Week 4 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 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.
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.
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.
Going into Friday night’s contest, the Glenbrook Apaches knew they would have their hands full with the number 6 ranked team in 1A, the Homer Pelicans. Homer, fresh off a semi final appearance last season, came to Minden with a 2-1 record and trying to stay perfect in district play.
The visiting Pelicans jumped out early in the first quarter on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Takeviuntae Kidd to Devante Champ. The two-point conversion was no good, and the Pelicans led 6-0.
Great defensive efforts by both teams kept the rest of the first quarter scoreless.
The Kidd to Champ combination struck for a second time on the night with 10:53 left in the second quarter from 18 yards out. Once again the Apache defense denied the two point attempt, and the Pelicans led 12-0.
With 7:12 left in the third quarter, Andravious Buggs added another Pelican score to the board as he ran off right tackle into the end zone from 8 yards out. Kidd added the two-point conversion, and the Pelicans led 20-6.
The Apaches went 81 yards in 9 plays as Ty Feaster threw his second touchdown pass on the night, this time an 8-yard fade route to Turner Mclelland. Feaster then found Cason Clemons in the back of the end zone for the two-point conversion to cut the lead to 28-14 with 2:42 left to play in the game.
Down two scores with less than three minutes left, the Apaches executed their second successful onside kick on the night and set up shop on the Pelican 44 yard line.
The Apaches dialed up a perfect double pass from 32 yards out as Turner Mclelland took the backwards pass from Feaster and found a wide open DJ Carter sprinting down the sideline for the touchdown. The extra point was good and the Apaches cut the lead to 28-21 with 1:51 left to play.
After an unsuccessful onside kick attempt, the Pelicans gained possession and scored another touchdown and two point conversion to put the game out of reach at 36-21.
The Apaches will be on the road next week as they take on Magnolia Charter School at Independence Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m.
North Webster hosted Jena Friday night in a matchup of 3A teams with lofty playoff aspirations. In what was a close, low-scoring contest for most of the night, Jena pulled away late for a 27-13 win at Baucum-Farrar Stadium in Springhill.
North Webster could never find their offensive rhythm on the night while Jena’s offense ate up chunks of clock.
The only score of the first half came in the opening quarter on a methodical drive for the Giants. The halftime score was 6-0 Jena.
The Knights trailed 21-0 in the fourth quarter before senior Jacobreious Walker returned a kick 70 yards for a score.
The Knights would add a second touchdown on a short pass from quarterback Colin McKenzie to tight end Jatareon Robinson. The touchdown ended what was a rough night offensively on a positive note.
The task for North Webster (2-2) is to shake back and be ready to go against a dangerous Jonesboro-Hodge team in Week 5.
The Knights will remain home at Baucum-Farrar Stadium as they look to get back to their winning ways.
A long touchdown pass and a pick-6 on the opening drives of the game propelled the 5A West Ouachita Chiefs to a 47-7 victory over the visiting 2A Lakeside Warriors Friday night at A.R. Red Sims Stadium.
Lakeside senior Kris Redden registered a sack while the score was still 0-0, and the crowd that traveled over from Sibley thought something special might be in the works.
Those hopes were dashed a couple plays later when Chiefs quarterback Mason Cobb lobbed a 46-yard touchdown pass to senior Mike Hall.
Trailing 7-0, Lakeside faced a long conversion attempt. The Warrior quarterback’s pass went high and into the hands of Chiefs’ safety Corey Totson, who returned the interception 46 yards for a score and a 14-0 lead with 8:47 to play in the opening quarter.
Lakeside’s Cade Boley caught a 13-yard pass on the next Warrior drive, but a penalty made a fourth down try too risky. Instead, Lakeside elected to punt, and the Chiefs answered. Several short runs set up a long play-action pass from Cobb to senior Chief receiver Chase White. The ground covered was 45 yards and the result was a touchdown.
The Warriors got on the board thanks to a C.J. Watt fumble recovery in the endzone. Before that lone Warrior score, Koby Mangrum forced a fumble and Cade Boley recovered. A 40-yard pass to Taurio Grigsby was nullified due to a penalty.
Despite the final score, the Warriors never stopped fighting.
Next up for Lakeside (2-1) is another long road trip. Week 5 will see the Warriors playing north of Bastrop against Beekman Charter.
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