Three local districts start league play, 1-5A with a bang

DOWN TIME: When Airline’s explosive offense erupts early, as it did last week against Northwood, junior quarterback Ben Taylor (11) and his Vikings collaborators get a break. (Journal photo by JERRY BYRD)


Districts 1-5A, 1-4A and 1-1A kick off league games this week with last year’s two top teams in 1-5A, Airline and Benton, starting off against each other Thursday night. 

The Vikings (3-0) host the Tigers (1-2) a year after they finished 7-0 and 6-1 respectively in 1-5A. 

The biggest rivalry in the city will take place Thursday when Byrd (0-3) and Captain Shreve (2-1) meet at Independence Stadium in another 1-5A game. They are the two largest schools locally.

Friday’s 1-5A games will have Bossier parish rivals Haughton (2-1) and Parkway (3-0) tangling in Bossier City in the “Brotherton Bowl,” with brothers Jason (Haughton) and Coy (Parkway) as the head coaches, along with Southwood (0-3) going to Natchitoches Central (1-2).

Traditional District 1-4A heavyweights Northwood (0-3) and Huntington (2-1) meet at Independence Stadium to highlight the district schedule.

Here is the local schedule this week.

Thursday’s games

District 1-5A 

Captain Shreve (2-1) vs. Byrd (0-3), Independence Stadium 

Benton (1-2) at Airline (3-0)

Friday’s games

District 1-5A 

Haughton (2-1) at Parkway (3-0), Preston Crownover Stadium

Southwood (0-3) at Natchitoches Central (1-2), Turpin Stadium  

District 1-4A 

Northwood (0-3) vs. Huntington (2-1), Independence Stadium 

Bossier (1-2) at Evangel (1-2), Rodney Duron Stadium 

Minden (0-3) at North DeSoto (2-1) 

Woodlawn (2-1) at BTW (2-1), Leonard C. Barnes Stadium 

District 1-1A 

Magnolia Charter (0-3) at Homer (2-1) 

Plain Dealing (0-3) at Ringgold (2-1)  


Green Oaks (1-2) at Peabody (2-1) 

Wossman (3-0) at Calvary (3-0), Jerry Barker Stadium 

Red River (0-3) at Loyola (0-3), Messmer Stadium

North Caddo (1-2) at Neville (3-0), Bill Ruple Stadium