Haughton coach Rodney Guin used one word to describe his Bucs’ 17-10 victory over the Minden Crimson Tide Friday night in Minden. But he used it three times for emphasis.
“It was tough, tough, tough on us,” Guin said. “We had a bunch of turnovers on offense. Thankfully, the defense played very, very well.”
The score was tied at 10 in the fourth quarter. After driving into scoring position, the Bucs faced a fourth-and-1 at the Minden 2 with 2:37 left in the game.
Quarterback Pryce Curry, who came off the bench in the second half, kept the ball and took it in the end zone. Junior Josh Lister had a big 33-yard catch on the drive. D’Kovin Ware and Kei’Untre Normandin also contributed with their running, Guin said.
Haughton improved to 2-0, while Minden dropped to 1-1.
The game was a far cry from last year’s game won by the Bucs 42-14. Minden returned a slew of players from last year’s squad that shared the District 1-4A championship.
But the Haughton defense kept the Tide out of the end zone. Minden’s lone touchdown came on a kickoff return.
Haughton starting quarterback Darius Brooks scored the only touchdown of the first quarter on a 2-yard run. Nico Broadway added the extra point.
Broadway’s 29-yard field goal made it 10-0 early in the second quarter. But Minden’s Delketrick Freelon returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.
The Tide tied it up late in the third quarter on a Pedro Hernandez 28-yard field goal.
The Bucs held Minden to 186 total yards.
“We played well defensively and they were on the field a bunch,” Guin said. “We’re very pleased with that part of the game.”
TJ Sweeney led the Bucs with six tackles and two assists. Duncan Smith had four tackles and four assists. Garrett Paintin had four tackles and two assists. Harrison Voight, Matthew Davis and Antonio Woodfork had one sack each.
Haughton generated 262 yards total offense with 221 yards coming on the ground. Ware rushed for 100 yards on 16 carries and Normandin had 63 on 13. Brooks added 28 on 10.
Haughton had three turnovers — two interceptions and a fumble.
Guin said he brought in Curry “just to give him a chance to play and compete a little bit.” In a postgame interview on the Friday Football Frenzy radio show he said that he doesn’t like two-quarterback system but both could wind up playing in future games.
Needless to say, Guin was impressed by Minden. He said they’re better physically than they were last season and are very athletic.
“They’re going to be a handful for everybody in that district,” he said.
Haughton plays another District 1-4A team, Woodlawn, Friday night. The Knights improved to 2-0 with a 38-10 victory over Booker T. Washington. Woodlawn is averaging 51 points a game.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com