STONEWALL – —Quarterback Kyler Radford and the one-two punch of running backs Delmonte Hall and Dennis Hall were too much for the Bossier Bearkats at North DeSoto’s homecoming.
Those three players did most of the damage here Friday night at Griffin Stadium as North DeSoto handed Bossier a 45-3 defeat in the District 1-4A opener for both teams.
Bossier (3-1), coming off a winless season in 2014, just couldn’t get anything going against the Griffins (4-0).
Radford amassed 138 yards rushing on the option and passed for another 87. Delmonte Hall added 60 yards rushing while Dennis Hall contributed a tough 47 as North DeSoto put together 303 yards on the ground.
“We kind of have a three-headed monster with those guys (Radford, Dennis Hall, Delmonte Hall),” North DeSoto coach Scott Abernathy said. “We were able to throw the football, too, so I was proud of the way we looked on offense tonight.”
Defensively, the Griffins held Bossier’s potent rushing attack to 41 yards.
“We really challenged the defense this week because we didn’t play well against Many last week,” Abernathy added. “We set the tone to start district play.”
The Griffins held Bossier fullback Aareon Smallwood to just 34 yards on 13 carries.
“We didn’t stop what they do best,” Bossier coach Mike Concilio said. “We didn’t move the football. They (North DeSoto) have a good football team.”
Radford was an efficient 7-of-12 passing for 87 yards. His first pass of the night was picked off by Xavier Venious at the Bossier 3-yard line on North DeSoto’s first play from scrimmage.
Poor field position hurt the Bearkats in the first quarter and the Griffins finally took advantage. Radford marched his team 43 yards on five plays. Cole Ward took a pitchout and scampered 6 yards for a 6-0 lead.
Bossier quickly moved the other way thanks to a 41-yard pass reception by Smallwood, who got most of the yardage after the catch. That gave the ‘Kats a first down at the ND 31. Three plays later the drive stalled and Rene Alvarado booted a 44-yard field goal to cut the Griffin’s lead to 7-3.
Delmonte Hall’s 82-yard kickoff return gave the Griffins a first down at Bossier’s 17 yard line. Radford’s keeper on the next play went for a touchdown and North Desoto increased the margin to 14-3.
Early in the second quarter, Delmonte Hall was at it again as his touchdown from 2 yards put his team up 21-3 with 10:49 left before halftime.
Tyler Bordovsky’s 20-yard field goal made it 24-3 at intermission.
The third quarter was all North DeSoto as Radford sprinted 56 yards on the Griffins’ first play of the second half for a touchdown. On ND’s next possession, Ward added a 1-yard TD run and Dennis Hall concluded the scoring with a 1-yard run of his own with 4:10 remaining in the quarter.