LaBorde joined the fray scoring two rushing TDs, and hitting Tramisian Davis for a 48 yard TD pass. West Monroe took a 21-0 half-time lead and led 35-0 into the forth quarter.
WM outscored it's opponents 143-15 in the playoffs.
WM 35 Jesuit 7
WM vs. Shaw State Championship Game
WM would be playing for its third ever state championship behind a powerful
defensive unit with the likes of Jason Ledoux, Brain West, and a trio of
linebackers in Adam McConathy, Keith Carter, and Mike Tubb.
Equally impressive was the offensive machine of the Shaw Eagles of New Orleans, who had the likes of outstanding QB Derrick Joseph and WR Terrell Harris. Shaw had an
impressive running game to match its passing game.
The first quarter went scoreless as both teams sized each other up.
Shaw drew first blood early in the second quarter off a 5-yard run that was set up by a 19 yard QB scramble. Shaw also took advantage of a Rebel fumble on the 50-yard line and scored on a 4th down, 29-yard
TD pass to go up 13-0.
WM fumbled on it's own 30-yard line and
it appeared Shaw was going in for another score. However, Shaw fumbled own it's own 33 yard line.
On the next play, WM QB Lane Laborde completed a pass over the middle to WR Casey Shows, who burned the highly touted Shaw secondary on a 77-yard TD run. West Monroe went into half-time behind 13-7.
The third quarter began unfavorably for the Rebs. Their first offensive drive
sputtered out and a bad snap from center, on the punt attempt, resulted in a Shaw touchdown. Shaw's two point conversion failed and they took a 19-7 lead.
The Rebel offense again fumbled the ball, this time on Shaw's 3-yard line, stopping a
sure WM score. But once again, an opportunistic Rebel defense stepped up big for the Rebels. On a tipped Shaw pass, safety Michael John Lenard returned the interception for a 28-yard TD, cutting Shaw's lead to 19-14.
In the fourth quarter, the Shaw Eagles came back with an impressive drive and had the ball on West Monroe's 35-yard line. With fourth-and-one, the Rebel defense again delivered big, causing a fumble and giving the struggling WM offense a chance for the win. The offense came to life using a
time consuming, ball control run game that was culminated into a fourth-and-goal
3-yard touchdown run by FB Willis Britton. The drive went 64 yards and took seven minutes, fifty seconds off the clock. West Monroe converted for 2 points taking the lead for the first time in the game, 22-19.
With 2:32 left in the game. Our defense stood tall, as LB Adam McConathy
intercepted a Shaw pass with less than a minute left in the game.
This gave West Monroe it's
third state football championship.
WM 22 Shaw 19
West Monroe overcame 7 fumbles, losing 5. The defense held the powerful Shaw offense to just 47 yards and two first downs in the
second half, limiting the talented Shaw QB to just one completion for 1 yard.
Some West Monroe Players: OL Ben Soignier, QB Lane Laborde, QB Maxie Causey,kicker Eric Briggs, Safety John Michael Lenard, FB Willis Britton, Center Chris Horrell, LB Adam McConathy, LB Keith Carter, LB Mike Tubb, LB Josh Deason, WR Casey Shows, TB
Tramisian Davis, TB Kenny Robinson, OL Brad Smalling, OL Josh Pate, OL Rodney Reed, TB Credell Williams, DT Brian West, DE Jason Ledoux, Jason Wilhite, DB David Cole, Chad Pilcher, Michael Cox, Jay Jackson, Steven Rawls, TE Caleb Ingram, DE Terrence Tarver, punter J.C. McKay, Safety Chess Hill, WR
1997 was the first ever-undefeated season (14-0) for the West Monroe Rebel football team. The 1996 and 1997 championship seasons were the first back to back state championship for the highest classification in Louisiana high school football since Neville did it in 1983 and 1984.
WMHS 1997 Football Roster:
#1 WR Marcus Turner #2 WR Casey Shows
#3 QB Chad Pilcher #4 FB Willis Britton
#5 DB Michael John Lenard #6 TB Kenny Robinson
#7 QB Lane LaBorde #8 TB Tramission Davis
#9 TB/LB Creadell Williams #10 DB Matt Bonner
#11 DB David Cole #12 WR Craig Roberson
#13 DB David Byargeon #14 WR Jeremine Williams
#15 WR Michael Cox #16 QB Max Causey
#17 DB Charles Terry #18 DB Chess Hill
#19 DB Steven Rawls #20 DB Herman Jones
#21 WR David Toler #22 DB BJ Triplett
#23 DB Kris Cottingham #24 FB Joel Tully
#25 DB Michael Freeman #26 DB Jason Wilhite
#27 WR Josh Johnson #28 WR Jarred Fitch
#29 WR Britt Haynes #30 DB Braxton Reich
#31 FB Jarred Wisenor #32 DB Shane Martin
#33 DB Robbie Barnes #34 FB Johnny Allen
#35 LB Chase Breen #36 LB Mike Tubb
#37 DB JC McKay #38 DB Jay Jackson
#39 LB Loy Mack #40 LB Matt Maggio
#41 LB Cory Brazil #42 LB Keith Carter
#43 LB Ranaldrick Myles #44 LB Adam McConathy
#45 DB Trey Dickert #46 LB Josh Goldman
#47 LB Keith Powell #48 LB Jacob Staggs
#49 DB Michael Stevenson #50 DT Josh Delancey
#51 OG James Griffin #52 DE Damien Elmore
#53 OL Dusty Wiltcher #54 OL Charles Paris
#55 OL JW Bridges #56 DT Ben Strong
#57 K Eric Briggs #58 OL Trey Bowling
#59 OL Bo Scott #60 OL Kacee Bunn-Smith
#61 OL Jay Aulds #62 OL Chad Grubbs
#63 OL Trey Thomason #64 DT Brian West
#66 OL Brandon Bell #67 OL Obie Sims
#68 OL Ben Soignier #69 OL Sammy Phillips
#70 OL Heath Culp #71 OL Rodney Reed
#72 OL Scott Lockwood #73 OL Jacob Chism
#74 OL Brad Smalling #75 OL Jonathan Regan
#76 OL Landon Fleming #77 OL Chris Horrell
#78 OL Josh Pate #79 OL Ryan Simon
#80 TE BJ Welch #81 WR Josh Johnston
#82 TE Caleb McConnell #83 DB Chris Storey
#84 DB Will Lovett #85 WR Kenny Jones
#86 TE Caleb Ingram #87 WR Jared Pickett
#88 TE Jody Ledoux #90 DE Dustin Nicholson
#91 DE Brandon Sullivan #93 DT Scott Scallan
#94 DT Jeff Hamby #95 DT Josh Deason
#96 DE Terrance Tarver #97 DT Lance Wright
#98 DE Lisso Jones #99 DT Jason Ledoux
WMHS 1997 Coaching Staff:
Head Coach: Don Shows
Defensive Coordinator: Jerry Arledge
Offensive Coordinator: Scott Stone
Billy Bell, Shelby Ainsworth, Jeff Schexnaider, Eric Middleton,
Darren Moody, Brad Laird, Maurice Nelson, Casey Sanders,
John Causey, Mickey Easterling, Matt Walker, Andy Long, and
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