The Greenacres Mustangs eighth-grade team and the Elm Grove seventh-grade squad clinched shares of their respective district titles with victories Tuesday.
The Mustangs defeated the Cope Cougars in a thrilling, hard-fought game at Airline Stadium that took three overtimes to decide. The game was tied at 8 after regulation, 16 after the first overtime and 24 after the second.
Greenacres scored a touchdown and two-point conversion in the third overtime and then held the Cougars out of the end zone for a 32-24 victory. Cope dropped to 3-1 in district.
Greenacres (4-0) can win the title outright with a victory over the Haughton Bucs at Haughton this Tuesday. Haughton defeated Benton to improve to 3-1.
If Haughton defeats Greenacres and Cope defeats Rusheon, then the Bucs, Mustangs and Cougars will share the eighth-grade title. In the other eighth-grade game Tuesday, Elm Grove defeated Rusheon 24-0.
The Elm Grove seventh-graders defeated Rusheon 32-6 to improve to 4-0 in district play. Haughton edged Benton 22-14, handing the Tigers their first loss. Haughton and Benton are both 3-1.
Elm Grove will be undefeated district champion if it defeats Benton at Preston Crownover Stadium on Tuesday. Benton can claim a share of the title with a win.
If Benton wins, Haughton can also win a share if it defeats Greenacres. In the other seventh-grade game Tuesday, Greenacres defeated Cope.
At Airline Stadium, Greenacres took an 8-0 lead into the lockerroom at halftime. Cope tied the game in the third quarter on a quarterback sneak by Kyle McConathy and Bryan Marshall’s two-point conversion run.
Frank Hamilton, Jakeldrick Thomas and Dre Robinson scored Greenacres’ TDs in the overtimes. Marshall and Thomas Williams scored for Cope.
In the third overtime, the Mustangs forced the Cougars into a fourth-and-goal from the 10 with some good defensive play. McConathy’s pass was tipped in the back right corner of the end zone by a leaping Mustang and caught by a Cougar out of bounds.
While backs from both teams ran the ball well, the game was a defensive struggle. Both teams had just over 100 yards rushing and about 150 total yards in regulation.
Thomas Williams led Cope with 130 yards on 22 carries, including the overtimes. He also scored a conversion.
Jamal Johnson had 60 all-purpose yards. Marshall rushed for 33 yards.
Williams was also a standout on defense with 11 tackles. Brandon Marshall had nine tackles. Decameron Richardson made some big defensive plays, coaches said.
Devarrick Woods, Deveon Carley, Frederick Manning and Makhi Tanner scored touchdowns in Greenacres’ seventh-grade win.
Coaches also credited the defense with an outstanding effort in the shutout victory.
At Benton, CJ McWilliams ran and passed for more than 100 yards and tossed four TD passes in Haughton’s eighth-grade victory.
Tristan Sweeney caught two touchdown passes and ran for another. Keyshawn Davis had a TD reception and also picked off a pass. Matthew Whitten caught a touchdown pass.
Antoine Ball scored a late touchdown, and Caden Wheeler returned an interception for a touchdown. Caleb Green also had an interception. Kilian Malena was a standout on defense, coaches said.
The seventh-grade game was tight and not decided until the final minutes.
De’mareya Howard scored what proved to be the winning touchdown on a long pass from Peyton Stovall early in the fourth quarter. Howard broke several tackles along the way.
Stovall also threw a touchdown pass to Jack Edwards. Dustin Phillips rushed for 80 yards and scored a touchdown. Jaden Osborne recovered a fumble late in the game.
Haughton led 14-8 at the half, but Clint Lassiter swept around left end for a touchdown late in the third quarter to tie it. Lassiter, who has had an outstanding season, also scored Benton’s first TD.
At Bossier’s Memorial Stadium, four Eagles scored touchdowns in Elm Grove’s eighth-grade victory.
Zi Dooley scored on a 15-yard run, and Adam Johnson went in from 10 yards out. Drake Fontenot hit Gnoble Peterson with a 15-yard touchdown pass. Peterson also scored the final touchdown on a 70-yard fumble return.
Coaches said Micah Roberts and Sonny Reed were standouts on the offensive line. Peterson and Peyton Lewis were defensive standouts, coaches said.
Gabe Larry passed for one touchdown and ran for another in Elm Grove’s seventh-grade victory.
Larry’s TD run covered 60 yards. His TD pass went 50 yards to Jamal Asberry, who also returned a kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown.
Brady Norcross scored on a 15-yard run.
Coaches cited Ty Shelton and Ayden Inman for their performances on the offensive line and Asberry and Noah Wolf for their efforts on defense.
Rusheon’s Darrell Beck scored on a 95-yard run. Jonteavious Jackson scored the conversion.
Coleman Beeson recovered a fumble forced by Roderick Francis. Avery Williams had an interception.
Note: The above report is based on information received from coaches. It will be updated if more information is received.