The Greenacres Mustangs swept the Benton Tigers in Bossier Parish middle school football district games Tuesday evening at Airline.
Both contests were close. The Mustangs won the eighth-grade game 22-14 and the seventh-grade game 20-14 in overtime.
Elsewhere, the Elm Grove Eagles and Cope Cougars split games at Preston Crownover Stadium. The Eagles took a dramatic 22-20 win in the eighth-grade game and the Cougars won the seventh-grade game 28-16.
The Rusheon Rams and Haughton Bucs also split games at Haughton. The Rams took the eighth-grade game 16-8 and the Bucs won the seventh-grade game 36-28.
Elm Grove and Greenacres are tied for the eighth-grade lead at 2-0. Benton and Rusheon are 1-1. Cope and Haughton are 0-2.
Haughton, Greenacres and Cope are tied for the seventh-grade lead at 2-0. Elm Grove, Rusheon and Benton are 0-2.
At Airline, Trey Taylor, Devonta Davis and Cade Nelson scored touchdowns on short runs to lead the Greenacres eighth-grade squad. Davis and Nelson also scored conversions.
Greenacres coach Justin James said offensive linemen Jordan Collins, Xavier Evans, Albert Powell, Braden Alamond, Kameron Pullem, Ricky Williams, Hunter Clemons and Parker Hearne all blocked well.
James said defensive standouts included Londell Delanie, Romeo Winston, EJ Donaldson, Isaiah Shelby, Tyrek Stith and Avere Dole. He also said starting quarterback Courtney Samuels and backup Josh Hensel both did a great job.
Lafrank Hamilton scored two rushing touchdowns and Malcolm Britt caught a 10-yard TD pass from Carter Slack to lead the Greenacres seventh-graders to the win.
At Preston Crownover, the eighth-grade game came down to the wire.
Cope took almost the entire fourth quarter driving down the field. The Cougars converted a fourth-and-2 at the Elm Grove 28 by the nose of the football. But three plays later, the Eagles stopped them on fourth-and-1 from the 19 and were able to run out the clock.
Elm Grove quarterback Amani Larry threw 60-yard touchdown passes to Anthony Papason and Chase Turner. He also scored on a 20-yard run and ran in two conversions, which were the difference in the game.
Larry completed seven of 13 passes passes for 170 yards. Zeke McKnight rushed for 63 yards on nine carries.
Elm Grove coach Mark Tabor said McKnight and Rayshon Cooks were among the defensive standouts.
The game was delayed about 25 minutes in the second quarter when Elm Grove defensive standout Noah Bamburg suffered an injury assisting on a tackle. Bamburg broke the femur in his right leg and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. Tabor said Bamburg had surgery Wednesday morning to put pins in his leg to straighten it.
Adrian Brooks had a big game for Cope. He rushed for 144 yards and scored on runs of 50 and 36 yards thanks in part to some great blocking. He also scored a conversion.
Quarterback Garrison Wade scored on a 1-yard run. Daniel Turner had 56 yards rushing. Cope coach Clint Walker said defensive standouts including Noah Franklin, Ian Stanfield (interception) and Jordan Ebling.
Jamal Johnson rushed for 140 yards and scored on runs of 40 and 60 yards to lead the Cope seventh-graders.
Thomas Williams also had a huge game. He rushed for 104 yards, including a 15-yard TD run, and ran in two conversions. Williams also returned an interception 103 yards for a touchdown on the game’s final play when Elm Grove was threatening.
Bryan Marshall had 55 yards rushing for the Cougars. Walker said defensive standouts included Johnson, JJ Jackson and a trio of backs, Trey Maxwell, Hunter Rice and Drew Bennett.
Peyton Lewis returned a kickoff return 65 yards for a touchdown for Elm Grove, and Samorii Dooley scored on a 1-yard run. Drake Fontenot completed conversion passes to Gnoble Peterson and Dooley. Tabor said Dooley ran hard the whole game.
Fontenot completed seven passes for 100 yards. Tabor said Tobias Boone and Jesheun McGee were among the defensive standouts.
At Haughton, Jacoby Decker scored on runs of 40 and 90 yards to lead the Rusheon eighth-grade team. He also scored a conversion.
Daniel Moore scored a conversion. Rusheon coach Thomas Chester said Malik Taylor, Joe Robinson, Shemar Thorpe and Michael Green played well on defense. Tearence Washington had an interception.
Gavin Roe scored Haughton’s lone touchdown and Ryker St. John scored the conversion.
CJ McWilliams ran for two touchdowns and passed to Keyshawn Davis for another to lead the Haughton seventh-graders to the win.
Davis and Tristan Sweeney had rushing touchdowns. Dylan Frazier ran for a conversion and Trenton Contario caught a pass for one. Kilian Malena was the leading tackler.
Jakaldrick Thomas, Kedrick Henderson, Kevin Pouncy and Decameron Richardson all scored rushing touchdowns for the Rusheon seventh-graders.
Jerry Anderson caught a pass for a conversion. Alejandro Barrera led the defense with five tackles.
— Russell Hedges, Press-Tribune
Note: The above report was compiled from information reported by coaches. It includes all reports as of 9 p.m. Wednesday.