Another week of high school football will bring another chance to go out and enjoy some really exciting games full of action. Five interesting matchups this week include Thursday night games between Calvary and Byrd and Captain Shreve and Natchitoches Central. Friday games you don’t want to miss are Ruston at Airline, North Webster at Minden and North DeSoto at Many.
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Here is a rundown on the top games:
Calvary (1-1) vs. Byrd (0-2), Thursday, at Lee Hedges Stadium. These two teams meet for the fourth consecutive year with Byrd winning all four games. Calvary is led by running back Kordavion Washington who is averaging 277.5 yards per game and has scored 7 touchdowns. Quarterback Cade Hart has passed for 560 yards on 32-of-55 passes and 5 touchdowns. Byrd on the other hand has been plagued with injuries and have only scored 7 points in its first two games. Bailey O’Byrne leads the Jackets rushing attack with 130 yards on 26 carries.
Captain Shreve (2-0) at Natchitoches (0-2), Thursday, at Harry ‘Rags’ Turpin Stadium. Captain Shreve is 2-0 to start the season for the first time since 2014 and Natchitoches is 0-2 to start off for the first time since 2014. Shreve has a balanced attack offense with DeMarcus McCall running for 269 yards and quarterback Lucas Grubb has passed for 404 yards. Natchitoches is led by speedy running back Tre’Vionte Solitaire who ran for 121 yards in a loss to Benton last week. The series between these two schools dates back to 1973 when both competed in District 2-AAAA. Captain Shreve won the majority of those early games but Natchitoches has won the last four meetings.
Ruston (1-1) at Airline (2-0), Friday at Airline Stadium. The Vikings are off to a solid start while Ruston was faced with playing one of the best teams in Class 4A — Neville — in its first game of the season. The Vikings defense has been very solid in giving up only 14 points in their two games. Offensively quarterback Brad Fream has passed for 183 yards and Coby McGee leads a host of running backs with 75 yards.It will be a tough battle for the Vikings who beat the Bearcats last season for the first time since 2005.
North Webster (1-1) at Minden (2-0), Friday at Minden. It is a battle for bragging rights in Webster Parish. The Crimson Tide is coming off a big win over Haughton 23-20 while the Knights got in the win column by beating Homer 55-7. Minden is led by quarterback Antonio Rivette who has passed for 344 yards and run for 58. Kolby Jackson lead the ground game for the Tide having reeled off 141 yards in the first two games. Rivette’s top target is Tavarius Edwards with 154 yards on just 7 receptions, an average of 22 yards a catch. For the Knights, TJ Hawthorne ran for 109 yards on 5 carries in the win over Homer last week. Kyler Harbour added 71 yards and scored twice for the Knights as they evened their record on the season.
North DeSoto (2-0) at Many (2-0), Friday at Many.It might be hard for the Griffins and Tigers to match last year’s exciting 42-40 win by North DeSoto. North DeSoto comes into this matchup averaging 43.5 points a game but the Tigers from Many have one shutout already this season and is second ranked team in Class 2A. Delmonte Hall is a big reason the Griffins average over 40 points a game having scored five touchdowns last week against Mansfield. Many is trying to get back to the 2A state championship game it won in 2014 after bowing out of the 2-15 playoffs in the second round.