Heading into District 1-5A competition next weekend, the Natchitoches Central High School football program is 3-0 for the first time in 25 seasons after Friday night’s wire-to-wire victory over visiting West Ouachita.
The Chiefs got on the scoreboard fast for the second straight game, getting the first of three rushing touchdowns by junior quarterback BJ Young to cap a game-opening 85-yard drive. Young also threw a TD pass, a 76-yard connection to Colby Raupp that made it 34-0 early in the final quarter.
The NCHS defense narrowly missed notching a shutout, with the visitors scoring against the backups with 1:19 remaining.
FINAL SCORE: NCHS 34, West Ouachita 6
RECORDS: NCHS 3-0, West Ouachita 1-2
GAME SITE: Natchitoches (Turpin Stadium)
NC – BJ Young 5 run (Sam Maggio kick), 1st quarter, 9:30, 7-0 NCHS – drive 5 plays, 85 yards.
NC – Young 1 run (Maggio kick), 2nd quarter, 6:12, 14-0 NCHS – drive 8 plays, 50 yards
NC – Jeremiah Miles 19 run (Maggio kick), 3rd quarter, 9:22, 21-0 NCHS – drive 1 play, 18 yards
NC – Young 1 run (Maggio kick), 3rd quarter, 1:26, 28-0 NCHS, drive 8 plays, 67 yards
NC – Colby Raupp 76 pass from Young (kick failed), 4th quarter, 9:44, 34-0 NCHS, drive 4 plays, 77 yards
WO – Kohl Nolan 44 run (run failed), 4th quarter, 1:19, 34-6 NCHS, drive 3 plays, 60 yards
KEY STATS: Natchitoches Central outgained West Ouachita 390-181. NCHS rushed for 224 yards and four touchdowns and threw for 166 and a touchdown. The NCHS defense gave up only 157 rushing yards on 33 attempts and 24 passing yards on 10 attempts. Before wholesale substitutions in the fourth quarter, the varsity players only gave up 95 yards rushing and a total of 119 yards. The Chiefs were flagged 11 times for 77 yards.
NCHS senior tailback Caylin Demars didn’t score for the first time this season, but he recorded a third straight 100-yard game, with 130 yards rushing on 10 carries, including a 68-yarder. Jeremiah Miles ran for 57 yards on eight tries and quarterback BJ Young had 44 yards on 10 runs.
NOTES: NCHS is 3-0 for the first time since 1996 as the team heads into district play. The game had a non-traditional aspect as Natchitoches Central wore white at home in conjunction with the “White Out” theme. The Chiefs won in front of one of the largest home crowds on hand in the last several years.
COACH JAMES WILKERSON’S COMMENTS: “I am very proud of our effort and our intensity in the game. Defense played lights out and on offense we were able to implement some new wrinkles. The coaching staff did a great job of having the boys prepared. We are where we wanted to be after three games record-wise, but we have a lot to improve on.”
NEXT UP: The Chiefs will travel to Bossier City to face Airline (0-3) next Friday night to open district play.