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Middle school football: Elm Grove sweeps Rusheon

Russell Hedges



The Elm Grove Eagles swept the Rusheon Rams in seventh- and eighth-grade games Tuesday at Bossier High.

The Eagles won the seventh-grade game in a hard-fought 38-32 overtime thriller. They won the eighth-grade game 22-12.

Elsewhere, the Cope Cougars and Greenacres Mustangs split their games at Airline. The Mustangs won the seventh-grade game 34-0 and the Cougars won the eighth-grade game 40-6.

The Benton Tigers and Haughton Bucs split their games at Benton. The Tigers won the seventh-grade game 34-0 and the Bucs took the eighth-grade game 26-0.




Elm Grove 22, Rusheon 12: Matthew McKee passed for a touchdown and ran for another to lead the Eagles (5-1, 1-1).

McKee hit Cameron Phillips for a 7-yard score and scored the Eagles’ final TD on a 10-yard run.

Quinton Smith scored from 15 yards out.

Coach Mark Tabor said Destin Meza and Craylon McGhee played outstanding games on defense.

Cope 40, Greenacres 6: Jaylon Thomas scored three touchdowns and Cameron Davis two for the Cougars (2-0 district).

Cope amassed 321 yards total offense with all of it coming on the ground.

Thomas led the way with 161 yards on just six carries. He scored on runs of 37, 70 and 55 yards.

Davis had TD runs of 28 and 19 yards. He finished with 93 yards on nine carries.

Breon Hampton and Kobe Johnson combined for 53 yards rushing. Johnson scored two conversions.

Jere Grice/Press-Tribune Elm Grove’s Kendall Brown finds running room during the Eagles’ eighth-grade victory over Rusheon Tuesday at Bossier High.
Jere Grice/Press-Tribune
Elm Grove’s Kendall Brown finds running room during the Eagles’ eighth-grade victory over Rusheon Tuesday at Bossier High.

Harrison Tauzin scored the Cougars’ other touchdown on a two-yard run.

Linebackers Zylon Newsome and Matt Salinas, and end Natorious Blackshire were key defensive players, Cope coaches said. All three had multiple tackles for losses. Blackshire and Dylan Lindsey were special team players of the game. Blackshire had a hand in forcing two fumbles.

Haughton 26, Benton 0: Jacob Walker ran for a touchdown and passed for another to help the Bucs improve to 2-0 in district play.

Quandarius Harris returned an interception 50 yards for the only touchdown of the first half.

Walker’s TD pass went to Travis Johnson. Cameron Townsend also threw a touchdown pass to Hayden Hensley.

Korbin Schmidt kicked two PATs.

A Garrett Hable-to-Jermaine Newton pass got Benton into the red zone but the Bucs held.

Benton coach Jared Stowell said he was proud of his defense for holding Haughton out of the end zone near the end of the first half.



Elm Grove 38, Rusheon 32, OT: The Eagles rallied from a 32-16 deficit in the fourth quarter.

Elm Grove’s Amani Larry scored on runs of 15 and 20 yards to get the Eagles within 24-16, but the Rams scored again to take the 32-16 lead.

The Eagles went to a no-huddle offense with a little more than half of the fourth quarter remaining.

Chase Turner hauled in a 70-yard TD pass from Larry to cut the lead to 32-24.

The Eagles defense came up with a stop and got the ball back at their own 40 with a little less than two minutes to play.

Larry scored on a 55-yard run with just seconds left. Elm Grove got the conversion and the game went into overtime tied at 32.

Elm Grove went on defense first in overtime and stopped Rusheon on downs at the 2.

Alijah Barnette then scored on 10-yard run to give the Eagles (6-0, 2-0) the win. Chase Turner had a key block.

Brandon Nelson had a good game on the offensive line, Elm Grove coach Mark Tabor said.

Caleb Reese had nine tackles, and Brandon Nelson had three tackles for losses.

Rusheon’s Jacoby Decker scored on runs of 55 and 60 yards and added three conversions.

Montrez Henderson scored on a 70-yard run and J’Nron Rogers got the conversion.

Greenacres 34, Cope 0: Frederick Lemons score on runs of 55, 57 an 17 yards for the Eagles (2-0 district).

Trey Taylor had an interception return of 51 yards just before the half and Lemons scored the conversion to put the Mustangs ahead by 20.

Caden Jones connected with Jamorea Alberta for a conversion.

Jonathan Lacour scored from 4 yards out late in the fourth quarter.

Defensive standouts were Trey Taylor, Cade Nelson, Romeo Winston, Avere Doles and Christopher Lutterman, coach Justin James said.

Cope coach Daniel Turnbow said John Mark Waniewski played a good game on the offensive line.

Dom Palmisano and Bryson Dudensing were standouts on both sides of the ball, Turnbow said. They both ran the ball well late in the game.

Ian Stanfield had an interception in the first half.

Benton 34, Haughton 0: Brad Fream passed for two touchdowns and ran for two to help the Tigers win.

Fream hooked up with Ellis Cole for two touchdowns. He also scored on runs of 19 an 1 yards.

Before his 1-yard TD run, Fream connected with Bubba Osby on passes of 25 and 13 yards. He also had a 30-yard run.

A Cole Horton interception led to the Tigers’ fourth touchdown. Michael Schoth scored the Tigers’ final touchdown on a 10-yard sweep.

Anthony Echols also had an interception. Horton also scored a conversion.






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