Four teams remain undefeated in the Bossier Parish seventh- and eighth-grade middle school football districts.
The Cope Cougars and Greenacres Mustangs top the eighth-grade standings at 3-0. In games Tuesday, Cope downed Elm Grove 30-0 and Greenacres edged Benton 14-8. In the other game, Haughton dropped Rusheon 34-0.
Greenacres and Cope face off Tuesday at Airline Stadium with the district lead on the line.
The Elm Grove Eagles and Benton Tigers are tied for first in the seventh-grade district at 3-0. In games Tuesday, Elm Grove downed Cope 36-0 and Benton got past Greenacres 36-20. In the other game, Haughton defeated Rusheon 22-8.
At Airline Stadium, Cope piled up 351 yards total offense in the eighth-grade victory.
Thomas Williams rushed for 154 yards on 14 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 54 and 11 yards.
Bryan Marshall rushed for 119 yards on just three carries thanks to touchdown runs of 55 and 64 yards. He also had one reception for 36 yards.
Kyle McConathy completed three of four passes for 43 yards. Jamal Johnson had 35 yards rushing on four carries.
Drew Bennett intercepted two passes, including one at the Elm Grove 5. Coaches praised the play of the entire secondary: Bennett, Hunter Rice, Trey Maxwell, Decameron Richardson, Bryan Marshall and Brandon Marshall.
Brandon Hammett had two sacks for 19 yards in losses.
Zi Dooley led Elm Grove with 80 yards rushing on 13 carries. Malik Cooper caught three passes from Drake Fontenot for 60 yards. Coaches said Garrett Allen and Michael Hooker were defensive standouts.
Gabe Larry scored two touchdowns and passed for another to lead the Elm Grove seventh-grade squad to the victory.
Larry’s rushing TDs covered 20 and 40 yards. He also threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Brady Norcross. Norcross added a second TD on a 15-yard run.
Jamal Asberry rushed for 120 yards on just six carries and scored the Eagles’ first TD on a 60-yard run. Coaches said Connor Norcross ran hard behind the solid blocking of linemen Evan McCrae, Anthony Salazar, Palmer Hearne, Ayden Inman and Ty Shelton. Defensive standouts included Brady Norcross and Kevin Madrigal.
At Benton, Nick Vesek blocked a punt and Donnie Dunn picked up and fumble and returned it for a touchdown in Greenacres’ hard-fought eighth-grade victory.
Frank Hamilton scored a rushing touchdown and a conversion.
Ashur Hall scored two touchdowns in Benton’s seventh-grade victory, including one on a 20-yard run.
Clint Lassiter returned an interception 67 yards for a touchdown. He also had a long run on the Tigers’ first TD drive capped by a quarterback sneak by Todd Dominick. Dominick also had a 15-yard run on the drive.
Owen Wainscott scored the second touchdown on an 11-yard run.
Dominick scored two conversions. Lassiter and Jastin Johnson scored one each.
Deveon Carley and JaQuarious Rabon had some good runs for Greenacres. A nice pass completion set up a Rabon TD run in the third quarter.
At Bossier, CJ McWilliams threw touchdown passes to Antoine Ball and Tristan Sweeney in Haughton’s eighth-grade win.
Sweeney also ran for a touchdown and conversion. Keyshawn Davis and Christian Davis each had TD runs. Caleb Green made two extra-point kicks.
Peyton Stovall tossed three touchdown passes in the Bucs’ seventh-grade victory. Gage East was on the receiving end of two of them and Jack Edwards caught the other. Coaches said Cade Ostermeyer and Jeb Spinney played well on defense.
SirJerrious Rayson scored on a 5-yard run for Rusheon. He also scored the conversion. Coach Thomas Chester said Ray Henry, Jonathan Booker and Jamaal Brooks played well on defense.
Note: The above report is based on information received from coaches.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org