Middle school football: (Update 2) Benton clinches share of 8th-grade title; three-way tie atop 7th-grade district

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The Benton Tigers clinched a share of the Bossier Parish middle school eighth-grade district championship with a 24-20 victory over Greenacres Tuesday at Airline.

Benton improved to 4-0 with one game to play. The Tigers face Haughton (3-1), which defeated Rusheon, this Tuesday at Haughton. The Bucs can earn a share of the title with a victory.

In the other eighth-grade game Tuesday, Cope edged Elm Grove 20-14.

There is a three-way tie for first in the seventh-grade district. Greenacres (3-1) edged Benton (3-1) 28-20 Tuesday, handing the Tigers their first loss. Haughton defeated Rusheon 48-20 to improve to 3-1.

The winner of the Benton-Haughton game will claim at least a share of the title. Greenacres can also earn a share with a win over Cope.

In the other seventh-grade game Tuesday, Elm Grove topped Cope 28-20.

At Haughton, Peyton Stovall completed 11 of 13 passes for 242 yards and four touchdowns in Haughton’s eighth-grade victory.

Timothy Sult, Keshun English, Dylan Turner and Carter Griffin all caught touchdown passes. Malachi Burks and Dustin Phillips both rushed for about 50 yards.

Logan Hendrix and Logan Wilkerson led the defense. Johnny Van kicked three extra points.

Jacob Davidson scored four touchdowns for the victorious Haughton seventh-graders, including a 70-yard kickoff return.

Elton Bryant scored two touchdowns and three conversions. Joshua Sewell scored two two-point conversions on passes from Coleman Stafford and Nick Hensley.

Pete Paintin, Chandler Lytle and Demetrus Gladney were among the defensive standouts.

At Preston Crownover Stadium, Darrell Johnson, Jaylon Jenkins and Sentavion Burns scored touchdowns in Cope’s eighth-grade win. Johnson also scored a conversion.

Reese Rachal, Dural Faust, Jordan Harvey, Semaj Poole, Michael Cannon, Dalton Hanes and Dextrell Parks were cited for their defensive play.

Andre Green completed 10 of 21 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns for Elm Grove.

His first TD pass went to Brady Norcross for 60 yards. The second was a 3-yarder to Sammy Feaster set up by a long pass to Quincey Jones.

Feaster had four catches for 30 yards. Luis Espino kicked a PAT.

Colton Bordelon and Dylan Coleman both blocked well up front. Trent Defatta and Deveon Silva were defensive standouts.

Jamonte Gordon threw two touchdown passes to Michael Feaster in Elm Grove’s seventh-grade win.

The first covered 30 yards and the second 20. James Jordan scored the conversion after the first touchdown.

Derek Brown had four catches for 55 yards. Gordon passed for 125-plus yards.

Tanner Kirkland recorded his fifth interception of the season deep in Eagles territory late in the game to preserve the victory.

Steven Gilbreath and Fabian Elias were cited for their defensive play.

At Airline, Torenzo Bunnery scored two touchdowns for the victorious Greenacres’ seventh-grade squad. Gavin Ashworth and Fabian Johnson scored one each.

Ashworth and Keon Manning scored conversions.

Clint Lasiter passed for 115 yards and two touchdowns for the victorious Benton eighth-graders. He also rushed for 58 yards, including a 3-yard TD run.

Owen Wainscott caught a 50-yard touchdown pass and finished with 80 yards receiving. Jackson Illingsworth had a 32-yard touchdown reception.

Ashur Hall accounted for 50 yards and scored a two-point conversion. Defensively, Hall forced two fumbles and recovered one. He also had four tackles for loss among his six total.

Riley Sharp had seven tackles, and Cade Waits had six.

Devarrick Woods and Frederick Manning scored rushing touchdowns for Greenacres. Jacob Smith caught a touchdown pass.

Submitted photo Greenacres players (left to right) Ashton Prins, Carson Carey, Gavin Ashworth, Caleb Hemmings and Jyson Thomas pose for a photo after the Mustangs' seventh-grade victory over Benton Tuesday. Greenacres is in a three-way tie for first.
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Greenacres players (left to right) Ashton Prins, Carson Carey, Gavin Ashworth, Caleb Hemmings and Jyson Thomas pose for a photo after the Mustangs’ seventh-grade victory over Benton Tuesday. Greenacres is in a three-way tie for first.

NOTE: The above report is based on information provided by coaches. It will be updated when more information is received.