- Ben Mintz
A wild shootout between Northwood and Woodlawn highlighted the week 6 slate of high school football in the Shreveport/Bossier City area. Northwood scored late to pull out a 48-47 thriller at Independence Stadium. Sophomore QB Luke Bogan continues to impress for the Falcons who are the surprise team of the area so far this season. After being picked to finish last in District 1-4A, the Falcons are now in the driver’s seat for second place having already won games against Woodlawn and North Desoto.
The Benton Tigers continued to roll with a 43-21 victory over Minden at the freshly renovated Pit. Minden cut the lead to 16-14 early in the second half but Benton responded by running over the Crimson Tide in the 4th quarter. Benton finished the game with over 300 yards rushing and is now 6-0 on the season. The Tigers have scored over 40 points in all 6 wins and are ranked 3rd in the state in class 4A. In other 1-4A matchups, Huntington defeated BTW 36-8 and North Desoto bounced back with a 53-18 win over Bossier.
Airline competed for 3 quarters against the defending Division 1 State Champion Evangel Eagles until Vikings Quarterback Brad Fream separated his left shoulder late in the 3rd quarter. A 14-7 game ended up with a 44-7 final score after the floodgates opened. Evangel was led on offense by Running Back Tamauge Sloan with 131 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. The Eagles defense dominated with Airline’s only touchdown being on an 80 yard interception return. Airline heads to Springhill to take on North Webster on Friday night in a non-district game that will be broadcast on 100.7 FM/1340 AM The Ticket. Evangel hosts Southwood on Friday at 7pm.
Parkway won their 2nd game in a row with a 49-29 victory over Captain Shreve. Panthers Running Back Eric Williams had 226 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns. After being written off after a 1-3 start and season ending injuries to QB Justin Rogers and WR Terrace Marshall Jr., the Panthers are 2-1 in District 1-5A and are battling for 2nd in the district. Parkway travels to Byrd in a massive game this Friday night at Lee Hedges Stadium at 7pm.
Byrd won their 2nd game in a row in District 1-5A with a 43-13 route over a poor Southwood team. Coach Mike Suggs now has the Yellow Jackets at 4-2 and 2-1 in district. This Byrd/Parkway game on Friday night will determine a lot about District 1-5A. After a slow start, Haughton routed Franklin Parish 46-20 in a non-district matchup.
Calvary got back on the winning track with a 49-23 route of Loyola at Messmer Stadium. Sophomore Quarterback Cade Hart had 223 yards passing with 4 passing touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown in the dominant victory. The Cavs are now 2-4 on the season and host Lakeside Friday. Loyola falls to 3-3 and host St. Mary’s this week.
In other area action, Logansport kept their undefeated record alive with a 38-26 win over North Webster and Lakeside defeated North Caddo 60-55 in the highest scoring game of the season in the area.