Haughton rolls after slow start
Early in the game, the undefeated Haughton Buccaneers found themselves down to the winless Fair Park Indians 14-0.
So how did the Bucs respond? They outscored the Indians 51-14 en route to a 51-28 non-district victory Friday at Harold E. Harlan Stadium.
The win gave Haughton coach Rodney Guin his 103rd victory, making him the winningest coach in school history.
Guin is 103-40 in his 13th season.
“It’s a big deal here because it’s the company you’re in, with guys that are very special,” Guin said, referring to his predecessors. “We have been able to maintain that which is very, very important. That’s the biggest thing, maintain what was good and hopefully make it better.”
Guin surpassed Bobby Ray McHaffley (102-59-2, 1970-84), the last head coach to lead a Bossier Parish school to a state title. Guin’s immediate predecessor, Will Marston, was 101-74-1 in 15 1/2 seasons.
Guin was generally pleased with the way the Bucs played after the slow start.
“Once we got into that 14-0 hole we put ourselves in we outscored them 51-6,” Guin said. “A couple of mistakes early, but all in all I think we played pretty well.”
Jerrod Craft got things started with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
James David Almond completed 12 of 14 passes for 240 yards and four touchdowns.
P.J. Douglas caught six passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. Jerrod Craft, Micah Larkins and Javonte Woodard also had touchdown receptions.
Jarred Craft scored a rushing touchdown as did backup quarterback William Haines.
Benny Broadway booted a 22-yard field goal.
Linebacker Dylan Wallace led the defense with nine tackles while D’Marea Johnson had eight.
Parkway overwhelms Loyola
Parkway carved up the Loyola Flyers Friday night in a homecoming feast that kept the Panthers undefeated this season.
Thought to be a good test for Parkway, Loyola — a Class 3A school —was outmanned from the onset and it was all over except for the shouting by the end of the first quarter when the score was 36-6.
The Panthers wasted little time, scoring on the game’s third play. Quarterback Brandon Harris rambled 77 yards up the middle of the field for a touchdown that put Parkway up 7-0 just 45 seconds into the game.
After a Loyola three-and-out, Harris hooked up with Corey Hamilton on a screen pass that went for 55 yards and a touchdown. The PAT made the score 14-0 at the 8:07 mark.
Disaster struck for Loyola on the next Flyer possession. Forced to punt, the snap sailed over the punter’s head and resulted in a safety. Taking over after the required Loyola kick following the safety, Harris missed a wide-open receiver for what would have been an easy TD. As it turned out, three plays later Harris found Hamilton for a 25-yard score that made the score 23-0.
On the first play of the ensuing Loyola possession, Marquis King returned an interception 40 yards for yet another Parkway score but this time the PAT was no good and the Panthers led 29-0.
Parkway scored another quick TD on its next possession. On a second-and- 2, Harris hit Brodrick Jefferson for a 37-yard gain. Two plays later, Demetrius McAtee scored on a 15-yard run and the PAT made the score 36-0 with 3:17 remaining in the first quarter.
Loyola struck back with its first score of the night on a 10-yard pass to Sherrod Lewis to make the score 36-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Parkway moved the ball during the second quarter but did not score until 3:19 before halftime. A McAtee 15-yard run and a 19-yard TD run by Brian McGuffee highlighted the drive that made the score 42-6 at halftime.
Parkway added a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter, with McAtee going untouched down the right side for a 29-yard TD. Malcolm Collins added the final Parkway TD with a 45-yard run.
Loyola scored with 7:33 remaining in the third to make the final score 56-14.
Parkway had a balanced attack with 235 yards rushing and 236 yards passing, while Loyola had 109 yards rushing and 119 yards passing.
Quarterback Brandon Harris accounted for 294 yards of offense, gaining 214 in the air and throwing three touchdown passes, and adding 80 yards rushing and another touchdown on the ground.