PREVIEW: NCHS vs Peabody


Colin Vedros | Times Intern

Natchitoches Central varsity football hopes to continue their results on defense as they face the non-district Peabody Warhorses in Turpin Stadium Sept. 9. Their 34-0 win over Woodlawn-Shreve puts NCHS in a better position to come out strong in week two.  The win puts the Chiefs in a good position to revamp a winning season for the first time in 10 years. With James Wilkerson, head coach for NCHS, paving the way to success for this team, the expectations set are some that the Chiefs are willing to accomplish.

This article published in the Sept. 9, 2021, print edition

“After looking at the film, we did some good things Friday night,” Wilkerson said. “We struggled early at times, but we were able to make some adjustments and overcome that, which is a big positive for us. We executed well on offense and defense. Pitching a shutout was huge for us. Our special teams were outstanding, having a high school kicker who can make field goals is always a huge plus.”

NCHS will be led by running back Caylin Demars, who had 157 yards and three touchdowns after week one. The Chiefs lead defensively with linebacker Logan Saucier, coming off of 10 tackles and a fumble recovery last game, and defensive back Justin Aaron, with two interceptions.

Peabody will come into this game with a 55-30 loss to Caldwell Parish last week. Their biggest blow was a 99-yard touchdown run from Caldwell.

“Looking at Peabody, they’re a very athletic team,” Wilkerson said. “They have an amazing running back who can hurt us if we don’t wrap up and tackle.”  Wilkerson also gives praise to their offensive line, but is not fazed due to the epic defensive success against Woodlawn-Shreve.

Overall, with a locked in performance, Wilkerson believes NCHS looks to shape up another win.  “I feel really confident after picking up a win for the first time in a few years,” Wilkerson said. “I think your focus picks up because you don’t want to lose that feeling, so I feel really good. We’ve had a good week of practice, so we will see how it goes.”

In week three, the Chiefs will host West Ouachita at Turpin Stadium at 7 p.m.