To the surprise of no one, the Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing Lions fell to No. 1 ranked Haynesville 54-12 Friday night in Plain Dealing.
But in a bit of a surprise, the Lions hung with the powerful Golden Tornado for a half, trailing just 14-0.
And it could have been closer. New Tech had a chance to score near the end of the half but couldn’t punch it in.
“I think we hung in there just long enough to make them mad,” New Tech coach Coy Brotherton said with a laugh.
Haynesville completed a perfect 10-0 season and will go into the Class 1A playoffs as the No. 1 seed.
New Tech finished the regular season 5-5. The No. 13 seed Lions will host No. 20 Ringgold (2-8) Friday night in Plain Dealing in the first round.
Brotherton said the Lions will head into the playoffs with a lot of confidence.
“You can just see the defense getting better,” he said. “We got better every week on defense, and Haynesville’s pretty good.”
The Tors scored a touchdown early in the second half to go up 21-0. Isaac Jacobs returned the ensuing kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown.
Haynesville answered with a touchdown and the Lions fumbled the kickoff, leading to another Tors’ TD.
It was a tough night for the New Tech offense. The tough Tors defense held the Lions to minus-1 yards rushing.
Quarterback Logan Allen completed 12 of 28 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. He finished the regular season 170 of 315 for 2,545 and 28 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. The yardage total is one of the best in school history.
Tray Harris, who came into the game as the leading receiver in Bossier Parish, caught four passes for 35 yards. He has 60 catches for 954 yards on the season.
Jacobs caught two passes for 56 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
He has 35 catches for 693 yards on the season.