Minden High drops to 2-2
BOSSIER —In high school football, there is a universal truth: Never does a team want to play another school's homecoming. Along with the increase in the home team's crowd and the long halftime show, it is certain that the players will be even more intense and fired-up. And that intensity showed Friday night, as the Crimson Tide lost 46-13 to the Parkway Panthers.
The Panthers scored early and scored often against the Tide, while Minden, after opening the game with a beautiful scoring drive, struggled for each and every yard.
The game opened with an onside kick attempt by Parkway which didn't travel the required ten yards, giving the Tide awesome field position at the Panther 49 yard line.
Quarterback Turner Francis opened the drive with a couple of passes, one of which was complete to receiver Jared Johnson for 13 yards. Cortaveous Rice then got the call, rushing for nine yards. Francis picked up the first down on a keeper.
Derek Herrington got in on the action, snagging a pass from Francis, then rambling 12 yards to the Parkway 14 yard line. Rice got caught behind the line for a loss of three. Francis and Johnson then teamed up again on a fantastic pass play to cover the 17 yards for the first Minden touchdown of the game.
And then Parkway took over.
The Panthers scored touchdowns on each of their first six possessions, while the Parkway defense limited the Crimson Tide to only 72 yards for the rest of the half.
In the second half, the Tide had several good drives, but was only able to score on one of those drives.
After holding Parkway on downs, Minden took over on their own 49 yard line. The Tide kept the ball on the ground, starting the drive with a nine yard gain by Tray Hawkins. Rice then got loose for a nice 29 yard sprint, and followed that run up with an eight yard scamper. Hawkins again got the call on first and goal from the five, finishing just short of the end zone. The drive was then finished off by Rice, on a one yard scoring dive.
The Crimson Tide offense was again led by the tandem of Turner Francis and Jared Johnson. Francis completed 12 passes on 25 attempts for 144 yards and a touchdown. Johnson had 121 yards on eight catches, one for a touchdown. Ronald Richard rounded out the passing attack by completing four passes on seven tries.
Derrek Herrington had 42 yards on four grabs, while Coltan Haynes and Javion Johnson added two catches each.
Rice led all Tide rushers with 45 yards and one score. Trevor Davis added 32 yards on only three carries. Marshal Frye added 19 yards, and Tray Hawkins had 13.
The Tide will travel to Ruston Friday night to face the Bearkats in their last of three straight 5A opponents.