By JOHN JAMES MARSHALL, Journal Sports
You’d think if there were one word Northwood coach Austin Brown would have on his mind this week, it would be “sleep.”
With a week-old baby boy added to the family, trying to juggle pass coverages and diaper changes might not leave much room for sack time.
But Brown, whose family already had two daughters, says that has not been the case. “I’m lucky to have a great coach’s wife,” Brown said. “She’s great about taking care of things.”
However, there is a word to describe what Brown’s football family is focusing on this week — fun.
“I saw a video of (New England Patriots coach) Bill Belichick talking about his team celebrating and having fun with each other,” Brown said. “And I’ve got this daily character app that gives us lessons that we do before every practice and the motto it showed was fun. Sometimes when things get tight, you might stop having fun. We are looking to have fun this week.”
Brown’s Falcons will take on Bossier tonight at Memorial Stadium beginning at 7 in a District 1-4A game, shifted from its original Friday date. “Coach (DeAumante) Johnson called and asked about switching,” Brown said. “We were all on board with it. We will be the only game in town and it gives us a chance to get started on next week a day early.”
The Falcons (2-2) are coming off a 28-20 loss to Huntington in the district opener.
“We held an explosive offense to seven points for three quarters,” Brown said. “If you had told me that before the game, I would have said we were going to win by 20.”
The Raiders scored three touchdowns in the final quarter to come away with the win, but Brown said that hasn’t deterred his team’s focus.
“The district championship is still in the picture,” he said. “I don’t know if anybody is going to go undefeated in the district this year. Everything is still in front of us. We just have to do our part.”
Which means a continued reliance on running back Quintavion White. The 6-foot, 190-pound senior has scored seven touchdowns and run for 389 yards in the last two weeks.
“Our best players have to be our best players,” Brown said. “At the end of last year, we decided Q needed more touches. We knew going into this season, he was going to have to get the ball more. He’s proved he can handle that.”
Bossier (0-4) has moved up to Class 4A this year. The Bearkats lost to Evangel 33-14 last week.
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Northwood (0-1, 2-2) at Bossier (0-1, 0-4), Memorial Stadium
Series: Bossier 19-14
Last year: did not play
Last week: Northwood lost to Huntington, 28-20; Bossier lost to Evangel 33-14.
Rankings: Northwood is tied at No. 9 in SBJ poll
Radio: Northwood (Miracle, 89.1 FM)
Notable: Junior defensive end Tadarius Collins had three quarterback sacks again last week, raising his total to six for the season … Northwood has converted more than twice as many third downs as its opponents (48 percent to 23 percent) … Slot receiver Marc Denison has almost three times as many catches as any other Falcon and five times as many receiving yards. The 6-0, 180-pound senior is averaging an impressive 26.1 yards per catch … Northwood’s next five opponents are a combined 5-15.
Christian Johnson led the Bossier defense last week. Johnson had seven tackles, one sack, and two tackles for a loss … The record of Bossier’s first four opponents is 13-3. Two (Parkway and Glenbrook) are undefeated through four weeks, and only one (Evangel) does not have a winning record … Bossier’s average points given up per game during the first three weeks of the season was just over 45 points. Last week, the Bearkat defense limited Evangel to 33 points.