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Former Evangel Eagle wins Mudbug Madness Celebrity Crawfish Eating Contest

Congratulations Jay Whatley

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  • Joel Rodgers

Praise the Lord, pass the football, and peel the crawfish.

Evangel continues its winning ways by claiming another title.

As I write this, Jay Whatley sits on his couch deciding where to hang his newly framed Mudbug Madness poster. The poster, a trophy earned at this years celebrity crawfish eating contest.

Hang it above the fireplace, Jay!

The thirty-fifth annual Mudbug Madness festival kicked off with a celebrity crawfish eating contest. The contest featured sixteen local celebites racing against one another to see who could claim this years title.

Each person was given 3lbs of crawfish, the first to finish — wins.

Minutes into the contest, it was over! Jay Whatley from Townsquare media; out-peeled, out-ate, and out-crawfished the other 15 competitors. Whatley, a radio personality from Townsquare media, is a Shreveport native and graduate of Evangel Christian Academy. A local high school with 14 football state championships, and now three crawfish eating titles, in a row! Nice Job, Jay!

Jay Whatley is a 2009 graduate of Evangel Christian Academy. A place where winners are made, and a school haters love to hate.

In 2016 and 2017, another graduate of Evangel took home some framed Mudbug Madness posters, Real Shreveport’s Joel Rodgers.

Two years ago, when Joel was first, Jay was second. Last year, Joel was first, Jay was third. But this year proved to be different with Jay winning first, and Joel finishing third.

For years, people have said Evangel was a football factory. Those people might be right, but it’s also turning out some pretty athletic competitive eaters.

In fact, some experts are suggesting that Mudbug Madness realign its eating competition to allow others a chance at winning.

“Maybe if Jay, Joel, and other [former] Evangel guys would just compete against each other, someone else could win something. I mean- this is redic,” said one anonymous crawfish contestant.

While others say, having these two is good for the Shreveport crawfish festival, “Iron sharpens iron, if you can’t take the heat, don’t compete. It’s that easy,” says another anonymous rando.

After Whatley’s win on Thursday, any people are asking, if the former Evangel grads should be forced into a select vs non-select crawfish competition, or will they be able to stay in their current classification?

“Denny Duron calls us champions because at Evangel, they built champions. Not just football champions or crawfish eating champions, but world champions — world changers — Like Jay and myself,” says Rodgers.

Mudbug Madness continues throughout the weekend with other enjoyable competitions, live music, and lots of family fun.

 

 

 

 

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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at jrodgers@realshreveport.com

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