Defense leads NCHS as unbeaten Chiefs delight big homecoming crowd

NCHS:  37
Southwood:  6

One of the biggest crowds in many years at a Natchitoches Central home football game celebrated a happy homecoming as the Chiefs stayed unbeaten behind another dominant defensive performance Friday night at Turpin Stadium.

With more than 4,000 people nearly filling the 5,000-seat capacity lower deck at Turpin, and making lots of noise supporting the Chiefs, winless Southwood wasn’t a pushover. A second-quarter eruption by NCHS broke open the game, and the defense played a key role, forcing a safety and continually presenting the offense with short fields throughout the night.

FINAL SCORE: NCHS 37, Southwood 6

GAME SITE: Natchitoches, Turpin Stadium

RECORDS: NCHS 6-0, 3-0 in District 1-5A; Southwood 0-6, 0-3

SCORING PLAYS:

NC -Jeremiah Miles 4 run (Sam Maggio kick), 0:49 1st, 7-0 NCHS (Drive 9 plays, 40 yards)

S – Corinthian Walters 23 run (run failed), 11:53 2nd, NCHS 7-6 (Drive 3 plays, 65 yards)

NC – Brian Young 34 run (Maggio kick), 9:15 2nd, NCHS 14-6 (Drive 8 plays, 58 yards)

NC – Safety, Southwood quarterback tackled in end zone, 9:01 2nd, NCHS 16-6

NC – Miles 19 run (Maggio kick), 7:35 2nd, NCHS 23-6, (Drive 3 plays, 31 yards)

NC – Caylin Demars 10 run (Maggio kick), 3:32 2nd, NCHS 30-6 (Drive 7 plays, 46 yards)

NC – Young 25 run (Maggio kick), 6:41 3rd, NCHS 37-6 (Drive 6 plays, 73 yards)

KEY STATS: NCHS limited Southwood to 35 plays and only 90 total yards, an average of 2.6 per play … the Cowboys managed just six first downs …the Chiefs defense recorded five sacks (two by Brandon Woods) and snagged Southwood runners for 62 yards in losses … NCHS came up with three fumbles, recovered by Woods, Thaddeus Tibbs and Corey Jefferson, and an interception by Reggie Bolden … the Chiefs posted 307 total yards on 57 plays … NCHS was hampered by 11 penalties for 107 yards … NCHS rushed for 235 yards with seven players carrying the ball. Caylin Demars was under 100 rushing yards for the first time this season (17 carries, 87 yards, 1 TD), but quarterback Brian “B.J.” Young ran for 71 yards on seven tries and Jeremiah Miles had 62 yards on nine carries and scored twice.

NOTES: The Chiefs scored 23 points in the second quarter, 16 in a 100-second (1:40) stretch early in the second quarter … 14 seconds after taking a shaky 14-6 lead, the Chiefs got a tackle for a safety, and Caylin Demars returned the ensuing free kick 29 yards to the Southwood 31. Three plays later, Jeremiah Miles made it 23-6.

COACH JAMES WILKERSON’S COMMENTS: “We didn’t play well at the beginning of the game but the team picked it up and our guys who are leaders made plays to get us going. So proud of our team and coaches for what they are doing right now. It’s good to get the homecoming win and great to clinch a winning season.”

NEXT UP: The Chiefs will travel back to Lee Hedges Stadium in Shreveport, where they beat Byrd, and take on No. 7 Captain Shreve (6-0,3-0) next Friday at 7 in a battle between the district leaders. A win would match the 1996 NCHS team that was 7-0.


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