The Cope Cougars clinched the Bossier Parish middle school seventh-grade district title with a hard-fought 14-0 victory over the Haughton Buccaneers on Tuesday at M.D. Ray Field at Airline Stadium.
Cope improved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in district. The Cougars have a two-game lead in the standings with a makeup game to play against Elm Grove on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Haughton completed a very good season 5-2 overall and 3-2 in district.
In the eighth-grade game, Haughton completed a perfect 7-0 season with a 30-14 victory over Cope. The Bucs finished 5-0 in district.
In the seventh-grade game, Cope got on the board first with just 12 seconds left in the first half. Trevon Jackson went 63 yards for the score, which was set up by Sincere Walker’s interception.
Jackson, who finished with well over 100 yards rushing, also scored the Cougars’ other touchdown on a 3-yard run. He also scored a two-point conversion. The long drive ate up a lot of the second-half clock.
Markel Hampton also picked up some significant yardage on the ground.
Coach Ray Smith credited offensive linemen Canaan Andres, Brayden Linton, Brandon Sanders, Champ Endris, Tyler Hively and Larry Sims Jr. and tight end PJ Hughes for giving Jackson and Hampton room to run.
Linebackers Jackson and Linton led the defensive effort. End Hughes, linebacker Walker and strong safety Hampton also played well on defense. J’Nyreon Hall’s interception stopped a promising Haughton drive.
“Outstanding effort by our kids,” Smith said. “Our kids played their hearts out against a very good Haughton team. Our defense did a great job of getting the Bucs in third- and fourth-and-long situations. They made some big stops against that offense.”
Amarion Lars, Bryson Hinkie and Braydon Stovall led Haughton’s offensive effort. Defensive standouts were Chase Tolbert, Jamarion Montgomery and Jakendrick Delaney.
Connor Blank scored three touchdowns in Haughton’s eighth-grade victory. Dexter Smith scored a touchdown and two two-point conversions. Colin Rains also scored a two-point conversion.
Jesse Normandin and Latrell Cooper led the defense. Tyler Rhodes, Natrevious Ball and Waylon Keith all had interceptions.
Cope’s Kameron Allen scored a rushing touchdown and a two-point conversion. Jeremiah Blaze caught a touchdown pass.
Jayden Walker had an interception.
Cope fell to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in district with the makeup game against Elm Grove left.
NOTE: The above report is based on information provided by coaches.