Week 3 is in the books, and our Webster Parish football teams are already looking toward midseason and district competition.
But before our Thursday previews of this week’s games, let’s take one more look at Friday’s competition.
The Warriors were the only Webster team to not play Friday night. The week was already slated for a bye when the schedule came out. However, Lakeside Coach Mike Santelices turned over every stone to try and find an opponent because the Warriors were also idle in week 2. Their week 2 opponent, Block, had to forfeit due to LHSAA Covid protocols.
As is stands, Lakeside is 2-0 even though they have played just one game – a 39-0 victory over Magnolia School of Excellence. The Warriors travel to West Monroe on Friday to take on 5A West Ouachita.
The Crimson Tide (2-1) came out on top in the oldest Webster Parish rivalry Friday night at The Pit. Minden bested North Webster 34-27.
The Crimson Tide finished the night with 295 all-purpose yards. Only 45 of those yards came through the air.
Tide Head Coach Spencer Heard spoke on therushing attack after the game, saying, “We knew going in that it was always going to be a big part of our game plan.”
It’s clear that the game plan is working, as Minden has already racked up 612 rushing yards only three games into the season.
Quarterback Andrew Cooper ran for 143 yards on 13 attempts. Daylen Robinson added 86 yards on the ground on 17 carries. Jaylin Williams caught two passes for 37 yards. Carter Barnett was 4 of 5 on point after attempts
Coach Heard continued, “I was really proud of our kids. I thought they battled through adversity early in the game and even with some hiccups here and there, they kept playing extremely hard.”
Minden will hit the road this week to match up against Mansfield (1-2), who lost their game against Red River (3-1) on Friday night, 44-55.
Special thanks to Mark Chreene and KASO/KBEF radio for supplying The Journal with stats for Friday’s game.
On Friday night in front of a large home crowd, the Glenbrook Apaches were able to get back in the win column by knocking off the previously unbeaten Lincoln Prep Panthers, 48-14.
After recovering an onside kick attempt by the Panthers, the Apaches capped off an 8 play, 55-yard opening drive with a 17-yard rushing touchdown by DJ Carter. After a successful extra point by Ty Feaster, the Apaches quickly led 7-0.
The Apache special teams followed the opening touchdown with an onside kick of their own that they recovered at the 50 yard line. The offense then went on a 6 play, 50-yard drive that culminated in a 7-yard Turner McLelland touchdown reception from Ty Feaster. After a failed extra point, the Apache lead was 13-0.
Leading 35-6, the Panthers received the second half kickoff and looked to build on the momentum of their last-second touchdown to end the first half. However, a hard hit on the Panther running back by Hayden Harmon dislodged the football and the Apache defense recovered the fumble.
The offense jumped on the board once again after a 13 play, 65-yard drive where Tre Kent found the end zone from 10 yards out to put the game well out of reach for the Apaches.
“Tonight was a great night for us. We got after them from the opening quarter and stayed on them and got to play all of the young guys,” said Coach David Feaster. “This sets up a great match up between us and a really good Homer team next week in front of a huge home crowd.”
Passing: Ty Feaster, 15 of 20 for 186 yards 3td
Rushing: Rhett Johnson, 6 for 60 yards 1td; Tre Kent, 8 for 50 yards 1td
Receiving: Turner McLelland, 7 receptions for 101 yards 1td, Cason Clemons 3 receptions for 53 yards 1td
It’ll be Glenbrook at home against Homer on Friday night.
The North Webster Knights could not complete a gutsy fourth-quarter comeback in what is becoming one of north Louisiana’s greatest rivalries.
After the Knights raced out to a 13-0 lead, it was the Minden Crimson Tide that took control, storming back for a 34-27 victory in the latest installment of the Webster Parish Super Bowl.
The Knights jumped on top swiftly thanks to a long touchdown pass from Colin McKenzie to Jatareon Robinson. After a successful onside kick, North Webster was right back in the end zone. This time the score was on the ground from running back Cooper Sanders.
From there, the Tide got rolling.
Minden pounded out back-to-back scoring drives on the ground while the Tide defense stiffened and stifled North Webster’s potent offense for most of the remaining half.
Down 34-21 late in fourth quarter action, the Knights were able to find paydirt on a short McKenzie touchdown run, but the extra point try was no good, making it 34-27.
With less than three minutes left in the game, North Webster seized all the momentum by recovering their second onside kick exactly when they needed it.
The Knights couldn’t capitalize on the moment though, as the Tide defense locked in, stopping the Knights on three straight downs before recording a fourth-down interception to seal the game.
The Knights (2-1) will be back home next week to take on the Jena Giants.
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