A look back and look ahead; Minden to take on North Webster Friday night

It was a busy week in Webster Parish for local football. Three of our teams were in action this past Friday night while COVID protocols kept one at home.

Lakeside’s regularly scheduled opponent, Block High, was hit by COVID and had to cancel the game. The Warriors took the win via forfeit. This week was already scheduled as a bi-week, but Lakeside coach Mike Santelices is still looking for an opponent. As of this writing, the Warriors were still scheduled to be off Friday. That may change, and the Journal will make you aware if it does.

Minden High

The Minden Crimson Tide needed to bounce back in a big way after their week one loss to Parkway and they did just that, manhandling the visiting Green Oaks Giants 48-6 Friday night, recording the school’s 500th all-time regular-season win.

Minden (1-1) scored on its first series, igniting the home crowd, with junior running back Daylen Robinson posting Minden’s first points on an 8-yard touchdown run.

Robinson did it again on the Crimson Tide’s next possession, running hard and scoring from four yards out for the rushing TD.

The Tide held Green Oaks (0-2) scoreless throughout the first half and scored twice more, both coming on the legs of quarterback Andrew Cooper.

Speaking on the magnitude of Minden’s 500th all-time regular-season victory, Coach Heard stated, “I’m blessed to be the head coach when that happened. It’s a monumental thing for Minden High School and the community of Minden.”

While it truly is a huge milestone for the Tide, in typical Coach Heard fashion, he urged his players not to get complacent and to be ready to prepare themselves for the challenge ahead this week in the big parish rivalry game against North Webster.

North Webster

The North Webster Knights sent a message that their offense takes a backseat to no one, scoring at will en route to a 53-30 win over the North Caddo Rebels Friday night at Baucum-Farrar Stadium in Springhill.

North Caddo’s offense came in with the hype thanks to the talents of LSU wide receiver commit Omarion Miller, who finished with more than 100 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns, but it was North Webster (2-0), led by the excellence of senior Jamarcus Stephens, that looked the part of a well-oiled machine.

The Knights will look for a 3-0 start in a huge Webster Parish rivalry matchup of week three at Minden against the Crimson Tide Friday night.

Glenbrook

For the first 18 minutes of Friday’s matchup against the defending Division IV state champion and Class A’s No. 1-ranked powerhouse, the Calvary Cavaliers, the visiting Glenbrook Apaches made a statement that they belong in the LHSAA.

The 58-14 final score isn’t indicative of the quality of the Apaches’ efforts in their first year in the LHSAA, and their first ever District 1-1A contest, despite going in overmatched by the established Shreveport football program.

After a Maddox Mandino opening kick return set the Apaches up at the 50-yard line, the offense quickly moved down inside the Cavalier 15 before a costly turnover. Like championship teams usually do, Cavaliers went on a 12-play 68-yard touchdown drive to go up 7-0.

As the quarter wore on, the Cavaliers’ depth proved to be too much as turnovers and missed assignments on defense allowed the Cavaliers to stretch their lead. The young Apaches continued to fight as the final seconds ticked off and the Apaches (1-1) had fallen in their district opener by a margin anticipated by many outside observers – but not without some very encouraging minutes of action early in the matchup.

“We were really proud of our effort tonight. Our inexperience, lack of size, and lack of depth showed. We did play really well on defense early,” said Glenbrook head coach David Feaster. “We gave really great effort throughout the whole game. Even some of the guys who left with cramps, they came back out later to finish the game and played like warriors.”

This week the Apaches will try to get back on track as they travel to take on the Lincoln Prep Panthers (2-0) in another District 1-1A contest at Grambling. Lincoln Prep has scored 40-plus points in two lopsided wins.


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