North Caddo makes quick work of early deficit, D’Arbonne Woods

BY ROY LANG III, Journal Sports

FARMERVILLE — North Caddo head coach Johnny Kavanaugh admitted D’Arbonne Woods scored two touchdowns “before we knew what we were doing,” Thursday.

However, when the final horn sounded, visiting North Caddo (7-3, 3-2 District 1-2A) put an exclamation point on a fourth-straight winning season with a 52-18 victory.

Just as they have all season, the “battle-tested” Titans used big plays to put an opponent to bed. Thursday, it was long touchdown passes to Omarion Miller and KJ Black, a kickoff return for a score by Antonio Morris, a long run by Chancellor Washington and interception return from Zadarrin Evans.

“We recovered well – scored 52 points in a row,” Kavanaugh said.

North Caddo entered the week No. 9 in power points, but Kavanaugh says it’s possible his team did enough to earn a bye in the Select Division III bracket.

“There is a very good chance we move up to 8, possibly 7 and I think a good chance we could move into a bye,” Kavanaugh said. “We’d get to heal up some and go watch somebody else play next Friday.”

No matter the opponent, or the round, Kavanaugh is confident his Titans are well-prepared for the postseason and enter the second season with confidence.

“They know what it’s like to win in the postseason,” Kavanaugh said. “A lot of these seniors have been to the playoffs every year they’ve been in high school. They know what the pressure is all about and they know how to react.”

Last year, the Titans ripped off postseason victories against Springfield and DeQuincy before falling in the third round.

“We don’t know who we play yet or any of the details, but I know we’re battle tested – not just from the past three years, but we played a really tough schedule this season,” Kavanaugh said.

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