Benton, Plain Dealing fall in quarterfinals

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The Benton Tigers and the Plain Dealing Lions both lost in the quarterfinals of the LHSAA state football playoffs Friday night.

The Tigers, seeded No. 4 in Class 4A, fell to No. 5 Warren Easton 55-7 at Benton. The Lions, seeded No. 6 in Class 1A, dropped a 35-20 in West St. John in Edgard.

Benton finished 10-3, marking the first 10-win season for the Tigers since 2008. It was also Benton’s first quarterfinal appearance since 2009. The Tigers shared the District 1-4A championship with Minden and North DeSoto.

Plain Dealing finished 9-3, their best season under head coach Coy Brotherton. The Lions’ only losses were to Benton, 7-6, Class 1A semifinalist Haynesville 18-12 and West St. John.

Benton hung with Warren Easton (11-2) for most of the first half, but the Fighting Eagles blew the game open with two TDs in the final minute.

Plain Dealing led 20-7 at the half, but West St. John (10-2) rallied with four second-half touchdowns.