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Elm Grove, Haughton win middle school football district titles

The Elm Grove Eagles and Haughton Buccaneers claimed Bossier Parish middle school district championships as the season concluded Tuesday.

Elm Grove won the eighth-grade title with a 14-0 victory over the Greenacres Mustangs at Airline Stadium. The Eagles finished 5-0 in district and 9-0 overall. They were 18-0 over the last two seasons. The Mustangs finished as district runners-up with a 4-1 mark.

Haughton won the seventh-grade championship with a 20-12 victory over the Cope Cougars at Haughton’s Harold E. Harlan Stadium. The Bucs finished 5-0 in district and 8-0 overall. The Cougars finished as district runners-up with a 4-1 mark.

At Airline, Elm Grove quarterback Amani Larry scored both Eagles’ touchdowns in the first half on runs of 60 yards. On the second one, he went back to pass and scrambled for the score with just 24 seconds left in the half. Alec Crain caught a pass from Larry for the conversion to make it 14-0.

Elm Grove coach Mark Tabor said Anthony Papason and Miguel Espino contributed to the victory with their great blocking.

Caleb Shearin had a big game on defense, including a forced fumble. Codie Bickel had several tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Zeke McKnight and Caleb Reese had interceptions. Reese’s came in the third quarter at the Elm Grove 25.

Greenacres moved the ball well at times behind the running of Trey Taylor, who had an outstanding season. But the Eagles found a way to keep the Cougars out of the end zone.

At Haughton, Tristan Sweeney got Haughton on the board first with a 5-yard run. The Bucs drove 99 yards after stopping the Cougars at the 1.

Cope’s Thomas Williams tied it with a 6-yard run, but Trenton Contrario broke up the two-point conversion pass.

The Bucs regained the lead on a 35-yard pass from CJ McWilliams to Keyshawn Davis with just six seconds left in the half. Tristan Sweeney’s 2-point run made it 14-6.

Cope answered again in the second half as Jamal Jones ran around left end for a 30-yard TD to get the Cougars within two. This time McWilliams broke up the conversion pass.

Davis scored Haughton’s final touchdown on a 3-yard run with 1:34 left in the game. Cope reached midfield but turned the ball over on downs with about 40 seconds to play.

Elsewhere Tuesday in eighth-grade season finales, Benton downed Rusheon 22-8 at Benton and Cope defeated Haughton 48-14.

In seventh-grade finales, Benton defeated Rusheon 8-6 and Elm Grove downed Greenacres 30-14.

At Benton, Cole Horton scored two touchdowns in the Tigers’ eighth-grade victory. Bubba Osby also reached the end zone.

Brad Fream hit Michael Schoth and Dalton Reeves with conversion passes.

Daniel Moore scored on a 22-yard run for Rusheon and Joe Robinson ran in the conversion.

In the seventh-grade game, Benton’s Malik Antwine scored on a screen pass. Cade Paddy scored the conversion that was the difference in the score.

At Airline, Samorii Dooley rushed for 285 yards on 32 carries and scored on runs of 50, 50 and 9 yards to lead the Elm Grove seventh-graders. He also scored two conversions.

Peyton Lewis also scored on a 1-yard run. Coach Mark Tabor said backs Adam Johnson and Lewis did a great job blocking for Dooley. Tabor said Tyler Jacobs was a standout on defense.

Note: The above report was compiled from games covered by The Press-Tribune or information received from coaches. It includes all reports received by 7:45 p.m., Oct. 29.

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