Grass looking greener for Airline in 46-0 win

By TEDDY ALLEN, Journal Sports

Airline scored a school-record 75 points last week against Benton and won by only two touchdowns, 75-59.

Last night the Vikings scored 46 and won by — 46, a 46-0 whitewashing of visiting Natchitoches-Central (1-1, 2-3).

Of course while this was going on, a one-win Benton team that scores more often than a pinball machine was up the road at Mason-Newman Field at Tiger Stadium mauling previously unbeaten Byrd, the Shreveport-Bossier Journal’s No. 1-ranked local team, 63-28.

And Parkway was having a little bit easier of a time than most expected in its 25-13 win over the Gators, while Haughton was having a little bit tougher of time than most expected in its 37-24 win over Southwood.

But … this is the District 1-5A world we live in.

All that mattered to Airline (2-0, 2-3) on Homecoming night was winning its second game in a row after a turnover-filled 0-3 start and a 1-9 season last year. The Vikings needed an exclamation point on last week’s 75-point total and a defensive effort from start to finish.

That’s what they got.

“I knew we’d play well,” head coach Justin Scogin said, “but I didn’t think in my wildest dream it’d be like this. Defensively, we just dominated.”

By the time the visiting Chiefs had gotten their third first down — two of those were by penalty — Airline had built a 26-0 first-quarter lead.

After opening the game with two three-and-out efforts, the Viking defense scored when Jeremiah Boudreau snapped up a three-hop fumble after a vicious Viking hit and returned it 27 yards down the sideline for a touchdown.

Other first-quarter scores were Viking quarterback Ben Taylor passes to Bob Patterson for 28 yards and Daxton Chavez for 18, and a 3-play, 51-yard drive that ended in a one-yard scoring run by Tre Jackson.

The score was 39-0 at half and much of the second half was played with a running clock; the Chiefs just never came close to scoring, something that put some pep in the step of defensive coordinator Zach Pourciau, who had to wear a semi-fake smile after last week’s victory when his unit gave up 59.

“The maddest I’ve ever been after a win in my life,” he said. “I was not happy. The problem was the lapse we had (last week) after we pulled the 1’s out.

“Tonight we came out fast, we started fast, we played fast, and we finished fast,” he said. “The big thing was to make sure we kept the intensity up for the entire game. Doesn’t matter what time in the game it is or what the score is or who’s playing. And I think we did an excellent job of that tonight. We finished.”

Taylor finished 14-of-24 passing (with four drops) for 253 yards and four touchdowns, three of those on the only three balls Chavez caught in the game — for 18 yards in the first quarter and deep posts for 60 and 33 yards in the second quarter. Play-action helped on the last one, but on both, Chavez just basically ran past the secondary and Taylor dropped it to his receiver on the run.

“We felt they’d try to take Dax away early on, and they did,” Scogin said. “But when they do that, you just throw to Cameron (Jefferson) or Bob (Patterson) or Tre; all of them. There’s no drop off at all. I think we loosened them up with some good passing plays to those guys, and we were able to hit Chavez late for a couple.”

Not unnoticed was Friday’s win marked the Vikings’ first on their new turf, which was installed just before last year’s winless-at-home season.

The grass is looking a lot greener now.

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu

Airline 46, Natchitoches Central 0

Score by quarters

NCHS | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | – 0

Airline | 26 | 13 | 7 | 0 | 46

Scoring summary

Air – Bob Patterson 28 pass from Ben Taylor (kick failed)

Air – Jeremiah Boudreaux 27 fumble return (Ben Jump kick)

Air – Daxton Chavez 18 pass from Taylor (kick blocked)

Air – Tre’ Jackson 1 run (Jump kick)

Air – Chavez 60 pass from Taylor (Jump kick)

Air – Chavez 33 pass from Taylor (kick failed)

Air – Cameron Jefferson 10 run (Jump kick)

Individual Leaders

Rushing – Airline (15-85), Ben Taylor 2-2, Tre Jackson 5-32, Kylin Jackson 1-9, Cameron Jefferson 3-16, JoJo Johnson 3-8, Preston Doerner 6-(-5). NCHS (33-118), BJ Young 4-19, Jeremiah Miles 16-55, Lannon Collum 1-6, Zecarious Thompson 7-14, Jaiden Medlock 3-23, Camryn Davis 2-1.

Passing – Airline, Taylor, 14-24-0-253. NC, Young 6-10-0-12.

Receiving – Airline, Bob Patterson 2-50, Jackson 5-38, Daxton Chavez 3-111, Cameron Jefferson 3-47; Kylin Jackson 1-7.