Defense, Simon lift Calvary; North Caddo, Plain Dealing, Magnolia lose


Calvary put an exclamation point on the end of a tumultuous week as the Cavaliers traveled to Monroe and emerged with a 52-20 victory against Wossman.

Early in the week, former starting quarterback Bryce Carpenter, who shared playing time with Abram Wardell, left the school and wound up at Loyola. Friday, the first Cavaliers possession ended in a pick-6 thrown by Wardell.

“We scored a ton in a row after that,” Calvary head coach Rodney Guin told the Journal.

Running back John Simon IV sparked the flurry of touchdowns and the first-team Calvary defense didn’t allow a point on the night (Wossman did have another pick-6 and scored on the second-teamers).

“We played great on defense and had a little bit of everything on offense,” Guin said. “Simon may have had 200 yards rushing. I believe we had three rushing touchdowns and maybe four passing.

“I’m proud of how they handled the week.”

The victory moved Calvary to 2-2. The Cavaliers host Mansfield on Friday.

Neville 50, North Caddo 24 – Omarion Miller scored all four of North Caddo’s touchdowns at Neville on Friday, three of which allowed the Titans to hang around with the Class 4A titan program in Monroe.

But the Tigers (3-1) scored too early and too often, coming up with key defensive plays when necessary to pull away from North Caddo (3-1). 

“Being down 31-18 at the half, we felt like we were right in it,” said North Caddo coach J.J. Kavanaugh. “We had three or four guys playing both ways, and Neville is bigger and stronger, so that was to their advantage late. 

“This team fought to the end against the most challenging opponent we’ll see all season, one of the best teams in the state. I felt that the moment wasn’t too big for our guys … we just wore down in the end.” 

Miller’s 80-yard swing pass sliced Neville’s edge to 10-6, and he scored a second time on a spectacular catch while knocked to the ground between two defenders to keep the Titans within striking range down 17-12. 

Neville added two more touchdowns, but Miller brought North Caddo back to life with a 98-yard kick return for a touchdown to cut Neville’s advantage to 31-18. 

North Caddo knocked again on Neville’s door as they were inside the 10-yard-line with a chance to get within one score, but Neville turned the Titans away and then turned on the jets. It was Neville’s second goal line stop of the half to keep the Titans at bay. 

Miller finished with 243 receiving yards and three touchdowns on seven catches to pair with his kickoff return for a touchdown. 

Ringgold 36, Plain Dealing 34 OT —  One team was going to start District 1-1A the right way with the first win of the season, and Ringgold did just that as the visitors completed a comeback at Plain Dealing.

The Lions (0-4) built a 20-8 lead before the Redskins put together a rally.

In overtime, both teams scored touchdowns but Ringgold converted its two-point conversion, sealing the win.

Plain Dealing will try to eliminate killer mistakes going forward as the Lions had two touchdowns called back and a fumble at the 10-yard line to tamper what was already the best offensive output of the season.

“You have to be proud of the way our guys competed, but we had some opportunities tonight that we didn’t take advantage of,” said Plain Dealing coach Clint Walker. “We had a chance to win in regulation with about 1:45 left, but we got behind the sticks and decided to try to win in overtime.”

Ringgold completed its third of five straight road games with the next stop being Homer.

Plain Dealing gets another shot at a home win this coming week with Haynesville visiting, smarting.

Homer 47, Magnolia School of Excellence 0 – The defending Class A state champion Pelicans visited Shreveport to face a team that has played perhaps the state’s most demanding schedule in its class, and the result was predictable.

But Magnolia (0-4) gamely competed with Homer (3-1) in the District 1-1A opener for both teams.