Neville and West Monroe are two of the best teams in the football hotbed that is West Louisiana/East Texas. These two teams always deliver an intense, hard-fought game and both come into this one with momentum on their sides.
The West Monroe Rebels come into the game 4-0, having dominated their previous four opponents. The Neville Tigers lost their first game of the season to Ruston but have won their last three games in convincing fashion. Friday’s matchup will be another exciting matchup in this rivalry.
Ethan Swanner and Reece Aultmann
Ethan is a 3 year starter as a defensive lineman. His outstanding play has helped the “REBELS” achieve great success in football. Since 2016, West Monroe’s record is 29-3, having played for the class 5A State Championship that year and reaching the semi-finals in 2017. We are currently undefeated and ranked #1 in Louisiana 5A football. Ethan’s GPA is a perfect 4.0 and has a 29 on his ACT.
Reese is a 2 year letterman and has been our field goal kicker and on the kickoff team. Reese is 72/74 on xt. Point attempts and is 5/6 on field goals. Reese is an outstanding student with a 4.0 GPA and a 29 on his ACT. He is involved in many community services around our area, including being the operator of Local Charity Wiffleball Tournament, raising over $10k in 6 years.
Tyler has a 3.69 overall GPA in three years at Neville High School. Tyler started on the offensive line the last two seasons for the tigers and is a member of the Tiger Football Leadership Team. Tyler plans to attend ULM in the fall and major in Kinesiology. The Neville Nation if very proud of you Tyler!
HALL OF FAME
Paul was a member of the West Monroe football team from 2007-2011. As the starting quarterback for West Monroe, Paul had a record of 29-1. Paul led West Monroe to the Louisiana 5A State Championship game twice, winning in 2009 and runner up in 2010. He was named the 2010 Class 5A most outstanding offensive player. As a student he maintained a 4.0 GPA and was the 2010 Great American Rivalry Series scholar-athlete and game MVP against Neville. In the NFL Paul has played for the Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, and New England Patriots.
Johon is a 2013 graduate and was an outstanding ambassador for Neville and a rare 4 year letterman. He played a major role for the Tigers on 2 state championship teams in 2009 and 2011, and state runner up in 2012. John attended LSU and played for the Tigers for 3 seasons while completing his undergraduate degree. He then transferred to TCU and enjoyed great success and a second degree. John was in the Denver Broncos camp throughout fall and played in 4 pre-seasons game. He is currently waiting an opportunity to become a professional football player, while currently overseeing his own clothing line.
West Monroe and Neville is a classic rivalry for a reason. These teams talk a lot, but back it up, and Friday night was no different. West Monroe controlled the game on the ground from the start. Great American Rivalry Series MVP Cam Wright dominated running the ball against the Tigers' defense.
The Rebels used this ground attack to gain a first half lead, but the Tigers from Neville started to cut into that lead in the second half. With the score 22-14 West Monroe, the Rebels were looking for a momentum killing play, and that's when Cam Wright stepped back up to convert a crucial 3rd and 7 in the fourth quarter. The first down all but killed Neville's chances of a comeback and eventually wrapped up a 29-14 victory for the Rebels.
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