The Bossier Bearkats rallied from a three-touchdown deficit in the first half but couldn’t quite pull out a victory over the Logansport Tigers in a non-district game Friday at Bossier’s Memorial Stadium.
Bossier trailed 28-6 with six minutes to go in the second. Quarterback Keimun Daniels’ fifth TD of the night, a 31-yard run, put the Bearkats on top 39-35 with 10:29 left in the fourth quarter.
But Logansport answered with a touchdown drive, scoring with 8:26 left. The Tigers added a two-point conversion and led 43-39.
Bossier had a couple of more chances. The Bearkats lost a fumble at the Logansport 42. The game ended on a sack at midfield.
Bossier dropped to 2-1. The Bearkats open District 1-4A play at home against North DeSoto (2-1) this Friday. The Griffins fell to Many 34-33 on the game’s final play Friday.
Logansport, which avenged last year’s 35-34 loss, improved to 3-0.
The kicking game played a big part in the game. Logansport recovered two onsides kicks early. The Tigers failed to field a kick near the Bossier sideline late in the first half and Bossier recovered. The Bearkats scored with 1:18 left and trailed just 28-18 at the half.
Bossier also recovered an onsides kick in the second half.
Each team scored six touchdowns. Logansport made five PATs and the two-point conversion. Bossier made only one PAT and one two-point conversion.
Logansport’s Dalton Shaw threw four TD passes with three of those coming in the first half.
“We gave them too many opportunities early on,” Bossier coach Michael Concilio said. “They’re a very good football team. I’ve known that. This is a better team than they’ve had in a long time. They’re extremely well-coached. We had too much of a hill to try to climb out of.
“If you try to gain the positives out of it, which we are, more importantly you want to say you’re excited about your kids fighting all the way through to the very end of the game.”
Concilio gave a relatively short postgame speech. He told his players to quickly put the game behind them and don’t point fingers.
Daniels and Quinton Smith both had big games in Bossier’s Wing-T attack. Smith led the Bearkats with 133 yards on 15 carries. He scored one touchdown.
Daniels rushed for 82 yards on 12 carries. He also had a good game on defense with five tackles, one forced fumble and one interception. Kalan Green added 53 yards on 19 carries.
Natorious Blackshire led the defense with nine tackles. Kevin Bonapart added seven. Jaquarious Fair and Rodney Nelson had six each. Smith, Tyron McCoy and Maquarious Easter all had four tackles.
DeMarco Hill returned a fumble 31 yards. That came with Logansport up 35-18 and looking to add to its lead in the third quarter.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com