Picking the top games from week 4’s slate of the high school football is not real easy after the first two although there might be some close calls. District play will kickoff for Districts 1-5A 1-4A and 1-1A as the season starts to get a little more interesting.
In District 1-5A the Byrd-Captain Shreve game is big because of the rivalry the two schools have with each other. Evangel-Parkway on the other hand might just decide who wins the district. Woodlawn-Northwood in District 1-4A is probably the best game of those in District 1-4A because both teams can be explosive on offense. The Haynesville-Arcadia matchup in 1-1A might be another contest that decides a district champion. Loyola-St. Mary’s is a battle between private schools that has the Flyers hoping to avenge last year’s loss at home.
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Here is a rundown on the top games:
Byrd (0-3) vs. Captain Shreve (3-0), Thursday, at Lee Hedges. The Gators come into the game with all the momentum while Byrd is trying to get away from a lot of misfortune. Shreve’s offense has received alot of the accolades so far but it was their defense that came up big in last week’s win at Natchitoches. Leading the defense for the Gators is linebacker Ashton Lacaze who caused a fumble that led to Shreve’s first score last week. Another defensive standout last week was David Brown who returned an interception for the Gators second score. Byrd has been riddled with injuries all season and took another major blow last week when it lost its quarterback Zavier Moore to a seaon-ending knee injury. Bailey O’Byrne continues to lead the Jacket offense with 186 yards rushing. The offense rolled up a season-high 239 yards but turned the ball over three times.
Evangel (1-2) at Parkway (3-0), Friday at Preston Crownover Stadium. The Panthers are ranked No. 3 in the latest LSWA polls and the Eagles are No. 10. Parkway’s high-scoring offense which averages 51 points a game posted its first shutout of the season blanking Huntington 35-0 last week. Quarterback Justin Rogers leads the state in passing with 962 yards and has tossed 10 touchdowns. His top target Terrace Marshall also leads the state with 490 yards and averages 28.8 yards per catch. Evangel’s two losses have come to top tier teams one in Texas, Allen and Louisiana in Neville of Monroe. The Eagles got things going last week defeating LaGrange of Lake Charles 62-18. Tamauge Sloan and Alex Elam both ran for 146 yards and combined to score four touchdowns. The Eagles rolled up 384 yards on the ground.
Woodlawn (2-1) at Northwood (1-2), Friday, at Jerry Burton Memorial Stadium. The Knights will be looking to get its offense back on track after turning the ball over six times and being held to a season-low 6 points at Haughton. Larry Moton led the Knights with 70 yards rushing and scored their only touchdown. The normally high scoring Falcons also had an off night in losing to Richwood 15-9 last week. Quarterback Peyton Bogan is fourth in the state in passing with 766 yards and has tossed eight touchdown passes.His top target is Trayon Jones who has 329 yards on 12 catches and four touchdowns.
Haynesville (3-0) at Arcadia (2-1), Friday. The No. 1 ranked team in Class 1A, Haynesville had to score a late touchdown to defeat Junction City, Arkansas 30-26 last week. Arcadia on the other hand blanked Sicily Island 22-0. Last year the Tornado won a wild one 57-38.Haynesville leads the all-time series 34-1. The only time the Hornets have beaten the Tornado was in 2003 at Arcadia 14-7.
Loyola (3-0) at St. Mary’s (1-2), Thursday, at Turpin Stadium, Natchitoches. Loyola use a huge second half last week to beat St. Frederick on Monroe 49-20. Ethan Stansell had another big game for the Flyers with 158 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Myles Mitchell led Loyola with 11 tackles and Daniel Mazzanti had eight. St. Mary’s dropped its second game in row losing to Plain Dealing 30-12. The Tigers have scored only 20 points their last two games after opening the season with a 58-20 win against Lakeview. Quaterback Aaron Howell has passed for 397 yards and four touchdowns for St. Mary’s.
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