Veonta Keith threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to help his fellow upperclassmen celebrate on Senior Night as the Green Oaks Giants beat the Bossier Bearkats 25-14, keeping their slim playoff hopes alive with the victory Thursday night at Jerry Burton Stadium.
Keith, who played most of the season at wide receiver for the Giants, stepped in for injured starter Jaylon Carey and led Green Oaks (3-7, 2-3 District 1-3A) to three first-half touchdowns to build a lead it would never give up.
“With Jaylon out, I knew a lot was going to be put on my shoulders,” said Keith, one of just five seniors on the Giants squad. “My coaches and teammates showed a lot of confidence in me, and I’m glad I was able to come through for them.”
The defense also came through for Green Oaks, holding the Bearkats (1-9, 0-5) to just 155 total yards, 18 of those in the first half as the Giants built an 18-0 lead.
“I thought our defense played great all game, but I thought our offense played great, too,” said Green Oaks head coach Cory Lewing. “We were able to limit what they do offensively and get the ball back to Veonta and our offense, and we did something with it once we got it back.
“I don’t know where we stand as far as the playoffs go, but I’m proud of these guys for going out there and at least giving us a chance at them.”
Cadarius White led a balanced rushing attack for the Giants with 42 yards, while Keith ran for 40 and Ralphielle Johnson added 37. Briocean Savannah had five catches for 59 yards and Andrew Shaw caught four passes for 58 yards. Both Shaw and Johnson had scoring grabs.
Bossier fought gamely in the second half, holding Green Oaks to a three-and-out on the first series of the third quarter. The Bearkats then mounted a nine-play, 60-yard drive, capped by Chris Hall’s 30-yard run with 6:35 to play in the period. Hall finished with a game-high 120 yards on 20 carries.
Any hopes of a Bearkat comeback were dashed on the first play of the fourth quarter, however, when White took a trap play 46 yards to the end zone.
Bossier was able to put together a 15-play, 55-yard drive on the next series, sending its seniors out on a high note after a disappointing season. Isiah McKinsey dove over from one-yard out for the Bearkats’ final score of the year.
“This game – and really this season – have been a microcosm of life,” said Bossier head coach Michael Concilio. “We’ve all made mistakes and had some downfalls, but it’s how you respond to those things that determines your character. I’m proud of these young men and the way they haven’t given up, despite the adversity we’ve faced.”
Green Oaks will wait until Saturday to see if it improved enough in the power ratings to qualify for a berth in the state playoffs.
“As much as we’ve gone through this year, it would be great for this team, particularly these seniors,” said Lewing. “Either way, I’m happy for the way these young men played (Thursday).”