WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Top Story Top Story en-us Copyright 2016, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:10:29 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Fournette rushes for 284 yards in LSU victory http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-rushes-for-284-yards-in-lsu-victory/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-rushes-for-284-yards-in-lsu-victory/ Top Story Sat, 22 Oct 2016 3:11:44 PM ApNewsNow Fournette rushes for 284 yards in LSU victory

BATON ROUGE – Leonard Fournette broke LSU's single-game rushing record on just his first eight carries - scoring three touchdowns of 59 yards or more - and the 25th-ranked Tigers beat No. 23 Mississippi 38-21 on Saturday night.

Fournette finished with 284 yards rushing in his first action since aggravating a left ankle injury on Sept. 24. The speed and force with which he carried the ball left little doubt about how good he feels now. His touchdowns went for 78, 76 and 59 yards. He averaged 17.8 yards on 16 carries.

The victory puts LSU (5-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) at 3-0 under interim coach Ed Orgeron, who replaced Les Miles when the Tigers were 2-2.

Since Orgeron took over and promoted Steve Ensminger to offensive coordinator, the Tigers have demonstrated a penchant for big plays. They had four TDs of 40 or more yards against the Rebels, including Danny Etling's 40-yard pass to D.J. Chark.

LSU finished with 515 total yards against Ole Miss (3-4, 1-3), which saw its chances of getting back into the SEC West race take a huge hit.

Chad Kelly, who came in averaging an SEC-best 308.2 yards passing, was intercepted twice and sacked twice. He finished 19 of 32 for 209 yards and one touchdown. Kelly capped Ole Miss' opening drive with a 15-yard scoring pass to Van Jefferson, and the Rebels briefly led 10-0 before Fournette came rumbling through the right side of LSU's offensive line for his 59-yard score.

Fournette's 76-yard run put the Tigers up 21-13, but Marquis Haynes' sack and strip of Etling gave Ole Miss the ball on the LSU nine. Three plays later, the Rebels tied it at 21 when Akeem Judd scored from 2 yards out and Ole Miss added a 2-point conversion on Kelly's keeper.

But Fournette's 78-yarder, which gave him 249 yards on his first seven carries, put the Tigers up for good. Derrius Guice iced it with a 6-yard TD.


Mississippi: The Rebels' defense is sprinkled with big-play talent, but the unit as a whole doesn't consistently play together and gives up too many big plays and too many points. In all of their losses, they've allowed more than 30 points and LSU's first four TDs went for 40 or more yards.

LSU: Fournette certainly made up for lost time. His performance puts him right back in Heisman Trophy consideration. To stay there, he'll have to keep it up against Alabama, which held him to 31 yards on 19 carries last season in Tuscaloosa.


LSU, which just got back into the AP Top 25 poll last week, should continue to move up. Ole Miss, which was the only three-loss team in the poll, is unlikely to remain ranked.


Mississippi: The Rebels hosts surging Auburn next Saturday.

LSU: The Tigers get next weekend off before hosting the top-ranked Crimson Tide in what could be a pivotal game in both teams' seasons.

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Southern University dominates UAPB 49-17 http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-university-dominates-uapb-49-17/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-university-dominates-uapb-49-17/ Top Story Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:03:24 PM ApNewsNow Southern University dominates UAPB 49-17

BATON ROUGE - Austin Howard passed for three touchdowns, Lenard Tillery ran for two more and Southern beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 49-17 on Saturday night.

Howard completed 22 of 28 passes for 292 yards without an interception and Tillery had 135 yards rushing on 19 carries. It was Tillery's third consecutive 100-yard game and his fifth this season. Willie Quinn finished with six catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns for Southern (4-2, 4-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference).

Tillery scored on two 6-yard runs, and John West added another, as the Jaguars built a 21-7 lead heading into the second quarter.

Jamie Gillan kicked a 25-yard field goal to pull AUPB (1-6, 1-4) within 24-10 at the break, but Howard sandwiched touchdown passes of 11 and 27 yards to Quinn around a 14-yard scoring strike to Dontrell Brown and Southern led 42-10 with 10:14 to play.

Southern had 515 total yards and a season-high 33 first downs.

Willie Young had eight receptions for 118 yards including a 62-yard touchdown.

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St. Amant native killed on duty as Shreveport cop memorialized on bridge today http://www.wbrz.com/news/st-amant-native-killed-on-duty-as-shreveport-cop-memorialized-on-bridge-today/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/st-amant-native-killed-on-duty-as-shreveport-cop-memorialized-on-bridge-today/ Top Story Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:09:08 AM Trey Schmaltz St. Amant native killed on duty as Shreveport cop memorialized on bridge today

SHREVEPORT - A St. Amant native who was killed in the line of duty as a Shreveport Police officer last year will be memorialized in namesake on a bridge that crosses Lake Bistineau.

Thomas LaValley was killed in August 2015 after being shot multiple times after answering a call about a suspicious person inside a home.  Grover Cannon is charged in the shooting.  Cannon faces first-degree murder charges.

At a ceremony Saturday afternoon, the La. 154 bridge over the lake in Bossier Parish will be renamed the "Officer Thomas LaValley Memorial Bridge."

LaValley was a four-year veteran of the Shreveport Police Department and an honor graduate of his police academy class. He graduated from St. Amant High School in 2003 and, at the time of his death, neighbors said the family was well-liked around the town.

"He'd come home every holiday. He'd spend time with his mother. Everything they had to do around here, he would do. He did not waste no time. He was not a lazy person at all," neighbor Carlton Gautreau said.

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Police ID person killed in Friday evening crash http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-id-person-killed-in-friday-evening-crash/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-id-person-killed-in-friday-evening-crash/ Top Story Fri, 21 Oct 2016 5:27:55 PM Trey Schmaltz Police ID person killed in Friday evening crash

BATON ROUGE – A driver who failed to yield at a stop sign caused a deadly crash Friday evening, Baton Rouge Police said.

The crash happened at the intersection of Beechwood Drive and Sherwood Street around 5 p.m.  Tonquincia Davis, 25, died.

Police said a 29-year-old driving a luxury car hit Davis' 1999 sedan.  Davis died at the scene, police said.  The other driver was hurt and taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Alcohol and drugs are not suspected as being a factor in this crash.

Police did not release details about if any charges were filed.  They said the investigation continues. 


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