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JUST GETTING STARTED: Minden, North Webster notch victories

JJ Marshall/Press-Herald Photo -- Minden's Jaylin Williams

Minden 34 – 

North DeSoto 27

Minden’s Jaylin Williams had himself a game on Friday night, coming through in the closing moments to keep Minden from suffering their first defeat of the season.

After scoring the game-winning touchdown, he buckled down on defense to snag the game- clinching interception with under a minute to go in the game.

Ultimately, the Tide pulled off a come-from-behind victory to secure their fourth-straight win and remain undefeated on the season.

“North DeSoto did a good job of maintaining possession of the ball for the first three quarters,” Minden coach Spencer Heard said. “I have to give credit to their offensive line for the job they did.

“However, our defense rose to the occasion late in the game and got a stop when we had to have it.”

The Tide trailed early, and a 27-13 late before scoring three touchdowns in the fourth to take the win. 

Daylen Robinson scored midway through the fourth to cut the lead to seven before  Trent McLaughlin found Austin King for a 16-yard TD pass with  five minutes left. 

But the extra-point was no-good, and Minden still trailed by one. Minden’s defense rallied, got the ball back and  McLaughlin found Jaylin Williams for a 17-yard TD pass to take the lead with a minute left. Williams scored from McLaughlin on the two-point conversion also, before Williams’ interception sealed the game.

“I’m proud of our kickoff return team for keeping us in the game,” Heard said.

Special teams was huge for the Tide, who scored on two kickoff returns for touchdowns. Austin King ran one back 81 yards for a TD and Isaiah Thornton scored on a 90-yard kick return late in the third quarter to get Minden back in the game. 

“Late in the game, McLaughlin put together some beautiful passes and the receivers caught everything,” Heard said.

Minden (4-0) heads to Neville on Friday for a massive test.

“This game was a test of perseverance and our guys passed with flying colors.”

North Webster 38 – 

Bossier 20

The Knights have overcome an injury-riddled opening to the season and picked up a signature win over Bossier on Friday in Bossier.

“We were able to control the game on the ground on offense,” North Webster coach John Ware said. “Great job by our O-line and backs.”

Tyreke Williams and Phillip White were incredible for the Knights. Williams ran for 221 yards on 31 carries and two TDs, while White had 126 yards and three TDs.

“Peyton  Haehn, Jaterion Robinson and Tyquendric Lane had big nights on defense, controlling the line of scrimmage,” Ware said. 

Haehn had seven tackles and two blocked punts, while Isaiah Johnson and Blaine Farrington both had interceptions.

QB Collin McKenzie went down in the first quarter, and Cooper Sanders filled in nicely.

“Good job by Cooper for doing well after being thrown in the fire,” Ware said.

North Webster (1-2) plays host to Lakeside next week.

Greeneville 66 – 

Glenbrook 42

The Glenbrook Apaches’ regular season efforts will be rewarded this Friday night with a home game in the first round of the MAIS playoffs. Glenbrook wrapped up its regular season last Friday night with a spectacular effort against GreenvilleChristian, eventually losing 66 to 42. GreenvilleChristian was the beneficiary of 25 of the best 4A and 5A public school players in Mississippi, transferring after their schools announced that they weren’t going to play sports until after the election.

JJ Marshall photo / Glenbrook’s DJ Carter

The Saints had been beating their opponents by an average of 45 points since receiving the recruits, But Glenbrook had been waiting for three months to play in front of their home crowd, and the Apaches were determined to put on a show. Greenville Christian struck first, opening up a 14 to nothing lead midway through the first quarter, but Glenbrook responded with an eight play, 80 yard drive,. The final play was a 35 yard pass from Jackson Powell to Sammy Feaster. Ty Feaster added the extra point, as he did on all six of the Apaches touchdowns. GreenvilleChristian scored again but was held out of the end zone for the extra point making the score 20 to 7. The patches within go on an impressive 18 play 75 yard Drive including a double pass from Powell to Feaster to D J Carter. And being capped off by a one yard run from D J Carter for the touchdown, making the score 20 to 14.

After Greenville scored to make it 26-14, the Apaches drove 60 yards but couldn’t finish the drive, ultimately turning it over on the 15 yard line. Sammy Feaster had an interception and returned it all the way to the 3 yard line to put the Apache is back in business but a fumble on the first play gave Greenville the ball back. They scored to go ahead by 20 Glenbrook wouldn’t quit, driving 40 yards to the Greenville 25 before turning it over again. Greenville scored again right before half To make the score 42-14. The Apaches never quit, and actually came out and won the second half.

Jonathan Parkerson opened the second half with a nice onside kick that was recovered by the Apaches. Glenbrook within drive 50 yards mostly with several nice passes from Powell to Feaster. Sammy Feaster finished the drive with the 1 yard run to make it 42 to 21. Greenville scored again to make it 50 to 21 but the Apaches weren’t finished. Another pass from Powell to Feaster set the Apaches up with good field position and Chase Sentell finished a seven play, 75 yard Drive with a 12 yard touchdown run making the score 50-28. GreenvilleChristian wasn’t able to answer, because Jonathan Bryant came around his blocker and sacked the quarterback forcing a fumble which was recovered by Rhett Johnson of Glenbrook.

To continue the back-and-forth struggle, the Apaches would fumble and turn it back over allowing GreenvilleChristian to school once again.58-28 If anyone expected the Apaches to lay down, then they were surprised when Glenbrook drove 70 yards and 10 please including a 50 yard pass from Powell to Feaster to get the patches down to the 5 yard line. The next play was another pass from Powell to Feaster for the 5 yard touchdown in Glenbrook was once again and striking range58-35 GreenvilleChristian had too many athletes and open up the lead again 6635 but Glenbrook never quit. A nice run by Grayson Williams brought the patches into the red zone, we’re chasing tail run it down to the 10 yard line, Before Williams finish the drive and finish the scoring for the night with the 10 yard touchdown run. Glenbrook will host Centreville Mississippi at 7 o’clock Friday night.