The Plain Dealing Lions set up a showdown next week for the District 1-1A title with a 20-6 victory over the Arcadia Hornets Friday night in Plain Dealing.
The Lions (8-1, 4-0), who have won six in a row, will face defending state champion Haynesville (8-1, 4-0) next Friday in Haynesville. The Golden Tornado routed Grambling 58-12 Friday night.
Plain Dealing coach Coy Brotherton said neither he nor his players were particularly pleased with the way the Lions played against Arcadia, Plain Dealing turned the ball over four times and allowed Arcadia to recover an onsides kick.
But Brotherton couldn’t be happier with the opportunity his team has now.
“That’s what I told the kids,” he said. “A lot of our kids are upset with the way we played. I asked them if at the beginning of the year someone had told you you’d be 8-1 by one point and have a chance to play for the district title would you have taken it? Every one of us would’ve said yes.”
The Lions’ only loss was 7-6 to Benton, which has a chance to win the District 1-4A title, in Week 3.
Plain Dealing led 14-0 at the half. Desean Morris scored on a 1-yard run and Isaac Jacobs caught a 45-yard TD pass from Logan Allen.
The Lions extended the lead to 20-0 in the second half on a 20-yard pass from Allen to Thomas Gay with 8:56 left in the third quarter. Arcadia avoided the shutout with a late TD against a defense made up mostly of subs.
“We played well on defense, and we played well on offense at times, too,” Brotherton said.
Mansfield 28, Bossier 13: Bossier played one of its best games of the season but came up short against the Wolverines in Mansfield.
Bossier dropped to 0-9 overall and 0-4 in District 1-3A. The Bearkats close out the season next Friday at home against Green Oaks. Mansfield improved to 5-4 and 3-1.
After the Wolverines scored first, Bossier went on a 9-minute touchdown drive. Keimun Daniels capped the drive with a 5-yard run. The PAT was good and Bossier led 7-6 with 11:45 left in the second quarter.
On Mansfield’s ensuing possession, the Bearkats recovered a fumble at the Wolverines 45. Bossier took advantage as Avery Jones scored from 4 yards out with 6:17 left in the half. A two-point conversion failed and Bossier led 13-6.
Mansfield answered with a touchdown run and regained the lead at 14-13.
Bossier fumbled the kickoff at it 5, but the Bearkats held and trailed by just one at the half.
The Wolverines pulled away with two third-quarter touchdowns.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org