Diverse story lines for  Red Stick Bowl all-star game

Woodlawn High’s Jonathan Barnes has a busy week planned, while football season still hasn’t stopped for Parkview Baptist running back Hezekiah Randolph.

Those are two of the story lines for the Black Knights all-star team. The Black Knights and Rough Raiders hold their final practice Thursday at Independence Park in preparation for the U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Denham Springs High School.

Barnes, a Louisiana Tech football commitment, was a place-kicker and punter for a Woodlawn team that didn’t make the playoffs. He quickly moved to the WHS soccer team as a center midfielder. He practiced football Wednesday afternoon and played in a soccer game a few hours later. Saturday, he’ll play in the Red Stick Bowl and a soccer game that night.

Randolph helped lead Parkview Baptist to the Class 3A title Saturday and attended an organization meeting for this game the next day.

“Jonathan Barnes is a very good kicker, and he’ll help us control field position,” said Black Knights coach David Oliver. “Hezekiah Randolph is a good runner, and I think he’s enjoying our spread offense.”

Randolph, who rushed for more than 2,000 yards the past two seasons, scored two touchdowns and ran for a two-point conversion as Parkview defeated Notre Dame 42-7 in the title game to finish 13-0. The Eagles run a flex bone power offense.

“At Parkview it’s all downhill running,” Randolph said. “It’s fun playing in the spread offense. They’re moving me around and trying to get me the ball in space. We’re working on some screen plays.

“I feel fresher than I had all season. I haven’t felt this fresh since Week 1. The guys are picking up on things fast, and the team is disciplined. Every player on defense is good. It’s going to be hard to break free. Our running backs will have to follow the blocks pretty well and do what they can.”

Randolph, a 6-foot, 210-pounder, also plays baseball for the Eagles.

Woodlawn’s 1-9 football season ended on Nov. 2. The first two games of the season were played at Denham Springs High.

“I went right to soccer, but I’ve been practicing a little place-kicking on my own,” said Barnes. “I love playing on the artificial turf at Denham. I’m hoping to end my high school football career on a high note.”

Lutcher’s Ruston Matherne will be the holder for Barnes.

Barnes is the son of former LSU place-kicker Andrew Barnes, who is the Woodlawn soccer coach. Jonathan Barnes didn’t play football until his freshman year as soccer was his first love.

“I think I got better and more comfortable as a kicker each year,” Barnes said. “I went to several national camps last summer and did well. Also, I was the punter for Woodlawn as a senior.”

All-Decade input wanted

This is the 11th Red Stick Bowl. Co-Director Dennis Lorio is working on an all-decade team from the first 10 games. A preliminary draft shows eight players who participated in the game have played in the NFL. The team will be selected based on Red Stick Bowl, high school, college and pro careers.

Lorio said if any coaches have a nomination to contact him by Dec. 19 at dlorio1@tigers.lsu.edu.