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PASSING
C-A-I Yards TDs
Logan Allen, Plain Dealing 114-193-4 1,800 20
Keondre Wudtee, Parkway 79-148-8 1,541 19
Will Haines, Haughton 67-133-4 999 12
Noah Hildebrand, Airline 64-123-10 874 8
Christian Smith, Benton 81-123-3 576 5
Thomas McKain, Airline 43-71-2 368 1
Jonathan Thompson, Benton 24-51-4 290 1
Garrett Hable, Benton 29-50-4 270 4
Keimun Daniels, Bossier 11-31-7 250 1

RUSHING
Att. Yards TDs
Kei’Untre Normandin, Haughton 89 673 5
Shuncee Thomas, Airline 95 481 6
Will Haines, Haughton 88 467 10
Desean Morris, Plain Dealing 74 430 5
William McKnight, Parkway 46 367 9
D’Kovin Ware, Haughton 45 310 2
Isaiah McKinsey, Bossier 57 287 2
TJ Anderson, Benton 64 263 1
Aaeron Smallwood, Bossier 46 237 2
Avery Jones, Bossier 43 218 2
Derreon Washington, Plain Dealing 68 217 3
Brandon Harris, Bossier 48 216 2

RECEIVING
C Yards TDs
Isaac Jacobs, Plain Dealing 42 592 6
Keldrick Carper, Plain Dealing 23 493 6
Javonte Woodard, Haughton 25 457 4
Artavious Lynn, Parkway 18 376 9
Tyler Stephens, Benton 42 373 3
Jared Lancaster, Parkway 26 339 3
Cameron Howell, Airline 21 323 1
Desean Morris, Plain Dealing 23 261 1
William McKnight, Parkway 11 224 3
Darian Germany, Airline 19 218 0
Stacey McCray, Parkway 8 216 2
Josh Lister, Haughton 16 216 4
Antonio Woodfork, Haughton 18 210 1

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Aareon Smallwood rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns to lead Bossier to a 38-12 junior varsity victory over Plain Dealing Monday.

Smallwood also had a 65-yard TD reception as time expired in the first half and a tackle for a safety.

John Langston added 85 yards rushing and a TD. Rodney Nelson had 40 yards and a two-point conversion.
Quarterback Kevin Daniels and Xavier Venious added conversions. Daniels completed five of five passes for 95 yards.

Joseph Bush and Melvin Russell each had interceptions. Keimun Daniels had eight tackles and a fumble recovery on special teams. Khaled Algahimhad two tackles and a sack.

Elsehwere, the Benton Tigers lost to the Minden Crimson Tide 14-7 in a freshman game.

C.J. George scored the Tigers’ touchdown, and Carter Parks kicked the PAT.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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The Airline boys and girls teams both finished fourth in the Large Schools Division of the Menard Invitational cross country meet Saturday in Alexandria.

Airline’s Kaleb Sahlie finished fourth in the boys’ individual competition, covering the 3-mile course in 16 minutes, 53.83 seconds. Chace Edwards of Brother Martin won in 16:13.63.

The Vikings scored 148 points. Brother Martin of New Orleans won easily with 19 points.

Other Airline boys in the scoring were Seth Papineau (21st, 17:40.51), Nate Godeaux (26th, 17:49.32), Mark Mitchell (53rd, 18:34.30) and Clifton Haacker (60th, 18:54.02).

Airline freshman Isabelle Shamblin finished sixth in the girls’ race in 20:54.46. Kaitlin Tanner of Loyola won in 18:47.96.

Other Airline girls in he scoring were May Randle (17th, 21:45.32), Bethanie Dunn (36th, 22:42.93), Abby Garza (42nd, 23:32.34) and Emilee Burns (23:54.61).

Airline scored 128 points. St. Thomas More won with 25.

Rachel Yarrington and Shaderrika Edwards finished 46th and 48th, respectively.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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LSU’s special teams put the Kentucky Wildcats in a hole early and the Tigers cruised to a 41-3 Southeastern Conference victory Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

LSU improved to 6-2 overall and 2-2 in the SEC. Kentucky dropped to 5-2 and 2-2.

“I think this was the best overall game we have had this year so far from start to finish,” LSU coach Les Miles said.

Terrence Magee led the Tigers with 127 yards on nine carries. Former Green Oaks standout Tre’Davious White returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown that gave LSU a 17-0 lead in the first quarter.

White also had a 17-yard punt return that led to a 28-yard Colby Delahoussaye field goal.

“I think Tre’Davious White is just coming of age as a returner,” Miles said. “He is continuing to push the envelope there. He is incrementally improving and getting better. I think he is a very dangerous return man, and he showed that tonight.”

Magee set the tone with a 49-yard return on the opening kickoff. That set up LSU’s first touchdown, a 1-yard run by Leonard Fournette.

The Tigers piled up 308 yards in the ground. Darrell Williams had 61yards on 10 carries, quarterback Anthony Jennings 44 on seven and Fournette 41 on 15.

Jennings completed seven of 14 passes for 120 yards including a 32-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural with 44 seconds left in the first half. He did not throw an interception.

Former Parkway star Brandon Harris got into the game late in the fourth quarter. He had one carry for eight yards as the Tigers ran out the clock.

The LSU defense was dominant. The Tigers limited Kentucky to just 217 total yards, including 71 on the ground.

LSU hosts No. 3 Ole Miss next Saturday. The Rebels (7-0, 4-0) defeated Tennessee 34-3 Saturday.

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ATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State overcame a 14-point deficit, taking its first lead
with 5:48 left after De’Mard Llorens’ 20-yard touchdown pass from Zach Adkins, and forced two fumbles in the final four minutes Saturday as the Demons rallied past No. 24 Sam Houston State 31-27, handing the Bearkats their first Southland Conference loss.

The Demons (4-3 overall, 2-1 in the Southland) recovered from a 21-7 Bearkats lead with 10:46 left in the first half, tying the game at 21. After a scoreless third period, Sam Houston (3-4, 2-1) was held to a pair of field goals after interceptions gave the Bearkats short fields, moving up 27-21 on Luc Swimberghe kicks of 41 and 23 yards.

After the second, short field goal, forced when WaDerrious Sellers broke up a third-down pass from the 5 in the end zone, NSU’s Ed Eagan brought the ensuing kickoff back 33 yards to the SHSU 48. Adkins converted two third downs with passes of 6 and 13 yards before looping a pass to Llorens, a sophomore running back, in the left corner of the end zone for the tying touchdown. Kicker Chris Moore added the extra point to nudge NSU ahead 28-27.

The Bearkats got passes of 22 and 13 yards to move into Demons’ territory, but NSU senior linebacker Tyler Roussel knocked the ball away from receiver LaDarius Brown at the Demons’ 30 and senior cornerback Imoan Claiborne scooped it up and returned it 28 yards to the SHSU 42 with 3:56 remaining.

NSU ground out two first downs before Moore, who had missed six straight field goals — including tries of 23 and 36 yards Saturday — following a 10-for-12 start to his season, split the uprights with 1:48 to go on a 30-yarder for a four-point margin.

On the first play after Moore’s kickoff sailed through the end zone, junior defensive end Leroy Armstrong stripped the ball away from Bearkats’ quarterback Jared Johnson at the SHSU 35 and junior safety Chase Collins recovered with 1:39 remaining. NSU kneeled on three plays to run out the clock, posting its first win in four tries over a nationally ranked FCS foe, dating back to a Nov. 2 home win last season over 15th-ranked Central Arkansas.

The Demons visit UCA next Saturday night before coming home Nov. 1 to play nationally ranked McNeese State.

For the third time this season, Adkins tied the single-game school record with four touchdown passes. He and Eagan connected on a 12-yarder in the first quarter for a 7-7 tie, then Tuff McClain turned a flanker screen into a 42-yard TD 2:35 before halftime. Adkins’ 26-yard throw to his roommate Bryant Mitchell capped a 57-yard, six-play drive as Demons converted Adam Jones’ third interception of the season into a tying score with 43 seconds left in the half.

The Bearkats used two long Keshawn Hill scoring runs, 66 and 74 yards, in the first quarter to bolt to a 14-7 advantage. It grew to 21-7 when Hill, who ran for 198 yards on 17 carries, notched his third TD on a 3-yarder 10:46 before halftime to wrap up a 12-play, 89-yard drive.

But the Demons’ Purple Swarm defense, despite losing NFL prospect defensive tackle Deon Simon to a leg injury in the second quarter, stiffened after halftime. Sam Houston managed only 97 second-half yards after 335 in the first two periods, as senior linebacker Marion Chapman had 11 tackles, Roussel 9, Jones 8 and Sellers 6 in the game.

“Our guys showed a lot of toughness hanging in there, coming back and winning the game,” said second-year Demons coach Jay Thomas, who celebrated his 54th birthday and his mother’s birthday Saturday. “We beat a good football team. (Defensive coordinator) Mike Lucas made some great adjustments during the game and at the half, and our kids did what we asked and played their hearts out.

“We know how to win close games. We have guys who are making plays with the game on the line,” said Thomas, “and we had a bunch of those today. Zach and the offense got it done and had a great day overall, and the defense was tremendous especially coming down the stretch protecting the lead.”

The Demons outgained the Bearkats 482-432, getting 186 yards rushing by five ballcarriers, led by Garrett Atzenweiler with 68 on 18 carries. Adkins was 22-of-35 for 296 yards, using seven receivers, topped by Eagan with six catches for 47 yards and McClain with his first career 100-yard game, 102 on five catches.

It was NSU’s second fourth-period comeback for a win. The Demons were down 27-17 with 8:35 to go Sept. 20 at Louisiana Tech, but scored three times while forcing two turnovers in the waning minutes for a 30-27 triumph.

With the Jones interception and the fumble recoveries by Claiborne and Collins, the Purple Swarm raised its season turnover total to 22 takeaways. NSU was second nationally with 19 entering the game.

— Northwestern State Sports Information

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RUSTON — On a day where points were at a premium due to the stellar play of the two defenses, Louisiana Tech turned three third-quarter turnovers into 21 points as the Bulldogs held on for a 27-20 victory over UTSA 18,071 fans at Joe Aillet Stadium.

With the win, Tech (4-3, 3-0 C-USA) maintains its lead in the West Division standings heading into next weekend’s showdown at Southern Miss.

“It is always great to win,” said Tech head coach Skip Holtz. “We have had a few wins where we have gone out there and played really well, but this one we had to earn. It was a conference game against a very good team. A lot has been said about the quality of their defense and how physical they are. I thought it was a hard-fought game on both sides. I think they were a quality football team and showed us why they got a lot of votes to win the West (Division).”

Tech linebacker Terrell Pinson spearheaded the turnover barrage for the Bulldogs, returning a shotgun snap fumble two yards for a TD and then registering back-to-back interceptions which were also converted into scores.

“How do you not talk about Terrell Pinson,” Holtz said. “He had two interceptions, a fumble recovery for a touchdown, seven tackles including one for a loss. It was just an unbelievable individual effort.”

Pinson’s TD with 11:33 to play in the third quarter gave Tech (4-3, 3-0 C-USA) its first lead of the game as Jonathan Barnes point after attempt gave the Bulldogs a 13-10 advantage. On a third-down-and-12 play from the UTSA 15-yard line, freshman quarterback Austin Robinson had the shotgun snap sail through his hands. As the ball bounced towards the end zone, Pinson outraced Robinson, grabbed it on a bounce and hit paydirt.

On UTSA’s ensuing possession, Pinson struck again. On a second-down-and-11 play from the Roadrunners 49-yard line, Pinson intercepted Robinson and returned it to the UTSA 40-yard line. The Bulldogs offense capitalized as Cody Sokol hit Sterling Griffin for a 19-yard TD down the middle of the field. Barnes PAT made the score 20-10 with 9:01 remaining in the third quarter. Griffin led Tech receivers with six catches for 70 yards and one score.

The UTSA defense limited Sokol most of the day as the senior completed 14-of-31 passes for 157 yards and one touchdown. He was intercepted one time.

Pinson recorded the turnover trifecta on the Roadrunners next possession, as Robinson’s pass sailed over the intended receiver’s hands and Pinson picked it out of the air, racing 19 yards to the UTSA 11-yard line.

Tech running back Kenneth Dixon scored two plays later from three yards out as the Bulldogs led 27-10. Dixon finished the day with 121 yards and one score on 28 carries in the game.

Tech scored the three touchdowns in a four-minute span. Thanks to the Tech defense, the Bulldogs offense only had to drive a total of 51 yards for the three touchdowns.

“I cannot say enough about the way the defense played today,” Holtz said. “We said there were going to have to be times when the defense carried this football team, and today was one of those days. The defense played a great game.”

UTSA’s defense which only allowed 278 yards on the day continued to stand tall while the Roadrunners offense used a pair of big plays to close the gap.

“We were struggling to drive the ball down the field as an offense,” Holtz said. “It seemed like we would get six yards and then get a penalty. That would put us in a passing situation, and we could not execute. It was just a frustrating day offensively. We could never get in a rhythm, and I give them a lot of credit for that and the scheme they put together.”

Late in the third quarter UTSA (2-5, 1-2 C-USA) faced a third down and 30 on their own 42 yard line, and it appeared as if the Bulldogs would force another punt. However, Robinson hit Jarveon Williams on a screen pass and Williams turned what appeared to be a five-yard gain into a 31-yard play as he reversed the field and raced to the Tech 27-yard line.

The Bulldog defense eventually held as Sean Ianno booted a 27-yard field goal, cutting the deficit to 27-13 with 14:50 to play in the fourth quarter.

Following a three-and-out by the Bulldog offense, UTSA marched to the Tech 35-yard line after converting a fourth-down-and-1. The Roadrunners then used some trickery as wide receiver Kam Jones caught a lateral from Robinson and then tossed it 35-yards downfield to a wide open Kenny Harrison for the score. Ianno’s PAT made it 27-20 with 11:17 to play.

The Bulldogs defense stood tall on UTSA’s next possession and following a short punt from deep in its own end, Tech took over on the Roadrunner 43 with 8:09 to play. After picking up a couple of first downs, Tech’s offense eventually stalled as Jonathan Barnes came on with a chance to give Tech a double digit lead. However, Barnes’ 40-yard field goal attempt missed wide right as UTSA took over with 3:08 to play.

Three first downs later, UTSA moved inside of Tech territory with a chance to tie. However, the Bulldogs defense continued to pressure Robinson, who was sacked three times on the day and who was harassed all day. On a fourth-down-and-10 play from the Tech 33, Robinson hit Josiah Monroe on a quick out. Monroe was tackled by Bryson Abraham five yards short of the first down, sealing the win for the Bulldogs and avenging last year’s 30-10 loss in San Antonio.

The first two quarters saw more post-play action than in-game action. Numerous times following the completion of plays, officials were forced to separate players as multiple personal foul penalties were called. For the game Tech was penalized 10 times for 85 yards and UTSA eight times for 85 yards.

“Obviously, the penalties are another one of those glaring things,” Holtz said. “We just had far too many penalties. I thought the game got out of control in the second quarter. It got out of control, and there were frustrations on both sides of the field. Both coaches talked to their teams in the locker room and in the second half it was a hard fought game.”

UTSA built a 10-6 halftime advantage on an Ianno 23-yard field goal and a 53-yard touchdown run by Robinson on a busted play. Barnes hit field goals of 21- and 33-yards for Tech’s only points of the opening two quarters.

— Louisiana Tech Sports Information

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The Benton Tigers are alone at the top of the District 1-4A football standings.

The Tigers’ 25-10 victory over the Loyola Flyers Friday night at Messmer Stadium coupled with Minden’s 23-0 loss to North DeSoto left Benton as the only team in 1-4A without a district loss.

Benton improved to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in district, one game ahead of Minden and North DeSoto. The Tigers defeated North DeSoto earlier this season and host Minden next Friday.

The Tigers got some big plays on special teams and a solid performance from freshman quarterback Garrett Hable against Loyola (1-6, 0-4).

DorSavion Williams returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown.

Leading 19-0, the Tigers kicked off to start the second half. Benton coach Reynolds Moore said kicker Jordan White “kind of missed it.” That proved fortunate as the Tigers recovered the ball and scored on a pass from Hable to Tyler Stephens to go ahead 25-0.

Benton’s other two first-half touchdowns came on a 60-yard run by TJ Anderson and a 2-yard run by Chauncey Taylor.

“In the first half we moved the ball really well,” Moore said.

Hable passed for 205 yards. He struggled a bit in the second half with three interceptions.

Moore said Hable earned a chance to start after coming off the bench last week and rallying the Tigers from a two-touchdown deficit in the final three minutes against Fair Park.

“Here’s the deal,” Moore said “You know when you put a freshman in you’re going to get freshman mistakes, bottom line. I can live with one of them. He made the same mistake twice and we can’t do that. That’s unlike him. Even in 7-on-7 this summer he didn’t do that. If he made a mistake once he’d come back and fix it.

“It’s just a matter of time and him getting some reps. I thought he looked pretty good, running the offense well. I think the kids responded to him. I like what I saw. He’s just got to progress from this week to next week. That’s what I’m looking for.”

The Benton defense continued its outstanding play, limiting the Flyers to just three first downs in the first half and four in the second.

Stephens had a couple of good punt returns but the Tigers failed to capitalize on one at the end of the first half.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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As the final seconds ticked off the clock at Airline Stadium, Haughton head coach Rodney Guin turned toward principal Gene Couvillion. With a big smile on his face, he raised his right hand to give Couvillion a high five. That quickly turned into a hug.

Haughton had just done something rare in Guin’s 15-year tenure as head coach — beaten Airline. With the thrilling 28-26 victory, the Bucs improved to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in District 1-5A.

“This is a big game for us,” Guin said. “I’ve been here 15 years and we had won this game twice. This is a game we’ve had a hard time winning. So it’s big for us to win.”

Like last season’s 28-21 Airline victory, Friday’s game went down to the wire. Airline’s Darian Germany scored easily on a 3-yard run up the middle on fourth down with 1:17 left in the game to get the Vikings within two.

But the Bucs forced Germany outside on the two-point conversion try and gang-tackled him well short of the goalline. When Haughton’s O’Shun Smith recovered the onsides kick, the celebration started on the Bucs side of the field.

Airline (2-5, 0-2) avoided the kicking game mistakes that have plagued it in past games. But the Vikings turned the ball over twice inside Haughton’s 10 in the second half. The first was a fumble into the end zone.

On the second, Haughton’s Jesus Santos knocked the ball loose after a pass completion. It sailed into the end zone right into the hands of the Bucs’ JT Bledsoe, who dropped down for a touchback.

Airline forced a punt, though, and drove for the touchdown to get within two.

While it seems the Vikings have been snakebit this season, Coach Bo Meeks isn’t ready to go that far.

“We made the mistakes, and Haughton forced them too,” he said. “They’re a great football team. You can’t make that many mistakes against a good football team. But I’m proud of our guys. We’ve fought for 48 minutes every game we’ve played this year. I’m extremely proud of the effort. We’ve just got to correct mistakes.”

The game featured outstanding performances by both team’s quarterbacks.

Airline sophomore Noah Hildebrand completed 19 of 29 passes for 307 yards and three TDs. Haughton senior Will Haines rushed for 160 yards on 21 carries and scored three TDs.

All three of Hildebrand’s touchdown passes came in the first half as the Vikings built a 20-7 lead. They went to Harvey Calhoun (69 yards), Anthony Mulrenin (69 yards) and Micah Dunn (15 yards).

Both of Haines’ first-half TDs were 3-yard runs. The second came with 9 seconds left in the second quarter. Haines did most of the work himself on the 60-yard drive. Nico Broadway’s second of four PAT kicks made it 20-14.

The Bucs took the lead on Haines’ 3-yard pass to Josh Lister and Broadway’s PAT with 3:32 left in the third quarter. Haines’ 1-yard TD run and Broadway’s PAT gave Haughton a 28-20 lead with 10:13 left in the game.

“We didn’t play well in the first half, bunch of mistakes,” Guin said. “We played good football in the second half. And good defense. We were kind of like we have been. We didn’t give up many points. The offense, I never thought we could run the football like that. We ran the football well.”

D’Kovin Ware added 64 yards on the ground on just four carries.

Haughton hosts Captain Shreve next Friday. The Gators (3-4, 0-2) dropped a 48-7 decision to undefeated Byrd Friday night.

Airline is by no means out of the playoff picture. Last year, the Vikings made it with a 5-5 record. They’ll have to win their final three games to equal that mark.

“That’s what we’re going to plan to do,” Meeks said. “We plan to win every week. We’re going to work to correct those mistakes and these guys are going to take pride in their job and get ready to play next week.”

Airline plays Southwood next Friday at Northwood’s Jerry Burton Memorial Stadium. The Cowboys (2-5, 0-2) fell to Parkway 34-0 Thursday night.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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The Bossier Bearkats and the Booker T. Washington Lions went into Friday’s game at Bossier’s Memorial Stadium both looking for their first win of the season.

Unfortunately for the Bearkats, it was the Lions who came out on top 30-16 in Bossier’s homecoming game.

Bossier dropped to 0-7 and 0-2 in District 1-3A. BTW improved to 1-6 and 1-1.

Bossier had two good chances to score in the first half. The Bearkats drove deep into BTW territory behind the running of Brandon Harris, Avery Jones, Isaiah McKinsey and Aareon Smallwood.

On third down, McKinsey bulled his way inside the 5-yard line but a penalty nullfied the play. On fourth down from the 11, the Lions intercepted a Keimun Daniels pass and returned it to the Bossier 8.

BTW’s Lytavious Anderson scored on the next play. Anderson caught a two-point conversion pass from Joshua Horton to make it 8-0 with 1:58 left in the first quarter.

Bossier also advanced to the Lions 25 but a pass on fourth-and-10 fell incomplete.

A kickoff return to the Bossier 22 to open the second half set up the Lions’ second TD. Horton passed 15 yards to Deandre Washington. He then hit Ontario Collins for the conversion and BTW led 16-0.

Bossier quickly got back in the game, taking four minutes to drive for a TD. The big play was a swing pass from Daniels to Brandon Harris, who took the ball deep into BTW territory.

Aaeron Smallwood got the TD on a 2-yard run. McKinsey scored the conversion and Bossier trailed 16-8 with 7:00 left in the third quarter.

After that, the game turned the Lions’ way for good. Washington took a swing pass from Horton and turned it into a 37-yard TD. The two-point conversion gave the Lions a 24-8 lead with 4:50 left in the third.

On Bossier’s next possession, BTW’s Marvontae Alexander returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown. The try for two failed, but the Lions still had a commanding 30-8 lead.

Smallwood scored Bossier’s final TD on an 11-yard run with 5:48 left in the game. McKinsey got the conversion for the final margin.

Bossier outgained BTW 333-216. Smallwood had 92 yards on 13 carries. Jones gained 54 on 14, McKinsey 51 on 11 and Harris 48 on six. Harris also caught three passes for 95 yards.

Harris (five tackles), Smallwood (three) and McKinsey (three) all played well on defense, too.

But the Bearkats couldn’t overcome the huge first-half interception, three lost fumbles and the penalty that potentially kept them out of the end zone in the first half.