Big scores but little changes in this week’s SBJ Top 10; Week 9 Lang’s Lines

JOURNAL SPORTS

Although scoreboards in Bossier and Caddo parishes again lit up last week, few changes occurred in the Shreveport-Bossier Journal Top 10 football poll after Week 8 games.

Parkway moved up one slot to No. 3 and Byrd dropped one to No. 4 after Parkway beat Natchitoches Central 37-22 and Byrd lost to No. 1 Airline 48-28. Byrd had won at Parkway a week earlier, but the seven-person voting panel collectively moved the Panthers back in front of the Yellow Jackets based on the teams’ latest outings.

Calvary, Haughton and Northwood all moved up a spot. The Cavaliers won their fifth straight by beating D’Arbonne Woods 56-7 and are now ranked No. 5. Haughton was impressive despite losing a shootout to Benton 78-71 and sits at No. 6.  Northwood won its fourth straight with a 49-6 triumph over BTW.

Huntington dropped a couple spots after a 48-6 district drubbing at the hands of undefeated North DeSoto. Evangel’s 48-21 win over Minden evened its record at 4-4 and kept the Eagles at No. 9. North Caddo shut out Green Oaks 38-0 to remain at No. 10.

The Shreveport-Bossier Journal sports staff votes on the local top 10 each week.

SBJ   Top 10
School (1st) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Airline (7) 5-3 70 1
2. Benton 5-3 60 2
3. Parkway 7-1 51 4
4. Byrd 5-3 46 3
5. Calvary 6-2 44 5
6. Haughton 4-4 42 7
7. Northwood 6-2 27 8
8. Huntington 5-3 22 6
9. Evangel 4-4 15 9
10. North Caddo 6-2 8 10

Lang’s Lines

It’s no surprise the No. 1 team in the SBJ poll, Airline, has moved into first place in the ATS standings. The Vikings have now covered in six of eight games, but they are on the hook for nearly two touchdowns in a big 1-5A showdown against Parkway this week. Shout out to Plain Dealing as the Lions covered for the first time this season.

Week 9 Lines

Airline -12.5 vs. Parkway

Benton -32.5 vs. Captain Shreve

Haughton -15.5 vs. Natchitoches Central

Byrd -37.5 vs. Southwood

Northwood -22.5 vs. Woodlawn

North DeSoto -46.5 at Bossier

Huntington -5.5 at Evangel

Minden -20.5 vs. BTW

North Caddo -16.5 at Loyola

Calvary -46.5 vs. Lakeside

D’Arbonne Woods -9.5 vs. Green Oaks

Arcadia -39.5 at Magnolia

Beekman Charter -49.5 vs. Plain Dealing 

By the numbers

Favorites: 12-1 straight up in Week 8 (94-14 on season), 8-5 vs. spread in Week 8 (95-93 on season)

Local standings vs. SBJ spread

Airline 6-2, Benton 5-3, Magnolia Charter 5-3, Calvary 5-3, Evangel 5-3, Parkway 5-3, North Caddo 5-3, Huntington 4-4, Green Oaks 4-4, Woodlawn 4-4, Southwood 4-4, Northwood 3-5, Haughton 3-5, Captain Shreve 2-6, Byrd 2-6, Loyola 2-5, BTW 2-6, Bossier 1-7, Plain Dealing 1-7

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