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Thursday
Byrd 24, Parkway 17, OT
Friday
Airline 42, Haughton 6
Haughton 38, Captain Shreve 17
Minden 25, Benton 24, OT
Plain Dealing 40, Cedar Creek 14

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The Cope Cougars and the Haughton Buccaneers will face off for the Bossier Parish middle school seventh-grade title Tuesday at Haughton.

The Cougars joined the Bucs at 4-0 in district play with a hard-fought 32-26 victory over the Rusheon Rams Thursday at Bossier’s Memorial Stadium. Cope also picked up its first eighth-grade win of the season, 48-20.

Jamal Johnson led the Cope seventh-graders with 127 yards on 11 carries. He scored touchdowns on runs of 48 and 14 yards. Johnson also had a 4-yard TD reception.

Thomas Williams had 87 yards on 20 carries. He scored one touchdown and three two-point conversions. Bryan Marshall had a 2-yard TD run.

Ja’Kaldrick Thomas had a big game for Rusheon, scoring four TDs. Two of those were on runs of 55 and 40 yards. He also caught a 25-yard TD pass from Kedrick Henderson and returned an interception 95 yards for a score.

Andrick Robinson had a 50-yard return, Kevin Pouncy scored a conversion and James Davis had five tackles.

Adrian Brooks had a monster game in Cooe’s eighth-grade victory, rushing for 297 yards on 18 carries. He scored five TDs on runs of 65, 64, 41, 45 and 3 yards. He also had two conversions.

Ian Stanfield retuned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and scored on a 7-yard run. He also had an interception.

Daniel Turner rushed for 35 yards on three carries and Jacoby Bailey had 17 on three. Garrison Wade scored a conversion.

Jacoby Decker scored three TDs for Rusheon on runs of 2 and 70 yards and a 20-yard pass reception. He also scored two conversions. Daniel Moore ran 25 yards for a TD.

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The Cope Lady Cougars swept Keithville in non-district middle school girls basketball action Thursday.

The eighth-grade team won 26-24 and the seventh-grade team won 30-9.

Brooklyn Brandon led the eighth-grade Lady Cougars with 11 points and Emily Francis added seven.

Keiarra McCoy topped the seventh-grade squad with 16 points. Kari Smith had six.

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The Byrd Yellow Jackets are not known as a passing team, but it was a pass that did in the Parkway Panthers Thursday night at Lee Hedges Stadium.

Byrd’s Deuce Caston completed a 52-yard touchdown pass to Sahil Dhawan with 43.9 seconds left in the game to tie it. The Jackets then went on to win the District 1-5A showdown 24-17 in overtime.

The catch was Dhawan’s first all season. An option team, Byrd had attempted only 22 passes in their previous seven games, completing 13. Caston was five of nine for 98 yards Thursday.

Byrd, ranked No 3 in Class 5A, improved to 8-0 and 3-0 in District 1-5A. Parkway, the defending 1-5A champs, dropped to 6-2 and 2-1.

Byrd went on offense first in the overtime and Caston quickly scored on a run around left end. The PAT made it 24-17.

Parkway gained a couple of yards on first down and then threw three straight incompletions. The fourth-down pass was almost caught for a TD.

The Panthers saw their six-game winning streak come to an end before a large and enthusiastic crowd.

The game featured two outstanding defensive performances. The Panthers did an effective job of slowing down Byrd’s running attack. While Parkway quarterback Keondre Wudtee threw the ball well all night, the Jackets also came up with some big stops.

Both teams sustained one good drive in a first half that finished tied at 3. Demetrius kicked a 25-yard field goal for Parkway.

Parkway took a 9-3 lead in the third quarter on a 25-yard pass from Wudtee to Stacy McCray. The PAT snap was botched and a desperation pass failed.

Parkway had a chance to extend the lead in the third quarter, but the Panthers fumbled the ball away at the Jackets 7.

After a Parkway fake punt came up just short of a first down, Byrd’s Dominic Haggerty broke a big run down the left sideline to the Panthers 28. The Jackets scored a few plays later on a 5-yard run up the middle. The extra point made it 10-9 with 4:41 left in the game.

The Panthers then marched 78 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Wudtee made a great play on fourth-and-2, spinning away from a couple of Yellow Jackets and scrambling for a first down.

Robert McKnight had a 26-yard run on the drive. The Panthers also overcame an unsportmanslike conduct penalty at the end of a 21-yard reverse.

Wudtee hit Jared Lancaster for 12 yards and the touchdown. A two-point conversion pass to McKnight made it 17-10 with 1:53 left.

Byrd took over at its own 23. Caston completed a pass to the 34. The Jackets picked up 5 yards on a third-and-10 and got a 9-yard run on fourth-and-5.

That set up the touchdown pass. Dhawan ran a post pattern and Caston hit him with a perfect throw.

Wudtee completed 20 of 35 passes for 247 yards. Lancaster caught nine passes for 65 yards. Artavious Lynn caught four for 33, and McKnight two for 38.

Parkway held Byrd to 176 yards rushing, well below the Jackets’ season average.

Greg Jones, Dante Williams, Semaj Tarver and Willie Johnson led the Panthers defense with nine tackles apiece. Ryan Black had eight. Kyle Still had seven tackles and constantly disrupted things in the middle.

The Panthers return to action next Thursday against parish rival Haughton (7-0). The Bucs host Captain Shreve Friday night.

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The Louisiana High School Athletic Association and Executive Director Kenny Henderson have decided to sever their relationship Oct. 24, according to an LHSAA press release.

Here is the release.

The LHSAA Executive Committee and its Executive Director, Kenny Henderson, have mutually agreed that it is in the best interest of the association and Mr. Henderson to sever their relationship, effective October 24, 2014.

The Executive Committee wishes to express its appreciation to Mr. Henderson for his dedicated service over the last seven years, the improvements made during his term as Executive Director, and his efforts in meeting the many challenges which
have been faced by the LHSAA during that period.

The Executive Committee will immediately begin the process of searching for a new Executive Director. A committee has been formed to initiate that process, which will be chaired by Mr. Todd Guice, Past-President of LHSAA and Principal of Ouachita Parish High School.

— Staff Reports

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The Parkway boys and girls teams and the Benton boys team are all ranked in the top 10 in the Louisiana Track and Field Coaches Association Large Schools (Classes 5A, 4A and 3A) cross country polls.

The Parkway boys team, led by senior Hayden Kingfisher, is ranked No. 3 behind Class 3A John Curtis and Class 5A Jesuit. Defending Class 4A state champion Benton is ranked ninth. Benton is the highest-ranked Class 4A team.

The defending Class 5A state champion girls team, led by Junior Sara Funderburk, is ranked No. 5. Mandeville is No. 1.

The Class 5A and 4A state meets are Nov. 18 in Natchitoches.

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The Elm Grove Eagles and Greenacres Mustangs will meet for the Bossier Parish middle school eighth-grade district title next Tuesday at Airline Stadium.

The Eagles and Mustangs both improved to 4-0 in district play with victories Tuesday. Elm Grove defeated Benton 30-0 at Benton, and Greenacres downed Haughton 30-14 at Airline Stadium.

The other eighth-grade game this week between Rusheon and Cope scheduled for Bossier High’s Memorial Stadium was moved to Thursday.

In seventh-grade action Tuesday, Haughton improved to 4-0 in district play with a 48-20 victory over Greenacres, and Benton rallied late for a 22-16 win over Elm Grove.

If Cope defeats Rusheon Thursday, Haughton and Cope will play for the seventh-grade title next Tuesday at Haughton.

At Benton Tuesday, Amani Larry had a hand in three touchdowns to lead the Eagles to the eighth-grade win.

He scored on a 1-yard sneak, returned a kickoff 65 yards for a TD and passed 60 yards to Nick Cannon for another. Larry also passed to Anthony Papason for a two-point conversion.

Zeke McKnight scored the Eagles’ other touchdown on a 10-yard run. Contravious Morris scored two conversions.

Elm Grove coach Mark Tabor said Caleb Shearin, Alec Crain and Papason were among the defensive standouts. He also cited the play of Miguel Espino and Deyrion Eloph on the offensive line.

This group of Elm Grove eighth-graders is 17-0 overall over the past two seasons.

Benton had its chances but couldn’t put the ball in the end zone. The Tigers looked like they were going to tie the game in the second quarter but the Eagles stopped the drive with an interception at the 1.

Brad Fream made some nice throws. Ethan Yarbrough had a catch that put Benton in scoring position.

In the seventh-grade game, Elm Grove took a 16-14 lead late in the game on Tyler Jacobs’ 60-yard fumble return and Samorii Dooley’s conversion run.

But Benton drove down the field and scored on a swing pass from Bryson Connell to Bobby Smith to get the win.

Elm Grove’s other TD came on a pass from Drake Fontenot to James Corley. Dooley scored the conversion.

Dooley rushed for 70 yards on 10 carries and Peyton Lewis had 30 on six. Tabor said Adam Johnson did a good job of blocking up front. He said Jacobs and Tobias Spoon were among the defensive standouts.

At Airline, Greenacres’ Trey Taylor continued his outstanding season, scoring on runs of 3 and 7 yards and returning an interception 65 yards for a touchdown in the Eagles’ eighth-grade victory. Hunter Clemens caught two conversion passes from Kourtnee Samuels.

Cade Nelson also scored a TD for the Mustangs. Jonathan Lacour had an interception.

Haughton led 14-6 at the half. Coach Darin Walker said Gavin Roe and Trenton Seets both ran the ball well. Landon Thompson competed seven passes. Walker also said the defense played well.

Keyshawn Davis continued his outstanding season for the Haughton seventh-grade squad, scoring four touchdowns. Trenton Contario and Tristan Sweeney also scored TDs.

CJ McWilliams completed nine passes, including two for touchdowns. He also had a hand in four conversions.

Sweeney and Kilian Malena led the defense, Walker said. Malena had an interception.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

Note: The above report was compiled from information received from coaches. It includes all reports received by 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22.

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The Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans will square off Thursday in a preseason game at the CenturyLink Center at 7 p.m.

The game is hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, the CenturyLink Center and the City of Bossier City.

Tickets start at $12 and can be purchased Wednesday until 4:30 p.m. at the CenturyLink box office and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and before the game. Tickets can also be purchased through ticketmaster.com.

The Mavericks finished 49-33 in the 2013-14 regular season. They were the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference in the playoffs and took No. 1 seed and eventual champion San Antonio to seven games in the first round.

The Pelicans finished 34-48 last season and did not make the playoffs.

Seven-foot forward Dirk Nowitzki is the Mavericks’ most well-known player. The Wurzburg, Germany, native is about to begin his 17th season in the league. He led the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA title.

Anthony Davis, a 6-foot-10 forward, is the Pelicans’ marquee player. Davis was the No. 1 pick out of Kentucky in the 2012 NBA Draft. He was a member of the United States’ World Cup of Basketball championship team this past summer.