Captain Shreve found ways to move the ball against Natchitoches Central’s fierce defense while containing the Chiefs’ explosive offense Friday night, but NCHS mounted a strong rally in the game’s last 16 minutes before falling 31-20.
It was a battle of unbeatens, with control of the District 1-5A championship race going to the Gators on their homecoming night. Shreve built a 17-0 halftime lead, then quickly expanded it to 24-0 before NCHS finally began to answer.
The Chiefs ran off 20 unanswered points in seven minutes to pull within four, 24-20, with 8:04 remaining as junior quarterback B.J. Young ran for scores of 4 and 70 yards and connected with Braylin Demars on a 39-yard touchdown pass.
The Chiefs couldn’t quite get over the hump. Facing fourth down deep in their own territory with just over three minutes remaining, they failed to get a first down, and the Gators took over at the NCHS 24. Shreve star Kendrick Law ripped off a 17-yard run and scored a couple of snaps later to ice the outcome.
FINAL SCORE: Captain Shreve 31, Natchitoches Central 20
GAME SITE: Shreveport, Lee Hedges Stadium
RECORDS: NCHS Chiefs 6-1 overall,3-1 in District 1-5A; Captain Shreve 7-0, 4-0
CS – Thomas Murray 27 field goal, 7:53 1st, CS 3-0 (Drive 7 plays, 43 yards)
CS – Kenyon Terrell 17 run (Murray kick), 2:15 1st, CS 10-0 (Drive 4 plays, 53 yards)
CS – Matt Hall 4 run (Murray kick), 7:14 2nd, CS 17-0 (Drive 6 plays, 61 yards)
CS – Terrell 13 run (Murray kick), 9:19 3rd, CS 24-0 (Drive 2 plays, 26 yards)
NC – B.J. Young 4 run (Sam Maggio kick), 3:21 3rd, CS 24-7 (Drive 7 plays, 51 yards)
NC — Young 70 run (Maggio kick), 11:33 4th, CS 24-14 (Drive 2 plays, 70 yards)
NC – Braylin Demars 39 pass from Young (kick blocked), 8:04 4th, CS 24-20 (Drive 6 plays, 60 yards)
CS – Kendrick Law 8 run (Murray kick), 2:25 4th, CS 31-20 (Drive 3 plays, 24 yards)
KEY STATS: Captain Shreve became the first team in 2021 to produce points and yards against the NCHS defense. The Gators ran for 257 yards on 42 carries (6.1 average) and had 334 total yards to 261 for the Chiefs. NCHS ran for 194. Each team had two turnovers. Caylin Demars posted 165 yards rushing on 22 carries with B.J. Young adding 49, but the Chiefs’ quarterback was snatched for 67 lost yards, most on sacks. The NCHS passing game, which was 7 of 10 two weeks ago in the big win at Byrd, completed only 2 of 14.
NOTES: The defeat stopped NCHS’s win streak. The Chiefs hadn’t been 6-0 since 1996.
NCHS COACH JAMES WILKERSON’S COMMENTS: “We didn’t play fou quarters and you have to be at your best every play when you play a team like that. We came out flat and made too mistakes, but I am proud of our fight and our effort to come back. This will be a good game to learn from as we push to finish the regular season against our other district opponents.”
NEXT UP: Thursday night, the Chiefs will host the Parkway Panthers in the NCHS
“Pink Out” game at Turpin Stadium. Kickoff in the District 1-5A contest is set for 7 o’clock.