North Caddo rolls on the road; Southwood, Plain Dealing fall

COWBOYS CUT DOWN:  Carroll’s Bulldogs bounced back from an early Southwood score and handed the Cowboys their first loss Friday night at Lee Hedges Stadium. (Photo by KEVIN SHANNAHAN, Journal Sports)


ALEXANDRIA – The final score of 44-20 may suggest that North Caddo was mildly pushed on the road Friday, but the Titans punished Bolton early and often by scoring the first 38 points of the contest – all in the first half. 

Stud receiver Omarion Miller recorded two touchdown catches in the first quarter while receiver J’Quay Vinson added a third Titan score through the air from quarterback Aiden Brock. 

Brock supplied one of three rushing touchdowns, joining Rodney Thomas and Mason Jackson in the end zone via the ground. 

“We had everything working for us tonight,” said North Caddo coach JJ Kavanaugh. “Our defense put a load of pressure on the Bolton quarterback, and defensive linemen ZaDarrin Evans and Rashid Matthews were relentless. 

“We got to work a lot of young guys in the second half. Getting to play under the lights on Friday night against varsity competition was huge for the development of our freshmen.” 

The Class 2A No. 5 Titans (3-0) have won their first three games by a combined score of 130-38. 

North Caddo returns to the road in Week 4 as they head to Class 4A power Neville (2-1), who sits at No. 5 in the latest LSWA football poll. 

Carroll 40, Southwood 12: Southwood defensive back Ca’Juan Johns returned an interception for a touchdown Friday to start the Cowboys off on the right boot, but Carroll punched the gas and didn’t look back at Lee Hedges Stadium. 

“We (coaches and players) had to learn how to keep the momentum,” said Southwood coach Jesse Esters. “We lost the momentum early and never rebounded.” 

Southwood (2-1) had a chance for its first three-game winning streak since 2009 after already putting together its first 2-0 start since 2006. 

But the Cowboys will attempt to get back on track in Week 4 when they open District 1-5A play against a struggling Natchitoches Central (1-2). 

Southwood will be finishing its three-game homestand. 

The Carroll (2-0) win is its second straight against a Shreveport opponent after knocking off Green Oaks 40-6 this past week. 

Lakeside 46, Plain Dealing 6: The Lions tied the score early and had a chance to take a lead on the road Friday, but Plain Dealing’s lack of numbers struck again as Lakeside pulled away. 

Quarterback Josh Miller found Jayden Ray for the early touchdown to knot the score 6-6, but the Lions (0-3) fumbled a snap on the 2-yard line to steal a chance at the lead from Lakeside (2-1). 

Plain Dealing dresses just 15 players, including four middle schoolers, as the Lions deal with injuries. 

“The injuries are hurting us right now, and the past couple of games should have been closer, but it’s hard for our kids to push through the tiredness,” said coach Clint Walker. “Offensively, we’re moving the ball. 

“We were well prepared for what (Lakeside) was going to do, we just didn’t execute it very well.” 

The Lions open district play against Ringgold in Week 4.