Plain Dealing tries to spoil Haynesville’s visit

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Haynesville will travel to Bossier Parish to face Plain Dealing in a District 1-1A game tonight. The Golden Tornado (0-1, 3-1) will try to get back on the winning track after dropping their district opener at Glenbrook (56-17) and are playing their third consecutive road game. The Lions (0-1, 0-4) dropped a tough overtime district game against Ringgold (36-34) at home.

Non-district games on the schedule for tonight include Calvary hosting Mansfield, Green Oaks at Alexandria Senior High, North Caddo at West Ouachita and Magnolia visiting powerful Westgate. 

Haynesville (0-1, 3-1) at Plain Dealing (0-1, 0-4)

Series: Haynesville 38-2

Last year: Haynesville 47-0

Last week: Haynesville lost to Glenbrook 56-17; Plain Dealing lost to Ringgold 36-34 in OT

Rankings:  Haynesville is receiving votes in LSWA 1A poll

Radio: none

Notable: Plain Dealing head coach Clint Walker said he and the Lions “had our chances” in the 36-34 OT loss to Ringgold last week. “It didn’t help that we had two touchdowns called back,” he said … the Lions also fumbled on the 8 … the crowd was good which “just shows that the community is showing up to watch us play. Hopefully it keeps going like that,” he said … though PD is winless, Walker said “we knew it’d be like this. And we’ve got the beef of our schedule coming up (with Homer next week). We’ve just got to persevere and make it through the next couple of weeks. We’re just trying to build a program” … after traveling to play the defending 1A state champs next Friday, the Lions are at Magnolia … the Golden Tornado has almost hit for the cycle in ‘game variety’ and it’s not even October yet. Haynesville beat North Webster 29-28 in the opener (nail-biter), beat Harmony Grove 33-26 (one-score game), beat Junction City 41-13 (rout) and got beaten in the 1-1A opener by Glenbrook 56-17 (reverse rout).

Green Oaks (2-2) at Alexandria (2-2)

Series: Alexandria 2-0

Last year:  Did not play

Last week: Green Oaks lost to Peabody 18-13; Alexandria beat East Ascension 40-28

Rankings:  None

Radio: None

Notable: With Southwood’s forfeiture of its two victories, Green Oaks’ record improved to 2-2 this week … “This is going to be a huge test for us,” Giants head coach Chadwick Lewis said of the matchup against the Class 5A powerhouse. “We want to make sure we go down and compete to the best of our ability” … after losing its first two games, ASH came back with wins over Natchitoches Central (54-6) and East Ascension (40-28) … “We have to limit the mistakes we make,” added Lewis. “This is a very good ASH team” … in last week’s 18-13 loss to Peabody, the Giants erased a double-digit halftime deficit to take the lead in the third quarter but couldn’t hold on … “The game started rocky defensively, but we settled down there in the second quarter and basically held them scoreless until the fourth,” said Lewis … the Giants’ offense held onto the ball better, losing just one fumble … the comeback was spearheaded by Tovoras Lee passes to Amarion Dorsey and Delarrious Marshall … “We had better offensive production – gaining over 350 total yards – which is by far our best game this year,” said Lewis, “but we are still not producing in crucial situations (particularly in the red zone). That must get cleaned up in district.”

North Caddo (3-1) at West Ouachita (4-0)

Series: First meeting

Last year: Did not play

Last week: North Caddo lost to Neville 50-24; West Ouachita beat Grant 40-21

Rankings:  North Caddo is ranked No. 6 in LSWA 2A poll

Radio: North Caddo on (KNCB 1320 AM), K104 FM)

Notable: North Caddo’s Omarion Miller had 7 catches for 243 yards in the Titans’ loss to Neville. Miller also added a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown … this visit to West Ouachita is the last of a three-game road swing on the Titans’ schedule. North Caddo will return home and host Calvary in Week 6 … since West Ouachita’s Week 1 win 14-7 over Caldwell Parish, the Chiefs have scored no fewer than 27 points. 

Mansfield (0-4) at Calvary (2-2)

Series: Calvary 3-1

Last year: Did not play

Last week: Mansfield lost to Logansport 52-8; Calvary beat Wossman 52-20

Rankings:  Calvary is ranked No. 4 in SBJ Top 10, No. 8 in LSWA 2A poll

Radio: Calvary (Promise, 90.7 FM)

Notable: Mansfield has lost nine straight games. The Wolverines’ last victory was 14-9 at Bossier on Oct. 22, 2021 … Cavaliers are 3-1 in past four meetings with the Wolverines and won the last matchup, 27-16, in 2018 … Calvary running back James Simon has 340 rushing yards and four touchdowns this season (also one receiving TD).

Magnolia (0-4) at Westgate (4-0)

Series: First meeting

Last year:  Did not play

Last week: Magnolia lost to Homer 47-0; Westgate beat St. Martinville 55-20

Rankings: Westgate is No. 1 in LSWA 4A poll

Radio: None

Notable: For the second week in a row, the Mariners will go up against a defending state champion – proving just how difficult their 2022 schedule is … in its District 1-1A opener last week, Magnolia fell to defending Class A champion Homer 47-0 … this week’s non-district matchup against Westgate pits Magnolia against the defending Class 4A champion and the LSWA’s No. 1-ranked team … the Tigers have outscored their opponents 160-53, while the Mariners have been outscored 201-30 … Magnolia will resume district competition next week at home against Glenbrook.