The Natchitoches Central High School football team finally plays at home tonight, riding the crest of a dominant opening win last Friday night. The Chiefs were supposed to host a jamboree two weeks ago but COVID concerns forced its cancellation.
NCHS has overwhelmed the teams it has faced, rolling 20-7 in a scrimmage Aug. 20 at Pineville with the Rebels scoring against the Chiefs’ backups late in the matchup, then coming off the unplanned weekend off and rolling up 34 points in the middle 24 minutes at Shreveport’s Independence Stadium to smash Woodlawn in the season opener.
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: NCHS Chiefs vs. Peabody Warhorses
WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, 7 p.m., Turpin Stadium
RADIO BROADCAST: 95.9 Kix Classic Country, pregame show 6:45
TICKETS: $10 at the stadium gates; $5 student tickets available through noon today at the NCHS administrative office, along with advance general admission ticket sales at $10.
RECORDS: NCHS (1-0), Peabody Warhorses (0-1)
LAST GAME: The Chiefs defeated Woodlawn 34-0 in Shreveport. The Warhorses lost on the road at Caldwell Parish, 55-30.
NOTES: After snapping an 11-game skid dating back to the seventh week of the 2019 season last Friday, the Chiefs aim to win back-to-back game for the first time since 2018 … the Chiefs will be led by senior running back Caylin Demars, who ran for 157 yards and three touchdowns against Woodlawn … the Chiefs defensive leaders are linebacker Logan Saucier with 10 tackles and a fumble recovery and safety Justin Aaron with two interceptions … Peabody’s defense is a 4-2-5 led by defensive back Carlos Davis … the Peabody offense uses a multiple scheme led by running back Arthur Lavalais, who rushed last week for 119 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries.
Fans attending tonight’s game are encouraged to wear patriotic red, white and blue colors to join in the observance of the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and America’s resilience.
The NCHS volleyball team (2-0) is at home at 5:30 today hosting Parkway.
NCHS COACH JAMES WILKERSON SAYS: “After looking at the film, we obviously did some good things against Woodlawn last Friday night. We struggled at times early, but we were able to make some adjustments and overcome that, which is a big positive for us. That’s something we struggled with last year. We did some great things after that slow start. We executed well on offense and defense pitched a shutout, which was huge for us. Our special teams play was outstanding. Having a kicker who can make field goals at this level is always a huge plus. Our punt returns were explosive.
“Looking at Peabody, it’s a very athletic team. They have an amazing running back who can hurt us if we don’t wrap him up and tackle. They have some good offensive linemen who are big and strong and can really move people. Defensively, Peabody again has a lot of athleticism and speed in the back end.
“We’re going to have to be really focused and locked in from start to finish. I feel confident after picking up a win for the first time in a couple years. I think your focus picks up because you don’t want to lose that feeling. I feel good, because we’ve had a good week of practice. Now let’s bring it to the field and compete.”
NEXT UP: The Chiefs host West Ouachita next Friday night at Turpin Stadium at 7 o’clock.