MINDEN — If there were any questions about Minden having a letdown game after a big win a week ago over Benton were answered pretty quickly and decidedly by the Tide Friday night with a 39-9 homecoming win over the Bossier Bearkats.
Minden’s defense set the tone right away, forcing Bossier, which was without starting QB Kimun Daniels, to a three-and-out. With a short punt and good field position, Minden drove 32 yards in just five plays, all runs, with five different ball carriers to take a 7-0 lead.
Minden would immediately force another three-and-out and scored again in just eight plays, capped off by Tavarius Edwards’ 29-yard touchdown reception from Antonio Rivette.
Minden added two more scores in the first half: a 13-yard TD run by Rivette and a 47-yard TD run by Patrick Heard to build a 26-0 halftime lead.
Minden took the opening kickoff of the second half and scored on the first play from scrimmage, a 70-yard TD run by Kolby Jackson, to give the Tide a 32-0 lead.
Bossier got on the scoreboard after a muffed punt recovery at the Minden 10-yard line with a 22-yard field goal by Rico St. Fleur.
The Tide added one more score in the fourth quarter, a 12-yard run by Tychristopher Harris to give Minden a 39-3 lead. Bossier answered that score with a drive that took up almost the entire fourthh quarter, a 16-play, 75-yard touchdown drive capped off by Michael Green’s 4-yard touchdown run that made the score 39-9.
Minden dominated in almost every area of the game except for turnovers, losing three fumbles, while Bossier committed no turnovers. However, Minden was very efficient on offense, rushing for 382 yards on 31 carries as a team while gaining 436 total yards for the game.
Bossier was held to 111 total yards for the game. Minden was led by Kolby Jackson, who had seven carries for 156 yards and one TD. Michael Green had seven carries for 35 yards and a TD for Bossier in the loss. Minden improved to 7-0 (4-0 district) while Bossier dropped to 3-4 (1-3 district). Minden will travel to Northwood next Friday, while Bossier will return home to face Fair Park.