Bossier Parish middle school football teams began district play Tuesday.
In eighth-grade games, the Cope Cougars edged the Haughton Bucs 24 -16, the Benton Tigers defeated the Rusheon Rams 24-8 and the Greenacres Mustangs downed the Elm Grove Eagles 44-24.
In seventh-grade games, Haughton slipped past Cope 8-6, Benton downed Rusheon 36-6 and Elm Grove defeated Greenacres 38-14.
At Bossier’s Memorial Stadium, Ashur Hall and Clint Lassiter scored two touchdowns each to lead the Benton seventh-grade squad to the win.
Hall scored on runs of 30 and 3 yards. Lassiter, the Tigers quarterback, scored on runs of 51 and 15 yards.
Owen Wainscott sprinted 57 yards around left end for another TD.
The Tigers’ final two TDs were set up by some nice runs by Jastin Johnson.
Todd Dominick and Hayden Hable scored one two-point conversion each.
Rusheon’s Darrell Beck returned a kickoff 60 yards for a touchdown. Jamaal Brooks scored on a 5-yard run.
Malik Antwine, Kenneth Gay II and Cade Scott scored touchdowns in Benton’s eighth-grade victory.
Antwine scored from 2 yards out after taking the Tigers down the field with some good runs.
Gay caught a 50-yard TD pass from Bryson Connell. Gay also scored two two-point conversions.
Scott went in from 3 yards out on the first play after the Tigers recovered a fumble for Benton’s final TD. Connell scored the conversion.
Coach Jared Stowell cited Christian Gandy, Julian Hall, Matthew Holcomb and Jonathan Lacour for their defensive play.
Andrick Robertson scored Rusheon’s TD on a 20-yard run. Kedrick Henderson added a conversion.
James Davis returned an interception 50 yards. Jaylon Allums had two catches for 15 yards.
At Preston Crownover Stadium, Frank Hamilton rushed for more than 230 yards and scored three touchdowns in Greenacres’ eighth-grade victory. Hamilton had two rushing TDs and also returned a kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown.
Dre Robinson scored two touchdowns on long runs and finished with about 120 yards on the ground.
Carson Slack and Bubba Anderson scored conversions.
At Airline Stadium, Bryan Marshall and Thomas Williams scored two touchdowns each in a hard-fought eighth-grade victory over Haughton, which won the seventh-grade title last year.
Marshall sprinted 73 yards for the first touchdown of the game. He also scored on a 23-yard run in the third quarter.
Williams’ first TD, a 54-yard dash, gave the Mustangs a 12-0 lead in the first quarter. His last touchdown, an 11-yard run, put Greenacres’ up 24-16.
Jamal Johnson also had 6-yard touchdown run set up by Williams’ 47-yard interception return.
Williams rushed for 134 yards and Bryan Marshall added 114. Williams also had a long touchdown run erased by a penalty.
Brandon Marshall gained 54 yards on the ground.
Kyle McConathy hit Brandon Marshall for a two-point conversion after Greenacres’ second touchdown. Williams and Bryan Marshall scored conversions.
Brandon Marshall forced a fumble and recovered it. Coaches said Brandon Hammett and Trey Maxwell were also among the standouts on defense.
Haughton rallied from the 12-0 deficit to take a 16-14 halftime lead. Two second-half turnovers in scoring territory hurt the Bucs.
CJ McWilliams passed for 100 yards and ran for a touchdown. Keyshawn Davis ran for a touchdown and a conversion. Tristan Sweeney also ran in a conversion and caught a pass that set up a TD.
Coach Darin Walker said Kilian Malena, Khaylon Chapple and Dakota Ahlstrom were among the defensive standouts.
De’mareya Howard rushed for 130 yards and scored a two-point conversion to lead the Haughton seventh-grade team to the win.
Dustin Phillips scored the Bucs’ lone TD on a 6-yard run. Jake St. Andre and Phillips were defensive standouts, Walker said.
Note: The above story is based on reports from coaches. It will be updated if more are received.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com