Evangel shows no signs of letdown in dominant finale win at BTW

JOURNAL STAFF 

After Evangel constructed a second-half comeback against Huntington this past week on the Eagles’ newly constructed turf field, no one would have blamed the Eagles if they weren’t hitting on all cylinders in the regular-season finale at Booker T. Washington.  

But Evangel had no such problems as the Eagles dominated in a 49-0 win at Leonard C. Barnes Stadium.  

Evangel (6-4, 5-2 District 1-4A) pieced together its first three-game winning streak of the season with victories against Minden, Huntington and now BTW to close out the season.  

With the win, Evangel will at least hold onto its No. 13 seed in Division II Select, but moving higher may not be likely as the Eagles trailed No. 12 Kenner by nearly a full point.  

The Lions (1-9, 1-6 District 1-4A) end the season on a three-game skid after their lone win against Bossier. 

Lakeside 42, Green Oaks 36: Green Oaks built a two-touchdown lead in the second half thanks to two interception returns for touchdowns, but the Giants (2-8, 0-5 District 1-2A) couldn’t hold that lead Friday on the road.  

Defenders Delarrious Marshall and Corzavion Tucker danced to the end zone to Green Oaks in a seemingly good position for its first district win, but Lakeside’s (5-5, 1-4) spread attack got on track and mounted the comeback.  

“We were up two scores, and we had a busted coverage and a couple of bad penalties that let them back in the game,” said Green Oaks coach Chadwick Lewis. “We have to learn to play smarter. The great thing is we are still playing hard.”  

Despite the loss, Green Oaks should have a chance to continue that effort in the postseason as the Giants entered Week 10 at No. 19 in Division III Select. The Giants just have to stay in the top 24 for a postseason spot.  

Quarterback Tovoras Lee ran for a touchdown and threw for another (to Fred Benjamin) to lead Green Oaks’ offensive attack.  

Marshall also reached paydirt on offense with a touchdown run and two-point conversion.  

The Giants will attempt to shake off a seven-game losing streak assuming Green Oaks gets its postseason chance.  

Lakeside had to win Friday to give itself a postseason shot as they came in one spot of out the playoff picture at No. 29.   

Arcadia 56, Plain Dealing 0: In what is the most brutal Class 1A district in the state, Plain Dealing had another rough go Friday in the regular-season finale as the Lions finished the season winless.  

The Lions (0-10, 0-6 District 1-1A) were shut out for the third time this season.  

The closest Plain Dealing came to a win was a 36-34 overtime heartbreaker to Ringgold.  

After slogging through the Haynesville-Homer gauntlet, Arcadia ended the regular season with two wins by a combined 110-0 over Magnolia School of Excellence and Plain Dealing.  

The Hornets (7-3, 3-3 District 1-1A) will enter the playoffs likely as a top 10 seed.