Colin Vedros | Times Intern
Natchitoches Central varsity football came away from a hard fought battle with good insight to their unbelievable season. Despite the 31-20 loss to Captain Shreve, the Chiefs kept their heads high. They head into a match up with Parkway next week. Ending with a loss is never easy, but if you’re NCHS under James Wilkerson, it doesn’t pose as a normal occurrence like it was just a year ago; going winless in eight games. It was an egregious battle against arguably one of the biggest Class 5A games of the 2021 season. Throughout the game, one could sense a rivalry being assembled with the Gators and the Chiefs both gaining dominant performances this season.
Captain Shreve started early, grabbing a 3-0 lead in the first quarter from a 28-yard field goal from Gators kicker Thomas Murray. CSHS junior quarterback Kenyon Terrell then scored a 19-yard touchdown run to keep the Gators on top, 10-0, to end the first.
Second quarter action was quiet again for the Chiefs, but the Gators managed to get another seven points off Gators senior running back Matt Hall from a four-yard touchdown run. That would conclude the first half, leaving the Chiefs baffled on defense with a 17-0 Captain Shreve lead.
Shreve’s Terrell, the dual threat QB who ran the night away and threw as much as he ran, kicked off the second half the same way he ended the first quarter, with a 13-yard run to the endzone and a 24-0 score for the Gators. NCHS’ second half offense shifted the momentum to a degree, notching a 3-yard run from Chiefs junior quarterback BJ Young Jr. to put NCHS on the board with a 24-7 deficit.
The gain led to Young capturing a 70-yard touchdown run, giving NCHS a 10 point window to come back with a 24-14 score to start the fourth. A top play in KTBS’s Friday Football Fever Top 5 Plays came from a 39 yard pass to NCHS wide receiver Braylin Demars for a touchdown. The 24-20 score put the Chiefs in a position to take over the game and stay undefeated. Unlike the undefeated story Chiefs fans were hoping to still embrace, Gators wide receiver Kendrick Law’s eight-yard run to the end zone capped off the win for Captain Shreve and had the Chiefs leaving Lee Hedges with a 31-20 final score.
Top ranked 5A Captain Shreve takes the top spot in District 1-5A rankings over Natchitoches Central. The Chiefs move to 6-1 on the season and take their first district loss in their 3-1 District 1-5A record. For Natchitoches Central fans, losing to a tough team in Captain Shreve only lights their fire even more. With Wilkerson at the helm, followed by Young, Caylin Demars, Braylin Demars, Justin Aaron and the entire NCHS squad, the Cinderella story is staying alive from a team that has turned the tides from being winless last season.
The Chiefs’ hopes of staying on top increase as they head into the final three district games of the season. NCHS will host Parkway (4-3, 2-2 District 1-5A) Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in Turpin Stadium.