St. Charles Herald-Guide’s High School PLAYMAKERS
Steib makes mark in first Hahnville victory of season
The senior running back led his team to a 32-12 win over Helen Cox, rushing for 173 yards and three touchdowns. Along the way, he broke plenty of tackles and delivered several punishing hits to any defenders foolish enough to get in his way.
“I was always a contact kid, even when I was little,” Steib said. “My dad noticed that and signed me up for football when I was younger. I have just stuck with it ever since.”
Steib first began to play the game when he was in the 7 and 8 year-old league in recreation. Even when he wasn't playing, Steib says he would find any piece of land that was big enough to showcase his skills. That dedication paid off, and when he was in eighth grade, he had the most broken tackles on the team.
Last year, during his junior season, Steib rushed for 515 yards on 114 carries and finished with 12 touchdowns. This year, Steib looks to shatter those stats.
But the season got off to a rough start for the senior. He and his team were shut down offensively in an overtime loss to South Plaquemine. In that game, Hahnville finished with -1 rushing yards. But after a week of working hard on the running game, the Tigers were able to rebound against Helen Cox to pick up their first win of the season.
“I think we played great against Helen Cox,” Steib said. “The offensive line did a good job of holding their blocks and we were ready to play. We didn't play well in our first game, but we made a lot of improvement.”
And Steib hopes that improvement continues when Hahnville takes on O.P. Walker, who is the second ranked team in 4A.
“It's going to be a challenge,” Steib said. “They are a good football team, but we just need to stick with what we do and follow our gameplan.”DHS’s Smothers efficiently leading Wildcat offense
Coming into the 2008 season, it seemed like Destrehan had a legitimate chance of repeating as state champions if they could find consistency on offense.
So far, that consistency is coming from first-time starter Wynrick Smothers.
In the Wildcat's 42-14 win over Terrebonne, Smothers finished with three touchdown passes - all coming in the first half.
He connected on a 37-yard strike to wide receiver Corey Vidal to give his team an early 7-0 lead, then helped stretch the Destrehan advantage to 21-0 on a 35-yard touchdown pass to Vidal.
In the second quarter, Smothers found receiver Brandon Armstrong for a 6-yard score, giving him 141 passing yards in the victory.
Against St. James, in the Wildcat's first win of the season. Smothers was also impressive.
He connected on 12 of his 18 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns to lead Destrehan to a 35-7 win.
In two games, Smothers has completed 23 of his 31 pass attempts for 348 yards and five touchdowns.
He has only thrown one interception. That's good enough for a 174 yards per game average and a 74.2 percent completion rate.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
Over the past six years, a local couple has been transplanting saplings into the...
The release of toxic, potentially hazardous gases into the atmosphere through local...
A 31-year-old Hahnville graduate has gone missing in Hammond and police are asking...
The Destrehan Lady Wildcats lost only their second game all season when they fell...
Family and friends gathered on Sunday to celebrate the first birthday of Jade...
An auto theft ring operating in St. Charles Parish is targeting Chevrolet trucks...
Open year-round, Banting's Nursery has everything for your landscape and more! We offer outstanding quality at affordable prices. Banting's is the one stop garden center for St. Charles, Jefferson, and Orleans Parishes.
After recovery from accident, local float builder vies for Grand Champion - 1324 views
Kurt Dempster is a Mardi Gras enthusiast with 20 years experience riding in parades, and after constructing his own float he has been a regular presence along parade routes for the past 16 years.