Big second half lifts Haughton past Minden

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The Haughton Buccaneers improved to 3-0 with a 42-14 victory over the Minden Crimson Tide Friday night in Haughton.

It was a game at the half with Haughton up 21-14 thanks to a 9-yard touchdown pass from Will Haines to Antonio Woodfork on the last play of the second quarter.

The Bucs ran away with it in the second half thanks in part to an interception return for a touchdown by O’Shun Smith in the third quarter.

Randy Brown/Press-Tribune Haughton QB William Haines runs for yardage during the Bucs' victory over Minden Friday night in Haughton.
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Haughton QB William Haines runs for yardage during the Bucs’ victory over Minden Friday night in Haughton.
“The second half we played well, offense and defense, the whole way,” Haughton coach Rodney Guin said. “(Minden) played well in the first half. Early in the second half we got a defensive touchdown and a couple of big plays on offense and stretched out the lead real quick.”

Haughton junior running back Kei’Untre Normandin continued his impressive start to the season, scoring on runs of 7 and 14 yards and catching a 74-yard TD pass from Will Haines.

Louisiana Tech commit Javonte Woodard also contributed with three catches for 60 yards. Woodfork had three for 59.

The Haughton defense allowed a big play and a long drive for touchdowns in the first half. But the Bucs also kept the Tide out of the end zone on a couple of drives deep into Haughton territory.

Haughton visits Ruston (2-1) Friday night. The Bearcats won their second straight game, 19-7, over Rayville Friday.

Guin said he has stressed to his team how important it is for the Bucs to keep winning the non-district games.

“We have to win a lot these games because our district is so tough,” he said.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com