The Plain Dealing Lions improved to 2-0 with a 39-15 victory over Class 3A Bolton on Friday night in Alexandria.

The Lions played well on both sides of the ball as the defense kept the Bears (0-2) in check most of the game, Plain Dealing coach James Thurman said.

Thurman said senior running back Shavolyea McKinney was one of several Lions who had big nights.

The Lions did most of their damage offensively on the ground but completed passes when they needed to.

Plain Dealing scored early in the game and then immediately forced a turnover that resulted in a quick 14-0 lead.

The Lions extended the lead to 21-0 before the Bears got on the board.

Thurman was particularly pleased with the way his team responded with the lead in the second half. The Lions led 39-7 before giving up a meaningless late touchdown.

“We were able to put the game away,” he said. “That was kind of a big thing for us to see an opportunity to put the game away and we went and did it, so that was good for our young football team.”

Plain Dealing will face its toughest test of the young season Friday when the Lions travel to Shreveport to face District 1-4A’s Northwood. The Falcons (1-1) lost to Richwood 33-32 Friday night.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com