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District play opens with split decisions

Russell Hedges



Bossier Parish middle schools opened district play Tuesday, and each school had a victory.

In eighth-grade action, the Cope Cougars edged the Elm Grove Eagles 14-6 at Airline, the Benton Tigers downed the Greenacres Mustangs 24-14 at Benton, and the Haughton Bucs defeated the Rusheon Rams 34-6 at Bossier’s Memorial Stadium.

The seventh-grade results were just the opposite.

Greenacres defeated Benton 24-22 in overtime, Elm Grove dropped Cope 30-12 and Rusheon knocked off Haughton 26-0.

Here are recaps of the eighth-grade games.

Cope 14, Elm Grove 6: The Cougars drove 75 yards in the final quarter for the game- winning touchdowns.

Cope converted a fourth-and-4 from its 39 on a fake punt with Jaylon Thomas gaining 26 yards.

Cameron Davis, who rushed for 148 yards on 23 carries, scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 15-yard run with 1:45 left in the game.

Davis, who had a 70-yard touchdown run earlier in the second half, dragged several Elm Grove defenders into the end zone.

Thomas, who gained 48 yards on six carries, scored the conversion.

Kobe Johnson had an 11-yard run just before Davis’ final touchdown. He had 29 yards on six carries.

Cope coaches cited safeties Johnson and Darrell Evans for their efforts. Nolan Raybon forced a fumble and recovered it to stop an Elm Grove drive in Cope territory.

Kendall Brown scored Elm Grove’s lone touchdown on a 6-yard run. Elm Grove coach Mark Tabor said Eric Williams Jr. and Eric Williams (Rudy) were defensive standouts.

Haughton 34, Rusheon 6: Kynan Hayes, Mario Cook, Craedel Cook and Lavonta Gipson all scored touchdowns for the Bucs.

Travis Johnson caught a two-point conversion pass from Cameron Townsend.

Korbin Schmidt was 3-for-4 on PATs. .Joey Cook recovered a fumble and played well on defense along with Christian Chavis and Harrison Voigt, coach Darin Walker said.

Benton 24, Greenacres 14: Garret Hable passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Tigers to the victory.

A Cope defender puts a hit on Elm Grove running back Alec Crain during the schools’ seventh-grade game Tuesday night at Airline. Elm Grove won.
A Cope defender puts a hit on Elm Grove running back Alec Crain during the schools’ seventh-grade game Tuesday night at Airline. Elm Grove won.

Jermaine Newton’s 37-yard run set up the Tigers’ first touchdown, a 21-yard pass from Hable to Doyle Adams. Hable passed to Newton for the conversion.

Hable hit Raheem Randle on a 10-yard slant for Benton’s second TD. Hable ran in the conversion.

Hable scrambled 32 yards for the Tigers’ final touchdown and again scored the conversion.

The Tigers pulled off a 35-yard gain on a flea flicker. Hable lined up at receiver, came back, took the lateral and hit Randle, who was stopped at the Mustangs 9.

Greenacres held, though, stopping the Tigers on the 1.

Coach Jared Stowell said TJ Anderson, who was returning from an injury, led the defense.

He also said CJ George had a good night with a couple of long receptions.

Tanner Johnson and Steven Lutterman scored touchdowns for Greenacres.




Greenacres 24, Benton 22, OT: Frederick Lemons scored three touchdowns, including one in overtime, to lift the Mustangs to the victory.

Lemons’ touchdowns in regulation came on runs of 7 and 8 yards.

Caden Jones hit Jamores Alberta for the conversion after Lemons’ first touchdown.

Lemons’ touchdown in overtime came on 2-yard run. Romeo Winston scored the decisive conversion.

Defensive standouts were Cade Nelson, E.J. Donaldson, Hunter Clemmons and Winston, coach Justin James said.

Bubba Osby returned a punt for a touchdown for Benton. Ellis Cole got the conversion on the sweep.

Brad Fream hit Ethan Yarbrough with a 65-yard pass for the Tigers’ other touchdown in regulation.

Colt Horton scored in overtime, but the conversion try failed.

Elm Grove 30, Cope 12: Amani Larry scored three touchdowns to lead the undefeated Eagles to the victory.

Larry had two TD runs of 30 yards and one of 60. All came on wham plays. Alec Crain returned a fumble for a touchdown.

Elm Grove coach Mark Tabor said the offensive line — Carson Sanders, Kyle Scott, Connor Cloinger, Deryion Eloph and Brandon Nelson — was outstanding.

Defensive standouts were Crain and Caleb Reese.

Cope coach Daniel Turnbow said quarterbacks Garrison Wade and Michael Mosura both did a good job of running the offense.

He also cited the play of offensive linemen Dom Palmisano and Seth Hooker. Defensive back Bryson Dudensing and linebacker Dom Palmison were among the standouts on defense, Turnbow said.

Ty McCoy scored a two-point conversion.

Rusheon 26, Haughton 0: Jacoby Decker scored four touchdowns in the second half to lead the Rams to the victory.

Decker’s TD runs covered 5, 10, 50 and 55 yards.

Montrez Henderson had a two-point conversion.

Coach Thomas Chester said Michael Green, Ja’nron Rogers, De’Andre Ellison and Josh Wiggins were defensive standouts.



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