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Elm Grove splits games with Caddo Middle Magnet

The Elm Grove Eagles split middle school football games with Caddo Middle Magnet Tuesday at Lee Hedges Stadium, winning the eighth-grade game 20-13 and losing the seventh 13-6.

Amani Larry threw two touchdown passes to help the Eagles eighth-graders improve to 3-0.

Larry completed a 12-yard pass to Alijah Barnett for Elm Grove’s first touchdown. Zeke McKnight scored the second on a 10-yard sweep and Larry scored the two-point conversion.

The Eagles’ final TD came in the third quarter. Larry fired a pass that was tipped by an Elm Grove player and caught by Anthony Papason from 25 yards out.

Larry finished with about 85 yards rushing. Elm Grove coach Mark Tabor said center Carson Sanders played a key role in the win as did running back Alec Crain.

Brandon Nelson led the defense with five tackles for losses. Tabor said other defensive standouts included Christion Rayner and Caleb Shearin.

The Eagles had two goal-line stands in the second half, stopping the Stallions at the 2 and 4. They also stopped another drive at about the 15 in the fourth quarter.

The seventh-grade Eagles suffered a tough loss, their first loss of the season. after leading 6-0 at the half.

Drake Fontenot completed a short touchdown pass to Peyton Lewis. Gnoble Peterson caught a pass that set up the score. Samorrii Dooley ran well and gained about 75 yards.

Tabor said Jonah Bamburg and Garrett Miller were defensive standouts.

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