High school football: Bossier comes up just short against Woodlawn

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Bossier battled Woodlawn to the end Thursday night, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Knights pulled out a 24-20 District 1-4A victory at Independence Stadium.

Bossier dropped to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in district. The Bearkats host Northwood next Friday. Woodlawn improved to 4-1 and 2-0. The Knights’ only loss was to Haughton in Week 3.

“It was a heartbreaker,” Bossier coach Michael Concilio said. “We were in the the football game through the whole thing, all the way down to the last minute of the game. It was one of the toughest games I’ve seen our teams play in the last three years through these rough times.”

For the second time this season, the Bearkats scored as many touchdowns as their opponent and wound up losing. Woodlawn made three two-point conversions to Bossier’s one.

“We never got a lead. But we were score for score with them. We go in halftime 16-8 and had a lot of hope, come out with a lot of fire.

“I tip my hat to the fact that my kids played hard and all the way to the very end and kept us in the game. Last year at this point, playing this team, by the time we reached the fourth quarter the game was out of hand.”

Bossier tied the game early in the second quarter on a 1-yard run by Keimun Daniels and a Quinton Smith two-point conversion run.

The Knights took the lead for good on Joshua Mosley’s 21-yard pass to Julian Johns with just 1:08 left in the first half.

Isaiah Wallace-Blair’s 36-yard interception return for a touchdown got Bossier within 16-14 late in the third quarter.

The Knights took a 24-14 lead in the fourth on an interception return for a touchdown. The Bearkats cut the lead to four on a 2-yard Keimun Daniels’ run with 5:29 to play. The TD was set up by a 40-yard halfback pass.

Running back Corey Williams had a big game for Woodlawn with 153 yards rushing, according to The (Shreveport) Times, but both defenses played well.

Woodlawn had 249 total yards to 210 for Bossier. Bossier had three turnovers to Woodlawn’s two.

“(Woodlawn has) great athletes and they’re a good football team,” Concilio said. “They’re going to make plays when you’ve got people like that that are that fast, that athletic. We were able to minimize that, those big plays.”

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com