Colin Vedros | Times Intern
The City of Lights seems to be a little bit brighter as the Natchitoches Central Chiefs defeat the Parkway Panthers in a 38-21 win Friday, Oct. 22. The win puts NCHS closer to the driver’s seat heading into the end of the season, especially with this bounce back win after losing to Captain Shreve in week seven.
Natchitoches Central started off early, gaining six points off a 51-yard touchdown run from quarterback BJ Young Jr. The Chiefs defense stopped the Panthers with a turnover on downs to end the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, linebacker Gabe Vaughn picked off Parkway and returned the ball to the endzone for a score. Parkway answered with a 31-yard touchdown pass for six and no point after.
A 70-yard pass from running back Caylin Demars to running back Colby Raupp catapulted NCHS to a 19-6 lead heading into halftime. Parkway scored another six to jump back into a one-possession game, with NCHS taking the 19-13 lead leaving the third quarter. In the fourth, Demars made a 1-yard touchdown run to tack on another six and a 25-13 lead for Natchitoches Central. Parkway’s offense retaliated and made the game 25-21, notching a touchdown and a two-point conversion with 9:29 left in the game.
Chiefs running back Jeremiah Miles’ 41-yard touchdown run, followed by free safety Justin Aaron’s interception for six points, boosted a 38-21 win for Natchitoches Central. The Chiefs hope to continue their good fortunes as they tackle their last two games of the regular season.
The Natchitoches community has seen every bit of this miraculous effort. NCHS’ testament to their success is found in the confines of a strong team atmosphere and an impressive chemistry.
NCHS head coach James Wilkerson proves to be one of the biggest pickups in recent Chiefs football history. The 7-1 Chiefs are leagues ahead of their identity from last year’s 0-8 season and 2019’s 3-7 season.
In almost the same exact regular season schedule as 2019, Natchitoches Central’s birth into a new life has granted their wishes into finally becoming a dominant team. Fans wouldn’t be surprised if this success lands them in a Top 10 seed for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Prep Classic Tournament at the end of the season.
The Chiefs will battle it out again as they take on the Buccaneers of Haughton this Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in Harold E. Harlan Stadium in Bossier City.