Colin Vedros | Times Intern
Domination comes in the form of taking over everything in sight, and for this Natchitoches Central varsity football team (6-0 OVR, 3-0 dist. 1-5A), their success is not measured only in the score. With a 37-6 win over the Southwood Cowboys (0-6 OVR, 0-3 dist. 1-5A), NCHS holds the top of 1-5A district rankings and scored another top 10 Louisiana High School Athletic Association spot at the end of week six.
A bad snap for Southwood resulted in a fumble recovery scooped up by Justin Aaron, safety for NCHS, in the first quarter. A sack fumble recovery followed a couple drives later, leaving the Chiefs with two turnovers for gain in the first quarter as well.
The Chiefs offense moved the ball around and created opportunities to win early on to complement their defense. BJ Young, quarterback for NCHS, connected off a 23 yard pass to NCHS wide receiver Colby Raupp to get into the red zone quickly.
Young also connected to Chiefs running back Caylin Demars on a 17 yard pass and crept into Cowboys territory successfully. With 21 yards to go to get a first down, Young found open room to score a 33 yard touchdown run, one of many for the Chiefs on Friday. Defensively in the second quarter, NCHS blew up Southwood’s offensive scheme to make a safety and add another two points to make an early 16-6 lead for the Chiefs. A stop from NCHS defensive specialist Chris Howard led to the Cowboys quarterback being defeated in the endzone.
A 19 yard touchdown run from Chiefs running back Jeremiah Miles, followed by an 11 yard touchdown run from Demars cooked a 30-6 lead for the Chiefs heading into the second half. Young sealed the victory in the third quarter with a 25 yard touchdown run. NCHS provided a well-balanced game overall, producing 321 yards total against Southwood. Demars, Miles and Young captured 239 rushing yards for the whole game, leaving Young to pass for 82 yards.
Southwood produced a total of 118 yards all game, with six passing yards and 112 rushing. Four forced turnovers, three coming off fumble recoveries and one interception for NCHS, showed the dominance over a district 1-5A team in the Cowboys and a sense of urgency to remain undefeated heading into week seven. The Chiefs’ next opponent comes in the form of undefeated Captain Shreve (6-0 OVR, 3-0 dist. 1-5A), sitting at second behind NCHS in district 1-5A rankings.
The Gators head into this game with district 1-5A wins against Southwood off of a forfeit, Parkway 46-21 and Benton 48-35. In their week six win, Captain Shreve gained 679 yards of offense with 293 passing and 386 rushing yards over Benton. Both the Chiefs and the Gators excel in all phases of the game, racking up over 20 points in each of their six games this season.
Natchitoches Central will head back to Lee Hedges Stadium to face the Captain Shreve Gators this Friday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.