The Haughton Buccaneers clinched a share of the Bossier Parish middle school football eighth-grade district championship with two victories last week.
The Bucs defeated Elm Grove 38-12 on Tuesday and Greenacres 42-16 on Thursday.
Haughton can win the title outright with a victory over Cope (4-1, 2-1) at M.D. Ray Field at Airline Stadium this Tuesday. Cope, which suffered its first loss to Benton 32-22 last Tuesday, can move into a tie for first in the loss column with a victory. The Cougars have a makeup game against Elm Grove on Nov. 6.
Cope (5-0, 3-0), which defeated Benton 20-16 last week, leads the seventh-grade division. The Cougars can clinch a share of the title with a victory over Haughton (5-1, 3-1) on Tuesday. Haughton can also clinch a share of the title with a victory.
Greenacres handed Haughton its first district loss 20-6 on Thursday. The Mustangs swept North DeSoto on Tuesday, winning the eighth-grade game 13-0 and the seventh-grade game 18-16.
At Preston Crownover Stadium Tuesday, Connor Blank, Dexter Smith, Tyler Rhodes, Colin Rains, John Ecot and Adrian McClindon all scored in Haughton’s eighth-grade win over Elm Grove.
Smith, Jesse Normandin, Latrell Cooper, Peyton Polk and Waylon Keith led a Bucs first-team defense that didn’t allow a point.
Amarion Lars, Jalen Lewis and Rashard Douglas scored touchdowns for the victorious Haughton seventh-grade team.
Douglas, Lawson Moock, Jakendrick Delaney, Bryson Hinkie and Tristan Santoro led an outstanding effort by the first-team defense, which didn’t give up a score.
At Haughton Thursday, Rains, Smith, Ecot, Blank and McClindon again led Haughton to the eighth-grade victory over Greenacres.
Offensive linemen Hunter Spence, Peyton Polk, Landry Donaho, Hector Ponce and Clinton Timbe played a big part in the victory.
Defensive standouts were Normandin, Natrevious Ball, Cooper, Keith and Johntravius Bell.
Greenacres’ Daxton Chavez scored on a 60-yard pass from Nick Vascocu.
Justin Epps, who ran for 80 yards, punched in the two-point conversion. Vascocu also connected with Chavez for another long gain, finishing with 120 yards, most of which were to Chavez.
Dennis Means ran for 35 yards and a touchdown. Carlos Williams scored the two-point conversion.
Defensively, Tyler Bullard and Epps played strong games.
The Greenacres defense made some big plays in the Mustangs’ seventh-grade victory.
A long fumble return by Jaxon Graham set up a touchdown pass from Roland Wilkinson to Graham.
Le’Brandon Davis forced a fumble and recovered it. La’Darius Epps had an interception. Both plays stopped promising Haughton first-half drives.
Michael Adler returned a fumble he forced for a touchdown in the second half.
Evan Wendrock ran for an early touchdown with Davis scoring the two-point conversion.
Other defensive standouts included Kameron Manning, Braden Evans and Zitravion Brown.
Chase Tolbert scored Haughton’s touchdown. Lars, Hinkie, Jamarion Montgomery, Douglas, Santoro and Tucker Melton played well on defense, coach Darin Walker said.
At Benton Tuesday, Grey Walters completed 17 of 23 passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns in Benton’s eighth-grade victory.
Pearce Russell caught TD passes of 36 and 48 yards. Cole Weir had a 17-yard touchdown reception. Tyler Trotter also had a TD catch.
Trotter caught two two-point conversion passes from Walters. Russell and Sawyer Simmons also scored conversions on passes from Walters.
Benton finished the season 5-2 overall and 3-2 in district.
Cope’s Kameron Allen scored a rushing touchdown and two-point conversion.
Jakarvis Guice returned a kickoff for a TD. Katerius Norris scored a rushing TD and conversion.
Jordan Doucette had an interception.
Cope rallied from a 16-0 deficit in the seventh-grade game.
Trey Jackson rushed for 186 yards on 26 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 48 yards and one yard.
Markell Jackson ran 12 yards for a touchdown. He and quarterback Conner McConathy, who threw a two-point conversion pass and ran the offense well, were named the offensive players of the game.
Markell Hampton led the defense with six solo tackles and one assist. Champ Endris had an interception with 47 seconds left to play and two tackles.
Braydin Linton had three solo tackles, including a sack, and one assist. Sincere Walker had four tackles.
Kyler Hively kicked the ball well. He executed a perfect onside kick that PJ Phillips recovered.
Greg Manning scored a touchdown and two two-point conversions for Benton. Aubrey Hermes also scored a touchdown.
Benton closed the season 5-2 overall and 3-2 in district.
At Airline Tuesday, Justin Epps ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns to lead the victorious Greenacres eighth-grade team to the win against North DeSoto.
Vascocu threw for over 100 yards, connecting multiple times with Cameron Jefferson and Jeremiah Davis.
Alex Vasquez made one of two extra-point kicks.
Defensively, Bullard, Zion Smith, Preston Cooper and Epps were around the ball throughout the game making plays.
Wilkinson completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Graham in Greenacres’ seventh-grade victory. He also was a standout on defense, returning an interception for a TD.
Graham added a 35-yard TD run on a draw play.
Kameron Manning had an interception. Other defensive standouts included Epps, Brown and Braden Adams.
The Mustangs finished the season 5-2.
NOTE: This report is based on information provided by coaches. It will be updated if more information is received.