The undefeated and fourth-ranked Byrd Yellow Jackets proved too much for the Haughton Bucs to handle Friday night in Haughton.
The Yellow Jackets rolled up 304 yards rushing en route to a 42-7 victory. Byrd (10-0, 5-0) wrapped up the District 1-5A title and will likely be the top seed in the 5A playoffs.
Haughton finished the regular season 8-2 overall and 3-2 in 1-5A. The Bucs will host a first-round playoff game next Friday.
Haughton looked like it was going to make a game of it in the first quarter. The Jackets scored first but the Bucs answered quickly. Senior quarterback Will Haines scored from 3 yards out and Nico Broadway’s PAT tied the game at 7 with 2:16 left in the quarter.
Byrd’s powerful option attack began wearing down the Bucs in the second quarter. The Yellow Jackets scored two rushing TDs and led 21-7 at the half.
Byrd blew the game open with two third-quarter touchdowns.
The Haughton offense had trouble moving the ball after the opening period. The Bucs finished with just 183 total yards with 107 of that coming on the ground.
Kei’Untre Normandin led Haughton with 35 yards on seven carries. Neither team turned the ball over.
Green Oaks 27, Bossier 12: At Bossier’s Memorial Stadium, Green Oaks pulled away late for the victory.
Bossier trailed just 13-6 at the half after Brandon Harris scored from 12 yards out with 45 seconds left in the half. But Green Oaks quarterback Jaylon Carey scored on a 1-yard run late in the third quarter and a 16-yard run early in the fourth to extend the Giants’ lead to 27-6. Carey scored all four of the Giants’ touchdowns.
Aareon Smallwood scored Bossier’s final TD on a 3-yard run with 4:36 left in the game.
The Bearkats outgained the Giants 343-292. Penalties hurt Bossier, though. The Bearkats were penalized 14 times for 90 yards.
Bossier (0-10, 0-5 1-3A) had its first winless season since 1930. The Bearkats lost five games by 15 points or less.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com