Football: (updated) Parish middle school teams play final tune-ups before district starts

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Bossier Parish middle school football teams played their final tune-up games on Tuesday before district play starts next week.

In eighth-grade games, Benton defeated Elm Grove 38-14, Haughton downed Caddo Middle Magnet 23-8, Cope defeated North DeSoto 36-24 and Greenacres dropped Rusheon 40-12.

In seventh-grade games, Elm Grove downed Benton 20-8, Caddo Middle Magnet defeated Haughton 30-0, North DeSoto beat Cope 28-6 and Greenacres defeated Rusheon 44-12.

At Bossier’s Memorial Stadium, Carter Slack threw two touchdown passes and Dre Robinson and Ja’Keldrick Thomas scored two TDs each to lead the Greenacres eighth-grade team.

Robinson scored two touchdowns on the ground. Thomas had a rushing TD and a receiving TD. Frank Hamilton also scored a rushing TD. Xavier Alexander and Carson Slack scored conversions.

Defensive lineman Ben Dillon was all over the field, coach Trey Wynn said.

Davean Carley scored three touchdowns for the Mustangs seventh-graders. He had two rushing TDs and one punt return.

Alex Garcia passed for a touchdown to Jordan Boyd. JaQuarious Rabon had two rushing TDs.

Rusheon’s Darrell Beck and SirJerrius Rayson scored on runs of 60 and 50 yards, respectively.

At Haughton, coach Darin Walker said his team’s play on defense was key to the eighth-grade victory

Kilian Malena, Khaylon Chapple and Dakota Ahlstrom all had strong games, Walker said. CJ McWilliams had two interceptions and Keyshawn Davis had one. The defense also recorded a safety.

McWilliams, the Bucs quarterback, ran for a touchdown and passed to Davis for another. Tristan Sweeney scored a rushing touchdown and a conversion. Riki Cranford converted a PAT

At Preston Crownover, Bryson Connell had a big game throwing and running the ball in Benton’s eighth-grade win.

After a great fake, Connell threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Cade Scott on the Tigers’ second possession. He also hooked up with Justin Cleveland, who made a great catch despite being well-covered, on a pass to the 2-yard line that set up a touchdown just before the half.

Connell scored the TD after Cleveland’s catch on a sneak. He also ran up the middle for a two-point conversion.

Christian Gandy returned an interception for a touchdown and set up Benton’s final TD with another pick. Scott ran around left end for the TD.

Stetson Woody had a fumble recovery for the Tigers.

It looked like Elm Grove was going to take the early lead, but Benton’s Tre Butler scooped up a fumble and went about 87 yards for a touchdown. The Eagles also had a first-half drive stall inside the Benton 25.

Malik Cooper and Michael Hooker both ran the ball well for Elm Grove. Cooper scored a late touchdown.

Elm Grove scored two second-half touchdowns to pull away from Benton in the seventh-grade game.

A wide-open Hayden Knotts caught a long touchdown pass from Gabriel Larry for the final score of the game in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles scored just before the half to take a 6-0 lead.

Larry ran the Elm Grove offense well and had a tackle for loss on defense. Jamal Asberry had a good run on a second-half touchdown drive. Colby Stevenson ran the ball and blocked for the other backs. Connor Norcross also carried the ball.

Benton quarterback Clint Lassiter scored on a 40-yard run around right end in the fourth quarter.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The above information came from coaches’ reports or observations by a Press-Tribune reporter. Parents and other interested parties can send photos and other information to rhedges@bossierpress.com