SHREVEPORT —Coming off of a string of five big losses in a row in their out of district schedule, Minden was hoping to start a winning streak against the lowly, winless Fair Park Indians at Independence Stadium, but could not capitalize on excellent field position and six trips to the red zone, losing 14-6.
The Tide looked good at times, moving the ball between the 20-yard lines better than they have all season, but at other times looked confused, with blown routes, two receivers in the same area on multiple occasions, and trouble getting the plays in timely with the right personnel.
In fact, Minden had to use all three of their time outs in the second half to get plays in, once on the first play of the fourth quarter, and could have used them toward the end of the game.
The Tide defense looked good throughout the game, and if not for two big plays, one for 35 and another for 53 yards by Fair Park’s Antwaun Wilson, they may have held the Indians scoreless. Other than those two plays, the defense only gave up another 116 yards in the game.
Minden’s lone score of the game came early in the second quarter. Starting at their own 41-yard line, the Tide started the drive with a three yard rush by Taylor McKissack. On second down, quarterback Turner Francis was sacked. After a time out, Francis rolled out and hit Elgin Moore, who completed the catch and run for a 61-yard Tide touchdown. The extra point was denied.
After the kickoff, the defense held Fair Park to negative yardage and forced a punt. However, it was fumbled back to the Indians, and after one incompletion. Indian quarterback Sederrick Smith then hit Wilson for the big play and the game-tying touchdown.
Minden High ended the game with 331 yards of total offense, with 271 yards through the air. Quarterback Francis was 22 for 47 on the night, with no interceptions. Elgin Moore accounted for the majority of those yards, catching 14 balls for 221 yards and the one touchdown.
Mikey James caught three passes for 22 yards, and Marshal Frye had two catches and 24 yards.
On the ground, Taylor McKissack added 48 yards on 16 carries. Dominique Walker had 15 yards.
Minden returns to action a week from today, when they go on the road again to play Woodlawn.