Crimson Tide opens at home Friday night against Parkway

After a state quarterfinal appearance last year, the Minden Crimson Tide football team begins the 2021 regular season on Friday at home against the Parkway Panthers.

Minden will try to start the season strong against a Parkway team that bested the Tide 48-28 in the last meeting. Friday’s contest at W.W. Williams Stadium in Minden will begin at 7 p.m.

According to research by Jake Chapman and Mark Chreene of KASO Radio, if Minden can pull off the win on Friday night, it will mark the 500th regular-season victory in school history.

The Tide comes off a successful jamboree in Claiborne Parish where they topped the Homer Pelicans (7-6) and Haynesville Golden Tornado (6-0) in 12-minute quarters.

Now, they’ll play four quarters and the outcome counts in the record book.

At Haynesville last weekend, Minden coach Spencer Heard saw a priority for his team going against a higher-classification opponent Friday night.

“One thing I took from the jamboree is that we need to get in better condition. So we worked on that some this week in terms of practicing a bit longer and also doing some extra conditioning at the end of practice,” said Heard. “Hopefully, that will pay dividends on Friday night against a larger, young team with a bigger roster.”

Heard highlights containing Parkway’s junior running back, Jaylan White, as a top priority for Friday night’s matchup.

“Part of it (game-planning) for us is to bottle up number two (White) as best as we can.”

Momentum is a key aspect in taking charge of a game, and the Tide hopes to do just that by bringing out explosive plays and holding on to the football.

With longtime starting quarterback Trenton McLaughlin graduated, Minden didn’t have to look too hard for his replacement.

Senior Andrew Cooper will take the mantle for the Tide after a gutsy playoff performance last year against Leesville, filling in for an injured McLaughlin and leading Minden to victory.

“I’m very confident in Andrew,” said Heard. “Even though he hasn’t been starting on Friday nights, he’s been playing quarterback since he got here. He understands the system and what we are trying to accomplish. I have confidence in him and the team has a lot of respect and confidence for him as well.”

If you can’t make it to the game, you can tune in to KBEF 104.5 for live coverage.

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