DeRidder 21, Natchitoches Central 7

The defense shined in DeRidder's 21-7 win over Natchitoches Central, despite giving up a touchdown on the first possession of the game.

After the 45-yard run touchdown run from Trey Solitaire, the Dragons (2-1) settled down and shut out Central (2-1) for the rest of game.

"We played hard. That was the biggest thing," DeRidder coach Brad Parmley said. "It wasn't always pretty but our kids played their tails off and we made some plays when it counted.

"Defensively, we got to the football and the kids played fast last night. We got to the quarterback in long-yardage situations, which helped us out."

The DeRidder defense held Central to 250 total yards and 2-for-10 on third downs.

Dragon quarterback Lane Armer connected with wide receiver Chris Grant for a 35-yard score in the first quarter to make it 7-6. In the second quarter, Armer punched it in from 1-yard out to take the 14-7 lead.

"The goal is to be balanced," Parmley said. "High school football is all about blocking and tackling. Our goal is always to be as balanced as we can and take what defense gives us."

Senior running back Greg Woodard opened the second half with a 91-yard kick return to put DeRidder up 21-7, and the Dragons defense held on for the win.

Woodard ran the ball 10 times for 49 yards and caught a pass for three yards.

"Greg is a playmaker and is a diverse athlete," Parmley said. "He can play receiver and can play running back and is a great kick returner. He's one of our best playmakers over the last few weeks and we hope he can continue improving as the season goes on."

Torrin Bouvia ran for 102 yards on 28 carries, and Armer was 6-for-13 through the air for 58 yards.

Leesville 61, Pineville 48

The Leesville offense scored early and often against Pineville to keep the Wampus Cats undefeated on the year.

Leesville racked up 602 yards of offense –213 passing and 389 rushing– in the 61-48 win.

"We wanted to execute or game plan and get better," Leesville head coach Robert Causey said. "I wanted to be better at the end of the game with the things we prepared for going into hostile environment and playing a 5A school that's bigger than us. It wasn't about starting fast, it was about playing ball.

"We had to be physical at the point of attack. Offensively, we had to get in a hole and drive our feet. I thought our kids were aggressive up front and our backs ran hard."

Senior running back Andrew Croker had a big Friday night, scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter to give Leesville a 18-0 lead.

"He's starting to feel a little more comfortable in the offensive scheme," Causey said. "We only have about 10 seniors this year that played last year. We have some many kids that are new and playing in bigger roles. Andrew is no different. He's learning how to play in our offensive scheme and it takes time."

In the second quarter, Wampus Cat quarterback Chris Vargas found Kobe Joiner for the 17-yard touchdown reception.

Pineville got on the board on the next play with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and added a safety to close the gap to 26-9.

Vargas, once again, found Joiner for another passing touchdown to give Leesville a 34-9 lead at half.

Wampus Cat running back Dante Gallashaw ripped off 55-yard and 16-yard touchdown runs in the third quarter, and Vargas found Croker for a 15-yard touchdown to make it 54-21.

Croker finished the game with four total touchdowns and 153 yards rushing, and Vargas was 14-for-18 through the air for 213 yards and three touchdowns. Gallashaw added 106 yards on nine carries, and Joiner caught three passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns.

With defensive substitutions in, Pineville made closed the gap to 13 with under a minute to go, but the deficit was too much for the Rebels.

"I was pleased with our defense. I think they had around 250 yards against our first-team defense," Causey said. "They left their ones in against our twos and threes. When I put that into perspective, I'm not displeased at all. We executed the game plan and took them out of what they wanted to do. Once we made them make adjustments, we had the game in hand at that point."

Rosepine 45, Lakeside 20

Rosepine has come a long ways from losing 20 games in a row over the last two seasons and continues to build on its success with a 45-20 win over Lakeside.

Quarterback Seth Ducote used his arm and legs to tally five total touchdowns in the win.

With Lakeside (3-1) predicated on stopping the run, Ducote went to the air and found Josh Floyd for a 15-yard touchdown to go up 6-0. Lakeside answered with a 3-yard run by Brian Jackson to tie it up with under a minute to go in the first quarter.

Ducote found Dylan Callaway for a 30-yard score and rushed for a 20-yard touchdown to go up 19-6 in the second quarter.

"We just started clicking on cylinders, offensively," Rosepine head coach Johnny Cryer said. "All three backs did a great job running the ball. We mixed in some passes early in the game. They were loading the box on us so it opened the pass up. We took some chances in the first half and hit two big touchdown passes. We just played well.

"Seth Ducote throws the ball well. When you're able to show things like that on film, it opens up all aspects of the offense."

Rosepine (3-1) receiver Alex Pope ran of the opening kickoff back for 6, and running back Seth Shirley punched in a score to make it 33-6 late in the third quarter.

Ducote added two rushing scores in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

"I thought the defense played well," Cryer said. "We created a couple of turnovers early. This is a good football team. Lakeside was 3-0 are probably going to win eight games. Going into their place and winning is big. Our defense didn't give up the big play and made them work for everything they got.

"We had a lot of negative plays where we made them throw the ball. We bent a little bit early but never broke. It's just a credit to our young kids on defense."

North Caddo 34, East Beauregard 28, OT

Despite a 22-point fourth quarter performance, East Beauregard fell in overtime to North Caddo.

The Trojans scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter after trailing 21-6 headed into the final frame.

North Caddo jumped out to a 14-0 lead before a 7-yard run from Devin Baumery got the Trojans on the board.

In overtime, North Caddo (2-2) quarterback Tymon Sanders ran it from 1 yard out for the win.

East Beaurgard (1-2) was led by running back Zach Doucet with 130 yards on 19 carries. Devin Baumery (59 yards), Devin Perkins (48 yards), Konner Seal (50 yards) and Bryclen Murphy (57 yards) aided to the running attack of the Trojans.

St. Louis Catholic 48, South Beauregard 21

After taking an early 7-0 lead, St. Louis Catholic went on a 42-0 run in the first half to defeat South Beauregard 48-21.

Colby Hollier got the Knights on the board in the first quarter with a 5-yard run, but the offense of St. Louis took over with four touchdowns in the first quarter and a pair in the second quarter.

St. Louis (1-3) quarterback Bailey Hardy threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns in the win, and receivers Conner Williams and Benji Chatters each had over 100 yards receiving.

Braden James ran 24 times for 148 yards for the Knights (0-3), and Hollier added 111 yards on eight carries. James scored a touchdown in the third quarter, and Hollier added another in the fourth.