ULL WR Javone Lawson quite a catch for the Ragin’ Cajuns


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Helen Cox head football coach Willie Brooks said Javone Lawson flew under the radar in high school. But once discovered, teams and coaches either regretted disregarding him or were glad Lawson was on their side.

University of Louisiana-Lafayette wide receiver Javone Lawson (left) caught nine passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns in last year’s New Orleans Bowl.TP Archive

In Helen Cox first ever playoff game against Zachary in 2006, the Broncos decided to sky-kick on kickoffs to avoid one of Cox’ top athletes making a big return. So as Zachary went to kickoff after a score in the game, Brooks decided to put Lawson, then a sophomore, deep.

Zachary called timeout and the coaches instructed their kicker to boot it to Lawson. Bad move. Lawson took the kickoff back 101 yards for a touchdown, which remains a school record, Brooks said.

Lawson, a wide receiver and kick returner, went on to a stellar high school career, earning All-Metro honors as a senior. But college recruiters were lukewarm on Lawson, Brooks said. Not University of Louisiana-Lafayetteassistant coach Tim Rebowe, though.