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Middle school football: (Updated) Greenacres wins 7th-grade district title with 5-0 mark; Elm Grove 8th-grade team completes perfect season

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The Greenacres Mustangs won the Bossier Parish middle school seventh-grade district championship with a hard-fought 32-26 victory over the Cope Cougars on Monday at M.D. Ray Field at Airline Stadium.

Greenacres finished 6-1 overall and 5-0 in district.

In other seventh-grade games earlier this week, Elm Grove defeated North DeSoto 22-8 at Bobby Marlow Field at Preston Crownover Stadium, Benton downed Webster in Minden and Haughton defeated Rusheon 24-0.

The Elm Grove Eagles eighth-grade team completed a perfect 7-0 season with a 27-8 victory over North DeSoto.

In other eighth-grade games, Cope defeated Greenacres 22-14 in overtime, Benton defeated Webster and Haughton downed Rusheon 32-8.

Cope finished 6-1 overall and second in the district at 4-1.

(Note: The following information was provided by coaches. If more information is received this report will be updated.)

At Airline, Brandon Craig rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns to lead the victorious Greenacres seventh-grade team. He also caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Terrance Hays.

Late in the fourth quarter, Craig sealed the victory with a 70-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Cameron Boyd, Karde’ Galloway, Andre Germany and Joseph Thrash led the defense.

Braylon Jackson rushed for 168 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead Cope to the eighth-grade victory.

Jackson scored on a 6/-yard run and added the two-point conversion to stake the Cougars to an 8-6 first-half lead.

Dominic Conde ran for 66 yards on six carries. He scored on an 18-yard run with 20 seconds left in the game to give Cope a 14-6 lead.

Cope had the ball first in overtime and Jackson scored on a 5-yard run then tacked on the conversion.

On Greenacres’ possession, the Cougars pushed the Mustangs back to the 12 on the first two plays. Cope then forced back-to-back incompletions to seal the victory.

Ends Drake Bellow and Chris Wells lad six tackles each.

The Cougars turned back the Mustangs inside the 15 in the first half and in overtime.

The Mustangs’ David Allen ran for one touchdown and passed for another.

Allen also ran for 106 yards. His 40-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Darby as time expired sent the game into overtime. Darby also rushed for 97 yards.

Jamariea Gardner led the defense in tackles with six.

The Mustangs stopped Cope scoring threats twice inside the 15., including at the 1 late in the first half.

At Elm Grove, Korde Sharp rushed for more than 100 yards as the Elm Grove eighth-grade team pulled away in the second half for the victory.

DeMarkus Evans returned a kickoff for a touchdown and scored a rushing touchdown. He also had an interception.

The score was tied at 8 at the half.

Lamarcus Harris kicked two onside kicks the Eagles recovered to start the second half.

Elm Grove Coach Sean Watson said both teams’ defenses performed well.

Caleb Armstrong ran 80 yards for a touchdown and caught a long pass from Jayden Spencer in the Eagles’ seventh-grade victory.

Rylan Plunkett also scored a rushing TD and caught a long pass from Spencer.

Watson said outside linebackers Armstrong and Tanner Weems turned in strong performances.

He also said tackle Roderick Johnson had a great game with several tackles for loss.

The Elm Grove seventh-grade team finished 5-2 overall and 3-2 in district.

At Haughton, Cameron James returned a kickoff and Trey Kittrell returned a fumble for touchdowns in the Bucs’ eighth-grade victory.

Michael Lollar scored a touchdown. Clayton Zahm scored a touchdown and two two-point conversions.

Coach Darin Walker also praised the defense for an outstanding performance.

Kavonte Autry returned a kick for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass from Taylor Weathersby in Haughton’s seventh-grade victory.

Xaveria McDuffy scored a touchdown. Case Corkern and Jaiden Waller scored conversions.

Walker said everyone on defense played well.

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