Minden falls short in first away game vs Mansfield

Mansfield:  46
Minden:  25

By Whitman McGee

The Tide traveled to Mansfield on Friday night for a matchup with the Wolverines. Things didn’t go Minden’s way, however, as they lost by a final score of 46-25.

Mansfield (3-1) started with the ball but would eventually be forced to punt after a Tide defensive stand, topped off by an Isaviyon Emerson sack.

The offense was finding its rhythm until Mansfield defensive back Trey Dewitt intercepted an Andrew Cooper pass attempt to put the Wolverines in prime field position.

Four plays and eighteen yards later, wide-receiver DQuinton Robinson was in for the Mansfield score.

Minden (2-2) began the next drive with great field position in Mansfield territory, but they couldn’t capitalize, turning the ball over on downs.

DQuinton Robinson would score again for the Wolverines, and after their second consecutive 2-point conversion, Mansfield led the Tide 16-0 with 2:14 left in the 1st quarter.

After a string of three and outs, Tide Senior Roderien Richardson would run 21-yards for Minden’s first score. Carter Barnett’s extra point was good and suddenly the momentum seemed to be switching hands.

At half-time, the score was a respectable 24-13 with Mansfield holding the lead and the Tide set to receive the 2nd-half kick-off.

Any hopes of a Minden comeback took a massive hit after Mansfield secured their second of three onside kicks and scored shortly after, raising their lead to 19.

From there, Mansfield held on, answering each Crimson Tide score with one of their own, eventually winning the game having never lost the lead.

Quarterback Andrew Cooper was forced to play both sides of the ball (QB & DB) due to some personnel switches.

Despite this, Cooper finished with three total touchdowns, two rushing and one through the air to receiver Jaylin Williams.

Running back Daylin Robinson had yet another fantastic performance, putting up 122 yards on 18 carries.

When asked to comment on Mansfield’s performance, Tide Head Coach Spencer Heard told The Journal, “I thought Mansfield played well, I’ll give them credit for playing a good game. Their kids were hungry for a victory and they went out there and played hard.”

The Wolverines air assault was an essential part of their victory, boasting 279 passing yards to Minden’s 146.

Coach Heard commented on the passing game, saying, “I felt like we were a little flat early in the game. Our secondary’s youth showed up.” Heard continued. “We couldn’t stop their pass game, which was where the majority of their scores came from.”

Minden will try to brush this one under the rug, as next week they take to the road once again, this time to match up with the (2-2) Leesville Wampus Cats, who come off of a heartbreaking 32-35 loss to Pineville.

The loss may sting right now, but Coach Heard looks at the positives, saying, “The main thing is our guys kept battling until the end. When you’re in a game like this, it’s a test of your character.”

Special thanks to Mark Chreene and KASO/KBEF radio for supplying The Journal with stats for tonight’s game.

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