ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS: Hunting Property at NPSB

Notice is hereby given that the Natchitoches Parish School Board will receive Bids/Proposals until December 1, 2022 2:00 p.m. and will be publicly opened and read aloud at that time in the School Board’s Central Office, 310 Royal Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana, 71457-5709, for:

Please find bid-related documents at WWW.CENTRALBIDDING.COM or with Natchitoches Parish Journal or Natchitoches Times. Bids/Proposals received after the date and time of opening will not be considered. Facsimile transmissions will not be considered. Additional information may be obtained upon request by contacting Michelle Demery, Purchasing Coordinator, at Michelle.Demery@npsb.la or 318-352-2358, Ext. 1155, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Bids may be mailed in or dropped off at 310 Royal Street address. The Board reserves the right to reject
any or all bids.

Other terms and conditions:

1) Bidder must acknowledge their acceptance of the template lease and its terms which is attached herein on their bid offer.

2) All parcels of land up for bid have a minimum bid per acre of $7

3) Each lease is for three years and the bidder must state their bid for each year separately. An example is “Year I -$7, Year 2 -$8 and Year 3 -$9”

4) Bidder must bid for each parcel separately in a separately sealed envelope with parcel number identified on the outside of the envelop.

5) Bidder must provide proof of easement to the parcel being bided. Example is “Using Water Well Road as Easement”


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/s/ Lee Waskom
Director of Business Affairs

/s/ Grant Eloi
Grant Eloi, Secretary-Treasurer Natchitoches Parish School Board


Special Called Parish Council Meeting: TODAY!

The Natchitoches Parish Council will hold a special called meeting on Monday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. in the Board room on the second floor of the courthouse. The agenda items to be voted on are:

Approve amending the Capital Outlay application to add $10,000 for road improvements for the Mora Church/Cemetery Road. Also, for a request for $100,000 for road materials to be used on parish roads West of I-49.

Authorize the Parish President to send in LCDBG Grant application with a Resolution stating that
the Engineering will be provided by the Parish with an in-house staff performing all of the engineering services with no charges to the grant.


2022 Witch Way to Main Street Provides Quality Family Fun For All Ages!

The Natchitoches Events Center played host to well over 1,000 young ghouls, superheroes and costumed figures of every description and their families as the Natchitoches Main Street Program held its Witch Way to Main Street Halloween program Saturday, October 29 in conjunction with the Farmers’ Market. A number of booths staffed by various community businesses and organizations manned tables where the youngsters could try their hand at games and rake in lots of sweet loot.

NCHS’ 4-H was on hand passing out healthy treats and showing how to make them. The Chiefs were joined by a 4-H member from St. Thomas Moore in Lafayette. Witch Way to Main Street featured an eclectic blend of entertainment. Katrice Lacour, a staple of the Natchitoches music scene, brought his high energy fun to the crowd. He was followed by the Thistle Dancers who performed several traditional Scottish dances accompanied by bagpipe and drum. The event’s entertainment concluded with none other than Natchitoches’ own Indigo Fusion Belly Dance Troupe who performed their “Witches’ Dance”, a perennial crowd favorite.

The popular event, started in 2000, is a long-standing community tradition that provides families a safe place for their little ones to have fun and trick or treat. This event is one of the many things that make life in our community so special. More than a few of the parents of the little ones dressed up tonight were themselves trick or treaters at an earlier Witch Way to Main Street event.


2022 Classic on the Cane – 33 Years of Musical Excellence!

Dancing, flag twirling, marching and music were the order of the day as 23 high school bands with several hundred musicians from every corner of Louisiana converged on Northwestern State University’s Turpin stadium for the 2022 Classic on the Cane High School Band Competition. The competition, a longtime tradition among band programs in Louisiana and elsewhere, is in its 33rd year. The Classic on the Cane is a superb opportunity for the bands to showcase their abilities and spend a day in friendly competition with fellow musicians.

Each marching band gave a half-time type performance and was graded on several factors relating to marching, performing and musicality. The east side of Turpin stadium was packed with the band members’ families and supporters who enthusiastically waved signs and cheered on their favorite bands.

The 270 members of NSU’s Spirit of Northwestern band gave the last performance of the evening, a high energy production that drew repeated applause from the crowd. It is a sign of both NSU’s excellence and service to our state that many of the band directors at the competition are NSU alumni.

The Classic on the Cane has been a feature of the high school marching band scene for the past 33 years. The Natchitoches Parish Journal is looking forward to seeing some of the superb young musicians at the competition coming to NSU to continue their education. We are looking forward to next year’s contest!


Sixth, seventh, eight, and ninth graders invited to 21st LSMSA math competition

The Math and Computer Science department at Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) invites Louisiana sixth through ninth graders to register for its 21st annual LSMSA McGrath Math Competition on Thursday, Nov. 17 in the LSMSA gym and auditorium. Campus tours and science demos will be available the day of the competition. Schools must register by Thursday, Nov. 10 at www.LSMSA.edu/MathCompetition.

 

To be eligible to participate, students must not be enrolled in or have previously taken Algebra II or any higher mathematics course. The competition will consist of individual and team portions. Schools may bring as many students as they wish to take the individual test, but only 12 students from each school may participate in the team competition due to space constraints. Exercises in each contest will come from Algebra, Geometry, and other areas of mathematics, but not from any specific curriculum, with questions designed to challenge students to draw from their knowledge of mathematics and to think logically, synthesize concepts, and solve problems.

This year, the Math and Computer Science department is honoring former chair and renowned LSMSA mathematician Mike McGrath by naming the competition for his 32 years of service to education before retiring in 2020. McGrath taught advanced concepts in every level of mathematics from Geometry to Calculus II, and for more than 20 years at LSMSA, served as chair of the department. He achieved the school’s highest faculty rank of senior lecturer and was elected by his peers to serve as the faculty representative to the school’s Board of Directors.

LSMSA is a tuition-free, residential, public high school for high-achieving rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a nominal room and board fee to cover housing, meals, and campus activities. The LSMSA Foundation offers assistance for families in need. For more information about the Louisiana School or to apply for the 2023-24 school year, visit www.LSMSA.edu.


GLAMM Club started at Lakeview to empower female students

Lakeview has a new group for female students to get involved in. Math teacher Chanda Goff started GLAMM – Gator Ladies Are Making Moves, a girl empowerment group focused on helping girls gain self confidence and skills that help them become successful women. They learn various skills through after school classes.
 
The first class was last held on Oct. 24 and it covered mental health awareness. The class was also catered and the girls enjoyed light refreshments. They will also get to experience classes in money management, entrepreneurship, fashion, makeup and hair, self care, dining etiquette and much more. The group consists of 20 young ladies who signed up in September. New members can join again next Fall.
 
GLAMM is currently raising money to purchase blazers for the ladies to have “Dress for Success” days twice a month at school. This past weekend they had a bake sale fundraiser at Smoking on the Red in Campti. 
 
The group is currently requesting community support in monetary donations as well as volunteers who would be willing to speak during after school classes and share insight and guide the young ladies. If anyone would like to support, contact Mrs Goff at Lakeview, Chanda.goff@npsb.la

Kanaphuet reaches second round, highlighting Northwestern State’s showing at Bearkat Invitational

HUNTSVILLE, Texas—Gig Kanaphuet reached the second round of her draw, highlighting Northwestern State’s appearance in the Bearkat Invitational. 

Due to illness, NSU sent just two players to the tournament: Kanaphuet and Renske Ubachs. 

“We need to rest and heal up but then come back and finish the last couple of weeks of practice on a very high note,” NSU women’s tennis coach Jonas Brobeck said. 

Kanaphuet began her tournament with a 6-3, 6-3, victory in singles flight C against Sam Houston State’s Vianne Schwab. She dropped her second round matchup against Stephen F. Austin’s Felicia Back 6-4, 6-3. 

She did not play a third match. 

Ubachs dropped her first match against Magda Tuelis 6-4, 6-1, but rebounded against Saloni Tamang with a dominating 6-0, 6-0, triumph. 

She lost in the consolation final against SFA’s Jemma Cave 6-4, 6-2. 

The duo dropped both of its doubles matches in doubles flight A. They lost a tight match against UT-San Antonio’s tandem of Adeliya Mukhutdinova and Alexandra Weir 7-5 before falling to SFA’s pairing of Cave and Zala Ule 6-3. 

Next up is the spring season, as NSU aims to defend its regular season conference crown. 

CREDIT: Chris Reich, NSU Photographic Services


Draguicevich breaks career goals record with hat trick

Senior Night could not have been more fitting. 

Olivia Draguicevich, one of seven seniors being honored as part of a storied senior class, posted a hat trick in the final regular season game of her career, breaking the school record for goals in a career with her 36th

The record of 35 by Britiany Cargill had been at the top of the list since 2000. 

That was until Friday night, as Draguicevich’s three goals not only broke the school record, but led Northwestern State (11-3-3, 8-2-2) to a 3-0 shutout victory against Southeastern Louisiana (7-6-3, 5-4-3) at the Lady Demon Soccer Complex. 

“It was great to break the record on Senior Night,” Draguicevich said. “I couldn’t picture a better night to get it. My whole team worked so hard to be able to finish those opportunities and it was just awesome.” 

The win was the sixth straight victory for the Lady Demons and they did not lose in the month of October, going 6-0-1. 

The game was scoreless until the second half when Draguicevich dented the scoreboard first with a header off a cross from partner-in-crime Gracie Armstrong in the 48th minute for the first of two connections between the two.  

“I think when we scored, while they still came out and attacked, it opened things up a bit more since they had to chase the game,” NSU women’s soccer coach Stuart Gore said. “That really helped us and when Olivia got opportunities, she took them.” 

It remained 1-0 until the final five minutes of regulation when the senior from Pflugerville, Texas, put the game away. Her final two goals came off corner kicks, as NSU continues to lead the country in corner kicks per game. Going in, Northwestern State averaged 8.88 per contest. That number only went up, as the team registered 15 of them. 

The final two taken by NSU both resulted in Draguicevich goals to tie and break the record. The first one was a header, which went over the outstretched arms of Olivia Griffin, off an assist from Armstrong. 

The record-breaking goal came off a corner kick from Natalee Henry and Draguicevich put it home to the bottom left of the goal in a crowded box while falling to the ground, which sent off a jubilant celebration by NSU for its new goal queen. 

“It was one of those Hollywood script moments,” Gore said. 

“The goal that broke the record was probably the ugliest goal she’ll ever score in her life, but she’ll tell you she’ll take it.” 

While Draguicevich provided the offense, fellow seniors, defenders Hallie Field and Jayme Haynes and goalkeeper Chloe DeShazer kept the SLU offense at bay. 

SLU, which was coming off a five-goal performance in a win over McNeese, was held to just three shots by the stifling NSU defense. Northwestern State allowed more than five shots taken against it just once in the entire 12-game conference slate. 

DeShazer pitched her seventh shutout of the season and lowered her goals against average to a microscopic 0.65. The seven shutouts ties her for third in program history for a single season. 

“The key factor behind our strong defense has been communication and communicating as a back line,” Haynes said. “It’s not just us in the back line but communicating with everyone in front of us and we were able to just take care of business.” 

The contest was scoreless through the first half of play, just like it was through all 90 minutes in the meeting in Hammond. 

NSU controlled much of the game, having opportunities to widen the lead or score early to give the home team the quick advantage. Delaney Wells had a shot that curled just wide right in the 12th minute. Draguicevich had a chance in the first half on a header, but it was stopped by Griffin, the reigning SLC goalkeeper of the week, who recorded five saves. 

SLU’s best chance came in the first half in the 38th minute on a lead feed to Makenzie Maher, but her shot sailed wide left and the game remained scoreless. 

NSU begins the conference tournament on Wednesday against an opponent to be determined. Two matches in the league were postponed until Saturday. As the No. 2 seed, it will face the No. 7 seed in the tournament. 

CREDIT: Chris Reich, NSU Photographic Services


Micah Nicholson – NPSB District 9 Candidate

Hello, my name is Micah Nicholson and I am a candidate for Natchitoches Parish School Board District 9. I have over 20 years’ experience in the field of education including serving for four years as the Principal of Marthaville Elementary and Junior High School. My other positions over the years include Principal of M.R. Weaver Elementary School and teaching positions at NSU Elementary Lab School, Lakeview Junior and Senior High School, Broadmoor Middle School, and Jena High School. I also had the opportunity to teach at NSU as an adjunct faculty member for five years. I come from a long line of educators with my father teaching for 47 years, my mother entering her 50th year of teaching, and my grandmother also teaching for over 40 years.

During my years as Principal at Marthaville School, we experienced consistent academic growth with a commitment to excellence and a focus on school community and culture. We made many improvements to the facilities including (but not limited to) upgraded hvac systems, lighting, multiple awnings/covered sidewalks, upgrades to the elementary building, new flooring in both gyms, and a new parking lot. The time and resources committed to improving our facilities are important and will continue to support the community and our students.

I would be honored to have the opportunity to serve the communities in district 9 as a member of the Natchitoches Parish School Board. I believe that my experience in education and especially as Principal of Marthaville School would be an asset to the board and could only help to ensure that district 9 continues to be supported on all issues. My promise is to always protect the interests of Marthaville School and to be an advocate for the community and school on all issues. I believe Marthaville School to be one of the best schools in the parish and would humbly ask for your vote on November 8th in support. Ballot #63.

Paid for by the Micah Nicholson Campaign


St. John the Baptist invites public to Mini Fair this weekend

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cloutierville will hold a Mini Fair on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5-6. The fair opens on Saturday after a Vigil Mass and blessing of graves at 4 pm. The kitchen will serve gumbo, meat pies, tamales, and sweets. Hamburgers will be on the grill and there will be a beer stand as well. DJ Rob Real will provide music to dance to from 9 pm – midnight. 

On Sunday the kitchen will open at 11 am with fried turkey and cornbread dressing with all the trimmings. Gumbo, meat pies, tamales and sweets will still be available to purchase. Hamburgers will be on the grill and there will be a beer stand as well. Prize Bingo will take place from 1-4 pm. 

During the fair, raffle tickets will be held for a chance to win a handmade King/Queen quilt.


NSU Wind Symphony to perform Nov. 3

The NSU Wind Symphony will present a concert on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.  Anthony Pursell is the conductor. 

The Wind Symphony will perform “Clutch” by Anthony David Perkins, “A Mother of a Revolution” by Omar Thomas, “The White Plume” by John Philip Sousa and “Symphony #3,” (Tragic) by James Barnes. 


Painting class to be held November 3, 10

Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a Pick Up Your Brush painting class on Nov. 3 and 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the second floor of South Hall. The fee is $45 per session. Each class is a separate session.   

In the class, participants will learn the art of painting using step-by-step instructions to create a masterpiece. Students will take home a completed painting at the end of every class. No special or prior skills are required. On Nov. 3, participants will paint “Pumpkin floral.” On Nov. 10, the class will paint a Christmas barn. Children ages 7 – 12 years old are allowed to enroll, but a parent must accompany the child the entire class. The parent does not have to enroll unless they participate. All supplies are included.  

For more information or to register for classes, go to checkout.nsula.edu or call (800) 376-2422 or (318) 357-6355.  


Notice of Death – October 30, 2022

NATCHITOCHES:

Dolores Williams
April 6, 1940 – October 26, 2022
In following her wishes, her cremated remains will be spread with Gene and her “fur babies” near her home in Arkansas.

Chief Rufus Davis Jr.
November 6, 1939 – October 25, 2022
Service: Monday, October 31 at 11 am at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Natchitoches

Joseph “Ghost” Trichel Jr.
May 6, 1948 – October 30, 2022
Service: Tuesday, November 1 at 2 pm at Crews New Salem Cemetery, located on New Salem Road in Crews

SABINE:

Rex Glenn Snider
November 27, 1946 – October 27, 2022
Service: Monday Oct. 31 at 11 am at Evening Light Tabernacle, located at 2010 Natchitoches Hwy. in Many

WINN:

Janice Howell
August 18, 1947 – October 26, 2022
Visitation: Friday, November 4 from 5-9 pm at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield

Natchitoches Parish Journal publishes paid obituaries – unlimited words and a photo, as well as unlimited access – $80. Contact your funeral provider or npjnatla@gmail.com . Must be paid in advance of publication. (Notice of Death shown above are FREE of charge. You may email them to npjnatla@gmail.com)


NSU ROTC cadets excel at Advanced Camp

Northwestern State University’s ROTC program announced the results of Cadet performance at this year’s Advanced Camp. Advanced Camp is a 35-day training event designed to develop a Cadet’s critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to forge them into tough, adaptable leaders who can thrive in ambiguous and complex environments. Cadets are evaluated on their ability to lead at the squad and platoon levels, both in garrison and tactical environments. Cadets are mentally and physically tested during a 12-day rigorous field training exercise that replicates combat conditions. Successful completion of the Advanced Camp is a prerequisite for commissioning.

“Our Cadets performed very well this summer compared to past years,” said LTC Joshua Drake, Professor of Military Science. “Over the last three years, our program was ranked in the mid-30s of the 39 schools hosting Army ROTC programs in the Southeast Region, which includes Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. This year our ranking has jumped to 8 out of 39.”

All of NSU’s MS4s (senior-level Cadets) were ranked in the top 50 percent of their cohort, about 6,000 Cadets, with two Distinguished Military Graduates (Top 20%), a RECONDO Badge recipient, and a graduate of the US Army Airborne School. They are Cadets Cade Davis of Shreveport, Taylor Dixon of Shreveport, Jimmy Lara of Fort Polk, Michael Shamblin of Dry Prong, and Dylan Trueblood of Natchitoches. Dixon and Davis are Distinguished Military Graduates with Davis graduating Airborne School.

Lara earned the RECONDO Badge, a first for an NSU Cadet in seven years. The RECONDO Badge (RECONnaissance commanDO) is extraordinarily difficult to earn, Drake said. It is awarded to Cadets who display superior skills at Advanced Camp. They must exceed the standards in physical fitness, obstacle courses, land navigation, rifle marksmanship, first aid, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear training.

“I attribute much of this success to their and the cadre’s hard work over the years but especially last year through mentoring these Cadets to outperform their peers. Each senior is now likely to get active duty and branch of choice,” Drake said.

“Grade point average counts for a large portion of their scores,” Drake added. “While I appreciate efforts here at the Armory, we could not have accomplished this without a challenging, motivating, and encouraging faculty. Thank you to the entire faculty and staff for supporting NSU’s ROTC Program.”

ROTC Cadets:

NSU ROTC Cadets who ranked in the top 50 percent of their cohort at this year’s Advanced Camp are, from left, Cadets Taylor Dixon, Dylan Trueblood, Jimmy Lara, Cade Davis and Michael Shamblin.


Catastrophic three-minute stretch dooms NCHS in loss at Haughton 

MILES TO GO: Jeremiah Miles slips through two Haughton defenders en route to a 107-yard, two touchdown effort Friday, but the Bucs prevailed 56-20.

BY MATT VINES, Journal Sports                 

HAUGHTON – A Haughton offense that scored 71 points this past week didn’t need any help to the reach endzone, but Natchitoches Central supplied that aid as the Bucs ran away with a 56-20 win Friday. 

Four Chiefs turnovers in the first half, including an interception return for a touchdown, opened the floodgates of a game in which NCHS matched Haughton’s early surge with punches of its own. 

Haughton turned all four of those turnovers into touchdowns, building an insurmountable 42-14 halftime lead before coasting in the second half. 

“Turnovers changed the game, and we couldn’t recover,” said NCHS coach James Wilkerson. “The final three minutes of the first half changed the game.” 

With the game tied at 14-14, Haughton scored 28 points in the final three minutes of the first half. 

The first score capped a drive in which Haughton quarterback Colin Rains connected with receiver John Ecot for one of his two touchdowns, giving the Bucs a 21-14 edge. 

On the next play from scrimmage, Haughton’s Connor Blank intercepted a Brian Young pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown, doubling Haughton’s lead to 28-14. 

Feeling the screws tightening, NCHS went for it on fourth-and-one from its own 37 and came up short. 

Rains plunged in from one yard out to seemingly put a bow on the first with Haughton up 35-14 with 32 seconds left before the break. 

But NCHS fumbled on a pitch on its next possession, giving Haughton one more chance deep in Chiefs territory. 

Haughton cashed in again Ecot caught his second touchdown of the half, a 34-yarder from Rains, to build the unbreakable 42-14 lead. 

“It was our defense getting stops, getting turnovers and putting our offense in a good position,” said Haughton coach Jason Brotherton. “The offense played well, too. It was a total team effort.” 

The Chiefs battled early, scoring first by marching 91 yards capped by a 22-yard touchdown run from workhorse Jeremiah Miles. NCHS started the drive with a 32-yard strike from Young to receiver Camryn Davis. 

Miles rushed for 107 yards on 14 carries with two scores, the second a 33-yard run in the second half.

Haughton scored the next two touchdowns, a halfback pass from Jalen Lewis to Rashard Douglas (31 yards) and a Rains 32-yard run. 

Rains finished with 228 passing yards on 10-15 and two touchdowns to go with 32 rushing yards an another two scores. 

“Haughton is a good team that can hurt you in many ways, and they did that tonight,” Wilkerson said. 

But NCHS, who was fighting for their playoff lives, had an answer on the road. 

Young found Camryn Davis for a 20-yard touchdown as he threw for 147 on 16-22 passing. Davis was the favorite target, reaching the 100-yard barrier (8-100) for the third straight game. 

But those catastrophic three minutes of the first half sunk NCHS on Friday and likely put an end to a return playoff trip.  

The Chiefs slipped to No. 38 in the Division I Non-Select power ratings, more than a full point behind the No. 28 slot according to GeauxPreps.com – the final playoff spot in the new LHSAA playoff brackets. 

A win against Byrd, the No. 5 team in Division I Select, would go a long way for NCHS leapfrogging a ton of teams in a similar position, but it’s a tall task even if the Chiefs did orchestrate a win against a Yellowjackets bunch that has lost three of their last five contests even with a 58-0 drubbing of Southwood on Friday. 

Scoring summary 

NC – Jeremiah Miles 22 run (Mateo Restrepo kick)
H – Rashard Douglas 31 pass from Jalen Lewis (Carter Ebarb kick) 
H – Colin Rains 32 run (Ebarb kick) 
NC – Camryn Davis 20 pass from Brian Young (Restrepo kick) 
H – John Ecot 8 pass from Rains (Ebarb kick) 
H – Connor Blank 33 interception return (Ebarb kick) 
H – Rains 1 run (Ebarb kick) 
H – Ecot 33 pass from Rains (Ebarb kick) 
H – Tyler Rhodes 7 run (Ebarb kick) 
NC – Miles 33 run (run failed) 
H – Rhodes 18 run (Ebarb kick) 

Individual Statistics 

Rushing 

NCHS (21-87) – Miles 14-107, Dremarious Brown 1-1, Jai’den Matlock 2-1, Davis 1-minus-2, Young 3-minus-20. 

Haughton (34-178) – Rhodes 15-92, Marion Montgomery 10-62, Rains 5-32, Chris Mayes 3-minus-6 

Passing 

NCHS – Young 16-22-0-147. 

Haughton – Rains 10-15-0-228, Lewis 1-1-0-31, Christian Turner 0-1-0. 

Receiving 

NCHS – Davis 8-100, Zion Thompson 5-38, Braden Woods 2-5, Titus Williams 1-4. 

Haughton – Rashard Douglas 4-135, Ecot 2-41, Cayden Hinkie 2-17, Rhodes 1-49, Hesten Nesbitt 1-9, Lewis 1-8. 

CREDIT: Kevin Shannahan/Journal Sports


Injuries, turnovers continue to plague Lakeview in loss as playoff picture darkens 

Lakeview looks for room to return a kickoff as the Gators suffered a fourth straight district loss Friday in a 28-7 decision at Jonesboro-Hodge.

BY MATT VINES, Journal Sports 

JONESBORO – Short-handed Lakeview couldn’t find enough firepower Friday as an early lead did not hold up in a 28-7 loss at Jonesboro-Hodge. 

A second-quarter touchdown run from Dillon Pikes handed the Gators a 7-6 edge on a 37-yard gallop that coach Brandon Helms called a “Houdini-like run.” 

But Pikes and the Gators (4-5, 0-4 District 3-2A) couldn’t muster sustaining offensive drives as three-and-outs and turnovers puts Lakeview’s defense in bad positions. 

Jonesboro-Hodge (3-6, 1-3) scored two touchdowns in the last four minutes of the first half to snatch a 20-7 edge that it didn’t relinquish. 

“They hit a big screen pass to set up a touchdown, and then we threw a pick-six with 1:20 left in the half,” Helms said. “That was the biggest play in the game.” 

Lakeview has lost four straight games to begin district play, all without a healthy CJ Jones at quarterback. 

A banged-up Jones played sporadically throughout district play, but Lakeview’s offense has mustered just 13 points combined in the last three games – all losses of 20 points or more. 

“The wear and tear of our district is showing on us,” Helms said. “We’re beat up, but we’re still fighting. We struggled to consistently move the ball, and we had too many three-and-outs.” 

Helms lauded his defense’s effort, turning away the Tigers on multiple occasions in which Jonesboro-Hodge could have added to their advantage. 

“I thought our kids did a good job defensively,” Helms said. “We had a lot of situations where we could have given in, and we made stops.” 

J-Hodge ended its own three-game slide and breathed life back into its playoff hopes as the Tigers entered the game sitting at No. 31 in the Division IV Non-Select power ratings. According to GeauxPreps.com, Jonesboro-Hodge got a bump to No. 28, currently the last playoff spot in the new 28-team district. 

Lakeview’s playoff hopes are all but dashed as they slipped from No. 28 to No. 31 in Division IV Non-Select with top-ranked Many waiting in Week 10.  

The Gators are in the midst of a three-game road swing to end the season after opening with homestands against Winnfield (53-20 loss) and Red River (40-6). 

Lakeview’s health can be easily detected in its offensive production. In Lakeview’s four wins, the Gators are averaging nearly 34 points per game. In their five losses – less than eight points per game. 

Still the Gators’ four wins are more than the past two seasons combined (three), a sign the program is moving in the right direction. 

The next step is ending a district losing streak that has climbed to 10 straight games dating back to 2019. 

CREDIT: Kevin Shannahan/Journal Sports


NSU campuses will host Wellness Week events

Northwestern State University will host Wellness Week Nov. 7-10 with activities and events geared toward promoting health and wellness on campus and in the community. 

NSU’s Shreveport campus will host a Fall Health Festival and blood drive from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 at the campus, 1800 Line Avenue. The event will include vendors, food, music and door prizes.   Blood donors will get a free LifeShare t-shirt.  For more information, contact Philip Maxfield at (318) 935-9838. 

Wellness Week’s main event is Wellness Fest on Tuesday, Nov. 8.  Activities will take place at the WRAC from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and will include health screenings and information booths.  A local chiropractor will be on hand to make adjustments and the University Programming Council will provide massage chairs and an oxygen bar.  There will be physical fitness challenges and stations to check lipids and blood sugar levels, get a flu shot and more.  Guests can browse booths and visit with local practitioners, complete health screenings, listen to speakers and learn about wellness initiatives.

For more information on the Nov. 8 Wellness Fest contact Kaitlyn Hamm at richardsk@nsula.edu