- 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.