Defense lifts Haughton past Benton

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The Haughton Bucs used an outstanding defensive effort to defeat the Benton Tigers 22-2 Friday night in Benton.

“They played one of their best games in a long, long time,” Haughton coach Rodney Guin said. “They just played a great game.”

Benton’s only points came when a snap sailed over Haughton quarterback Will Haines’ head and into the end zone. The Tigers tackled him for a safety.

Haughton improved to 2-0, while Benton dropped to 1-1.

While Guin was pleased with the play of his defense, the same can’t be said of his offense.

“We just made too many mistakes,” he said. “But we’ll work on that.”

The offensive did make some big plays. Haines threw touchdown passes of 35 and 60 yards to Louisiana Tech commit Javonte Woodard.

Kei’Untre Normandin ran 86 yards for Haughton’s second TD of the first half. The Bucs led 16-2 at the break.

If there is any consolation for Benton, it’s that this game was much closer than the games between the teams in recent years, including last year’s 52-14 blowout.

Haughton returns home this Friday to play Minden. The Tide’s game against Bolton Friday was postponed until Saturday at 5 p.m. because of inclement weather. Minden is 0-1.

Benton travels to Plain Dealing this Friday. The Lions are 2-0 after beating Lakeside 48-12.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com