The Airline Vikings overpowered an outmanned Bossier Bearkats squad 57-0 in the season opener for both teams Friday night at Bossier’s Memorial Stadium.
“I think we came out and really played efficiently and executed well on offense, and defensively played well and flew to the football,” Airline coach Bo Meeks said. “Just a good overall effort.”
Airline sophomore quarterback Noah Hildebrand tossed three touchdown passes in his debut. Hildebrand is the brother of former Airline record-setting quarterback Hayden Hildebrand.
Harvey Calhoun caught two touchdown passes, including one from backup Thomas McKain. Shuncee Thomas scored on a run and also caught a TD pass from Hildebrand. Hildebrand’s other touchdown pass went to Cameron Howell.
“Noah played really well,” Meeks said. “He was really poised, which is good because we have a better line in front of him and we have some pretty good weapons around him so it’s allowed him to go out and play, and he did a really good job tonight.”
Backup Brian Fielding scored two touchdowns, and Micah Dunn had one. Nathan Narango kicked a 27-yard field goal and also made six PATs.
Meeks said despite the score he was impressed with the effort Bossier put forth.
“They’re typical Bossier,” he said. “They came to play and played hard. They fought the whole 48 minutes.”
Airline hosts Ruston, a 47-7 loser to Neville in its opener, Friday night. Bossier faces Huntington Thursday at Lee Hedges Stadium.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org