Bossier may lose some more football games this season, but it’s unlikely any loss will be tougher than the one the Bearkats suffered Thursday night.
Bossier never trailed against Huntington until the Raiders’ Chance Chambers scored on a 9-yard run with 5:12 left in the game.
The two-point conversion made it 26-20 and that’s how it ended on a hot night at Lee Hedges Stadium.
The loss dropped Bossier to 0-2 on the season. Huntington improved to 1-1.
Bossier jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter. The Bearkats drove 45 yards for a touchdown after Isiah McKinsey stole the ball from a Huntington back. Xavier Chism got the score on a 1-yard run.
On the Raiders’ ensuing possession, Bossier’s Malik Dunn intercepted an Aldeon Kelly pass and returned it 41 yards for the score.
But Huntington rallied behind the running of Damian Jiggets, who scored on runs of 6 and 38 yards. The Bearkats had trouble bottling up Jiggets all night. He finished with 189 yards on 12 carries, including a 66-yard touchdown run in the second half.
“We had a chance to put them away early and we didn’t take advantage of it,” Bossier coach Michael Concilio said. “We gave them too many opportunities right there early when we were up 12-0. You can’t expect to win a football game when you give them multiple chances. Somehow when the momentum shifted we couldn’t get it back.”
Bossier had a least a half a dozen players going both ways. On defense, they spent much of the night chasing Huntington backs across the field on sweep plays.
After the Raiders tied it in the first half, the Bearkats regained the lead thanks to a spectacular 48-yard punt return for a touchdown by 6-foot-4 Tevin Robertson.
Robertson somehow shook off several Huntington defenders after fielding the ball, cut across the field and then broke a couple of more tackles en route to the end zone.
Jaquarious Tutt led Bossier with 65 yards rushing and Chism added 57. The Bearkats, however, couldn’t sustain anything offensively after the first quarter.