Optimistic Chiefs follow new coach to face tough Woodlawn defense


Natchitoches Central begins a new era under highly-successful head coach Jess Curtis tonight when it travels to Shreveport to take on Woodlawn. 

Optimism is high for the Chiefs with Curtis taking over the program after leading Many High School to three state championships and a 149-26 mark over 13 seasons. Natchitoches Central has had only one winning season (2021) since 2013 and competes in the tough District 1-5A.  

Woodlawn is led by third-year coach Thedrick Harris, who is also working hard at bringing back some swagger to the Castle on Wyngate. Jerwin Wilson led the Knights to three straight winning seasons (2015-2017) but those are the only winning seasons since 1995.   

Here are capsules for tonight’s games.  

NATCHITOCHES CENTRAL (0-0) vs. WOODLAWN (0-0), Leonard C. Barnes Stadium, at BTW  

Series: Woodlawn 11-8   

Last year: NCHS 18-14  

Last year’s records: NCHS 3-7, 2-5 in 1-5A; Woodlawn 3-7, 2-5 in 1-4A  

Rankings: none  

Radio: NCHS (Kix Classic Country, 95.9 FM;  

Notes: NCHS defeated Loyola 14-0 in its jamboree .. Woodlawn fell to Northwood 14-8 in the jamboree … The Chiefs have won the last eight meetings in the series … Knight head coach Thedrick Harris resumed the series when he took over the program in 2021 after the two school had not played each other since 1998.   

CALVARY (0-0) at LOGANSPORT (0-0)  

Series: Calvary 3-1  

Last year: Calvary 45-22  

Last year’s records: Calvary 9-3, 5-0 in 1-2A; Logansport 9-4, 3-1 in 3-1A  

Rankings: Calvary is #1 in LSWA Class 2A poll, #5 in SBJ Top 10 

Radio: Calvary (Promise, 90.7 FM)  

Notes: Calvary defeated Union Parish 28-7 in the jamboree … The Cavaliers have won the last three in the series after the Tigers took the first meeting in 2005.   

BTW (0-0) at WOSSMAN (0-0)  

Series: Wossman 8-6  

Last year: Wossman 38-0  

Last year’s records: BTW 1-9, 1-6 in 1-4A; Wossman 4-7, 2-4 in 1-3A  

Rankings: none  

Radio: none  

Notes: Wossman has won three of the last four in the series after BTW took three straight (2006-08) … The Lions dropped both quarters in the jamboree losing to North Caddo 20-6 and Green Oaks 6-0 … BTW makes its debut under coach Gary Cooper. 


Series: Lake Charles Prep 1-0  

Last year: Lake Charles Prep 54-6  

Last year’s records: Magnolia 2-8, 2-4 in 1-1A; Lake Charles CP 5-7, 3-3 in 3-3A  

Rankings: none  

Radio: none  

Notes: The Mariners won two of their last four games of 2022 … the 22-0 defeat of Ringgold in the final regular season game was the first shutout in the school’s history. 


Series: Delta Charter 3-1  

Last year: Delta Charter 54-8  

Last years records: Plain Dealing 0-10, 0-6 in 1-1A; Delta Charter 5-5, 3-2 in 4-1A  

Rankings: none  

Radio: none  

Notes: Plain Dealing fell in the jamboree to Bossier 33-14 … The Lions are out to snap a 15-game losing skid.