The Bossier Bearkats, Haughton Buccaneers and Airline Vikings posted victories in the 62nd annual Bossier Parish Jamboree Friday night in front of a near-capacity crowd at Airline Stadium.
Bossier defeated Plain Dealing 14-2, Haughton downed Benton 20-7 and Airline rallied past Parkway 14-9.
Each “game” consisted of two 12-minute halves.
While every team is still 0-0, Bossier’s victory was significant because the Bearkats have had little to cheer about in the last two years. The Bearkats didn’t win a game last season and won only one the year before.
Plain Dealing scored the only points of the first half when Bossier snapped the ball over the punter’s head and out of the end zone for a safety.
Bossier bounced back quickly in the second half, driving 50 yards after recovering an onsides kick. Aareon Smallwood, who had a couple of nice runs on the drive, bulled his way over from a yard out. Quarterback Keimun Daniels also helped the drive with his running.
John Langston returned a tipped interception for Bossier’s final touchdown with 11 seconds left.
D’Kovin Ware scored on two long runs to lead Haughton past Benton. The first half lasted almost 50 minutes, with several stoppages of play because of penalties on both teams.
Haughton’s T’Marquiese Winfield blocked a punt on Benton’s first possession and Jonathan Plant recovered it for a touchdown. Nico Broadway’s extra point made it 7-0.
Ware’s first touchdown gave the Bucs a 14-0 lead. But Benton made a game of it at the half on Garrett Hable’s 34-yard touchdown pass to John Westmoreland with a minute left.
Benton had a promising drive in the first half stopped in part because of snap over Hable’s head.
Ware’s second TD, a run up the middle, gave the Bucs the 20-7 lead. Benton drove into Haughton territory late in the game but Duncan Smith intercepted a tipped ball to end the threat.
Airline rallied from a 9-0 first-half deficit to defeat Parkway, a team it lost to 41-28 in last year’s season finale.
DeAngelo Pouncy turned the momentum in Airline’s favor when he intercepted a Keondre Wudtee pass in the flat and returned it about 25 yards for a score. Gabe Rodriquez’s PAT made it 9-7 with 9:02 left.
After the Airline defense did its job, the Vikings drove for the go-ahead score. Some good running by Brian Fielding moved Airline into scoring position. Then Thomas McKain hit Darian Germany on a swing pass and Germany raced in the end zone for the 11-yard TD.
Airline intercepted Wudtee three times. One came on a long pass at the Vikings 3. Parkway had one final chance, but Wudtee threw incomplete on fourth-and-7 with 1:33 left and the Vikings ran out the clock.
Parkway controlled the first half. Wudtee threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Robert McKnight. He also led the Panthers down to a 24-yard Harrison Hopkins field goal as time expired.
Airline’s best chance to score came after the Vikings recovered a muffed punt at the Parkway 18. But the Panthers stopped the threat with some good pass defense.
Russell Hedges, email@example.com