NCHS football undefeated, ready for district play under Wilkerson 


Colin Vedros | Times Intern

Natchitoches Central varsity football remains undefeated after they claimed the win against West Ouachita 34-6 in last Friday’s home game in Turpin. The win propels the Chiefs to a consistent momentum heading into all district games for the remainder of the season.  NCHSs quarterback BJ Young threw for 145 yards, one a 38-yard pass to wide receiver Justin Aaron in the first quarter. Running back Caylin Demars, along with Young, rushed for 227 yards in the win, making the total yards gained 372 for the Chiefs.

This article published in the Sept.23, 2021, print edition
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Defensively, NCHS pushed West Ouachita to a forced fumble and an interception, with West Ouachita going 2-10 in third down conversions.   In this season alone, NCHS head coach James Wilkerson has shifted the mentality and perspective when it comes to the integrity of NCHS football. Their last win-streak dates back to the 2015-16 season with a week one loss followed by four straight wins against non-district Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A opponents.

With his addition to a struggling NCHS team, the Chiefs gained a momentous inspiration that has landed Natchitoches Central to 25 in the LHSAA’s Class 5A state rankings.  Wilkerson, running schemes mainly on the offensive side of the ball, comes from a C.E. Byrd Yellow Jacket program in which his teams stayed consistently equal in wins and losses. His first season with NCHS proved to be an interesting addition that left fans questioning the move from Shreveport to Natchitoches.

Wilkerson’s efforts changed their perspective on him as a coach, going 3-0 overall rolling into all district games for the remainder of the 2021-20 season.  The Chiefs will play against the C.E. Byrd Yellow Jackets in Shreveport for their second district match of the season Oct. 2. NCHS football will play their first district game against Airline this week in Bossier City Friday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.