After two straight lopsided losses that dropped his team to 0-4, Bossier coach Michael Concilio had a meeting with his seniors last week.
“I had a meeting with the seniors, just because I just knew it was going to be tough to come back after that Farmerville game (a 58-7 loss) and falling to 0-4, and they responded.
“They came out and led this football team on the practice field every day. It was a good feeling. I enjoyed being around them, and it was a good thing for them to stay focused and stay into the football.”
The Bearkats responded with their first victory over the season Friday, a 21-8 homecoming victory victory over the Block Bears at Memorial Stadium.
Bossier (1-4) built a 14-0 halftime lead on a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs by Chris William and Avery Jones and Alex Galvan’s two PATS.
Jones gave the Bearkats some breathing room with a 48-yard interception return for a touchdown with 6:41 left in the game.
“The pick six by Avery Jones was huge,” Concilio said.
The Bossier defense held Block out of the end zone until the Bears finally scored with 2:07 left.
“Defensively, we held Block (0-4) to less points than they have had all year. Coach (Anthony Johnson), our defensive coordinator, had a great game plan for them, and they executed well. I’m very proud of that side of the ball.”
Sammy Devors and Jones led Bossier with four tackles each. Jalen Oliver had three, including two for losses. Richard Cunningham also had three.
The Bearkats rushed for 184 yards. Williams led the way with 90 yards on 15 carries. Isaiah McKinsey had 41 on 12 carries, and Brandon Harris had 35 on seven.