We’re in a giving mood well shy of the holidays

By ROY LANG III, Journal Sports

The Airline Vikings wrapped up at least a share of the District 1-5A championship with a victory against Parkway on Thursday.

The Vikings have stars all over the field on offense, but Cameron Jefferson was the story at M.D. Ray Field.

The senior hauled in eight catches for 126 yards and added two rushing touchdowns — a 12-yard score to start the game and a 3-yard score to punctuate the evening.

“I’m blessed to be around this group – they are champions,” Jefferson said. “We’ve set the tone (for the classes behind us).” 

Simon brothers, Calvary

In their 63-0 victory over Lakeside Thursday night, the Cavaliers ran just seven plays in the first quarter with three of those TD runs (25 yards, 37 yards, 1 yard) by sophomore running back/cornerback James Simon. Calvary ran just five plays in the second quarter and two of those were TD catches (11 and 20 yards) by junior wide receiver Jay Simon. 

Garrett Burns, Evangel

In a game where Huntington held the Eagles’ powerful air attack to just 65 yards, Burns carried the load on the ground in the 21-14 victory Friday night. Before he left with an injury in the fourth quarter, the junior WR amassed 125 yards rushing. 

John Solomon, Huntington

The Raiders’ senior RB/CB rushed for 123 of his 131 yards in the first half and scored a TD and 2-point conversion to give Huntington the lead at the half. The Raiders eventually fell to Evangel 21-14 on Friday night. 

Loyola defenders

In the spirit of giving, we opt to reward more than one player again. Not only did the Flyers pull off a convincing upset (41-22) of North Caddo at Messmer Stadium, they stymied what had been one of the most productive offenses in the area.

The Flyers used a strength-in-numbers approach to quell Titans superstar wideout Omarion Miller. A group of Flying Snoopys that included Jon Ebarb, James Scott Wojtkiewicz, Casey Wall, and Colin Lirette helped limit Miller to 37 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown.

The previous receiving low of the season for Miller, a 6-foot-2, 196-pounder, was an 88-yard effort against West Ouachita. Miller has six 100-yard games, including a 243-yard destruction of Neville, this season.    

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