Rebels overwhelm Barbe, advance to 5A semifinals
West Monroe overcame a first quarter deficit for the second time in as many playoff games to claim its spot in the Class 5A semifinals after a 31-17 win over No. 9 Barbe at Don Shows Field in West Monroe.
Barbe (11-2) jumped out to a 10-0 lead before the Rebels got on the scoreboard on a 28-yard Carson Jones field goal.
Two possessions later, quarterback Slade Bolden hit Michael Hamburg on a deep pass that went for a 51-yard touchdown and tied the game 10-10.
It was all part of 31 straight points that included two Bolden touchdown passes (the other to Jairus Henry) and a Bolden touchdown run and another ground and pound to the endzone by running back Cameron Wright.
“A lot of teams will come out on a emotional high,” West Monroe coach Jerry Arledge said. “And I think that is what Barbe did. But a game is not lost in the first quarter. Or the first five minutes or whatever it is. It is 48 minutes. And we know that. We know what it is to come from behind. It is a good lesson when you do have to do that.”
Wright again took advantage of his opportunities with 99 yards on 20 carries. Bolden carried 31 times for a game-high 210 yards.
West Monroe (13-0) out gained Barbe on the ground, 309-92 and the Rebels added 147 yards through the air by Bolden.
Barbe quarterback Luke Richard completed 14-of-32 for 198 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions.
Both Richard interceptions were taken by sophomore defensive back Brooks Miller of West Monroe.
“(Miller) is just a youngster,” Arledge said. “He is a very heady football player.”
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