Calvary lives up to No. 1 billing, Bossier pulls a big comeback in upset

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

Calvary Baptist Academy, top-ranked in the state’s Class 2A preseason poll, went on the road to Class A Logansport and took a methodical 47-12 win at Tiger Stadium Friday night. 

Cavalier quarterbacks threw for 462 yards and four touchdowns in the season-opening win. Starting quarterback Abram Wardell passed for three touchdowns and ran for another.  

The Cavs took a 21-6 lead at halftime and got a big defensive stop to start the third quarter when the host Tigers drove inside the CBA 20. 

Wardell scored on a 5-yard run to put Calvary ahead 27-6.  

After Logansport made it a 15-point game, 27-12, with a long touchdown pass towards the end of the third quarter the Cavs defense held together, and the offense put the game away. 

Chris Jackson caught two scoring passes of 3 and 7 yards and Jay Simon had a 35-yard scoring reception all in the first half. Aubrey Hermes led the receivers with nine catches for 166 yards.  

Calvary got fourth quarter scores from James Simon on a 12-yard run, Taylor Guerrero caught a 2-yard pass from backup quarterback Peyton Houston and Chaz Whitaker closed out the scoring with a 71-yard scamper with a little more than three minutes left in the game. 

BOSSIER 46, NORTH CADDO 38: First-year Bearkats coach Gary Smith wasn’t real sure how his team would respond after finding itself down 20-0 early in Friday’s game against the visiting Titans.  

It had been a while, since late in the 2021 season, that the Bearkats had won a game. A three-score deficit might have seemed insurmountable.

“I was a little concerned. I wasn’t really sure how they would handle it,” said Smith, a 1990 Bossier grad. “We talked about it and how you handle adversity and that bad things are going to happen, but they responded really well. They just stayed after it and good things happened.” 

Smith wasn’t real sure how they did it but pointed out three key players “that kind of carried us.”  Quarterback Quan Scott did a good job running the offense, he said, while running back LeBrandon Davis had a really good game played a lot both ways. Keshun Johnson had a winding, long interception return for a touchdown that ignited the rally, and played a lot both ways. 

The win for the Kats snapped an 11-game losing skid.  

LAKE CHARLES PREP 75, MAGNOLIA CHARTER 0: The Mariners suffered the road loss to open the season 0-1. 

DELTA CHARTER 58, PLAIN DEALING 0: The Lions dropped the road opener and ran their losing skid to 16 games in the process.