Benton QB on a heater for the ages

By ROY LANG III, Journal Sports

Look up the word “heater” in the sports dictionary, and you may see the picture of Benton quarterback Gray Walters.

The Tigers’ senior quarterback is on some kind of run. His latest trip to the field produced five touchdowns and 382 passing yards during Benton’s 62-15 destruction of Natchitoches Central on Friday.

“Confidence is to the roof right now,” Walters said. “I feel good. I feel like the offense can’t be stopped. I think we can win out.”

Against the Chiefs, Walters completed 20 of 25 passes, including three touchdown passes to Pearce Russell (24 yards, 16, 35). The Tigers couldn’t have scripted a better start to the game – a Walters-to-Brady Blaylock shuttle pass went for an 80-yard touchdown on the first play of the night.

One week ago, Walters threw for 516 passing yards and eight touchdowns against Byrd.

Up next? Benton travels to face Southwood.

Abram Wardell, Calvary

The sophomore joined the party of quarterbacks with nearly perfect efforts of late. Wardell completed 21 of 24 passes for 291 yards and four touchdowns in a District 1-2A victory at North Caddo in what may have been the unofficial district championship game.

Wardell found seven different receivers and was able to add a 15-yard rushing touchdown against the Titans.

Gray Deason, Loyola

The senior posted a career-high 16 tackles in a 1-2A victory against Green Oaks. One stop came in the form of a sack during a stretch when the outcome of the game was still in question.

Tre’ Jackson, Airline

The Vikings are on a roll and Thursday’s victory against Captain Shreve provided many heroes. One is Airline running back Tre’ Jackson, who was responsible for three touchdowns. The biggest was a halfback pass that went for a 27-yard touchdown to Daxton Chavez. Jackson also added scoring catches of 15 and nine yards during a 108-yard receiving performance.

Kris Mesloh, Parkway 

The defensive end posted three tackles for a loss, including a sack, as part of his six-tackle night against Southwood on Thursday.

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