Three local ‘Boys go on a Bear hunt in Dallas victory over Chicago

North Louisiana has been kind to the Dallas Cowboys, especially over the past couple of decades. Fair Park’s Morris Claiborne was a first-round selection of Dallas in 2012, while West Monroe products like Xavier Woods (Louisiana Tech) and Bradie James (West Monroe) made significant impacts in the Metroplex.

Currently, former Neville superstar KaVontae Turpin is one of the NFL’s biggest threats in the return game.

But Sunday was a treat for Caddo and Bossier parishes as three local products were among Dallas’ 22 starters when it hosted the Chicago Bears at AT&T Stadium.

The offense was led by former Haughton star Dak Prescott. On defense, safeties Donovan Wilson (Woodlawn) and Israel Mukuamu (Parkway).

You could say it was a good day.

Prescott tossed two touchdowns and ran for another. Wilson battled cramps, but led the team with seven solo tackles while Mukuamu registered three stops during the Cowboys’ 49-29 whipping of Da Bears.

“We have a deep room. The whole defense,” Dallas safety Jevon Kearse said. “Every guy we throw on the field can play at a high level. The coaches believe in all these guys because they prove it during the week.”

Wilson leads the Cowboys in tackles this season with 51. He’s already recorded three sacks and an interception. Mukuamu enjoyed the third start of his career – all this season.

On offense Sunday, Prescott started to look like the player who led the No. 1 offense in the league last season. In his second start since missing five weeks with a broken bone in his throwing hand, No. 4 completed 21 of 27 passes for 250 yards.

“We had to understand the team we have, the defense we have and reward these guys — get them some touchdowns,” Prescott said.

Cowboys fans – and owner Jerry Jones – were probably most excited by Prescott’s 7-yard run to kick off the scoring in the first quarter.

When Prescott crossed the goal line, he spread his arms out wide.

“That was for Jerry,” Prescott said. “You asked for (me to run) and you got it.”

Much is made of Prescott’s ability to make plays with this right arm, but his legs have always been able to add a needed dimension.

“I can open this offense even more,” said Prescott, who totaled 34 yards on five carries.

The Cowboys improved to 6-2, but still trail undefeated Philadelphia (7-0) in the NFC East.

Not bad considering Prescott’s extended absence.

“I would have taken this in a minute, I would’ve walked to Chicago to get it,” Jones said.

If Dallas hopes to make noise in the playoffs for the first time in 25 years, it’s clear the Shreveport-Bossier City area will be a major player.

“(Sunday) was a huge step, especially going into the bye week,” Prescott said. “We can win any way we need to – with defense, by throwing the ball, running the ball or a complete win like today.” 

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