Colin Vedros | Times Intern
Halloween weekend provided a scarier result for Natchitoches Central this past weekend. NCHS notches their second defeat of the season to District 1-5A opponent Haughton.
The Chiefs received the ball first, but fell early when a fumble caused NCHS to give up the ball. Haughton’s defense became the spotlight early thanks to the fumble, gaining seven points later from a quarterback sneak with only 21 seconds knocked off the clock.
Haughton scored on their next possession, inching a 14-0 lead with 6:21 left in the first quarter. The first ended with no other scores. A bad punt snap set up Haughton at the NCHS 4-yard line midway through the second quarter, giving the Buccaneers a 21-0 lead. Offensively, the Chiefs moved 59 yards on seven snaps after the kickoff, sealed by NCHS running back Caylin Demars’ 35-yard touchdown run, ending the first half.
The Buccaneers scored again in a football minute, keeping the score 35-7 late in the third. Defensively, the Chiefs couldn’t advance past Haughton’s 35 points and offensively, BJ Young Jr.’s shoulder injury left wide receiver Justin Aaron to take up hikes from center and eliminate any mistakes on offense.
Young’s capability to move the ball around and lead the team to victories was cut short when he acquired the shoulder injury just before Haughton. Young’s 511 yards passing and four touchdowns on the season brought NCHS to a higher degree than in seasons past, a height that Aaron and company were eager to reach.
The height became too much to stomach, and the Chiefs left Haughton with a 35-7 loss, dropping their chances of winning the Class 5A District 1 title for the 2021 season. Despite the loss, the Chiefs remain in a good position as they head into their last regular season game this Friday.
NCHS sits at No. 16 in Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A Non-Select rankings, just above this Friday’s opponent Benton. The Chiefs face the Tigers at home Friday, Nov. 5 in Turpin Stadium at 7 p.m.