Because of the impact of Hurricane Ida, coupled with a case of COVID-19 that forced an opponent to cancel, Woodlawn High found itself having played just once in the first three weeks of the season.
It wasn’t the kind of start the talent-laden Panthers were looking for, especially on offense where junior quarterback Rickie Collins was trying to build a rapport and timing with his talented group of skill players.
Over the past two weeks, Woodlawn has started to find its offensive groove. Collins, a Purdue commitment who’s a four-star prospect and nation’s No. 16 QB, exploded with a season-high 458 yards passing and seven touchdowns in a 48-41 District 5-5A victory last Friday over St. Amant.
For his efforts, Collins was selected the Tiger Rag Magazine/Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health Shining Star of the Week.
“I’ve seen him get better and better each week with those things,” Woodlawn head football coach Marcus Randall said of Collins’ timing. “You have to have the offensive line and use your pocket presence and those things have slowly come back after the hurricane. The timing with the wide receivers is getting better.”
Woodlawn needed to have Collins at his best because the Panthers found themselves in a dogfight from the start against St. Amant, which jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
With Collins completing 16 of 19 passes, he threw a career-high seven touchdowns covering 71, 80, 30, 9, 71, 30 and 9 yards in a game that featured ties at 14-14, 21-21 and 28-all.
His top target – Jaylon Henry – had 11 catches for 321 yards and 5 TDs.
“We ended depending on him to be able to throw it,” Randall said. “They packed the box and left us one on one, and we wanted to take advantage of everything they were giving us. We needed all those throws. I haven’t seen him look better and he’s had some big games since he’s been here.”
HAYDEN HAND, Dunham, (Accounted for 411 yards, 4 TDS; 243 passing, 168 rushing), ZEON CHRISS, Madison Prep, (Passed for 324 yards, TD), JONATHAN SWIFT, Central, (Accounted for 320 yards, 3 TDs; 190 rushing, 130 passing), COLE POIRRIER, St. Amant, (Accounted for 332 yards and 5 TDs; 190 passing, 142 rushing), BRYCE LEONARD, Ascension Catholic, (Passed for 296 yards, 3 TDs), CONNOR WISHAM, Zachary, (Accounted for 271 all-purpose yards, 2 TDs; 156 return yards, 83 rushing, 32 receiving), ZAE TEASETT, Scotlandville, (Completed 15 of 20 passes, 226 yards, 3 TDs), KALANTE WILSON, Dunham, (Accounted for 201 yards, 2 TDs; 172 rushing, 49 receiving), LEWIS WARD, Episcopal, (Accounted for 192 total yards; 124 passing, 68 rushing), BLAKE ABNEY, University, (Passes for 191 yards, 3 TDs), THOMAS D’ARMOND, Episcopal, (Accounted for 181 all-purpose yards, 2 TDs; 73 receiving, 76 return yards, 32 rushing), AMANI GIVENS, Woodlawn, (15 carries for 169 yards), CHANCE WILLIAMS, Scotlandville, (Accounted for 163 total yards, TD; 122 rushing, 41 receiving), JORDAN DUPRE, Dunham, (Caught 6 passes for 151 yards, 3 TDs), WALTER SAMUEL, East Ascension, (Accounted for 199 yards, TDs; 169 total yards rushing, 30 receiving), NICHOLAS JOHNSON, St. Michael, (Rushed for 185 yards, TD), D’WANYE WHITFIELD, Lutcher, (Completed 7 of 9 passes for 146 yards, 4 TDs), ANGELO IZZARD, Southern Lab, (Passed for 145 yards, TD), DOUGLAS THORNTON, Southern Lab, (Rushed for 130 yards, 2 TDs), NOAH DETILLIER, Lutcher, (Caught 3 passes for 103 yards, 3 TDs).
HARRY BEACHEM, University, (12 tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass break-up), RILEY HOWARD, Zachary, (10 tackles, 2 TFLs), ASHTON FREEMAN, Zachary, (10 tackles, 1 TFL), EMANI SIBLEY, Zachary, (9 tackles), KAMERON HAMILTON, Zachary, (8 tackles 3 TFLs), HAYDEN KNAPPS, St. Michael, (8 tackles), NICK WILLIAMS, University, (7 tackles), KNOX PORRIER, St. Michael, (6 tackles, 2 TFLs), ELIJA BRIDGEWATER, Central, (6 tackles), XAVIER ORGERON, Brusly, (6 tackles, punt block recovered for TD, 1 interception), COLIN BEASLEY, St. Michael, (5 tackles, sack),
WILS MELTON, University, (Punted 4 times for 46.5 average, kicked 3 extra points).