After having the majority of his 2020 season taken away by injury, senior running back Kalante Wilson of The Dunham School’s back with a vengeance.
Never was that more evident than in last Friday’s District 8-2A game with Dunham involved in an offensive shootout with East Feliciana and Wilson pushing his 5-foot-6, 185-pound body where it had never gone before.
East Feliciana set the early pace, jumping out to a 12-3 lead in the second quarter when Dunham began feeding Wilson the ball – 29 carries to be exact – and the results turned into a school-record 301 yards rushing with five touchdowns in the Tigers’ breathtaking 57-52 victory.
For his efforts, Wilson was selected the Tiger Rag Magazine/Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health Shining Star of the Week.
“This is his senior year, and he refuses to come out of the game,” Dunham head football coach Neil Weiner said of Wilson, who added a 23-yard kickoff return. “If he does come out, he’s upset. He wants to run the ball.”
With Dunham leading 23-20 at halftime, Wilson came alive in the third quarter with scoring runs of 31, 3 and 10 yards that helped the Tigers build a 43-32 lead that turned into a 50-32 cushion going into the fourth quarter
He added a 14-yard score to make it 57-38 in the fourth quarter when East Feliciana rallied with 14 points in the latter stages of the game.
After averaging less than five yards a carry, Wilson averaged 10.3 yards against East Feliciana where he registered 15 runs of 10 yards or more.
“He’s had some individual runs at different times in his career where you wondered, how did he make that cut or how did he see that coming or did he just run someone over,” Weiner said. “This game was a combination of all of those things. This was the first time this season when he broke out in the open nobody was able to catch him. This week he refused to be tackled.”
MILLS DAWSON, East Feliciana, (Completed 21 of 32 passes, 460 yards 5 TDs), ZAE TEASETT, Scotlandville, (Completed 18 of 42 passes, 348 yards, 2 TDs), CHANCE WILLIAMS, Scotlandville, (Accounted for 271 yards, 73 rushing, 120 receiving, 78 kickoff returns), 2 TDs), DANIEL BEALE, Catholic, (Completed 7 of 16 passes, 251 yards, 3 TDs), WALTER SAMUEL, East Ascension, (Accounted for 238 yards (127 rushing, 111 receiving), 2 TDs), ELI HOLSTEIN, Zachary, (Completed 14 of 21 passes, 231 yards, TD), RICKIE COLLINS, Woodlawn, (Completed 20 of 32 passes, 229 yards, TD), JONATHAN SWIFT, Central, (Accounted for 227 yards, 124 rushing, 103 passing, 2 TDs), BRYCE LEONARD, Ascension Catholic, (Completed 11 of 14 passes, 222 yards, 3 TDs), GLEN CAGE, Central, (19 carries, 203 yards, 3 TDs), MYKEL SMITH, Capitol, (24 carries, 185 yards, TD), SHELTON SAMPSON JR., Catholic, (Caught 5 passes, 180 yards, 2 TDs), LECOREYON COMPTON, Belaire, (Completed 5 of 15 passes, 175 yards), DAMON BLOCKER, St. Michael, (Rushed 11 times, 156 yards, 3 TDs), LEWIS WARD, Episcopal, (Completed 8 of 12 passes, 155 yards, 2 TDs), CHARLES ROBERTSON, Zachary, (7 catches, 151 yards, TD), ETHAN CARMOUCHE, Episcopal, (Accounted for 145 yards, 102 rushing, 43 receiving, 3 TDs), TAE NICHOLS, Catholic, (Rushed 7 times, 108 yards, TD), HAYDEN ELLIOTT, Catholic-Point Coupee, (Rushed 10 times, 114 yards), CALVIN DELONE, Ascension Catholic, (Caught 4 passes, 95 yards, 3 TDs), RAY MCNEELY, Denham Springs, (Rushed 21 times, 81 yards, 3 TDs).
DAVID CRESSON, Episcopal, (10 tackles), HAYDEN KNAPPS, St. Michael, (9 tackles, 1 TFL), ADRIAN PREAN JR., Ascension Catholic, (9 tackles, pass broken up), GAVIN HEBERT, St. Michael, (8 tackles, 2 TFLs), JACK MASSEY, Catholic, (6 tackles), DRAKE MASON, St. Michael, (6 tackles, 1 interception), JUDE HORN, Denham Springs, (5 tackles, 2 TFLs, 1 sack), J’MOND TAPP, Ascension Catholic, (3 tackles, 2 TFLs, Fumble recovery-TD, blocked PAT), DAWSON LEE, St. Michael, (2 interceptions).
DAWSON LEE, St. Michael, (6 punts, 48-yard average with long of 55), KYLAN DUPRE, Catholic, (2 punts, 41.5-yard average with long of 47).