The Bossier Bearkats gave it all they had but it wasn’t enough against a talented Northwood Falcons team Thursday at Jerry Burton Memorial Stadium.
Bossier dropped to 0-3 with the 55-7 loss. Northwood improved to 2-1.
Thanks mainly to turnovers and big plays, the Falcons built a 34-0 by the end of the first quarter and extended it to 48-0 at the half.
Northwood scored on three of its first four offensive plays. Falcons running back Danny Delaney scored four TDs in the first half. Northwood quarterback Aaron Varelas, last year’s District 1-4A MVP, tossed two touchdown passes to Marquez Stevenson. Jay Hudson got in on the act with a 73-yard touchdown run.
On several of the touchdowns, it looked like Bossier defenders were in position to make the tackle. But Stevenson and Delaney both used their athletic ability to avoid them. On others, the Falcons simply went untouched.
Bossier turned the ball over five times in the first half. After one lost fumble at their own 17, the Bearkats did a nice job of stopping the Falcons. Brandon Simpson had a tackle for a loss. But on the following play, Northwood made an interception
Bossier running back Brandon Harris, who rushed for more than 100 yards last week against Huntington, suffered an injury in the second quarter and didn’t return. Starting running back Avery Jones was also injured.
Sophomore Rodney Nelson filled in and made a couple of nice runs. Aaeron Smallwood and Isaiah McKinsey also made some tough yards.
Bossier avoided the shutout when Smallwood caught a touchdown pass from Keimun Daniels in the fourth quarter.
Things don’t get any easier for Bossier next week as the Bearkats host defending Class 3A state champion Union Parish.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org