Webster, Gauthier share West QB duties

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 24, 2000

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / July 24, 2000

BATON ROUGE – St. James Corey Webster and West St. John’s Carl Gauthierwere involved in some memorable clashes during their high school days.

But the two were united in the same backfield last night at the Louisiana High School Coaches Association’s All-Star football game at LSU’s Tiger Stadium.

Both Webster and Gauthier were slated to see action at quarterback for the West squad. The two took reps at the position during practice Tuesdayafternoon at the LSU practice field.

“It’s been good,” Webster said of the practice regiment. “The temperaturehas been down. Today was the first time it was hot. But we go out and dowhat we have to do so it goes by fast.”Webster was practicing on the field that he may get to see more of over the next four years. The all-District 9-3A and honorable mention all-Stateselection has signed to play for LSU in February, one of six future Tigers scheduled to play in the All-Star game. He passed for over 1,400 yards and22 touchdowns and added another 200 yards and three touchdowns on the ground his senior year. He was also an all-state selection in basketballbut could not play in both the basketball and football all-star games.

“I was happy to play in the all-star game and represent St. James,”Webster said. “I want to work hard so I can do my best.”Gauther was scheduled to play either quarterback and defensive back for the West squad. He was named the Offensive MVP of both District 9-2Aand the River Parishes. Gauthier was also an all-Metro and all-Stateselection. In his senior year, he completed over 60 percent of his passesfor 2,848 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also ran for over 400 yards andscored seven times. He will attend Nicholls State in the fall.”I was happy, very happy,” Gauthier said of his selection, which he found out during the basketball season. “I get to get in a game with some of thetop athletes in the state, to see what I have and what they have.”Gauthier said the All-Stars woke up early every morning this week, ate breakfast and practiced for two hours. After going back to their dorms toget some rest, the players went back to practice for another two hours, ate dinner, attended a team meeting and then went to bed.

“It’s about how I expected,” Gauthier said.

As for his expectations for the game, Webster said he was not going to try to force anything on the field.

“I’m going to come out and play hard but I’m going to let the game come to me,” Webster said. “Whatever comes to me, that’s what I’ll take.”

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