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Elm Grove, Haughton claim district titles

Russell Hedges



The Elm Grove Eagles and the Haughton Buccaneers are the 2013 Bossier Parish middle school district football championships.

The Eagles completed a perfect 5-0 district run with a 24-12 victory over Haughton Tuesday at Preston Crownover Stadium. Elm Grove finished 9-0 overall.

Greenacres took second with a 32-6 victory over Rusheon at Airline Stadium. The Mustangs finished 4-1 in district play, and the Rams 3-2.

In another seventh-grade season finale, Cope dropped Benton 32-14.

The Haughton eighth-grade team finished 5-0 in district play and 8-0 overall. The Bucs got past Elm Grove 22-15 Tuesday. Then they defeated Greenacres 43-22 Wednesday in the completion of a game delayed by severe weather Oct. 1.

Cope finished second at 4-1. The Cougars defeated Benton 36-6 Tuesday. Cope downed Rusheon 28-0 in a makeup game played last week.

In another eighth-grade season finale, Greenacres defeated Rusheon 32-6.




Elm Grove 24, Haughton 12: Amani Larry scored on runs on 12 of 20 yards for the Eagles.

Alec Crain also had a 3-yard TD run.

Anthony Pappson and Kobe Gill had conversion runs. Larry threw to Caleb Reese for the other conversion.

Coach Mark Tabor said the offensive line of Connor Cloinger, Brandon Nelson, Carson Sanders, Kyle Scott and Deyrion Eloph was outstanding all season.

Crain and Bennett Hopkins were defensive standouts, Tabor said.

Greenacres 32, Rusheon 6: Fred Lemons capped an outstanding season with three rushing touchdowns for the Mustangs.

Lemons scored on runs of 43, 15 and 27 yards. Jamera Alberta caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Caden Jones.

Romeo Winston, Alberta, Lemons and Trey Taylor all scored conversions.

Jere Grice/Press-Tribune Elm Grove’s Bennett Hopkins tries to evade a Haughton defender during the Eagles’ seventh-grade victory Tuesday.
Jere Grice/Press-Tribune
Elm Grove’s Bennett Hopkins tries to evade a Haughton defender during the Eagles’ seventh-grade victory Tuesday.

Greenacres coach Justin James cited the play of his defense as a key to the victory. Cade Nelson, Hunter Clemmons, EJ Donaldson, Taylor, Luke Inman, Winston, Isaiah Shelby, Avery Doyle, Chris Lutterman, and Jonathan LaCour all played their best game of the year, he said.

James also praised the play of offensive linemen Richard Williams, JR Gatti, Jay Collins and Cameron Pullem.

Cope 32, Benton 14: The Cougars rallied from an early 14-point deficit for the victory.

Adrian Brooks scored three touchdowns and three conversions. Garrison Wade had a rushing touchdown.

Bryson Dudensing scored a touchdown and a conversion. Ian Stanfield had an interception.

Coach Daniel Turnbow praised the play of offensive linemen John Mark Waniewski, Ryan Francis, Jacoby Bailey, Jordan Ebling and Zach Grames.




Haughton 22, Elm Grove 15: Kynan Hayes (1 yard), Lavonta Gipson (20 yards) and Cameron Townsend (1 yard) all scored rushing touchdowns for the district champs.

Korbin Schmidt kicked two extra points and the Bucs also scored on a safety.

Brian Woods, Gipson, Harrison Voigt and Mario Cook all shined on defense, coach Darin Walker said. Jalob Walker had an interception.

Knije Harrison threw two touchdown passes for Elm Grove (7-2 overall). One was a 10-yarder to Kendall Brown and the other a 44-yarder to Quinton Smith.

Jaylon Hall and Darious Bradford were defensive standouts, Tabor said.

Haughton 43, Greenacres 22: Hayes scored two touchdowns, and Walker threw for one and ran for one as the Bucs pulled away in the second half.

Walker’s touchdown pass went to Travis Johnson for 60 yards on the final play of the first half to put the Bucs up 20-14.

Hayes scored on a 40-yard run and Gipson got the conversion.

Townsend scored from a yard out and Gipson scored the conversion again.

Zishun Moore returned an interception 85 yards for the Bucs’ final TD.

Greenacres 32, Rusheon 6: Tannon Johnson scored two rushing touchdowns to lead the Mustangs.

Coby McGee returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

David Maxey scored a touchdown on the ground and also kicked two extra points, the first time in over 15 years an extra point was kicked and made by a Greenacres’ player, coach Trey Winn said.

Steven Lutterman tossed a touchdown pass to Kelpatrick Fields.

Cope 36, Benton 6: Cameron Davis scored two touchdowns to lead the Cougars. Davis went 10 yards for a score in the first half and 5 in the second.

Jaylon Thomas had a 1-yard TD run. Hunter Matthews tossed a 36-yard touchdown pass to Travacia Jeter. DJ Evans also raced 40 yards for a touchdown.

Thomas, Dylan Lindsey and Kobe Johnson scored conversions.

Thomas, who had an 83-yard kickoff return to the 7, had 167 all-purpose yards. Davis had 86 yards rushing on 11 carries and Evans had 68 on five.

Cope coaches praised the play of offensive linemen Dylan Lindsey, Xavier Means, Matt Salinas, Michael Angelo, Zack Rapollo and James Prock, who helped the Cougars roll up 337 total yards.

Ray Arceneaux, Matt Salinas and Thomas led an outstanding effort by the entire defense, coaches said.

Cope 28, Rusheon 0: Thomas, Harrison Tauzin, Davis and Evans all scored touchdowns for the Cougars.

Thomas’ TD run covered 19 yards. Tauzin caught a 43-yard pass from Matthews. Davis ran 13 yards. Evans scampered 11 yards.

Zylon Newsom forced a fumble with Xavior Veneous recovering. Nathaniel Fullilove was a standout on special teams and defense.

Arceaneux was outstanding again on the defensive line.





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