Minden High was impressive for the most part in their 13-7 loss to Haynesville in the Pineland Jamboree.
That seems odd to say about a loss where a team only scores seven points, but against a program and a team like Haynesville, expectations must be tempered.
“Overall, I thought we did really well,” head coach Spencer Heard said. “I think towards the end we might have gotten a little winded. They started to grind on us their last series. We may need to get in a little better shape.”
Minden still managed to make plays defensively, including a forced fumble recovered by Haynesville.
Zi’Kerrion Baker and Cameron Morgan led the way for the Crimson Tide defense.
“Those guys are playmakers for us on defense,” Heard said. “They definitely were in on a lot of plays. Overall that unit did well.”
On offense, Tavarius Edwards shined again, taking a screen nearly 50 yards before being dragged down inside the 10 yard line.
Also, the offensive line held up well against a stout Golden Tornado front seven.
“One thing about playing Haynesville is they’re going to show you your weaknesses,” Heard said. “But those guys held up well and did what they were supposed to do. We broke down in pass protection a couple times so we need to work on that, but it was very good effort on our part.”
The Tide will kickoff the regular season on Friday when they hit the road to take on Southwood.