Green Oaks snatched another second-half lead when Delarrious Marshall scored on a six-yard run and the ensuing two-point conversion, grabbing an edge on visiting D’Arbonne Woods Charter late in the third quarter Friday night.
But the Timberwolves (6-3, 2-2 District 1-2A), trailing by two, scored twice in the fourth quarter to pull away in a 28-14 win at Lee Hedges Stadium.
After Green Oaks (2-7, 0-4) took the lead on Marshall’s touchdown run, D’Arbonne Woods seized momentum with a long kickoff return to set up its first fourth-quarter score.
“That was the turning point,” said Green Oaks coach Chadwick Lewis. “We just scored and took the lead, and that kickoff return shifted momentum back to them. They proceeded to drive down and score.”
The loss is Green Oaks’ sixth straight in what’s been an extremely difficult stretch that’s included Class 5A Alexandria Senior High, Loyola, Calvary and North Caddo.
D’Arbonne Woods snapped a two-game skid with the win, hearkening back to a four-game winning streak earlier this season in which they won three of those games by at least 20 points.
After the Timberwolves scored first, Green Oaks answered with a Tovoras Lee pass to a streaking Amarion Dorsey to tie the game at 6-6.
D’Arbonne Woods Charter scored just before the half to grab a 12-6 edge.
The Giants entered the game ranked No. 18 in the Division IV Select standings, and Green Oaks will attempt to wrap up a win and a playoff spot when they head to Lakeside in Week 10.
ARCADIA 54, MAGNOLIA SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE 0: The flu bug bit a Magnolia School of Excellence squad that was already short on numbers, and the result was an outmatched Mariners group that couldn’t hang with a rising Arcadia bunch.
The Hornets (6-3, 2-3) made short work of the remaining Mariners in a 54-0 decision.
“We were missing four kids either with the flu or with injuries, but we also didn’t play well,” said Magnolia coach Toriano Williams.
Magnolia’s offense seemed to have found their footing two weeks ago, scoring a combined 78 points in a loss to Glenbrook and a win against Plain Dealing.
But the Mariners (1-8, 1-4), who have faced a murderous schedule this season, dropped a 48-6 loss to Haynesville before Friday’s 54-0 result.
It’s the third time Magnolia has been shutout this season, also being kept off the scoreboard by Class 1A power Homer and a ranked 4A team in Westgate.
Magnolia is desperately trying to get into the playoffs, entering this game ranked No. 25 in the Division IV Select standings, needing to reach the top 24 to make the postseason.
Arcadia strengthened its No. 12 standing in the Division IV Select standings after recovering from a 37-point loss to Homer this past week.