Middle school football: (Update 2) Benton seventh- and eighth-grade teams remain unbeaten; Haughton eighth-graders 2-0


Two weeks into Bossier Parish middle school district play, Benton is the only school without a loss in the seventh- and eighth-grade divisions.

In eighth-grade games Tuesday, Benton downed Rusheon 28-0, Haughton defeated Cope 32-6 and Elm Grove knocked off Greenacres 21-0.

Benton and Haughton are tied for the eighth-grade lead at 2-0. Elm Grove and Cope are 1-1.

In seventh-grade action, Benton defeated Rusheon 30-18, Haughton downed Cope 30-18 and Elm Grove got past Greenacres 18-6.

Benton is alone atop the seventh-grade standings at 2-0. Elm Grove, Greenacres, Cope and Haughton are all 1-1.

At Airline Stadium, Gabe Larry passed for one touchdown and ran for another in Elm Grove’s eighth-grade win.

Larry ran 35 yards for the Eagles’ first TD. He hit Brady Norcross for 30 yards for the second one.

Jamal Asberry raced 50 yards in the fourth quarter for the Eagles’ final touchdown. Asberry finished the night with more than 100 yards rushing.

Luis Espino kicked an extra point. He also had several impressive deep kickoffs.

Defensive standouts included Darious Patterson and Tyler Towns.

Malachi White scored touchdowns on runs of 50 and 8 yards for the victorious Elm Grove seventh-grade squad. He had 132 yards on 18 carries.

Jamonte Gordon scored on a 1-yard run. The TD was set up by a long pass to Derek Brown.

The Eagles offensive front of Steven Gilbreath, Mayne Lemon, Ryder Rasouillyan, Devon Hall and Iziah Lewis paved the way for a big night on the ground.

Defensive standouts included Michael Feaster, Solomon Washington and Tanner Kirkland. Kirkland picked off his third pass of the season.

At Haughton, Peyton Stovall completed eight of 12 passes for 120 yards and three touchdowns in the Bucs’ eighth-grade win. He also rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown.

Stovall’s TD passes went to Gage East, Logan Wilkerson and Keshun English.

Malachi Burks rushed for 60 yards and scored a touchdown.

Kason Formby had five tackles and an interception. Jake St. Andre had six tackles.

Jacob Davidson returned a kick 70 yards for a TD in Haughton’s seventh-grade win. Elton Bryant scored a rushing TD and two conversions. Coleman Stafford tossed a touchdown pass to Hunter Tolbert and ran in a conversion.

Cope’s Ja’Robert Kelly had 63 yards on eight carries. Michael Johnson took a bad punt snap and went 80 yards for a score.

Tyler Bumgardner scored a touchdown. Quoziel Ghoston returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the game.

At Benton, Ashur Hall had a big game on both sides of the ball in the Tigers’ eighth-grade victory.

He had 71 total yards, including a 27-yard touchdown catch from Clint Lasiter. He also had six tackles, including three for loss, and forced a fumble.

Lasiter completed four of seven passes for 85 yards. He also rushed for 63 yards and scored on runs of 5 and 16 yards.

Owen Wainscott had 33 yards receiving. Jackson Illingsworth had 21 yards receiving and caught a two-point conversion pass.

Jayston Johnson scored on a 7-yard run. Dane Stearns scored the conversion.

Reese Rachel scored Rusheon’s touchdown.

Evan Cole scored four touchdowns to lead the Benton seventh-graders to the victory.

Cole’s TDs came on a 62-yard kickoff return, a 43-yard run, a 14-yard catch and a 15-yard run.

Caleb Cassidy threw one touchdown pass and set up another TD with a long pass to Davis Sellers.

Cole, Cassidy and Ayden Colvin scored conversions.

Jaylyn Williams scored all three of Rusheon’s touchdowns.

Carlos Butler, DJ Lemett, Deangelo Garner and Jeffrey Miller all played well on offense.

Jemario Collins and Jakendrick Devlin led the Rams defense.

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

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com