Four former Bossier Parish star prep quarterbacks fared well in games last Saturday.
LSU sophomore Brandon Harris, a former Parkway star, completed eight of 16 passes for a season-high 157 yards and one touchdown in a 34-24 road victory over Syracuse.
The Tigers, ranked No. 9 in the AP top 25, improved to 3-0.
The game was once again the Leonard Fournette show as the sophomore gained 244 yards and scored two touchdowns.
But LSU coach Les Miles was more than pleased with Harris’ contributions.
“I think Brandon Harris is coming along,” he said. “I think the quarterback is giving us the solution that we need. He’s not rattled easily. He recognizes the things he can do and cannot do. He’ll continue to improve, but I like his progress. We just have to control the game more.”
LSU hosts Eastern Michigan (1-3) Saturday at 6 p.m. (ESPNU).
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, a former Haughton standout, completed 29 of 41 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns in a 17-9 victory over Auburn.
The Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1 SEC) moved back into the AP Top 25 at No. 21 with the victory. They travel to College Station, Texas, Saturday to face Texas A&M at 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network).
Former Haughton standout JD Almond and former Airline star Hayden Hildebrand both played well in Central Arkansas’ 49-21 victory over Northwestern State at Turpin Stadium.
Almond started for the second straight week and became the first NSU quarterback to play a full game this season.
He completed 19 of 33 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns to Ed Eagan.
“I’m very comfortable and confident, and a lot of that has to do with the great group of guys I have around me,” Almond said. “It felt good to play the whole game, and you have to build off every snap.
“I have a lot of faith in our guys, and we’re not going to lay down.”
Hildebrand, Bossier Parish’s all-time leading passer, entered the game in the second quarter after starter Taylor Reed was injured.
The sophomore completed 12 of 16 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns.
Hildebrand’s TD passes covered 45, 42 and 22 yards.
Hildebrand and Almond were both seniors in 2012. They grew up playing against each other,
NSU (0-4, 0-2) plays Incarnate Word on Saturday at 2 p.m. in San Antonio, Texas.
Central Arkansas (1-2, 1-0) plays its first home game of the season Saturday against Stephen F. Austin at 6 p.m.
Hildebrand is expected to get the start.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org