West Monroe High School Football, 2000
By Jack Killian
08-26-00 WM 29 Ruston 00 (H) Jamboree
09-02-00 WM 25 John Curtis 07 (A) (LA 4-A State Champs)
09-09-00 WM 38 De La Salle 07 (H)
09-15-00 WM 42 Baker, B.R. 22 (H)
09-22-00 WM 36 Midland Lee, TX 08 (H)) (TX 5-A State Champs)
09-29-00 WM 35 Clarksdale, MS 07 (H)) (MS 4-A State Champs)
10-06-00 WM 37 LaGrange 12 (H)
10-13-00 WM 28 Moss Point, MS 23 (A) (MS 5-A State Champs)
10-20-00 WM 35 Neville 00 (H)
10-27-00 WM 35 Ouachita 00 (A) ULM Stadium
11-03-00 WM 29 Ruston 09 (A)
W. Monroe 10-0 3-0
Ouachita 7-3 1-2
Neville 7-3 1-2
Ruston 7-3 1-2
*All four members of the 2-5A district would receive playoff bids, a testament to one of the toughest districts in all of high school football, state or national.
Regular season statistics:
#27 J.J. Johnson-112 rushes for 688 yds and 5 TDs
#45 Mark Banks-92 rushes for 529 yds and 9 TDs
#1 Edward Dade-49 rushes for 328 yds and 7 TDs
#7 Mitch Tucker-99 rushes for 284 yds and 4 TDs
#21 Demario Taylor- 23 rushes for 170 yds and 4 TDs
#2 Adam Barfield-22 receptions for 508 yds and 4 TDs
#6 Miller McVay-15 receptions for 284 yds and 3 TDs
#88 Michael Turner- 12 receptions for 213 yds
#7 Mitch Tucker-75 of 152 passes for 1,349 yds and 11 TDs 7 INTs
#33 LB Lucas Jackson-91 tackles and 4 sacks
#90 DT J.R. Hayden-68 tackles and 5 sacks
#96 DT Darren Smith-65 tackles and 3 sacks
#43 DE Ricky Guillot-63 tackles and 5 sacks
#9 LB Glentrelle Ware-56 tackles, 8 for a loss and 3 caused fumbles
Regular Season Highlights:
WM would take the long six hour drive down to Moss Point, MS to play the number one team in Mississippi, the Moss Point Tigers. WM handily defeated Moss Point the previous year at Rebel Stadium, 56-28. Moss Point, however, would be ready to play and would give the powerful WM Rebels a whale of a game.
WM would start the game sputtering. The Rebels would take the kick-off and be held to a three and out. After two punt exchanges, Moss Point would be begin to mount a balanced drive of passing and runs led by the talented Damarius Bilbo at QB. Moss Point would mount a 79 yard drive capped off by a 9 yards TD pass to put the Tigers up 7-0 with 3:24 left in the first quarter. The Moss Point defense stifled WM and held them to 16 yards rushing in the first quarter and only one first down.
Moss Point would mount another impressive drive in the second quarter with 77 yard TD drive. With 7:75 left in the second quarter, Bilbo threw a 21 yard TD strike to up the middle to put Moss Point up 14-0. The Tigers utilized the no-huddle offense to keep the Rebel defense off balance and used their quickness and athleticism to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Moss Point would go into half-time with a 14-0 lead.
WM would kick the ball off to start the third quarter and the Rebel defense came to life holding Moss Point to a three and out with great blitzing. Moss Point kicked a poor punt of only 18 yards and WM would take over at the Tiger 46 yard line. TB J.J. Johnson scorched the Tiger defense for a 40 yard TD run behind the great blocking of the offensive line and Mark Banks in the slot. The Rebels pulled to within seven points with 8:30 left in the third quarter, 14-7.
The WM defense would again stiffen on the next set of downs and force another Moss Point punt. The Rebel offense took over the ball at the Tiger 35 yards line off another poor Moss Point punt. On a third and ten at the Tiger 22 yard line, QB Mitch Tucker faked the run and passed to Mark Banks who took the ball to the three yard line. On the next play, Mitch Tucker would take the ball for the TD behind some great blocking led by Mark Banks. WM tied the game 14-14 with 3:30 left in the third quarter. The third quarter ended in a 14-14 tie.
In the fourth quarter the Moss Point QB would make a good pass up the middle to his receiver but JR Hayden put a big time hit on the Tiger receiver to cause the fumble. Chase Bostick recovered the ball on the Moss Point 37 yard line. WM could not take advantage of the turnover, missing the three point field goal attempt. On the very next play from scrimmage, Moss Points Bilbo threw an 80 TD strike to his WR who was streaking down the side-line. The Tigers went back up 21-14 with 10:30 left in the fourth quarter.
WM would start on their own 20 yard line and would grind out some tough yards to the WM 40 yard line. On the next play, Demario Taylor darted for a 60 yard TD run behind the great blocking of the Rebel offensive line. With 7:13 left in the fourth quarter, WM tied the game 21-21.
Moss Point began to drive the field again but WMs Ron McBeth made a great interception at the WM 21 yard line. Mitch Tucker hit Adam Barfield for a 55 yard reception down to the Moss Point 15 yard line. On third and goal at the 3 yard line, Tucker faked the option to Banks and scored the go-ahead touchdown, putting WM up 28-21 with 1:50 left in the game.
Moss Point started at their own 29 yard line with a 1:43 left in the game. Four plays later, Ron McBeth intercepted the Moss Point pass at the Rebel 15 yard line with 52 seconds left in the game. However, Moss Point utilized exceptional clock management with three time-outs. The Tigers forced WM to punt from their own 11 yard line with 33 seconds left in the game. WM punter Mims Boyce took the intentional safety to prevent a possible punt return for a TD or a good return that could give Moss Point excellent field position.
WM kicked from placement and Moss Point had good position returning the ball to the WM 48 yard line with 23 seconds left in the game. DE Case Sanders would cause a Tiger fumble with 11 seconds left but Moss Point recovered. Moss Point spiked the ball giving the Tigers one last chance for the win with 2 seconds left on the clock. Case Sanders flushed the Moss Point QB out of the pocket and JR Hayden and Lucas Jackson would make the tackle sealing a hard fought game for the West Monroe Rebels.
Final score, WM 28 Moss Point 23
*Moss Point would win the Mississippi 5A State Championship in 2000
The nationally ranked and defending 5A Texas state champion Midland Lee Rebels would visit West Monroe in what was billed as a clash of interstate powers.(Midland Lee went on to win the 2000 5A Texas state championship and finished nationally ranked.) Midland Lee was led by the highly acclaimed running back Cedric Benson, who later had successful career at the University of Texas and would be picked fourth in the first round of the NFL draft by the Chicago Bears.
To start the game, WM would defer and kicked off to Midland Lee. Midland Lee fumbled on the first play from scrimmage with linebacker Mims Boyce recovering the fumble at the Lee 17 yard line. On the second play from scrimmage, quarterback Mitch Tucker would fake the handoff to fullback Mark Banks up the middle and pitched out to JJ Johnson, Johnson scampered 15 yards for the TD behind a great block by tight end Britton Barnes. The PAT failed because of very wet field conditions. WM 6 Midland Lee 0
On the ensuing kickoff, Lee would begin on their own 6 yard line. On third down and 10 from their own 20 yard line, Cedric Benson broke a couple of tackles and rumbled for an 80 yard TD run down the left side line. The PAT was no good and the score was tied 6-6 with 8:24 left in the first quarter.
After several exchanged punts, WM pinned Midland Lee deep in their own territory forcing a punt. The snap was high and went out the end zone for a safety. The first quarter ended with West Monroe leading 8-6.
At the start of the second quarter, Midland Lee punted and West Monroe would have a TD punt return called back on a questionable clipping penalty. The Midland Lee defense stiffened and forced WM to punt deep in their own territory. The snap to punter Mims Boyce was high and Boyce wisely kicked the fumbled ball causing an automatic safety. With 9 minutes left in the second quarter, the score was tied 8-8.
WM kicked off and Midland Lee started at their own 48 yard line. Midland Lee fumbled the ball and WM recovered at the Midland Lee 48 yard line. West Monroe could not punch the ball in for the TD and had to settle for a 32 yard Lee Deal field goal. With 2:31 left in the second half, WM led 11-8.
Midland Lee took the kickoff and began on their own 43 yard line. After several plays, Midland Lee fumbled the ball with WMs Darren Smith recovering the football at the Midland Lee 35 yard line. On fourth down and nine behind great blocking of the offensive line, Mitch Tucker threw a 35 yard TD strike to Demario Taylor down the middle. The two-point attempt failed and WM took a 17-8 lead into halftime.
Starting off the second half, the West Monroe coaches again deferred the ball and WMs Lee Deal kicked off to Midland Lee starting at their own 19 yard line. The stout WM defense held Midland Lee to a 3 and out, forcing a punt. WM would begin at their own 44 yard line. WM would use a mixture of passing and tough running behind JJ Johnson, Edward Dade, and Mitch Tucker to drive down to 1 yard line. Mitch Tucker would run in for the TD from one yard out. Again, the 2 point conversion failed and WM led the game 23-8. The third quarter ended with WM leading 23-8.
In the fourth quarter, Midland Lee would begin to mount a drive behind the great running of Cedric Benson. On fourth down and 4 at the WM 24 yard line, WMs Glentrelle Ware would force Midland Lees Cedric Benson to run to the inside and Lucas Jackson made a spectacular tackle to force Midland Lee to turn the ball over on downs with about 8 minutes left in the game. WM started from their own 27 yard line and drove down to the visiting Midland Lee 35 yard line. Full Back Mark Banks would bull over a couple of tacklers behind an awesome block by Rundell Hill. The PAT was no good but West Monroe took a commanding 29-8 lead with 5:02 left in the game.
Midland Lee would again take the WM kickoff and the powerful WM defense would hold forcing yet another Midland Lee punt from the Midland Lee 42 yard line. With 3:12 left in the game, JJ Johnson would take the punt, racing 89 yards behind the superb blocking of the West Monroe special teams for a TD. The PAT was good and West Monroe would take home the victory over a great Midland Lee team.
Final score: West Monroe 36 Midland Lee 8
11-10-00 WM 64 Warren Easton 00 (H) Bi-District
11-17-00 WM 43 Ouachita 7 (A) Regional
11-24-00 WM 28 Barbe 00 (H) Quarterfinal
12-02-00 WM 17 St. Augustine 00 (A) Semi-final
5A State Championship, New Orleans Super Dome
The 2000 West Monroe Rebel Football team would travel to New Orleans attempting to win its fifth state title since 1993. The Rebels played a very tough regular season in the likes of powerful teams such as John Curtis, Midland Lee, and Moss Point. Despite a grueling regular season, WM finished the season 10-0 and that tough schedule paid off big as WM went through the playoffs with little challenge. However, the Archbishop Shaw Eagles of New Orleans stood in the way of a state championship.
West Monroe received the kick off but the Shaw defense held and forced a Rebel punt. WM recovered the fumbled punt by Shaw deep in Shaw territory but could not take advantage as WM turned the ball over on downs. The WM defense held Shaw to a three and out and forced a punt. Demario Taylor gave WM great field position with a great punt return to the Shaw 39 yard line. On the very next play, JJ Johnson sprinted 39 yards for the TD behind a great pulling block by guard Rundell Hill. Andrew Whitworth and Britton Barnes also made great blocks to give Johnson a clear line to the end zone. WM took a 7-0 lead with 7:05 left in the first quarter. WM kicked off to Shaw and the rugged Rebel defense held and forced the Eagles to punt. Again, Demario Taylor gave WM great field position with a 63 yard punt return to the Shaw 18 yard line. WM drove down to Shaw one yard line but a motion penalty and a strong Shaw defense held WM in check. WM could not convert the field goal attempt and West Monroe would have a 7-0 lead after the first quarter of play.
West Monroe and Shaw would trade several punts in the beginning of the second quarter. WM would begin its scoring drive at their 35 yard line. Mitch Tucker would connect with TE Britton Barnes on a 12 yard pass to the WM 47. On third down and 11at the WM 48 yard line, Tucker would pass to Mark Banks and advance to the Shaw 26 yard line. WM would go for it on fourth and one at the Shaw 16 yard marker, Mark Banks would get the first down behind a great push by the offensive line. On the next play, JJ Johnson dashed in from 13 yards for the TD behind tremendous blocking of Banks, Whitworth, and Hank Hamilton. West Monroe went up 14-0 with 2:34 left in the second quarter. Again the Rebels could not convert on a fumbled kick-off by Shaw and would go into halftime leading 14-0. In the first half, West Monroe had a total of 161 yards on offense with 105 coming on the rush. The West Monroe defense, anchored by the defensive line of Ricky Guillot, Darren Smith, Case Sanders, and JR Hayden, limited Shaw to only 68 total offensive yards, with 44 yards on rushing. Darren Smith and Case Sanders disrupted the Shaw backfield each causing 2 fumbles.
In the third quarter, WM would begin a drive on their 37 yard line. JJ Johnson slipped past the Shaw defense for a 28 yard run down to the Shaw 35 yard line. On second down and 4, Mitch Tucker pitches out to JJ Johnson who ran over a Shaw defender and displayed excellent balance bouncing off Eagle tacklers to score from 29 yards out. The Rebels took a 21-0 lead with 8:11 left in the third quarter. Shaw came back on the next set of downs and drove to the WM 28 yard line but a couple of penalties and a sack by Case Sanders forced Shaw to punt from their own 48 yard line. Demario Taylor, behind good blocking of the WM special teams returned the ball to the Shaw 44 yard line and a Shaw personal foul advanced the ball to the 29 yard line. On third down, Mark Banks would rumble down to the 3 yard line and Mitch Tucker would score to TD behind the excellent blocking of guard Hank Hamilton. With 3:12 left in the third quarter, WM took a solid 28-0 lead.
The Shaw defense again held WM and forced a Rebel punt at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Shaw began their drive on their 25 yard line with 10:18 left in the game. Shaw would use a mixture of passing and running to score a TD on a quarterback sneak bringing the score to 28-7 with 6:30 left in the game. Shaws attempted on-side kick bounced safely out of bounds as West Monroe took over at their 48 yard line. The Rebs methodically ran the clock behind tough running of Mitch Tucker, and JJ Johnson. Demario Taylor ripped a 36 yard run behind the blocking of Mark Banks and Andrew Whitworth to the Shaw 15 yard line. On the next play, Demario Taylor would easily scamper in for a 15 yard TD run behind a great block by fullback Edward Dade. West Monroe extended their lead to 35-7 with 3:39 left in the fourth quarter. The Reb defense would rise to the occasion one more time forcing a Shaw punt with 1:13. Backup QB Justin Fowlkes took the last snap to give the West Monroe Rebel Football team its fifth state championship in eight years.
12-08-00 WM 35 Archbishop Shaw 7
2000 WMHS Starting line-up:
#6 WR Miller McVay (510, 162 lb Sr)
#88 WR Michael Turner (64, 200 lb Sr)
#74 OT Andrew Whitworth (67, 303 lb Sr)
#51 OG Hank Hamilton (59, 210 lb, Sr)
#54 C Chris Vallery (59, 211 lb Sr)
#70 OG Rundell Hill (511, 309 lb Sr)
#52 OT William Gregory (511, 196 lb Sr)
#7 QB Mitch Tucker (511, 178 lb Sr)
#45 FB Mark Banks (510, 194 lb Sr)
#27 TB JJ Johnson (58, 155 lb Sr)
#16 K Lee Deal (59, 141 lb Sr)
#46 DE Case Sanders (511, 210 lb Jr)
#90 DT J.R. Hayden (510, 200 lb Sr)
#96 DT Darren Smith (62 245 Jr)
#43 DE Ricky Guillot (63 212 lb Sr)
#9 LB Glentrelle Ware (62, 210 lb Sr)
#33 LB Lucas Jackson (60, 195 lb Sr)
#40 LB/P Mims Boyce (511, 209 lb Jr)
#20 DB D.J. Holloway (56, 140 lb Sr)
#23 DB Zack McVay (511, 199 lb Sr)
#4 S Jared Frost (510, 178 lb Jr)
#36 S Ron McBeth (510, 186 lb Sr)
WMHS 2000 Varsity Football Roster:
#1 FB Edward Dade #2 WR Adam Barfield
#3 QB Chase Bostick #4 DB Jarred Frost
#5 WR Franklin Lyons #6 WR Miller McVay
#7 QB Mitch Tucker #8 TB Latron Morgan
# 9 LB Glentrelle Ware #10 QB Justin Fowlkes
#11 WR Whit Whitlock #12 WR Bubby Brooks
#13 DB Detrick Cowart #14 DB Matt Rice
#15 QB Chris Whitton #16 K Lee Deal
#17 DB Dezaraye Abrams #18 WR Bryant Bell
#19 WR Keith Tippen #20 DB DJ Holloway
#21 TB Demario Taylor #22 DB Steven Brown
#23 DB Zack McVay #24 DB Dusty Bastion
#25 WR Matt Dollar #26 DB Matt Richardson
#27 TB Jarrell Johnson #28 DB Trent Delhoste
#29 DB Brian Pitarro #30 DB Fred Shields
#31 FB Jarred Sellar #32 DB Matt Hendry
#33 LB Lucas Jackson #34 TE Britton Barnes
#35 DB Jonathan Carter #36 DB Ron McBeth
#37 WR Michael Sampagnaro #38 LB Luke Sanders
#39 WR Michael Barnes #40 LB Mims Boyce
#41 DB Derrick Rorie #43 DE Rick Guillot
#44 DB Derek Barnes #45 FB Mark Banks
#46 DE Case Sanders #47 LB David Batson
#48 DB Matt Pratt #49 DB Ian Debnam
#50 DT Michael Bayles #51 OL Hank Hamilton
#52 OL William Gregory #54 OL Chris Vallery
#56 OL Dustin Clement #58 OL Lane Welch
#62 DE Josh Williams #63 OL Bassel Mahgoub
#64 OL Buddy Wrinkle #66 OL Charles Koserog
#67 OL Ben Caldwell #68 OL Jacob Sanders
#70 OL Rundell Hill #71 OL Chris Hill
#72 OL Justin White #73 DT Henry Woods
#74 OL Andrew Whitworth #75 OL Jordan Van
#77 DT BJ Simmons #78 OL Michael Holland
#79 OL Chase Noland #80 LB Ron Hummel
#81 WR Adam Alexander #82 WR Robert Nelson
#83 WR David Carr #84 DB Trey Wray
#85 WR Chris Ferchaud #86 DB Daniel Coker
#87 TE Michael Peterson #88 WR Michael Turner
#90 DT J.R. Hayden #91 DE Brooks Scheppf
#92 DE Duke Gilmore #93 TE Ben Kissinger
#95 DE Jeremy Dispenza #96 DT Darren Smith
#97 TE Josh Halphen #98 DT DJ Ernst
Head Coach: Don Shows
Defensive Coordinator-Jerry Arledge
Offensive Coordinator-Scott Stone
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