Going into Friday’s season opener at Homer, Bossier coach Michael Concilio wasn’t sure what to expect from his Bearkats.
“We had a couple of down practices last week,” he said. “Tuesday and Wednesday was kind of rough getting through practice. I think it may have been the fact we lost the jamboree. (Last week’s jamboree was cancelled.) We were tired of banging on ourselves.”
Concilio needn’t have worried. The Bearkats took care of business, rolling past the Pelicans 34-8.
“We came out a long stronger than I thought we would,” he said. “We played well across the board. We were able to hold up a shutout to the last couple of minutes.”
Bossier led 14-0 at the half, but the lead should’ve been bigger, Concilio said.
“In the first half we got inside the red zone twice and didn’t capitalize so it was kind of depressing,” he said. “We came in at halftime and kind of talked about a few things. We came out in the second half real strong.”
With a run-oriented Wing-T offense, Bossier’s bread-and-butter is controlling the ball. Concilio said they did that “for the most part,” but the Bearkats also got some big plays.
Xavier Venious sprinted 70 yards for a touchdown to give Bossier a 20-0 lead in the third quarter.
Marquis Easter ran 53 yards for the the final score.
Venious, the District 1-4A hurdles champ, finished with 138 yards on seven carries. Kalan Green, who scored on an 8-yard run, gained 88 yards on 12 carries. Easter had 68 yards on just two carries.
Kevin Bonapart, Bossier’s big tight end, caught a 10-yard TD pass and finished with two catches for 24 yards. Senior Keimun Daniels, a three-year starter, completed three of six passes for 39 yards.
The best thing, Concilio said, is that the Bearkats won the turnover battle.
“Our game plan wasn’t just to clock manage but ball possession,” he said. “A lot of things went our way. It was good to start off the season with something like this.”
Bossier is on the road again Friday. The Bearkats travel to Lake Providence to face General Trass, which lost to Madison 44-18 in its opener.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org