By Pat Culverhouse
Dunovan Robinson and Jakobe Jackson both rushed for over 100 yards as Minden’s Crimson Tide rode a pounding ground game to a 27-6 win over the Bossier Bearkats Friday.
Robinson rushed for 126 yards on 16 carries while Jackson added 117 yards on nine tries as the Tide piled up 297 yards on the ground on the way to its first win of the season.
Minden got on the scoreboard after the defense forced a punt on the Bearkats’ first possession of the game. Porter Neal capped an eight play, 69 yard drive with a one-yard dive with 6:14 remaining in the opening quarter. Bryson Ranger kicked true for the 7-0 lead.
Bossier’s only score of the game came on the next possession when quarterback Quan Scott hit Sen’tavion Ball with a 23-yard scoring toss with less than a minute remaining in the quarter. During the 73-yard drive, Bossier converted on two fourth-down situations to keep moving. A failed two-point conversion made it 7-6.
Jackson scored the first of his two touchdowns on the evening on the first play of the second quarter, taking a pitch from Tide quarterback Hudson Brown, cutting to the sideline and racing 68 yards to the end zone. A missed PAT left the score 13-6 with 11:47 to go in the half.
Minden’s defense stiffened at the right times, turning aside a pair of Bearkat drives until Robinson put the Tide up 20-6 with a 15-yard scoring burst up the middle with 2:26 remaining in the third quarter. That score put the finishing touch to a six-play, 85-yard drive aided by a pair of critical Bossier penalties.
A fourth down sack of Scott at the Tide 20 opened the door for a seven-play drive to end the night’s scoring. Jackson piled in from eight yards out with 6:23 left in the game to up the final margin to 27-6 and give the Tide its first win.
Both teams saw potential scoring opportunities slip away as penalty flags hit the field. A total of 25 penalties (10 by the Tide) were assessed for a combined 216 yards.
While the Tide piled up more than 300 yards in total offense, defenders held Bossier to a 213-yard total. Tide defenders also had one interception and one fumble recovery on the night. Minden now stands at 1-5 on the season while Bossier’s record is the same.
Northwood’s Falcons will be the Tide’s next opponent in a District 1-4A matchup next Friday at W.W. Williams Stadium.