Friday, December 9, 2016

Fab Friday Sports Nuggets

Ruston head football coach, Brad Laird is stepping down to return to his college alma mater, Northwestern State. Laird will reprise his role as the Demons defensive coordinator, a post he has held twice before, from 2003-2005 and 2008 under Scott Stoker, continuing under Bradley Dale Peveto from 2009-2011. During his first go-round as the DC, the Demons twice finished with top 10 defenses nationally.

After starring at quarterback at Ruston High, where he helped the Bearcats win 30 of 31 games and two state titles, Laird carved out a record breaking career as NSU’s quarterback throwing for a program best 6,037 yards. Laird was named one of the Demons all-time 100 best players in 2007 and was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

Laird and NSU head coach, Jay Thomas were on the same staff in Natchitoches in 2010 and 2011, with Thomas serving as defensive line coach under Laird.

Laird replaces Daryl Daye, who spent the last two years as NSU defensive coordinator. Daye is leaving the coaching business.

Tre’davious White was named a 1st team Walter Camp Foundation All-American last night during the ESPN Home Depot college football awards show.

The Green Oaks alum has consistently graded out as one of the best cover cornerbacks in college football. This season, White led the SEC with 13 pass break ups. He also had two interceptions, taking one back for a score in the season opener against Wisconsin.

White was in Orlando for the awards show as a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. USC cornerback Adoree Jackson ended up taking home the hardware given to college football’s top defensive back.

White’s LSU teammates, Ethan Pocic and Kendall Beckwith were chosen 2nd-team all-Americans at center and linebacker respectively.

This is the 127th edition of Walter Camp all-Americans, making the squad the longest running in the country.

This afternoon in the Mercedes Benz Superdome, Haynesville meets Logansport for the LHSAA Class 1A state championship, the first of five championship games in the Dome over the weekend in the non-select division of schools.

The top-seeded Golden Tornado are seeking their 18th state championship and second in three years. Logansport, the no. 2 seed, is seeking their second state championship. Their only title came in 1995, with current head coach Kevin Magee leading the way for the Tigers as the starting quarterback.

In biting cold weather last night, Kansas City bested Oakland, 21-13 to forge a tie atop the AFC West.

Former Springhill Lumberjack, Charcandrick West scored from three yards out, the second of three Chiefs touchdowns in the second quarter that sprung the home team past their guests from the west.