Vikings rout Shreve, ready for ‘best day ever’ at school

AIRLINE ATTABOYS:  Airline head coach Justin Scogin (left of center) talks to his team following a 42-14 victory at Captain Shreve. (Photo by ROY LANG III, Journal Sports)

By ROY LANG III, Journal Sports

The Airline Vikings were impatient Thursday night as their head coach, Justin Scogin, was swarmed by the media following a 42-14 victory over Captain Shreve at Lee Hedges Stadium. The players, chanting their coach’s name, couldn’t wait to hear his postgame speech.

It was worth the delay.

“(Friday) is going to be the best day you’ve ever had in high school,” Scogin told his group.

There will certainly be plenty of football players with their heads held high.

“This is the game you play for respect,” said Scogin, whose group won its third straight to move to 3-3 (3-0, District 1-5A). “We beat Benton, which was an upset to a lot of people, but this was for respect. We beat a really good team.

“When I showed up here, I said, ‘If you buy in and do what you’re supposed to do, these are the nights we’re going to have. I’m glad they get to experience this before their high school days are over.”

Mired in a slugfest late in the first half, the Vikings caught fire thanks to a bold play call. A halfback option turned into a 24-yard touchdown strike from running back Tre’ Jackson to receiver Daxton Chavez. The call gave Airline a 14-7 lead with 2:52 left in the second quarter and a rout ensued.

“I was ready for it,” Jackson said. “When it’s my time to shine, I’m going to shine. I had the option to pass or run. We run it every day in practice and it looked beautiful then. We just executed it tonight.”

Scogin wouldn’t take credit for the call.

“Over the headset they said, ‘Now is a great time for this.’ I trust them – didn’t think twice about it,” said Scogin, whose team plays Haughton in Week 7. “Great coaches go into those calls.”

The scoring toss was part of a big night for Jackson, who also caught two touchdowns from quarterback Ben Taylor.

Taylor’s five-touchdown evening included a pair to Chavez and came after a pick-6 by Shreve’s Jamarcea Plater to start the game, another first-half interception and a fumble lost.

Airline outgained Shreve 425-182 and handed the Gators their worst loss since a 2018 playoff game against West Monroe. The Gators (3-3, 0-3) have lost three straight.

Thursday’s result was frustrating enough for head coach Adam Kirby, but it was exacerbated by the quality of practices leading up to the loss.

“I didn’t see this coming,” Kirby said. “We had a great week of practice – probably our three best days all year. I told my wife, ‘I wish I had more to say. We just got beat.’”

A stunned Kirby was unsure of whether this was a “burn the tape” performance.

“I don’t know yet,” Kirby said. “You want to wipe (the slate) clean, but there is a lot to learn from.”

Captain Shreve will attempt to pick up the pieces with a home game against Natchitoches Central next Friday.

Contact Roy at roylangIII@yahoo.com

Airline 42, Captain Shreve 14

Airline | 7 | 7 | 14 | 14 | – 42

Shreve | 7 | 0 | 0 | 7 | – 14

Scoring summary

S – Jamarcea Plater 42 interception return (John Chance kick)

A – Daxton Chavez 27 pass from Ben Taylor (Ben Jump kick)

A – Chavez 27 pass from Tre’ Jackson (Jump kick)

A – Jackson 15 pass from Taylor (Jump kick)

A – Chavez 45 pass from Taylor (Jump kick)

A – Jackson 9 pass from Taylor (Jump kick)

S – Keaton Flowers 21 pass from Brodie Savage (Chance kick)

A – Bob Patterson 11 yard pass from Taylor (Mason Barefield kick)

Individual leaders 

Rushing

Airline – Jefferson 11-51, T. Jackson 8-46, Kylin Jackson 6-30.

Shreve – Jayden Edwards 10-45, Jamarlon Otis 14-34, Kenyon Terrell 6-6.

Passing

Airline – Taylor 20-37-2, 263 yards, 5 TDs; T. Jackson 1-1-0-27 yards, 1 TD.

Shreve – Savage 4-9-0, 89 yards, 1 TD; Terrell 4-8-0, 15 yards.

Receiving

Airline – Chavez 4-111 3 TDs, T. Jackson 7-108 2 TDs, Jefferson 5-28, Patterson 3-25 1 TD, Bryson Broom 2-18.

Shreve – Flowers 3-42 TD, Cam Wilson 1-37, Jordan Wiggins 1-23, Javon Thomas 1-8, Otis 1-1, Edwards 1-minus-7.