Colin Vedros | Times Intern
Natchitoches Central varsity football team (6-0 OVR, 3-0 dist. 1-5A) looks to stay in the top 10 among Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A teams as they face Captain Shreve (6-0 OVR, 3-0 dist. 1-5A) this Friday, Oct. 15 in Lee Hedges Stadium. The Chiefs stand ninth in 5A rankings, just below the seventh ranked Gators. NCHS rides into this game extending their undefeated record with a 37-6 win over Southwood. Offensively, the Chiefs rolled through Southwood with 321 yards total offense against the Cowboys’ 118 yards total offense.
BJ Young, quarterback for NCHS, found room to succeed last week against Southwood; rushing a 33 yard touchdown run and notching 82 passing yards of offense, contributing to
NCHS running backs Caylin Demars and Jeremiah Miles with 239 rushing yards of offense. “Going to be our toughest test of the season, which means we have to be at our very best,” said James Wilkerson, head coach for Natchitoches Central football. “We are going to have to be locked in and focused each day at practice and stay dedicated to the process that has gotten us to the point we are at now. Captain Shreve is a very athletic and well coached team that has gotten better each week.”
Captain Shreve comes into this match with an undefeated season overall, playing their fourth district 1-5A team consecutively since week four. Their last match ended in a high scoring shootout against the Benton Tigers, resulting in a 48-35 victory for the Gators. A whopping 21 points in the second quarter for Captain Shreve loosened their stress of winning the game to a degree, but became closely noticeable when the Tigers came back to score 28 points in the second half of their losing effort.
The Gators racked up 679 total offensive yards while only giving up 416 yards for the Tigers. Captain Shreve’s total offensive yards came from 293 passing and 386 rushing yards, leaving Lee Hedges with 48 points over 35 points coming from Benton.
Kenyon Terell, quarterback for Captain Shreve, ended the night with a 51 percent completion rate with 293 passing yards and two touchdowns. Terrell against BJ Young will be a gunslinger match both the Gators and the Chiefs are ready to produce.
Catch #9 NCHS play #7 Captain Shreve this Friday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at Lee Hedges Stadium in Shreveport.